Finding children’s Spanish books can be a hard task because there are plenty of titles to choose from. Here is a list of 10 reading suggestions suitable for kids between 3rd and 5th grades. All of these books are in Spanish or bilingual and the stories are related to the Hispanic culture.
Children’s Spanish Books for 3rd to 5th Grades
|Bajo las palmas reales: Una infancia cubana
By Alma Flor Ada
The author offers young readers an inspiring collection of stories and memoirs drawn from her childhood in Cuba. Heartwarming, poignant, and often humorous, these memories encourage children to discover the stories in their own lives.
|Also available in English: Under the Royal Palms: A Childhood in Cuba
|My Diary From Here to There | Mi diario de aqui hasta allá
by Amada Irma Pérez
One night young Amada overhears her parents whisper of moving from Mexico to Los Angeles where greater opportunity awaits. As she and her family journey north, Amada records in her diary her fears, hopes, and dreams for their lives in the United States. Amada learns that with her familys love and a belief in herself, she can make any journey and triumph over any change here, there, anywhere.
|Magic Windows | Ventanas mágicas by Carmen Lomas Garza
Through the magic windows of her cut-paper art, Garza shows us her family, her life as an artist, and the legends of her Aztec past. Magic Windows takes readers on a fascinating journey that explores her family, community, and ancestors through the traditional folk art form of papel picado (cut-paper art).
|Family Pictures | Cuadros de familia by Carmen Lomas Garza
Family Pictures is the story of Carmen Lomas Garza’s girlhood: celebrating birthdays, making tamales, finding a hammerhead shark on the beach, picking cactus, going to a fair in Mexico, and confiding to her sister her dreams of becoming an artist.
|Bossy Gallito: El gallo de bodas
by Lucia Gonzalez
In this cumulative Cuban folktale, a bossy rooster dirties his beak when he eats a kernel of corn and must find a way to clean it before his parrot uncle’s wedding. Includes a glossary of Spanish words and information about the different birds in the story.
|Calling the Doves | El canto de las palomas
by Juan Felipe Herrera
Poet Juan Felipe Herrera’s bilingual memoir paints a vivid picture of his migrant farmworker childhood. His rich, evocative prose re-creates the joy of eating under the open sky, celebrating at a fiesta with other farm families, and listening to his mother singing Mexican songs and his father calling the doves.
|Devolver al remitente
by Julia Alvarez
After Tyler’s father is injured in a tractor accident, his family is forced to hire migrant Mexican workers to help save their Vermont farm from foreclosure. Tyler isn’t sure what to make of these workers. Are they undocumented? And what about the three daughters, particularly Mari, the oldest, who is proud of her Mexican heritage but also increasingly connected her American life. Her family lives in constant fear of being discovered by the authorities and sent back to the poverty they left behind in Mexico. Can Tyler and Mari find a way to be friends despite their differences?
|Also available in English: Return to Sender
|De como tia Lola vino (de visita) a quedarse
by Julia Alvarez
Moving to Vermont after his parents split, Miguel has plenty to worry about! Tía Lola, his quirky, carismática, and maybe magical aunt makes his life even more unpredictable when she arrives from the Dominican Republic to help out his Mami.
|Also available in English: How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay
|Cuentos que contaban nuestras abuelas
by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy
F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada have retold twelve beloved stories that embody the lively spirit and the rich heritage of Latino people.
The work of four leading Latino artists and illustrators highlights this unforgettable collection.
|Also available in English: Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale Collection
|Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Libre Thriller
by Xavier Garza
Margarito acts like any other eleven-year-old aficionado of lucha libre. He worships all the players. But in the summer just before sixth grade, he tumbles over the railing at a match in San Antonio and makes a connection to the world of Mexican wrestling that will ultimately connect him—maybe by blood!—to the greatest hero of all time: the Guardian Angel.
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