Picture Books in Spanish and English

These multicultural stories are told using both Spanish and English.


Compiled by:
Lizzie F.

Bilingual Picture Books

Book fiesta!: Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day = Celebremos El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros: A Bilingual Picture Book

Pat Mora
Español Juvenil - Ej Mor

Children read aloud in various settings to celebrate of El Día de los niños, or Children's Day, in this bilingual story. Includes facts about Mexico's annual celebration of children (April 30) and the book fiestas that are often included.
Los niños leen en voz alta en varias colocaciones para celebrar el Día de los niños, en esta historia bilingüe. Incluye datos sobre la celebración mexicana anual de nin̈os y las fiestas del libro que a menudo son incluídas.
Suggested for ages 3-9
 


Call Me Tree = Llámame Árbol

Maya Christina Gonzalez
Español Juvenil - Ej Gon

A bilingual poetic tale that follows one child/tree from the depths of Mami/Earth to the heights of the sky, telling a story about being free to grow and be who we are meant to be and honoring our relationship with the natural world. This book, written and illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez, manages the unique achievement of being gender neutral, and includes a metaphorical message that suggests all trees, like all people, belong in the world.
Suggested for ages 3-8


Gracias = Thanks

Pat Mora
Español Juvenil - Ej Mor

A young multiracial boy celebrates family, friendship, and fun by telling about some of the everyday things for which he is thankful.
Suggested for ages 3-8


Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match = Marisol McDonald No Combina

Monica Brown
Español Juvenil - J Brown

Marisol McDonald, a biracial, nonconformist, soccer-playing pirate-princess with brown skin and red hair, celebrates her uniqueness.
Suggested for ages 3-8


Maya's Blanket = La Manta de Maya

Monica Brown
Español Juvenil - J Brown

When a little girl's cherished baby blanket becomes old and worn, it is made into a dress, and over the years it is made into even smaller and smaller items, eventually ending up as a bookmark and inspiring the creation of a book. Includes an author's note and a glossary.
Suggested for ages 6-9


My Way: A Margaret and Margarita story = A Mi Manera: Un Cuento de Margarita y Margaret

Lynn Reiser
Español Juvenil - E Rei

Parallel text in Spanish and English portrays Margaret and Margarita, who mirror one another as they fix their hair, greet their friends, and engage in other routine activities, each in her own special way.
Suggested for ages 3-7


Playing Lotería

René Colato Laínez
Español Juvenil - Ej Co

A boy has a good time attending a fair with his grandmother in San Luis de La Paz, Mexico, as she teaches him Spanish words and phrases and he teaches her English.
Suggested for ages 6-9


Quinito, Day and Night = Quinito, Día y Noche

Ina Cumpiano
Español Juvenil - Ej Cum

Little Quinito and his family take the reader through a day filled with opposites, including short/tall, quiet/loud, and rainy/sunny.
Suggested for ages 3-8


Siesta

Ginger Foglesong Guy
Español Juvenil - Ej Guy

A brother and sister and their teddy bear go through the house gathering items they will need for their siesta in the back yard. A blue backpack. Una mochila azul. Empty! A brother and sister, un hermano y una hermana, and their little bear, un osito. Sleepy! But there are so many things to gather—and so much to be done! Come join the fun—in English and Spanish—and make an ordinary afternoon extraordinary.
Suggested for ages 3-7


The Storyteller's Candle = La Velita de los Cuentos

Lucía González
Español Juvenil - Ej Gon

During the early days of the Great Depression, New York City's first Puerto Rican librarian, Pura Belpré, introduces the public library to immigrants living in El Barrio and hosts the neighborhood's first Three Kings' Day fiesta.
Suggested for ages 6-10


Waiting for the Biblioburro = Esperando el Biblioburro

Monica Brown
Español Juvenil - Ej Bro

When a man brings to a remote village two burros, Alfa and Beto, loaded with books the children can borrow, Ana's excitement leads her to write a book of her own as she waits for the Biblioburro to return. Includes glossary of Spanish terms and a note on the true story of Columbia's Biblioburro and mobile libraries in other countries.
Suggested for ages 3-6


Xochitl and the Flowers = Xochitl, la Niña de las Flores

Jorge Argueta
Español Juvenil - Ej Ar

Xochitl and her family, newly arrived in San Francisco from El Salvador, create a beautiful plant nursery in place of the garbage heap behind their apartment, and celebrate with their friends and neighbors.
Suggested for ages 3-9


Picture Books with English/Spanish Integrated Text

The Cazuela that the Farm Maiden Stirred

Samantha R. Vamos
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Vam

A cumulative tale of a farm maiden who, aided by a group of animals, prepares "Arroz con Leche," or rice pudding. Includes recipe and glossary of the Spanish words that are woven throughout the text.
Suggested for ages 6-9


Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin

Duncan Tonatiuh
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ton

Two cousins, one in Mexico and one in New York City, write to each other and learn that even though their daily lives differ, at heart the boys are very similar.
Suggested for ages 5-9


Fire! ¡Fuego! Brave Bomberos

Susan Middleton Elya
Juvenile Picture Books - Ely

A brave group of firefighters set off to battle a blaze at a townhouse. Spanish words interspersed in the rhyming text are defined in a glossary.
Suggested for ages 3-8


I Love Saturdays y Domingos

Alma Flor Ada
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ada

A young girl enjoys the similarities and the differences between her English-speaking and Spanish-speaking grandparents.
Suggested for ages 5-8


Little Roja Riding Hood

Susan Middleton Elya
Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Little Red Riding Hood Ely

A rhyming twist on the classic fairy tale in which a little girl saves her grandmother from a wolf. Includes glossary of Spanish words.
Suggested for ages 3-8


Niño Wrestles the World

Yuyi Morales
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Mor

Lucha Libre champion Niño has no trouble fending off monstrous opponents, but when his little sisters awaken from their naps, he is in for a no-holds-barred wrestling match that will truly test his skills.
Suggested for ages 5-8


La Princesa and the Pea

Susan Middleton Elya
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ely

A rhyming twist on a classic fairy tale in which a queen places a pea under a young lady's mattress to see if she is truly a princess. Incorporates Spanish words and Includes a glossary.
Suggested for ages 3-8


Round is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes

Roseanne Thong
Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Tho

A little girl discovers things that are round, square, and rectangular in her Hispanic American neighborhood.
Suggested for ages 3-8


Rubia and the Three Osos

Susan Middleton Elya
Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Three Bears Ely

Retells the story of Goldilocks and the three bears in rhyming text interspersed with Spanish words, which are defined in a glossary.
Suggested for ages 3-6