I can’t believe I’m saying this, but St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! If you’re like us—a family learning Spanish—you’re looking for St. Patrick’s Day books in Spanish. I did my best to find you some, but let me tell you it was hard! Which makes sense since St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday celebrated mostly in Ireland and the U.S. However, with the amount of Spanish speakers in the United States, I really think there should be more Spanish translations of all the wonderful St. Patrick’s Day books out there. (But maybe you weren’t asking for my two cents?)
Did I really just use sense, since, and cents in one paragraph? Ha!
Without further ado, here’s the list of St. Patrick’s Day books in Spanish to get you ready for reading in Spanish in March!
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I haven’t read this one, but it sounds fun and has a 5-star rating on Amazon! I used to LOVE trying to set up Leprechaun traps when I was little. Is this a tradition in your family or at your kids’ school?
I haven’t read this particular book, but I have checked out others from this series about U.S. holidays from Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy. I love the work they do! This duo is comin in clutch for us this March! This is the one and only book listed here that was written in Spanish originally.
If you want to read more about the series this book is a part of head to Alma Flor Ada’s website here.
We’ve checked out these non-fiction easy readers from our library before. I really like them (even though there is not much to them) because they help my kids who are very much beginners learn the key vocabulary words around the theme—but in complete sentences.
My Little Book for St. Patrick’s Day is a free download available on Teachers Pay Teachers from The Dreamer Teacher shop. You can have your kids color the front, and then fill in the middle pages with facts about who San Patricio was and how he is celebrated during the holiday.
One last book for you is one that I made! This is a booklet from my Jump Into Spanish club. Each week I send Spanish lesson plans straight to the inboxes of all the members . . . which include booklets like this one!
This booklet introduces a lot of St. Patrick’s Day vocabulary in different combinations.
First print out the last two pages of pictures. You’ll use those to cut and paste into the book once it’s assembled.
Next, print ALL but the last two pages in “booklet” format (it’s a setting when you get to the print screen).
Fold the pages in half and staple in the middle. (A long-arm stapler words best.)
Have your kids cut out the pictures and match them to the correct pages and paste them in!
Looking for books in Spanish for the month of February? I’ve got a booklist for you! These books about love in Spanish are sure to cheer you up in this last full month of winter. I found lots of Spanish board books (some that even rhyme), books with our favorite characters (like Froggy!), books about family & friendship – all in Spanish! I hope you can find some to enjoy together as a family in this month of love. Happy reading en Español!
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Leslie Patricelli books are so fun! At our house they’re a hit with kids up to ages 6 or 7, especially because they can be funny and silly. The Spanish text in this particular book of hers does not rhyme like the English text, which might be a deal-breaker for some. But if you’re like us, any bilingual book is great because it acts as a bridge to reading books in Spanish only someday!
Tomie de Paola’s illustrations make any book a winner! And this one is no different. The text is super simple – on each page a child says “I love you ___,” fill in the blank with different things from nature: sun, moon, wind, fish, tree. A GREAT way to reinforce how to say “I love you” in Spanish, as well as learning the names of parts of nature! This one would be great for babies, toddlers, and young Spanish learners. Maybe a tiny bit childish for ages 7+. What do you think?
What’s more amazing than talking about the love we have for each other? Learning Spanish while we do it! In this book, two mice talk about how much they love each other. It’s bigger than a bear, taller than two giraffes, more enormous than three whales . . . Kids can practice counting, learn the names of animals, and also hear how to make comparisons in Spanish! The paper collage illustrations are really neat too. I can see an art project coming after reading this one!
What a sweet tribute to motherhood and the love all mothers give to their children – in the human and animal world alike! This bilingual book is perfect for little Spanish speakers, or beginning learners. The sentences are simple and short. You could also use this as a fun way to learn the names of some different animals – rabbits, koalas, otters, deer, and more.
Take a look at all the different dads—penguins, puffins, eagles, lions—and the way they take care of their little ones! Another loving tribute to the bond shared between child and parent, at the perfect reading or comprehension level of beginning Spanish learners! Just remember, bilingual books are not always translated word for word, so avoid using the English text to understand what the Spanish words are. A dictionary is better for that! And you can access a free, online Spanish-English dictionary at WordReference.com!
