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Spanish Language and Culture for Younger Children

Create a fun and engaging learning environment with your child as you read these exciting books. Some of these books take place in other countries, some highlight and celebrate features of Hispanic culture, and some are classic children's books that have been translated to Spanish. Exposure to foreign languages at a young age is the best way to open the door to becoming bilingual, and at Richland Library, you will find these titles and more in our growing Spanish language collection. You can check out 60 books with your Richland Library card and when you've finished this list, just call your closest Richland Library location.


Morgan R. Says: The well loved book, translated to Spanish. Repetition is key to learning a new language, and this book is perfect!
Amazon Says: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? is the companion book to the classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Bill Martin's simple, rhythmic text invites young liste more...
Amazon Says: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? is the companion book to the classic Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Bill Martin's simple, rhythmic text invites young listeners to chant along with the sounds of the animals in the zoo, from braying zebras to trumpeting elephants. Eric Carle's vibrant and imaginative illustrations are the perfect match for the playful text, keeping children enthralled reading after reading. This new Spanish translation brings Bill Martin and Eric Carle's book to a whole new audience. Spanish-speaking and bilingual children will now be able to share the joy and magic of the delightful Polar Bear and his friends at the zoo. less...
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Morgan R. Says: A bilingual snapshot of a Puerto Rican neighborhood and its inhabitants.
Amazon Says: Quinito’s family and friends all have important jobs in the neighborhood — jobs that help make the community a happy place where people know each other and work together. R more...
Amazon Says: Quinito’s family and friends all have important jobs in the neighborhood — jobs that help make the community a happy place where people know each other and work together. Readers join this lively youngster as he introduces his special folks: a cousin who goes to clown school, a neighbor who sews a wedding dress for a bank teller who will marry the local mailman, and so many more. José Ramírez’ jewel colors and sensitive rendering bring this charming journey to life, encouraging children to make similar tours of their own neighborhoods and to recognize that they too are very busy members of a tightly-knit community. less...
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Say Hola to Spanish by Susan Middleton Elya
Morgan R. Says: A fun rhyming dictionary of basic words in English and in Spanish.
Amazon Says: An entertaining introduction to the Spanish language features kid-friendly rhyming text and colorful illustrations that make words easier to remember, as well as a variety of more...
Amazon Says: An entertaining introduction to the Spanish language features kid-friendly rhyming text and colorful illustrations that make words easier to remember, as well as a variety of activities. Children's BOMC. less...
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Morgan R. Says: A look at all of the beautiful colors in Maya's world.
Amazon Says: Little Maya longs to find brilliant, beautiful, inspiring color in her world.…but Maya’s world, the Mojave Desert, seems to be filled with nothing but sand. With the help o more...
Amazon Says: Little Maya longs to find brilliant, beautiful, inspiring color in her world.…but Maya’s world, the Mojave Desert, seems to be filled with nothing but sand. With the help of a feathered friend, she searches everywhere to discover color in her world. In the brilliant purple of her mother's flowers, the cool green of a cactus, the hot pink sunset, and the shiny black of Papi's hair, Maya finally finds what she was looking for. The book’s appealing narrative and bold illustrations encourage early readers to observe and explore, and to discover the colors in their own less...
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Morgan R. Says: Photographs of brightly colored hand-made Mexican crafts.
Amazon Says: Little kids love colors, they love animals, and they love the sounds of words. Especially new words. Colores de la Vida—the third in the highly successful series First Conce more...
Amazon Says: Little kids love colors, they love animals, and they love the sounds of words. Especially new words. Colores de la Vida—the third in the highly successful series First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art—combines all these elements to teach early learners about color. Leggy red giraffes, pink cows, purple rabbits—the Oaxacan folk artists who contributed to this book unleashed their imaginations and went wild with color. Young children will delight in the bright colors of the Oaxacan rainbow while folk art collectors will marvel at the whimsical handcrafts.But the simplicity of a book like Colores de la Vida belies the years of research and thoughtful intercultural communication with third-world artists done by Cynthia Weill. As an art historian, she has always been interested in the crafts of developing nations. Weill's intention with Colores de la Vida—and its predecessors in the series, ABeCedarios and Opuestos—has been to find an educational purpose for the work of Oaxacan artisans. She hopes to open up a larger, more international market for their craft.Cynthia Weill is a professor and mentor to teachers at Columbia University's Teachers College. She also owns a business—Aid to Women Artisans—that promotes the craftwork of artisans from developing countries. Colores de la Vida is her third book in the First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art series. less...
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Morgan R. Says: Count in Spanish and English in this parade of Mexican Folk Art
Amazon Says: Practice your numbers in English and Spanish when you count the beautiful dancers, playful musicians, and happy children of Oaxaca as the Guelaguetza parade goes by! Pronounc more...
