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    26 Bilingual Kids Books That'll Have Everyone Speaking En Español

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    1. A bilingual biography of the reina herself, Selena, complete with colorful illustrations, interesting facts, and perfect translations so you can learn Spanish while you also learn about a legend.

    Promising review: "Received this amazing little book today and I am in love. Each page is filled with amazing illustrations and great easy reading material. To be honest, I put this book away for now because I don’t want my 2-year-old to ruin it. So basically I bought it for me. Thank you for releasing such a great book representing a true icon!" —karina t

    Get it from Amazon for $6.89+.

    2. A copy of Besos for Baby, an adorable tale of how love (and kisses) are the same language for everyone.

    Promising review: "My little nephew looooooves to go around and give kisses after this book. If he tries to give a kiss and the recipient doesn't speak Spanish, he tries to teach them how to say it. :)" —Yordana.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+.

    3. The very inspiring story of Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Supreme Court justice and and all-around awesome lady.

    Promising review: "Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor was featured in a recent 60 Minutes segment, visiting her old neighborhood in the Bronx, New York. People called greetings to her from second-story apartment windows in Spanish and she warmly replied. She wasn't born to money or privilege — far from it — and she didn't expect her diabetes to let her live this long; but she studied hard, worked hard, and didn't let anything stop her. It's an inspiring story. By the way, I bought the book as a gift for a 13-year-old girl, but it's also been helpful to me in refreshing the Spanish I learned in school." —J.B. Lyle

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95+.

    4. An award-winning book about a young girl whose family comes together to give her a space of her own.

    Promising review: "I enjoyed reading this story, and I am not even the audience it is aimed at. (I'm an adult with no Latino heritage.) I highly recommend it, especially for Latinx children who want to learn about their language and their heritage." —Kathryn Page Camp

    Get it from Amazon for $8.94.

    5. The gorgeous story of Ixchel and her quest to follow in the beautiful Mayan tradition of weaving on backstrap looms.

    Promising review: "This book features so many of my favorite things: weaving, culture, traditions, recycling, language, and socioeconomic development. So often kids are told to wait until they’re older to participate in activities. But this determined girl isn’t brushed off so easily. Though the text is presented in English and Spanish, the characters use words from a Mayan language called Kaqchikel. A glossary and pronunciation guide is provided. The illustrations are colorful and endearing. The story was inspired by the author’s friends who started a weaving cooperative, Mayan Hands, in Guatemala. A portion of the proceeds from the book benefits two Mayan weaving cooperatives, their children’s education, and health care." —Beth A.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.14.

    6. Margaret and Margarita, which lets you follow two young girls as their friendship flourishes, despite the fact that neither speaks the other's language.

    Promising review: "I'm teaching my 2-year-old niece Spanish and she enjoys this book. It's one of the better bilingual books I've found for her. And very useful because it actually teaches the concept of languages by showing Spanish and English in action, side by side, as an integral part of the story. Puts Spanish in context, especially for a kid who does not encounter Spanish on a day-to-day basis — beyond her big book collection, that is!" —lil

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+.

    7. A copy of My Name Is Celia, a colorful story about the one and only Celia Cruz that'll have you screaming "Azúcar"!

    Promising review: "My kids loved this book about Celia Cruz! Loved how informational it was, and loved how it presented the facts. All my kids now love saying "azúcar!" —Claire

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+.

    8. A very magical story about a little girl whose hair grows and grows up into the sky and the adventure that it leads to.

    Promising review: "Beautifully written. My daughter loves it. I really love that it is both in English and in Spanish as my daughter is learning to read in both languages and can read the story both ways. The illustrations are also very beautiful." —Ana L. Sánchez

    Get it from Amazon for $13.80.

    9. A copy of Side by Side, Lado a Lado, the triumphant story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez, the inspiring activists who fought for farmworkers' rights.