Ages 1-3, 22 Pages
Besos for Baby by Jen Arena, Illustrated by Blanca Gómez
Baby wants kisses! Mami and Papi want kisses too! This board book written mostly in English introduces kids to new words in Spanish like Mommy and Daddy, kisses, sun, flowers, wind and more! A great board book for those very beginning Spanish learners.
Have fun reading about Clifford’s first Valentine’s Day when he was small enough to fit in Emily Elizabeth’s pocket! What will happen when he gets tangled up in glue and paper and accidentally mailed at the post office!?
Follow the main character around in this story to see what he does to celebrate Valentine’s Day – making cupcakes, decorating cards, singing songs. A great read to give Spanish learners vocabulary to talk about what they do around this holiday.
Here’s a short and sweet non-fiction read about the holiday Valentine’s Day. Learn what day the holiday falls on, the customary gifts exchanged, the symbols used on cards and presents, and what the day celebrates—our loved ones!
Dora is always a good idea, right? In this Dora adventure, kids will help Dora and Boots find thier way to Rainbow Rock to meet each other for a Valentine’s Day picnic. Along the way they’ll help Dora pick some strawberries – Boots’ favorite – and help Boots get some chocolate for Dora from Chocolate Lake. Will they make it without any trouble along the way?
The famous hungry caterpillar is back for Valentine’s Day. This sweet book reads like a Valentine card: “You are so sweet . . . the cherry to my cake . . . the apple of my heart.” A fun read for learning yummy ways to express our love.
Have you ever read the Spanish edition of the classic “Guess How Much I Love You”? Little Nutbrown Hare tells his dad how much he loves him, and each time Father Nutbrown Hare responds with more ways he loves him back. A sweet story that would pair perfectly with “Quiero a mi papá porque . . . ” from above!
A Spanish edition to the classic tear-jerker “I’ll Love You Forever” is probably a must for any bilingual family! The book goes through the years of a little boy until he’s grown, and through the years his mom always sings him the same song: “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always as long as I’m living, My baby you’ll be . . . ” Until one day we find the boy singing the song to his mother.
5-8 Years, 32 Pages
Love & Besos
Te amo by Calee M. Lee, Illustrated by Tricia Tharp
Cute & silly similes fill this book to express the love between parent and child – “I love you like a skipping stone, I love you like a doggie’s bone.”
Kids might have a fun time making a book like this of their own and coming up with their own similes in Spanish. If your kids are just learning Spanish, try letting them write the similes in English first, and then you can help them translate into Spanish!
What a cute board book! Sweet & short rhymes on each page about a kiss for each animal . . . and the biggest kiss of all is for the baby at the end. I can see this being one of those books the little toddlers ask to read over and over again!
Little tots will have fun with this touch and feel book. How about a scratchy kiss from a cat, or the sticky kiss of a dog, or the furry kiss of a bear. A great read for learning fun adjectives and exploring the senses for little ones.
Although this story centers around Chester, the main character, attending his first day of school, I wanted to share it here because I love how the mom teaches him that he can carry her love with him wherever he goes.
On Amazon, this book has mixed reviews. Some parents didn’t like it because on one page the narrator mentions that she doesn’t like vegetables. However, I wanted to include it because I love what a creative story it is! Monica looooves to paint, and soon she comes along something she doesn’t know the color for – BESOS! She wonders through each of the colors thinking of why – and why not – kisses could be that color.
I feel like this is one of those books that, although has lots of words that would go over my Spanish-learners heads, they would still love it for the lively illustrations, the personality of the main character, the fun ideas, and even the fonts that add to the entertaining tempo of the story.
It’s always great to find a book in Spanish that rhymes like this one, where little kid animals tell stories of why they love and admire their parents. The love of family always endures and this book is a celebration of that.
Baby – 5 Years, 26 Pages
Written by a mom and licensed counselor, this book has a message of love we often forget to tell – how to love ourselves! Esperanza is part of the school play, and when it doesn’t go as planned, she learns to have self-compassion and to be a friend to herself.
I was so happy to find this picture book has a Spanish edition! Kids really can grasp the meaning of being kind with the metaphor put forth in this book. When we’re kind to others we are filling up an invisible bucket they carry around – which makes them feel good and happy. When we are unkind it empties that person’s bucket and makes them feel sad. People we see acting unkind probably have empty buckets themselves. A great way to help kids understand kindness and love.
