Great Bilingual and Spanish Books for Children

Many of these besides being in another language or bilingual also portray a story rich with culture and tradition.


  • Marina and the little green boy/Marina y el niño verde. Antonio Vicente; Miguel Ordoñez. Also has an app for Android.
  • Easy Alphabet! / Abecedario facil!. Ana Gomez
  • Sea Animals and Jungle Animals / Animales del mar y Animales de la selva (Two Little Libros). Mike Lowery
  • The Adventure of Connie and Diego/Las Aventuras de Connie y Diego. Carolyn Garcia and Malaquias Montoya.   A contemporary legend of Mexican American twins, a delightful bilingual/multicultural book.

  • Hairs/Pelitos. Sandra Cisneros .
  • The Bossy Gallito/El Gallo de Bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale. Lucia M. Gonzalez and Lulu Delacre
  • La guitarra de mi tata. (English/Spanish.Ethriam Cash Brammer and Daniel Lechón
  • I Love Saturdays y domingos. (Spanish/English) Alma Flor Ada and Elivia Savadier.



  • Otilia imagina. Antonio Vicente & Miguel Ordonez.
  • Buenas Noches Luna. by Margaret Wise Brown.
  • Adivina Cuanto Te Quiero. Sam McBratney. Can be read along with English version.

  • Eric Carle books are preschooler favorites and these can be found in Spanish (and most in other languages as well), giving you the option of reading them in both languages: La oruga muy hambrienta (The Hungry Caterpillar), Oso pardo, Oso pardo que ves alli? (Brown bear La Mariquita Malumurda (the Grouchy Ladybug), La Araña muy Ocupada (A Very Busy Spider).

  • Abuela. Arthur Dorros Sandra Marulanda Dorros (also available in English)
  • The Day It Snowed Tortillas / El Dia Que Nevaron Tortillas, Folktales told in Spanish and English, Joe Hayes.
  • El árbol generoso by Shel Silverstein (also available in English)


  • What Happens Next?/ Kisa Kap Rive Apre? Cheryl Christian (Oct 1, 2005)
  • Where’s the Puppy? / Kote ti toutous la ye?. Cheryl Christian and Laura Dwight.
  • How many?/ Konbyen?. Cheryl Christian.
  • My First English Haitian Creole Illustrated Dictionary. Anne V. Dorsainvil, Educa Vision.


  • Yon Mango Pou Granpapa (A Mango for Grandpa). Caroline Hudicourt, Ismer Saincilus.
  • Rita ak Jako (Rita and the Parrot). Marie Carole Jeune, Larimer Saincilus.
  • Pye Kokoye a (The Coconut Tree). Ghyslaine Rochelin, Olivier Bertoni


  • Chinese and English Nursery Rhymes: Share and Sing in Two Languages (English-Chinese), Faye-Lynn Wu. Check out the link to, you can play a couple of songs in both languages for free!
  • Spider Thread (English /Chinese), Buddhist Text Translation Society.
  • Marco Polo Vuole Viaggare: Marco Polo Wants to Travel (English-Italian), Claudia Cerulli
  • Filastrocche Italiane Volume 2 – Italian Nursery Rhymes Volume 2 (English /Italian), Claudia Cerulli, Julie Weaver

  • The Leopard’s Drum: An Asante Tale from West Africa (Gujarati/English), Jessica Souhami.
  • Hieronyme de Carmot et ses droles d’animaux / Hieronymus Betts and His Unusual Pets (French/English), M. P. Robertson (Jul 28, 2008)
  • Here Comes the Cat! (English / Russian), Frank Asch & Vladimir Vagin (Jul 12, 2011)
  • Animals to Count (Portuguese/English), Brian Wildsmith.

2 thoughts on “Great Bilingual and Spanish Books for Children”

  1. Thank you for putting together these resources together. Having them all in one spot is great. My daughter has spent her first six months of school taking spanish. Now they’re doing the last half of school taking French. I always wanted to be fluent in a second language, well it never happened. I want it to happen for my daughter!! I love your site! Thanks again 🙂


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