    Promising review: "Growing up, my mother told us we had to boycott grapes. At that time, I only understood farmworkers were treated badly and Cesar Chavez was helping them. Years later, I’ve found a bilingual children’s book that would have helped me understand not only the history of the farmworkers movement but who Cesar Chavez was and how he and Dolores Huerta worked together to inspire a national consciousness about the treatment of farmworkers. I love that this book introduces Dolores and Cesar as children and connects their early life experiences to the decisions they made as they grew up. The illustrations by Jose Cepeda really welcome readers into the story and younger children will be engaged visually." —Latinxs in Kid Lit

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    10. An artistic little Frida Kahlo counting book that'll help you learn your numbers and about the iconic artist.

    Promising review: "I bought this as a gift for a 2-year-old. Each page features a number and objects to count (such as 'dos flores/two flowers'). The pages are bold, colorful, and exciting. This is a great way to introduce little ones to Frida, art, and another culture/language!" —jsoul6208

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99+.

    11. Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match, the charming story of a Peruvian Scottish American who definitely doesn't fit into a box and wouldn't want it any other way.

    Promising review: "My daughters love this book! Marisol, the main character, is fun, spunky, and easy to relate to. Her dilemma, being teased and corrected for her unique style, is pertinent for preschool and early elementary kids. The narrative arc works well. The book is not preachy nor does it take the criticism from others so far that it would make sensitive souls or super young children uncomfortable. It's very well written and the prose has a great childlike voice. And, on top of all this, the story is written in both English and Spanish. My daughter had been reluctant to engage with my attempts at introducing foreign languages until we started reading this book. She now loves for me to read it in both languages. Go Marisol!" —D. P.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.36.

    12. A copy of My Name Is Gabriela, a book about Chilean-born Gabriela Mistral, the first Nobel Prize-winning Latina woman in the world.

    Promising review: "I wish there were more bilingual children's books like this superb story about the life of Gabriela Mistral, the first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature (1945). I am a university professor of Latin American Literature, and I have been teaching Mistral's poetry to university students for more than 15 years. She is typically one of my students' favorite poets, and I have found that many of her poems — especially those about children and motherhood — are also great for young ears. It will enthrall children of all ages. My children (ages 3 and 6) absolutely love it." —Thomas Anderson

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    13. Maya's Blanket, the tale of a little girl with a very special blanket made for her by her loving grandmother.

    Promising review: "Purchased this book for a 6-year-old. It's a pleasant book to read. I especially love that it is fully translated in both English and Spanish. I would highly recommend this book in any home library or classroom. This book has culturally relevant references to Latina/o culture such as quinceañeras, rebozos, and most important the intergenerational passing of items and knowledge." —Lorena Camargo Gonzalez

    Get it from Amazon for $14.55.

    14. Growing Up With Tamales, which gives a peek into the making of a traditional dish through the eyes of Ana and her older sister as they grow up.

    Promising review: "I am a native English speaker and speak Spanish fluently. I am a licensed foster parent and am trying to build a collection of books that feature different cultures and children that aren't pale white with blonde hair. This book exceeded my expectations. Welcoming drawings, good translations clearly visible on each page, and a developing story utilizing a variety of basic vocabulary — perfect for my home! Currently, I have a 15-year-old learning to read. The story was not too babyish, yet not too difficult for her to sound words out in Spanish (and see the English above, she's learning both at once). I would absolutely recommend this book to others." —J. Brogger

    Get it from Amazon for $13.27.

    15. A colorful story (literally!) of Zapata, so you can learn about the historic revolutionary while you also learn all the colors in Spanish.

    Promising review: "These books are AMAZING! I read these with my very young cousins and students. They really love the pictures and enjoy reading the words together. The pictures are fantastic and they're wonderful. This one in particular teaches/reviews colors in both Spanish and English." —Mimi L

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99+.

    16. A bilingual copy of the award-winning biography The Storyteller's Candle, which chronicles the life of Pura Belpré, New York City's first Latina librarian.

    Promising review: "I really loved this story about a Puerto Rican girl who moves to New York and discovers the library via New York City's first Puerto Rican librarian. Very sweet story and perfect for Christmastime to also include the Reyes Magos. We read it at the library, but it's on our wish list for our little one." —joey 76

    Get it from Amazon for $9.61.

