Fall holds so many great themes for reading. In this list of Spanish picture books I have chosen to highlight books with the themes of pumpkins & fall, as well as a few of my current favorites to go along with celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!! You can also check out my book list of Barefoot Books that Celebrate Hispanic Heritage.
Spanish Books About Hispanic Heritage
Eighteen poems about Hispanic figures of past and present—some famous, others not so famous. Each poem is accompanied by a beautiful portrait drawn by illustrator Rafael López. The back of the book also contains a small biographical paragraph about each figure represented in the book for readers to learn more about the lives of each.
I loooove this book. Author Carmen Lomas Garza has painted scenes from her childhood growing up in southern Texas, near the U.S./Mexico border. Each painting has a vignette to go along with it, describing the scene. Some scenes are from everyday life, and others from very special occasions. It’s such a lovely tribute to Hispanic culture, family, language, religion, and history.
La calabaza rodante (Ages 3+)
by Junia Wonders
Illustrated by Daniel Volpari
One of those fun books where the phrases are repeated over and over again (great for language learning and comprehension!). Marla Pequeña’s pumpkin starts rolling down the road and all through the town without any signs of stopping. Marla follows it shouting for help along the way.
La cosecha de calabazas – Pumpkin Harvest (Ages 4-7)
by Calvin Harris
Learn about how pumpkins grow on a vine, change colors, and how they are harvested. This book is part of a series called “Todo acerca del otoño” (All About Fall).
Calabazas (Ages 5-8)
by Jacqueline Farmer
Illustrated by Phyllis Limbacher Tildes
Paying tribute to the star of the fall season, the pumpkin, through this book kids can learn about where the pumpkin originated in use, how it grows, how it is used today and more fun facts. The illustrations are done with colored pencil giving this book a cozy and cheery feel. It also includes a list of websites where kids can go to learn more about the pumpkin!
La viejecita que no le tenía miedo a nada (The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything) (Ages 4-8)
by Linda Williams
Illustrated by Megan Lloyd
Here is a classic fall book that I was so happy to find in Spanish! Another entertaining tale that uses repetition. A little old lady sets out to collect some herbs and spices from the forest. She runs into some spooky things, but each time says “I’m not afraid of you!” Or is she? You can also find this book read aloud in Spanish on YouTube!
Carlos and the Squash Plant (Ages 5-8)
by Jan Romero Stevens
Illustrated by Jeanne Stevens
A silly tale about a boy who refuses to take a bath after working in the garden each day, and then a plant sprouts in all the dirt in his ear! Carlos learns a lesson about the importance of cleanliness, and that Mamá always knows best. 😉 In the back of the book, you can find a recipe for calabacitas traditionally cooked in the Southwestern United States.
Sopa de calabaza (Ages 4-7)
by Helen Cooper
We’ve read this book in English and it is a great story about friendship. The three animals always make pumpkin soup together, but one day duck decides it’s time for something different. Thankfully the animals figure out a way to compromise and work through their differences.
¡El otoño ya está aquí! (Ages 5-6)
by Albert Asensio
Little squirrel Nin pays attentions to the signs and knows that fall is here! Bears are eating more, animals are getting their nests ready, leaves begin to fall. What other signs of fall does the forest have to tell?
El otoño (Ages 4-8)
by Julie Murray
These books with simple text work well for kids who are learning Spanish! Talk about all the things that make us think of fall!
Estamos en otoño (Ages 8-12)
by Celeste Bishop
Fun illustrations and a narrative-style text walk you through all the fun activities you can do in the fall: hayrides, raking leaves, and more!
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