You know I love a good Spanish booklist! And I couldn’t let January pass me by without rounding up a good list of books in Spanish about winter for you! What are your favorite Spanish books to read in winter? Please share in the comments below!
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Take a fun look at all the wonderful things that make winter, winter! Hot chocolate, building snowmen, going sledding. And the best of all is sharing it with friends and family. Great read for young readers.
Looking for a fun winter adventure? Tag along with these woodland animals who always take a train south to warmer weather when winter rolls around. But uh-oh, this time they forgot ardilla! Will they go back to find squirrel? Just as entertaining as the story, are the illustrations. This seems like a really fun book to make a part of your winter library.
We love this retelling of the Ukrainian folk tale by Jan Brett! Her cozy and detailed illustrations make instant classics. This is one of those stories kids love reading again and again, which makes it perfect for language learning!
Speaking of classics…this is one of my most FAAAAAAVORITE books ever! I can’t believe I don’t own it in English OR in Spanish. You and I both need to make sure to add this one to our libraries this year. It never gets old.
We received this one last winter from Sol Book Box. If you have it in your budget, I highly recommend their services! Vanessa, the owner, selects the absolute most perfect books for each month – ones that turn into favorites. I don’t want to spoil the surprise of this one, so you have to go read it yourself. Let’s just say things are not always as they seem. This little girl is lucky to have TWO osos – a big one aaaand a small one – to go on all her winter adventures with her.
I love a good non-fiction selection to round out a pile of books! This looks like the perfect one. Learn all about what animals do in the winter months. Great for ages 4 – 6, or Spanish beginning learners!
Even though frogs usually hibernate in the winter, when it snows Froggy decides the winter landscape is too irresistible, so he gets on his winter gear to go out and play! The only problem is, he keeps forgetting something! Kids will love the silliness and repetitiveness of this story – great for reinforcing the snow-gear vocabulary for Spanish learners.
If you like the premise of the one above, but have kids slightly older, this one is a similar look at what animals do as winter arrives and sets in – but for grades 2 -3. The reviews on Amazon sound like it’s a good one with lots of interesting facts.
Every winter I wonder – How do the birds survive this cold?! I guess I need to read this book! These two books together would make for a fun way to start a unit study on animals in the winter…and would be fun to compare and contrast the facts in these books with the activities of the animals in the fiction books mentioned above!
Another fun non-fiction one to add to the stack! You know what would be fun? To read this one, and then to gather photographs over the winter season of your kiddos or students and make a book of your own similar to this one!
Yes, this book is written in English, but it was suggested by a fellow Spanish teacher. She uses this book as a cultural bridge to show how many of our fruits that we eat in winter come from Spanish-speaking countries! I just requested this one from our library so we can read it before the month is over! I’ll let you know what I think once we’re done!
January is a fun time of year to learn about seasons and months of the year. If you are a bilingual household, or aspiring bilinguals, this is the perfect book for that! Ginger Foglesong Guy writes in gentle, easy-to-follow patterns to introduce the seasons, the characteristics of the seasons, and the months that compose them. Illustrator René King Moreno draws beautifully engaging pictures that tell a story all their own and offer lots of material for continuing the conversation about each season. I love that the book begins and ends with January, to help children understand the circular cycle of each year.
Un recorrido por las estaciones by Sella Blackstone would be the perfect companion book to Días y días! Each month of the year has its own page spread, and the illustrations are made to be a seek-and-find, “I Spy” type game. There are vocabulary words along the bottom of each page that kids can hunt for in the illustrations. We have this book hanging on our calendar board open to the month we’re in, and we change it like a calendar when a new month begins. It’s a fun way to learn a few seasonal words each month.
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A little late for this year, but Chinese New Year lands in the middle of winter, and how fun would it be to learn about it in Spanish! Add this to your cart to save for next year or, if you’re like me, just read it late after the holiday.
Another holiday that falls in January is Martin Luther King Jr. Day (here in the United States). For kiddos who already speak Spanish fluently, they can read about his life in this chapter book from the well-know “Who was…?” biographies series.
It’s Fire Prevention Week so we are reading and learning all about firefighters and fire safety. I was surprised how many books in Spanish about firefighters we found at our local library! Of course I knew I had to share the list with you guys! What books in Spanish about firefighters or fire safety do you have to add? Did we miss any? Which ones are your favorites?
For a printable list to print out and take to the library with you, scroll to the end of this post!