    17. An inspirational tale about what happens when people team up and fight for a greater good.

    Promising review: "This was the children's book that made me cry. The little boy wanted to help his mother. It's the sweetest thing that talks about workers' rights. Standing up for something, supporting family, and solidarity. A must-own for all children IMHO." —Super great

    Get it from Amazon for $3.30+.

    18. A copy of Waiting for the Biblioburro, the story of Luis Soriano Bohórquez, who travels through rough terrain on his trustworthy burros to bring books to the children in far-off Colombian villages.

    Promising review: "The story this book tells is amazing and good for children. My only concern when I decided to buy the book was the quality of the Spanish, but the translation was above what I expected (Spanish is my first language). I totally recommend this book!" —Alejandro Basurto

    Get it from Amazon for $11.89.

    19. In My Family, an award-winning story about growing up in a traditional Mexican American family and the bonds one forms.

    Promising review: "This book has lovely illustrations and is written in both Spanish and English. It is probably best suited for a high school Spanish class to enrich reading and culture. I bought it to use in an ESL class at the elementary level but it is clearly not suited for young children." —Debra J

    Get it from Amazon for $7.04.

    20. I Remember Abuelito — a heartwarming tale about remembering loved ones and celebrating the Day of the Dead (if you loved Coco, you should probably add it to your library).

    Promising review: "I love this book and so do the children. It is a wonderful way to connect children to the Mexican culture and to give others an look at this beautiful tradition. I've used it from preschool to third grade. I really recommend it!" —Diana Hernandez

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    21. What Can You Do With a Rebozo?, in which a question answered through beautiful illustrations and a delightfully heartwarming story surrounding a traditional Mexican and Mexican-American shawl.

    Promising review: "Wow!! Man, this book was amazing and I really loved all the bright colors. It's really creative and shows you what a little girl and mom can do with a rebozo. A rebozo is a really big scarf that you can wear and play in, in many different ways. After reading this book, it made me want to go shopping and buy a rebozo just so I could see how many ways I could wear one. I chose to read this book because I read What Can You Do With a Paleta? and I loved that book so I knew I would love this one. I think that this book is a must-read read for all ages. :)" —Kimberly Lott

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+.

    22. A colorful little dictionary of Spanish words illustrated with fun drawings that could help anyone learn the language.

    Promising review: "This book is great! Big, thick, sturdy pages! It helps to know the pronunciation of Spanish so you can say it to your kids, but even if you don't, at least it gives them a general idea of how to say the words. I'm sure that's better than nothing. Heck, this book would be great for ME to learn more Spanish as I know very little. More incentive for me to visit my niece and read her this book while I'm there, however! :) The book ranges from about five to nine words per page, with 14 pages in the entire book." —Lacer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.74+.

    23. My Diary From Here to There, which chronicles one little girl's journey across the border from Mexico to Los Angeles and the fears, excitement, and dreams that come along for the ride.

    Promising review: "Although this story is written from a girl's point of view, it worked well with a sixth-grade boy who immigrated to the US four years ago — it helped him to reflect on his own experience." —Kathryn Burnell

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    24. I Love Saturdays y Domingos — it shares the adventures and love of a little girl with grandparents that are both European American and Mexican American.

    Promising review: "Loved it! My grandsons have a similar situation and can relate. Love how they go back and forth between languages." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.39.

    25. A copy of Cuauhtémoc, a book that allows readers to explore the city of Tenochtitlan alongside the last Aztec emperor while introducing shapes and their English and Spanish words.

    Promising review: "Ms. Rodriguez's books are a delightful way to introduce the wee ones to the Spanish language! They are sturdy so even the tiniest hands can flip pages without damage. They are colorful with marriages of simple graphic shapes to form images that are refreshing for a child's book. I enjoy reading these books to my 11-month-old grandson!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    26. I Like It When... follows an adorable little penguin who likes holding hands, dancing, and just plain having fun.

    Promising review: "Bilingual board books are not easy to find. This one is great as it has a story, it’s not only a picture book with words. Good translation too!" —Lourdes

    Get it from Amazon for $4.69.

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