Being bilingual is like having a superpower—it’s a gateway into another world that’s rich with its own traditions, languages, food, and lifestyles. It expands your worldview and inherently demonstrates the power of diverse voices. But the benefits of bilingualism go beyond multiculturalism. Research has shown that being dual or multilingual can increase cognitive development among children, support healthy social-emotional learning, bolster their analytical thinking, and prepare them for success in their globally-interconnected futures. Introducing a second language to our children at a young age can clearly have long-lasting benefits that will positively impact their lives. Plus, they say our little ones are like sponges, so this really is the best time to incorporate bilingual books into our bookshelves.
In honor of National Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, we’ve gathered a list of the best Spanish bilingual children’s books for a variety of ages to add even more “diversidad” to your home library. Spanish is a beautiful language with enchanting stories and oral histories that your kids will enjoy. And because we are strong believers in celebrating diversity at The Everymom, consider reviewing our favorite LGBTQ+ books for kids, beautiful picture books for kids featuring Black hereos, and picture books we love from AAPI authors.
Join us in celebrating Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month with these 20 Spanish bilingual books we love!
Editor’s Note: We were intentional in our curated selection to promote and support Latinx-identifying authors as much as possible.
Books for Kids Ages 0-4
Teach your children how to count numbers, one to 10, in both English and Spanish while they get to learn about one of Mexico’s most iconic and influential painters, Frida Kahlo. The Lil’ Libros company has an eclectic variety of bilingual books for different ages to celebrate Latin American culture and encourage bilingualism.
This charming bilingual book is filled with endearing illustrations of Mami and Papi giving their bébé muchos besos. It’s a sweet story of love transcending any language.
A cute little penguin shares all the fun things it likes to do with its loved one. The story is heartwarming and will inspire you to dance and play peekaboo with your own little one.
Sing along to this traditional Spanish folk song in both languages. You and your child will join the mother hen, her baby chicks, and the rest of the farm animals in the “peep”-ing and “pio”-ing, exploring adventures on the farm.
It’s fulfilling when we can find the words to express how we’re feeling, but even more fulfilling when we can do it in more than one language! This heartwarming story of two giraffes who discover a baby ostrich is an adorable, straightforward way to learn how to engage in compassionate dialogues at an early age. All feelings are expressed in both English and Spanish, so your little one will be able to describe how they’re doing bilingually in no time.
Books for Kids Ages 3-7
Your little explorer will hop on an adventure with the monarch butterflies as they flutter from Canada to Mexico on their annual pilgrimage to their ancestral forest home. The butterflies have many delightful encounters in their migration on this tale of cross-cultural connections and the power of belonging.
Gustavo is not your ordinary ghost; he’s extraordinary in his ghostly and musical talents, but he also struggles with his shyness and making friends. However, Gustavo has a plan to get others to recognize his uniqueness. Add a little spooky fun to your library with this inspiring tale of bravery that your little monsters will cherish in any season.
Savor in the joys of the paleta, the delicious fruit-flavored popsicle cherished by Mexican and Mexican-American children for many generations. Children jump with excitement when they hear the “ding-ding” of the paleta wagon making its way around the neighborhood. The hardest part is choosing which yummy flavor to devour: coconut, tamarind, or strawberry?
Who doesn’t need a hug? A tiny porcupine certainly does, but he’s struggling to find someone to cuddle with him. Then, he finds friendship in an unlikely creature. This heartfelt picture book will give your little darlings all the feels!
This is another gem from Carmen Tafolla about a quintessential element in Mexican culture: the rebozo (shawl), which mamas and abuelitas (grandmothers) use for many magical purposes across generations. Symbolic articles of clothing, like the rebozo, are physical manifestations of unconditional love in families.
For those with children who are notoriously picky eaters, this charming book will definitely resonate. Ceci is only willing to expand her bland palate thanks to the advice of her wise abuela, who teaches her how to eat colorful foods that correspond with the colors of the rainbow. Not only does this story speak to the special connection between grandmothers and granddaughters, but it shows the central place of family, sharing, and well-being. Plus, it offers children a chance to learn (and learn to eat?!) a variety of healthy foods as they expand their Spanish/English vocabulary.
Learning self-love at an early age is an invaluable skill for nurturing a positive spirit as we grow. This special book celebrates diversity by teaching little ones to love who they are—the color of their skin, the languages they speak, the cultural traditions they honor all swirl together to make nobody else quite like them! It also promotes the important belief that your love and happiness starts with you, before you can spread it to everyone else you care about.
The 2021 enchanting release of the movie Encanto has had us adoring Mirabel and her family’s sparkling energy ever since, and this is a joyful book adaptation of it. For those unfamiliar with the story, the Madrigals live in a tucked away Colombian mountain town–Encanto–where every child is blessed with a special gift… except Mirabel! When she’s tasked with protecting her community from a threatening darkness that could disrupt Encanto’s magic, it turns out she has more power to tap into than she thinks. Written in both English and Spanish in a manner that caters to early readers, children will love chiming in to sound out the story while witnessing a Latina protagonist who courageously stands up for her family.
Books for Kids Ages 4-9
This dynamic collection of biographies features 11 groundbreaking American Latinas who were changemakers and pioneers in the history of the U.S. These inspirational Latinas, like Sonia Sotomayor and Ellen Ochoa, have proved success in their professions, and their impact is still felt today.
There is beauty in differences, and learning opportunities abound for our children when they are exposed to diversity. This is written eloquently by Associate Justice to the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor, who utilizes her own experience of being diagnosed with diabetes at a young age to highlight the challenges and strengths of feeling different and how these diverse stories brighten our lives.
Have you ever had a secret about yourself that you’re embarrassed to share? Yunito certainly does, and if he only shares his first name, he can continue to guard his secret. Join him in his journey of self-discovery and cultural pride as he understands the beauty of loving all parts of himself.
Families are separated regularly because of immigration issues in the U.S., and this story brings one of these heartbreaking and hope-filled stories to life. José misses his mamá greatly ever since she was deported because she didn’t have the documentation to stay in this country. But hope still exists as he travels with his papá to Mexico to be reunited with his beloved mamá.
Señor Calvera, a skeleton from the Day of the Dead festivities, is having trouble finding the perfect present to give to his abuelita (grandmother) on her birthday. Due to a misunderstanding, he decides to give her multiple gifts—one for every letter in the alphabet. Señor Calvera learns along the way that the best gift is something that cannot be wrapped with a bow.
This collection of Latin American nursery rhymes is a lovely way to experience a fresh collection of stories that contrast the English ones we’re so used to seeing. For nursery rhymes steeped with a rich history and endearing illustrations, this is a delightful read for snuggling up at bedtime or a cozy ‘library’ session at home. Some rhymes also include instructions for finger play to create an interactive reading journey. And while it’s not a vocabulary-oriented storybook per se, since each rhyme is translated into both English and Spanish, you will be able to select plenty of uplifting keywords for learning.
Isabel is heading to a new school, and finds herself at odds with its cold-colored English ways. She cherishes the warm colors of her Spanish language roots, yet has to learn how to make inroads for connecting with her new peers. Coloring becomes a welcomed path to communication, showing how bonding can transcend language. Heading into an English-speaking school when it’s not your first language can be scary—this book serves as a hopeful reminder that even as you make efforts to learn a new language, you can still find surprising and creative ways to befriend others.