5 Popular Spanish Children’s Books
Reading is the fastest and most efficient way to learn almost anything, and the same goes for the Spanish language. It’s also a great accompaniment to any Spanish courses you might be taking, for educational purposes or just a bit of fun!
It can be tough to engage children in learning a new language, but we’ve put together a list of the books that will act as a great introduction, and be perfect alongside our Spanish for kids courses! As something you can use at home to develop your child’s skills, the storylines keep them entertained while being educational too.
Engaging in literature is an excellent alternative to children’s Spanish lessons, especially at the moment! Though nothing beats the classroom atmosphere, even one where the learning is focused on fun and games. And of course, total immersion in the Spanish language is also the best way to learn, but if you haven’t got a ticket to Spain booked any time soon, then a book is the next best thing.
Take a look at this list of 5 popular Spanish children’s books for some inspiration!
El Montstruo de Coloures
‘The Colour Monster Goes To School’ By Ana Llenas
This book is first in the list of popular Spanish children’s books as a crucial part of stimulating social and emotional learning, using a monster who describes his feelings in colour to teach children their emotions and when they might be feeling them. This also teaches young Spanish learners the vocabulary they can use in moments of frustration, sadness, anger, happiness and much more. Recommended for ages 3-8 this book is simple and easy to understand and is useful for children of all ages, for those at home Spanish lessons.
By Marcela Paz
Papelucho is the name of a middle-class 8-year-old boy living in Chile, written in the style of a diary book, describing his everyday life with plenty of humour and lessons for children. He has been compared to the Chilean ‘Dennis The Menace’ and is a staple children’s book in Chilean culture, which makes it one of the perfect Spanish children’s books to get them excited about learning this language. First published in 1947, this book has also been adapted into French, Japanese and English. Still, the original Spanish version is a great way to get Spanish language learners interested in reading.
By Pam Munoz Ryan
Perhaps one for the more advanced Spanish readers, this is the tale of Esperanza and her struggles to face family and financial struggles following the death of her father in Mexico. More suited to older children, this story describes the hardships that she encounters with acceptance in her culture, as she challenges the traditions of her family life. This book is genuinely immersive and gives the reader an honest glimpse into Spanish fiction and Spanish life.
Juan Bobo was first published anonymously in 1554 and describes a boy living in Puerto Rico and going to church, work, school and events that give a flavour or Puerto Rican life. Since 1554, many more stories about Juan Bobo have been written, and all give an accurate account of what life might have been like for a child during that time, meaning that readers can learn about Spanish culture.
These books are often used in Spanish lessons in the U.S. and have been re-published by well-known companies such as Harper Collins. You might find these books in the Spanish section of your local library! We think Juan Bobo’s popularity makes it one of the best Spanish children’s books out there for those early learning stages.
El Pastel Esta Tan Arriba
‘The Cake Is So High’ By Susanne Straber
This charming story depicts a bear called Oso, interested in a cake that is too high for him to reach. He recruits nearby animal friends to help him fetch the cake, meanwhile teaching readers what it means to work together and share. It also simplifies the use of prepositions in the Spanish language and mentions many animals’ names, including pictures. A fantastic Spanish book!
These works of fiction are considered some of the most popular Spanish children’s books down to their inclusion of Spanish culture and exciting storylines. They are an excellent start for kids of all ages to build on their Spanish vocabulary alongside any Spanish courses.
Why not start reading some of these books in your spare time, you could even name-drop them in conversation to impress native Spanish speakers. Happy reading!