Have you ever wanted to read books in Spanish to your child but were unsure of where to start? The Grand Rapids Public Library has a great collection of Spanish picture books. Many of them are bilingual, allowing for parents or the child to read the story in both languages! As the library gears up to offer Spanish Pre-Literacy classes at the Seymour branch for the Winter 2017 season, here are some of my favorite Spanish books to read with my nephew and I encourage you try them out with your little one!

Bilingual Books: 

The lost ball = la pelota perdida by Lynn Reiser
Themes: dogs, colors, friendship

My way : a Margaret and Margarita story = A mi Manera : un cuento de Margarita y Margaret
Themes: Friends, being yourself

My Nana’s Remedies = Los Remedios de mi nana by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford
Themes: Family, traditional remedies

Book Fiesta! = Book Day by Pat Mora

Themes: Reading, Dia de los Niños, imagination


For more excellent titles check out Colorin Colorado’s bilingual booklist.

Books in Spanish:

La coleccionista de palabaras by Sonja Wimmer

Themes: Sharing, shows the importance of dialogue 

Martina, una cucharachita muy linda by Carmen Agra Deedy
Themes: Not everyone is who they seem, make choice carefully

A Lola le encantan los cuentos by Anna McQuinn
Themes: imagination, books, reading 

La Biblioteca Nocturna by Kazuno Kohara

Themes: reading, libraries


You can find additional books in Spanish at any of our 8 GRPL locations. Here is a list from our catalog of juvenile Spanish books. Also, make sure to stop by Spanish pre-literacy classes for families every Monday at 6:30 pm beginning January 9th at Seymour branch. Happy reading!