Amazon Says: Practice your numbers in English and Spanish when you count the beautiful dancers, playful musicians, and happy children of Oaxaca as the Guelaguetza parade goes by! Pronounced Gal-a-get-zah, the lively celebration—full of traditional dancing and music—takes place every July deep in the heart of southern Mexico. ONE band leader with a big white balloon! DOS hombres with firecrackers! THREE musicians! FOUR giants! All exquisitely handcrafted by the Mexican folk art masters Guillermina, Josefina, Irene, and Concepción Aguilar, in collaboration with author and scholar Cynthia Weill. Bienvenidos! Welcome to the parade! Cynthia Weill is a professor and mentor to teachers at Columbia University's Teachers College. She also owns a non-profit—Aid to Women Artisans—that promotes the craftwork of artisans from developing countries. Count Me In is her fourth book in the First Concepts in Mexican Folk Art Series. The Aguilar Sisters are Mexico's most beloved artisans. They learned how to make clay figurines from their mother Doña Isaura. These lively independent women are considered great masters of Mexican folk art and have been visited by Queen Elizabeth, Queen Sofia of Spain, various Mexican presidents, and Nelson Rockefeller. Their humorous ceramics of the people of their town and state are in museum collections the world over. less...
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Siesta by Ginger Foglesong Guy
Morgan R. Says: Learn colors, objects and everything in between with ease using this bilingual book.
Amazon Says: 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 -- a more...
Amazon Says: 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. less...
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My Grandma/Mi Abuelita by Ginger Foglesong Guy
Morgan R. Says: Take a trip to Grandma's house using English and Spanish words
Amazon Says: Follow an imaginative boy and his family as they take a faraway trip above the clouds and across the sea to visit his beloved grandma. Ginger Foglesong Guy's lyrical words dra more...
Amazon Says: Follow an imaginative boy and his family as they take a faraway trip above the clouds and across the sea to visit his beloved grandma. Ginger Foglesong Guy's lyrical words draw readers gently along the journey, with each moment of adventure and tenderness—familiar to most young readers—captured by Viví Escrivá's sensitive watercolors. Simple words in both English and Spanish provide valuable bilingual vocabulary lessons on every page.Sigue a un niño lleno de imaginación mientras atraviesa el cielo y el mar con su familia para visitar a su amada abuelita. Las palabras líricas de Ginger Foglesong Guy dulcemente dirigen el viaje del lector, y las sensibles acuarelas de Viví Escrivá capturan cada momento de aventura y ternura. Palabras sencillas en inglés y español en cada página proporcionan varias oportunidades para lecciones de vocabulario en ambos idiomas. less...
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Morgan R. Says: Spanish and English colors are interwoven in this concept book.
Amazon Says: Colors explode off the page as Sherry Shahan's energetic, jazzy poetry introduces young readers to colors in English and Spanish. In a style brimming with rhythm and syncopati more...
Amazon Says: Colors explode off the page as Sherry Shahan's energetic, jazzy poetry introduces young readers to colors in English and Spanish. In a style brimming with rhythm and syncopation, Shahan introduces nine colors by interweaving images and dance steps. Ecuadoran artist Paula BarragA-n's computer-enhanced cut-paper illustrations capture the rhythm and vivacity of the text. less...
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Morgan R. Says: A young girl embraces the similarities and differences between her English-speaking and Spanish-speaking grandparents.
Amazon Says: Saturdays and Sundays are very special days for the child in this story. On Saturdays, she visits Grandma and Grandpa, who come from a European-American background, and on Sun more...
Amazon Says: Saturdays and Sundays are very special days for the child in this story. On Saturdays, she visits Grandma and Grandpa, who come from a European-American background, and on Sundays -- los domingos -- she visits Abuelito y Abuelita, who are Mexican-American. While the two sets of grandparents are different in many ways, they also have a great deal in common -- in particular, their love for their granddaughter. While we follow our narrator to the circus and the pier, share stories from her grandparents' pasts, and celebrate her birthday, the depth and joy of both cultures are conveyed in Spanish and English. This affirmation of both heritages will speak to all children who want to know more about their own families and ethnic backgrounds. less...
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The Magic Maguey by Tony Johnston
Amazon Says: The people of the pueblo like the huge maguey that grows on the land of Don César. But Miguel likes it most of all. To him it is the best plant in the world. So at Christmast more...
Amazon Says: The people of the pueblo like the huge maguey that grows on the land of Don César. But Miguel likes it most of all. To him it is the best plant in the world. So at Christmastime, when Don César threatens to chop down the maguey to make room for a very fine house, it is Miguel who comes up with a glittering plan to save it. Joyful collage illustrations and a beautifully paced text celebrate the spirit of community in a picture book rich with the tradition and landscape of Mexico. less...
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Morgan R. Says: Bright colors and bold shapes make this book a worth reading again and again.
