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Updated on Sep 14, 2020. Posted on Oct 9, 2019

Bilingual Children's Books That'll Be Twice As Much Fun To Read

Adorable pictures books available in both English and Spanish? Sorry, I can't hang out this weekend. I'm completely ~booked~.

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1. Niño, an award-winning book combining English and Spanish vocabulary, all about a "champion" lucha libre competitor who is sure to win over your family's hearts with his masterful summersaults, affinity for popsicles, and his interactions with imaginary monsters...who often happen to be his younger sisters.

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Promising review: "Niño is such a fun book. Yuyi Morales has created a story that captures my students. What young child can resist lucha libre and a kid running around in underwear and a mask? My students cheer and laugh too as Niño takes on all kinds of bad guys in his attempt to be the best wrestler in the world. There are so many smiles when we read this book. The art is vibrant and lively. The text is full of fantastic words like 'Fwap! Slish! Bloop! Krunch!' and a smattering of Spanish too. I cannot express how much I love this book. It makes me smile every single time I read it. He has captured my heart and I think he has those of my students too." —Crystal

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

2. Little Night, a piece filled with such whimsical illustrations the characters (Mother Sky and Little Night) seem to float off the page — this sweet bilingual bedtime story is sure to charm your own little star into slumber.

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Promising review: "This is an absolute joy to read! Both my three year old and I fell in love with it. I have since purchased three copies — one for our family and two for friends. The story is dreamy, playful, and loving. The art is magical. I also love that it's in both English and Spanish, beautifully written in each language. I have never come across a book quite like this one, and never get tired of reading it at my little one's request!" —L.C.S.

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

3. Maria Had A Little Llama is a truly novel picture book filled with Peruvian-inspired illustrations. This'll warm your heart as you read all about a friendly little girl, a naughty little llama, and the mischief the two playmates manage on a daily basis.

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Promising review: "We purchased this for our five year old niece, who is learning to read Spanish. This book was a big hit with her and all the family, and she was able to read it in Spanish right away. The story and words were easy enough for her, and the few more difficult words, she was able to sound out and learn. She read the story over and over. We loved that the story takes place in Peru, so we she could also learn Peruvian culture. This is a great book for children, especially if you want to teach them to read Spanish." —JMG

Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

4. Sonia Sotomayor, a kid-friendly biography all about the first Latina Supreme Court justice. Read this with your little ones and you're gonna start up great conversations about family, community, self conviction, and heritage thanks to Justice Sotomayor's shining example.

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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 $16.99.

5. And The Life of Selena, a board book biography filled with bright illustrations and fun dialog for inspiring the mini musicians in your life with the story of a timeless, sensational star.

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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 toddler 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 $6.99.

6. Laughing Out Loud, I Fly, a book of poems in English and Spanish by U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. These poems are sure to captivate readers as Herrera artistically describes living life between two cultures.

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Promising review: "This has wonderful freedom of expression and joy. Five stars." —Jean Bower

Get it from Amazon for $4.26.

7. Don't Eat Me, Chupacabra!, a monstrously funny book about a clever goat who would rather not become lunch and the tiny monster who thinks our goat friend looks *gulp* delicious.

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Promising review: "For those of us that like the macabre, this is a very cute story with an appropriate solution. Spoiler: the goats are cookies! Cute art, cute story. Original." —v.m.

Get it from Amazon for $11.39.

8. Rainbow weaver, a book about young Ixchel, who wants to weave with backstrap looms as the women in her family have for generations. Ixchel is patient, diligent, and thrifty as she finds a way to learn about her culture's traditions and bring a new (and earth-friendly!) take on it herself. This book is so lovely you'll hardly beweave it.

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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 $10.95.

9. Antonio's Card, a tender story about a young boy who loves expressing emotions with his writing. Your kids are sure to appreciate Antonio's courage as he finds the best way to show his love to both mother figures in his life, despite what his friends might say.

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Promising review: "Antonio has two mother figures which makes it difficult to explain to his classmates. During Mother's Day card making time and after school, when his mom's partner picks him up, Antonio doesn't know how to deal with peer pressure. He is teased often and this confuses him because he loves his moms and his family. This book nicely portrays one boy's struggle to fit in without hurting anyone's feelings. The book is written in English and Spanish on each page. The love in the story overpowers the basic illustrations. A feel good read." —Cady Hayden

Get it from Amazon for $9.76.

10. Be Bold! Be Brave! is a modern look at 11 Latinas who made U.S. history — grab this brilliantly bold book and you and your family can be inspired by women like Antonia Novello (the first female Surgeon General in the U.S.), Ellen Ochoa (the first Latina to go to space), Rita Moreno (the first Latina to win an Oscar), and many more!

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Promising review: "In language that is clear and simple, to both young English and Spanish readers, the author highlights and educates about the accomplishments of Latin women in US history. The fun and rhyming wording and colorful illustrations create an enjoyable learning experience for kids. Being a dual-language book, I think it’s great how the author weaves language learning into storytelling." —kimelene carr

Get it from Amazon for $15.42.

11. Dalia's Wondrous Hair — a fun choice for young readers who love a good hair-raising story. In fact, this book takes that phrase literally as Dalia's hair grows high into the sky! Get ready for a home full of fun new hairstyles after this funny read.

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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 $12.65.

12. La Catrina: Emotions — this'll delight anyone who still has the songs from Coco stuck in their head and wants even more Dia De los Muertos entertainment in their home. This colorful book is a great way to celebrate the season while teaching youngsters about their feelings.

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Promising review: "My spouse is a native Puerto Rican and I've studied human development, so when it comes to books (and Spanish books in particular) we are quite picky. These are absolutely fantastic. From the accurate words to the developmental support, we love these and can't wait to own all of this author's books." —Amy

Get it from Amazon for $8.79.

13. And I Like It When..., a great choice for snuggly little readers who love nothing more than cuddling up and reading a heartwarming book about life at the end of the day.

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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 $6.34.

When people tell me I'm too old to be reading picture books:

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