Monday, August 10, 2009

Recommended English/Spanish books for young readers

The following books present English and Spanish on the same page or have many Spanish words and phrases woven into the English text. Such books are important for English language learners, especially for those who are already literate in their first language.

The titles are listed alphabet
ically and are loosely grouped by grade level ranges. Keep in mind that a book recommended for the intermediate grades may also be appropriate as a read-aloud in the primary grades.

Los libros siguie
ntes inglés presentes y español en la misma página o tiene muchas palabras españolas y expresa tejido en el texto inglés. Tales libros son importantes para estudiantes ingleses de idioma, especialmente para los que son ya letrados en sus títulos de lengua materna.el son listados son agrupados flojamente y alfabéticamente por grado gamas planas. Tenga presente que un libro recomendado para los grados intermedios también puede ser apropiado como un leyó en voz alta en los grados primarios.

This list was prepared by Regie Routman and is selected from her website. Her most recent book (2008) is Teaching Essentials: Expecting the Most and Getting the Best from Every Learner, K-8.

Grades K–2

Freight Train/Tren de Carga
by Donald Crews. Translated from the English by M. J. Infante. Greenwillow Books, 2003.

Goodnight Moon: A Counting Book/Buenas noches, Luna: Un libro para contar. Based on the book by Margaret Wise Brown. Pictures by Clement Hurd. Harper Collins, 1975.

I Love Saturdays y domingos. By Alma Flor Ada. Illustrated by Elivia Savadier. Aladdin Paperbacks, 2002.

The Harvest Birds/Los pájaros de la cosecha, by Blanca López de Mariscal. Illustrated by Enrique Flores. Children’s Book Press, 1995.

Isabel and the Hungry Coyote/Isabel y el coyote hambriento. Written by Keith Polette. Illustrated by Esther Szegedy, 2004.

My Grandma/Mi Abuelita. Written by Ginger Foglesong. Illustrated by Viví Escrivá. Harper Collins, 2007.

Radio Man: A Story in English and Spanish/Don Radio: Un Cuento en Inglés y Español. Written by Arthur Dorros. Spanish translation by Sandra Marulanda Dorros. Harper Collins, 1993.

Grades 3-5

Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story. Written by Tomie dePaola. Puffin Books, 2002.

Antonio’s Card/La Tarjeta de Antonio. Written by Rigoberto González. Illustrated by
Cecilia Concepción Álvarez. Children’s Book Press, 2006.

Calling the Doves/El Canto de las palomas. Written by Juan Felipe Herrera. Illus t r at ed by Elly Simmons. Children’s Book Press, 1995.

Family Pictures/Cuadros de familia. Written by Carmen Lomas Garza. Children’s Book Press, 1990.

In My Family/En mi Familia. Written by Carmen Lomas Garza. Children’s Book Press, 1996.

My Name is Celia: The Life of Celia Cruz/Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz. Written by Monica Brown. Illustrated by Rafael López.

My Very Own Room/Mi propio cuartito. Written by Amade Irma Pérez. Illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez. Children’s Book Press, 2000.

Fairy Tales for all grades

The following fairy tales, a series published by Chronicle Books in San Francisco (1998–2005) are retold in both Spanish and English on each page:

Cinderella/Cenicienta • Goldilocks and the Three Bears/Ricitos de Oro y los tres osos • Jack and the Beanstalk/Juan y los frijoles mágicos • Hansel and Gretel/Hansel y Gretel • The Little Mermaid/La sirenita • Little Red Riding Hood/Caperucita Roja • The Musicians of Bremen/Los músicos de Bremen • The Princess and the Pea/La princesa y el guisante • Puss in Boots/El gato con botas • Rapunzel/Rapunzel • The Sleeping Beauty/La bella durmiente • The Three Little Pigs/Los tres cerditos • Thumbelina/Pulgarcita • The Ugly Duckling/El patito feo

(You can find a library copy of any book mentioned on BookBag by typing in the name or author in the World Catalog search box above on the left. You can also purchase a copy directly from by using the link on this page.)

1 comment:

  1. I have just release my new children and YA fantasy novel, "Gateway to DreamWorld."

    I would love to get a review from you on the book. The book has been listed on and Barnes&

    Synopsis: On their way home from baseball tryouts, Brad Colby and his two sons are involved in a terrible car accident that leaves six-year-old Pete in a coma. When Pete awakens, the family is crushed to learn that he is paralyzed. Meanwhile, Pete’s eight-year-old brother, Jason, has been having powerful dreams that lead him to a mysterious realm known as DreamWorld. Jason discovers that all of his desires can come true in DreamWorld, but the time is fast approaching when he will have to choose between his two worlds. And when more devastating news strikes at the heart of the Colby family, Jason and Pete set out on a desperate attempt to find the Gateway to DreamWorld and save their family. With time running out on their dangerous path, will Jason and Pete’s fear of the Unknown keep them from reaching the paradise of their dreams? Brenda