Amazon Says: HORA DE DORMIR DEL CONEJO is a beautifully translated bilingual edition of Nancy Elizabeth Wallace’s popular RABBIT'S BEDTIME. Each page contains the Spanish text, followed more...
Amazon Says: HORA DE DORMIR DEL CONEJO is a beautifully translated bilingual edition of Nancy Elizabeth Wallace’s popular RABBIT'S BEDTIME. Each page contains the Spanish text, followed by the English text in italics. The lyrical words and simple, colorful artwork invite readers young and old to reflect on a day well spent. Published last spring, the English edition of RABBIT'S BEDTIME received great acclaim. It was chosen for the Read to Grow literacy program. Here is what Kirkus Reviews had to say about the book: “As a young rabbit prepares for sleep, the pleasures of the day are recounted in couplets: ‘Time with others. Time alone. Time to nurture seeds I’ve sown.’ In the day, there was also time to play, sing, cuddle, and hug. Each activity is impressively captured in Wallace’s distinctive cut-paper artwork; the colors invite readers to linger, and the scenes are immediately recognizable. The positions struck by the rabbits — e.g., two bunnies dancing about in the spray of a sprinkler — are remarkably natural. While the rhymes and imagery are highly accessible, Wallace has added incidentals that expand the age range for the book, such as ladybugs, dragonflies, or a crab in a fish tank, that are fun to discover and identify.” less...
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Morgan R. Says: Stunning photographs make the beauty of our earth shine.
Amazon Says: Bilingual edition. Celebrate our home in this joyous, poetic tribute to the Earth's colors, climates, and seasons. Panoramic photographs capture the majesty of nature from swi more...
Amazon Says: Bilingual edition. Celebrate our home in this joyous, poetic tribute to the Earth's colors, climates, and seasons. Panoramic photographs capture the majesty of nature from swirling deserts to curling ocean waves. Close-ups reveal quieter treasures like springy moss and sunlit leaves. Tying all these wonders together are the faces of children from around the globe, reflecting our shared connection to the planet. less...
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Morgan R. Says: Brief poems full of onomotopoeias make the sounds of the desert come alive.
Amazon Says: "A bilingual account of some of the animals and sounds commonly found in the Southwestern desert. Each double-page spread depicts a vast expanse of light blue sky with four li more...
Amazon Says: "A bilingual account of some of the animals and sounds commonly found in the Southwestern desert. Each double-page spread depicts a vast expanse of light blue sky with four lines of text--two in English and two in Spanish--on the verso, and a different creature or scene on the recto. . . . The translations are appropriate and provide an excellent opportunity to compare the sounds in the two languages. . . . The illustrations evoke Native American art in shapes and colors, and the bottoms of the pages are adorned with geometric designs. This book is a good choice for reading aloud; young audiences will enjoy the predictable, repetitive text, and its bilingual format enhances its appeal in a variety of multicultural settings."--School Library Journal less...
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Amazon Says: I'm just like my mom. Me parezco tanto a mi mamá.I'm just like my dad. Me parezco tanto a mi papá.With Akemi Gutiérrez's charming illustrations, renowned journa more...
Amazon Says: I'm just like my mom. Me parezco tanto a mi mamá.I'm just like my dad. Me parezco tanto a mi papá.With Akemi Gutiérrez's charming illustrations, renowned journalist Jorge Ramos explores the many ways in which all children are just like their parents—in two languages!Junto con las simpáticas ilustraciones de Akemi Gutiérrez, el respetado periodista Jorge Ramos explora las varias maneras en que los hijos se parecen a sus padres. ¡Y lo hace en dos idiomas! less...
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Amazon Says: Doña Flor is a giant lady who lives in a tiny village in the American Southwest. Popular with her neighbors, she lets the children use her more...
Amazon Says: Doña Flor is a giant lady who lives in a tiny village in the American Southwest. Popular with her neighbors, she lets the children use her flowers as trumpets and her leftover tortillas as rafts. Flor loves to read, too, and she can often be found reading aloud to the children. One day, all the villagers hear a terrifying noise: it sounds like a huge animal bellowing just outside their village. Everyone is afraid, but not Flor. She wants to protect her beloved neighbors, so with the help of her animal friends, she sets off for the highest mesa to find the creature. Soon enough, though, the joke is on Flor and her friends, who come to rescue her, as she discovers the small secret behind that great big noise. The creators of TOMÁS AND THE LIBRARY LADY, Pat Mora and Raul Colón, have once again joined together. This time they present a heartwarming and humorous original tall tale-peppered with Spanish words and phrases about a giant lady with a great big heart. less...
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My Abuelita by Tony Johnston
Amazon Says: Book Details:Format: Library BindingPublication Date: 9/7/2009Pages: 32Reading Level: Age 4 and Up more...
Amazon Says: Book Details:Format: Library BindingPublication Date: 9/7/2009Pages: 32Reading Level: Age 4 and Up less...
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