Another board book, and this one rhymes! Written all in Spanish this board book also has slides that can be pulled out on each page. Short sentences and fun illustrations perfect for toddlers! Osito Tito has more books as well: Emergencia al volante, Aventuran submarina, Un día en la granja and more!
At the time of this publication, this book hasn’t been released. You can pre-order it on Amazon, and it looks to be a good one. It’s a board book that comes with a song (I’m not sure if the song is in Spanish too, or only English). What stood out to me with this one is how you can see the way noises are written in Spanish. Instead of WEE-OO WEE-OO, the camión de bomberos says Niiinoo! Niinoo! Also, fun fact: the illustrator studied art in Valencia and lives in Madrid. 🙂
By Susan Middleton Elya – Illustrations by Dan Santat
Have you hear of Susan Middleton Elya? She writes books in English that rhyme and that have one or two Spanish words in each line. Her books are great for kids who are just beginning to learn Spanish! Each book also has a glossary at the end for learning what the Spanish words mean and how to pronounce them.
In Fire! ¡Fuego! Brave Bomberos not all the new vocabulary words are necessarily firefighter-related, but this is a great book nonetheless to add to your firefighter Spanish unit! **We found this one at our library!**
Tito, the Firefighter // Tito, el bombero
by Tim Hoppey
I think you’ll really like this one. Young Tito walks by the firehouse each day and teaches a few phrases in Spanish to the firefighter who speaks English. One day they need Tito’s help translating for an older gentleman who can’t speak English. I like how this book shows the importance of community. It’s written in the same style as the one above, English text with integrated Spanish words in bold with a glossary at the back! **We found this one at our library!**
Who doesn’t love to see what kind of pickle George can get himself into?! This book is a plus for me for two reasons. One – it’s bilingual, which means I will have a much easier time getting my kids to sit down and read it with me in Spanish since I can tell the story to them first in English. Secondly, anytime there’s a familiar character my kids will be more inclined to pay attention in Spanish.
Another familiar character — Clifford! Clifford gets to be a part of the fire brigade and save the day, but not without a few silly mishaps. Kids can also learn a little fire safety while reading the story, like “Stop, Drop and Roll.” This one is written all in Spanish, so if you or your kids are just learning Spanish, you might want to get the English version as well. **We found this one at our library!**
A short non-fiction read (Lexile Measure 420) that explains the things firefighters do in our community to keep us safe! From the perspective of reading this book with Spanish learners, I like that it uses a variety of verbs. “Las sirenas suenan . . . las luces alumbran . . . ” It’s also fun to get some practice using a non-fiction text in Spanish, like talking about the “Tabla de contenido” for example.
Here’s a fun bilingual non-fiction one for you! Filled with photographs, kids can see and learn what firefighters do. The sentences are short enough for beginners to read, and having the English text helps too. What I like about his one is the diversity of the people in the photographs!
Capstone Press publishes this “Pebble Plus” series and I’m really digging it. A note to parents at the beginning of the book points out that this book “supports national social studies standards related to the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services” . . . and “the images support early readers in understanding the text.” **We found this one at our library!**
by Carol K. Lindeen
Also from Capstone Press! Camiones de bomberos “supports national standards related to science, technology, and society” . . . and “the images support readers in understanding the text . . . repetition of words and phrases helps early readers learn new words.” All of which are perfect for language learners as well! **We found this one at our library!**
Part of a reader series, this book is marked for fluent readers. The text is bilingual and has 20-40 words per page. So for beginning Spanish learners, the photos aren’t enough to lean on for comprehension. Meaning, you’d need to do a lot of pre-learning with your beginners in order for them to understand the entire text. However! The book has lots of great photographs, including a labeled one at the beginning, for pointing out vocabulary words on the theme of fire trucks and fire fighter tools. **We found this one at our library!**
Same series, different book. Now you get to take a peek into where fire fighters live, eat, sleep, and work while they’re on duty. I appreciate that this book mentions some fire fighters are volunteers from the community! **We found this one at our library!**
Want to check out other bilingual reader series from this author?
