Perfect Picture Books for the Bilingual Child

With summer around the corner, it’s the perfect time to pick up a few picture books to keep young children practicing their Spanish or just continuing to use their Spanish. All are guaranteed to quickly become favorite read aloud books.

“The Wheels on the Bus” or “Las ruedas del autobús” will have the whole family singing along as the door opens and closes, se abre y se cierra, por la ciudad. The kids will especially enjoy singing along as the animal passengers, friends, say “How are you?” and “Hola, ¿cómo estás?” It’s also a good opportunity for young learners of English or Spanish to name their favorite animals, including the bear, the dog, the cat, la ardilla (the squirrel), el pato (the duck), y el cocodrilo (guess!)It’s a sturdy board book, which makes it great for trips to the pool or beach. No paper pages to get ripped or soggy!

The much-read picture book “No, David!” also comes in Spanish. The covers are virtually identical, with only the additional upside-down exclamation mark at the beginning of the title revealing that this picture book is in Spanish. The story is the same with mischievous David playing with his food, causing water to overflow in the bathtub, making too much noise, playing baseball in the living room, and more. But at the end? His mother loves him in any language!

Both books are available through Scholastic en español and were provided for review purposes.

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