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As a bilingual teacher and mom, I am always looking for more websites and stores to buy bilingual or Spanish language books. It is always a struggle to find quality and engaging books in Spanish. I have been a long time fan of Usborne’s picture dictionaries but until recently they did not offer any other choices in the Spanish language.
That has definitely changed for the better, Usborne has added a wide of books in the Spanish language that I am sure you will enjoy. There are so many awesome choices to choose from to use in your classroom or at home to read with your family.
There are many titles of non-fiction books that you could use in the classroom for book boxes, read alouds or when learning about certain topics in science or health in Spanish. I have several non-fiction books in Spanish about nocturnal animals, weather, plants, space, and the body.
Usborne also has a line of books titled ‘1001 cosas que buscar…’ in a variety of themes like the ocean, pirates, vacation and animals. Each page has a particular theme and asks you to find 1… or 2 …. The detailed illustrations develop vocabulary and it encourages kids to look for and count different objects and animals. Kids love looking for items…. kind of like a modern-day ‘Where’s Waldo?’
They also have board books of classic fairy tales in Spanish, like Caperucita roja, Cenicienta, and Bella y la bestia. They have beautiful illustrations but can be a bit fragile as there are pop-ups and holes cut in the illustrations on each page. If reading these books with your toodlers be sure to turn pages carefully as to not break any of the flaps.
Our favorite Usborne books in Spanish right now are:
1.Gran atlas ilustrado
This book has map of all over the world and then has information about common animals, foods, attractions and more. It makes it fun to learn about maps and geography.
2. ¿Qué es la caca?
This book is great for your curious students or any little friends that love science or learning about the human body. This book has fun illustrations and flaps. Readers learn about animals, people, plumbing and much more. My two little boys (4 and 6) love this book!
Overall, I would recommend Usborne’s Spanish books for your bilingual classroom and/or your bilingual children. They have a wide variety of both fiction and non-fiction titles in Spanish (and English) that are sure to please almost any reader.
If you have any favorite Usborne books in Spanish let me know. I have tons on my wishlist.