I am a big fan of mini-books, so I was happy to see that OnlineFreeSpanish has added a selection of bilingual mini-books to their website. I was even happier when I saw that these books include online Spanish audio!
Printable mini-books let kids make the language their own. They can color the pictures, read the books to their family and friends, and even cut out the pictures if they want to. If they use a book to the point where it is falling apart, you can print or copy another. There is some cost in ink and paper, but compared to many language resources, it is a small investment.
I use mini-books as a take home activity for lots of my classes. They are a great follow-up because kids can engage with the language as they color the pictures, and the books reinforce the language we used in class. One difficulty is that parents cannot always model correct pronunciation as they help their children read the book. Like other teachers, I make recordings of stories sometimes and provide as much support as I can.
Now, OnlineFreeSpanish.com has added mini-books to their website and the books can also be read online with native speaker audio. What a great feature! With the audio, kids and parents have access to correct pronunciation. The audio for each page plays when you click the speaker, so you can listen and practice as much as you like.
The books can be printed in color or black-and-white for kids to color. The text is in both Spanish and English, but if you do not want to include the English (there are cases where this is distracting or confusing) you can easily trim the pages to cut it off. The last page of the book has key Spanish vocabulary.
Click this link to go to mini-books from OnlineFreeSpanish.
These mini-books focus on the following vocabulary and grammar points. All of them have a variety of common words and natural Spanish structures.
Veo con mi pequeño ojo – common adjectives
Mi mamá y yo – common verbs in the nosotros form
¿Qué deporte te gusta? – gustar (me gusta) and common sports
¿Dónde está el monstruo? – estar for location and prepositions
¿Qué me gusta hacer en el parque? – playground vocabulary, gustar and common verbs in the first person.
Mis deberes – common verbs in the infinitive. This book is easy to adapt to use with lessons that include phrases like: (no) quiero/quieres, (no) me gusta/te gusta, (no) tengo que/tienes que, (no) debo/debes.
Cuando sea grande – professions