Just the Opposite // Exactamente lo opuesto (Emergent Reader)
Guess Who // Adivina quién (Early Reader)
What’s Inside? // ¿Qué hay adentro? (Fluent Reader)
A fun and easy read for beginning readers or beginning Spanish learners. The pages in this book have nice large text and one or two sentences per page, perfect for beginning readers. Although each page spread has a great photograph showing firefighters helping in some way, I do want to note that the pictures don’t necessarily match the text. This book is part of a Weekly Reader series called “People in My Community/La gente de mi comunidad.” **We found this one in our library!**
Dragon and his classmates take a trip to the local firehouse in this story. They get to try on the firefighters’ coats and they each get their own pretend helmet to wear. This would be a fun read if your family or class will be taking a trip to your local firestation. It could help prepare expectations of what will happen on the trip, and/or reinforce what you learned after you’ve gone! It’s a bilingual text! **We found this one at our library!**
This is a charming book that was sent to me by the author for review purposes! The first thing I love about this book is that it’s BILINGUAL! I have started to really like bilingual books. I am more likely to get my kids interested in a story if I can read it to them first in English. Then as they get used to the story-line, they’ll let me read it to them in Spanish.
As soon as this one came in the mail, my 4yo daughter declared it her book and she requested that I read it to her night after night (in English of course). The English version rhymes and is a very sweet story about a little tiger whose roar is not so well received by some and so she tries to change it to make friends. In the end of course she learns that being who she was made to be is better, and finding friends who value her unique characteristics are true friends. It reads very much like an Aesop fable!
This book also lends itself to teaching colors, numbers, and some simple vocabulary for Spanish-learners!
Yoon has just moved from Korea and has to learn how to write her name with different letters. She likes her name best the way it looks in her own language. Many days pass in her new school with Yoon wishing she was back in Korea, refusing to write her name YOON. Yoon eventually learns that even if she writes her name with the letters from this new place she lives, her name still means the same thing.
Another book about loving your name! Alma doesn’t like how loooong her name is, until her father tells her all the wonderful stories of the people she is named after. Then she realizes her name is something to be very proud of!
The amazing talents of author Jacqueline Woodson and illustrator Rafael López come together in this delicate story of what it feels like to look different, talk different, be from somewhere different, and the bravery it takes to go forth anyways.
Crisantemo doesn’t like her name! She wants to change it something shorter and more normal. Through the encouragement of her parents and teacher she realizes she has a beautiful name that she can feel confident to embrace.
We won all the Marisol McDonald books from a giveaway one year and we love them dearly! Marisol is like no one else and it doesn’t bother her a bit! Everyone around this sassy confident girl says that the way she does things doesn’t go together, but that doesn’t stop her from loving who she is. A great read for kids with bicultural identities! Or for anyone who needs to learn it’s GREAT to be YOU!
Our family has been obsessed with Wonder lately. If you haven’t read the book (also available in Spanish) or watched the movie, I highly recommend it!!!
Designed for kids ages two to five, the same message comes across in this picture-book version of the original, with less words–but no less power. And what the words don’t express the vibrant, imaginative illustrations make up for.
When I set out to make this list, I had NO IDEA how many great books were out there to celebrate Day of the Dead. It just took a little bit of digging. Between Amazon and my local library’s card catalog I have found for you all of the must-read picture books (and more!) for Day of the Dead.
You probably know by now, books are our favorite way to learn and celebrate around here. I have so much fun making these Spanish picture book lists, especially because I always come away with more books in my library holds list that are new to me! I hope you enjoy these as much as I do, and if you have any to add, be sure to let me know about them in the comments!!!
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A fun story adaptation of the traditional rhyming kids song from Costa Rica where the calaveras come out of their tombs every hour. Learn how to tell time and explore the themes of Día de los muertos in the illustrations. (Bilingual)
Señor Calavera comes to Grandma Beetle’s door, but she’s not quite ready. She stalls him number by numer: “Just ONE more house to sweep . . . Just TWO pots of tea to boil . . .” Not specifically a Día de los muertos book, but has the same images and themes as the holiday in the illustrations. (Bilingual)
Señor Calavera is on his way to Grandma Beetle’s birthday party. But on the way Grandpa Zelmiro catches him to make sure he gets a present for Grandma Beetle. Señor Calavera ends up bringing a present for every letter of the alphabet! Lots of fun Spanish words to learn with this book!!
Día de los muertos
by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
Illustrated by Carlos Ballesteros
Another rhyming book! Take a walk through this small village from sun up to sun down and learn about all the symbols and festivities of Day of the Dead. There is a glossary in the back for all the Spanish words sprinkled throughout the text. This is a great first introduction to the holiday for little ones who haven’t got to experience it yet! Lots of details and information, but simple enough to understand.
