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Abby Garcia
Noodle Expert Member

December 18, 2019

These children's books in Spanish and English are the perfect way to introduce your kids to Latin@ heritage.

Whether you are looking to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month or just want your kids to become more culturally aware, this list of children's books are in Spanish and English is a great place to start.

“Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes" and “Green is the Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors" by Roseanne Greenfield Thong

This set of books helps young children learn about shapes and colors by using objects of Latin@ origin, but with universal appeal: From triangular slices of quesadilla to red swirling skirts. This is an excellent tool for vocabulary and cultural understanding, all through colorful images and a helpful glossary.

Appropriate for preschool and kindergarten.

“My Grandma/Mi Abuelita" by Ginger Foglesong Guy

Hop aboard the watercolor airplane to fly far away and visit Abuelita in her pastel-colored house. This is a great beginner book to further your child’s comprehension of both languages, with beautiful images to aid her understanding.

Appropriate for preschool to grade 2.

“Let’s Eat!/¡A Comer!" by Pat Mora

This book is excellent for the youngest of readers, with its minimal text in both English and Spanish accompanied by soft watercolor illustrations. Follow this family as they prepare for dinnertime together.

Appropriate for preschool to grade 2.

“Tito Puente: Mambo King/Rey Del Mambo" by Monica Brown

The story of Tito Puente, the legendary Latino musician and Mambo King, is brought to life in this enchanting telling. The bilingual picture book follows Puente from his infancy of banging pots and pans in Spanish Harlem to the day he accepted a Grammy award. Brown’s rhythmic sentences, in addition to Raphael Lopez’s vibrant illustrations, will have your child not wanting to skip a beat or a page.

Appropriate for grades K-3.

“Papá and Me" by Diana Gonzalez Bertand

This book recounts the heartwarming day that a father and son spend together as they prepare to go to Abuelo and Abuela’s house. Although Papá speaks in Spanish, most of the text is in English, with the child restating the Spanish words or illustrating them through actions. This multigenerational tale of family love is a great way to teach your child vocabulary in both languages.

Appropriate for grades K-3.

“The Party for Papá Luis/La Fiesta Para Papá Luis" by Diana Gonzales Bertand

This bilingual picture book, written in verse, recounts the story of celebrating Papá Luis’s special birthday by filling its pages with whimsical drawings of piñatas and empanadas. The whole family works together, each member contributing to the party in her own special way, creating an exciting, festive text.

Appropriate for grades K-3.

“Niño Wrestles the World" by Yuyi Morales

Become the spectator to a great adventure as Niño faces off with dozens of opponents you may recognize from Latin American folklore, like La Llorona and El Chamuco. With comic book sound effects and baseball card drawings for each enemy, you won’t be able to resist the charm of this epic tale.

Appropriate for grades K-3.

“I Pledge Allegiance" by Pat Mora

Libby and Great Aunt Lobo are learning the pledge of allegiance at the same time. While Lobo is practicing the Pledge to become a U.S. citizen, Libby is learning it to lead her class in the Pledge. The book explores America and citizenship from two different points of view, and the warmth of the drawings echo the tenderness of the book’s message.

Appropriate for grades 1-3.

“Side by Side/Lado a Lado: The Story of Dolores Huerta and César Chávez/La Historia de Dolores Huerta and César Chávez" by Monica Brown

This book makes the powerful legacy of Dolores Huerta and César Chávez accessible to young children through its striking illustrations and fluid telling. Huerta and Chavez’s stories are told in parallel, with Huerta’s story on the left and Chávez’s story on the right.

Appropriate for grades 2-4.