Have you ever heard of La Catrina or La Pelona or La Flaca? Perhaps you have noticed these comical squeleton figures dressed as the living at Day of the Dead celebrations? Funny Bones tells the story of how the calavera figures came to be through the art and invention of José Guadalupe Posada, a political cartoonist in Mexico during the late 1800s.
We have this one on hold at the library! I can’t wait until it comes in for a number of reasons! My 8yo loves graphic novels (he wants to be a cartoonist when he grows up!), and this particular one about family and friendship tells the story of a family that moves to northern California for one of the sisters who has Cystic Fibrosis. Upon their arrival they encounter ghosts and the holiday celebrated in that area: Día de los muertos! We also have a family member that has Cystic Fibrosis and we are learning about Mexico and Day of the Dead right now . . . so this should be a very relatable story.
Mama Alma walks through the garden with her Grandaughter Bella teaching her about the “Remembering Day” or Día de los muertos and asks that her family always honors her memory on this day after she is gone. Pat Mora always delivers wonderful stories that contribute to the celebration of Hispanic heritage. (Bilingual)
A young girl helps her family prepare for Day of the Dead. She is especially looking forward to remembering her grandfather who recently passed away. One neat addition to this book are the extension activities it suggests: you can learn how to make a butterfly mobile (the butterflies are thought to represent the returned spirits of loved ones) and atole, a corn-meal based chocolatey drink usually shared this time of year. (Bilingual)
English rhyming text tells tenderly about that Day of the Dead traditions. The real treat is the audio version with traditional guitar music you can buy to accompany the text! A similar read to the one above (Roseanne Greenfield Thong), except this is a bilingual text rather than a English-Spanish integrated text.
I looooove this one! Brightly colored, realistic illustrations show how a small town in Mexico has been preparing for weeks for this special celebration. Many Spanish phrases are repeated throughout the text as well, which makes this one a great Spanish-learning book too! You might recognize the authors name from other great books like P is for Piñata: A Mexico Alphabet or My Abuelita or The Tale of Rabbit and Coyote.
Looking for some fun activities to do for Day of the Dead? This book offers lots of things to do! Crossword puzzles, punch-out 3D paper crafts, trivia and more. We haven’t tried this one but the reviews on Amazon are pretty shining.
Do you have any Boxcar Children fans in your house? I do! My kids always think it’s neat when lots of things we’re doing line up or have the same theme. I just put this one on hold at our library so we can learn about this holiday through some of our favorite characters Benny, Jesse, Violet, and Henry.
This story sounds like a fun one! A young skeleton boy from the Land of the Dead gets lost in the Land of the Living. At first he is afraid of the humans with “bulging eyes and squishy skin,” but soon he finds a friend who happens to be alive! The two help each other out in a fun Day of the Dead adventure.
An oldie but a goodie. This story was inspired by the artist Don Pedro Linares who became famous all over Mexico for his papier-mâché calaveras. Read from A-Z about all the things Pedro makes and does for Day of the Dead celebrations.
Called a “bilingual primer” on the Day of the Dead, this cute story for younger readers tells about the big celebration from the perspective of the skeletons! One thing I love about this story is that it was written originally IN SPANISH and published in Mexico. *heart eyes*
At dusk the skeletons come out to celebrate Day of the Dead. Join them in the fiesta of food, dancing, and music. Geared more for younger readers, this book is more about the colorful pictures than the text.
We loooove Canticos board books! Canticos is a Nick Jr. company that promotes learning of Hispanic heritage nursery rhymes, finger plays, and songs. This book is based on the same Costa Rican song mentioned at the beginning of this booklist. Super fun for all ages!!
Not a Day of the Dead book per se, but definitely a great addition to this list. Little bitty readers will enjoy this book, or beginning Spanish learners. Meet all the members of the skeleton family (and practice names for family members in Spanish) that looks not too unlike any other family. 😉 What makes this book stand out are the photographs of Oaxacan artist Jesus Zárate’s papier-mâché folk art.
I can’t lie. Some of the illustrations in this book creep me out. Haha! But overall this looks like a great book with diverse characters and good explanations of the holiday. I wanted to include it because it’s a newer release and it’s a board book! It’s never too early to expose kids to other cultures around the world.
For our youngest of readers! These sweet Catrina illustrations are the perfect first-encounter with
Day of the Dead imagery AND expressing emotions. Lil’ Libros has built such a great company that puts so much thought into first books for Latinos! Also a great read for Spanish learners!
Written in chapter book style, this book introduces geography and Day of the Dead facts alongside the central story where Daniela talks about her Grandpa whom she misses as she sets up an altar in his memory.
Of course we can’t leave out a book from the Disney-Pixar film that brought this beautiful Mexican holiday into the mainstream consciousness of the United States. I’m getting choked up just thinking about this movie and the wonderful look it gives on the beauty of family and remembering.
What gorgeous illustrations this book has!!! Definitely take a peek on Amazon at the beautiful illustrations showing how Maria and her family celebrate the Days of the Dead celebrations. The book also has a recipe for pan de muerto to try!
Where would we be without ancestors? This book helps us take a meaningful look at why this holiday is so important, why it’s important to remember and celebrate those who have come before us. It’s also all in Spanish which would be great for intermediate learners!
We just came home from the library with this one! I haven’t read the whole thing yet, but I skimmed it and I’m excited to read it with the kiddos! This October we have seen SO MANY monarch butterflies on their way through to Mexico . . . it has been so magical. This story begins with Lupita announcing that the butterflies have arrived. Her uncle teaches her that they must never harm or catch the monarchs because they are the souls of their dearly departed. Soon her uncle passes away and the festivities of Día de los muertos begins. Lupita makes an altar for her departed uncle and the town goes to the cemetery to remember their loved ones. A somber tale of losing loved ones, but the ending has brings a little hope to a heavy heart.
It looks like this one might be hard to buy or find at your library (at least when I checked!), but thankfully you can find it read aloud on YouTube. A story about two twin girls, one in the land of the living, one from el otro lado. Rosita is worries, as she sees others going to meet their families, that her twin sister has forgotten about her. But Conchita her sister can never forget! She fixes Rosita’s favorite foods, plays her favorite music, lays out flowers to help lead the way . . . and after a long journey of feeling lost, Rosita finally finds her way to her sister Conchita.
The Book of Life
Rated: PG (for mild action, rude humor, some thematic elements and brief scary images)
Manolo comes from a long line of bullfighters and his family has great expectations for him, but his heart is set on music. Before he decides which path he will take, he is face with a journey through three fantastical worlds where he must face his biggest fears. I am waiting my turn to borrow this one from the library, so I am not sure, but I’m guessing you can watch this movie in Spanish. The reviews I have read say it’s a really artistic and charming story with themes of the Día de los muertos holiday and all its traditions. I bet you can watch this movie in Spanish, and if you turn on the Spanish subtitles you could count this as reading AND Spanish practice. 😉 You’re welcome.
Young Miguel dreams of being a musician someday, unfortunately his family has long had a ban on music. He steals a guitar to sneak playing some music and finds himself in the Land of the Dead and befriending a trickster named Hector who is looking for a way to get to the Land of the Living. Together they both discover mysteries behind their own stories and learn just how strong family ties can be and how powerful the love they hold. And like I mentioned above, if this needs to count as reading, just turn on the subtitles! 😉
It’s Día de los muertos and little Frida and Diego start their Day of the Dead adventure in a candy store preparing for the day’s festivities. An exciting turn of events happens and they find themselves in the País de las calaveras . . . all written in Spanish with gorgeous and detailed illustrations this would be a treasure to own . . . celebrating Day of the Dead with two of the most celebrated Mexican artists.
Publishers Weekly calls this an awkward and clumsy tale, that is saved by the “warm” and “inventive” collage illustrations. School Library Journal calls is a special tale for opening up discussions of losing loved ones. The story begins, “Rosita and her grandmother spent every day together. Her mother was very busy, but Abuelita always had time for Rosita.” When Rosita’s grandmother dies, she misses her very much and the strong bond the two shared. Día de los muertos is a time when Rosita can honor and remember her grandmother fondly.
Wow! What a list!! Are there any I missed? Which ones are your absolute favorites? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂 And whether this year is your first year celebrating Day of the Dead, or if you’re just an observer, or if this holiday has strong roots in your family, my hope is that you will be able to enjoy at least a few of these books with your family this month! ¡Cuídense mucho!
Want to download this list at a PDF so it’s easier to look for them on Amazon or your Library’s website? Here ya go!