Is your little one starting to read in Spanish? When your child starts decoding words independently, it’s such a magical time! From learning letter sounds to reading syllables, to blending those syllables into simple words, your child is on the way to reading on his/her own.
To encourage beginning readers, I’d love to point you in the direction of some wonderful, quality easy reader books! Getting a variety of engaging books in their hands will inspire them to get the practice they need to continue growing in their reading skills. Finding a series or theme (books about animals, unicorns, or a favorite character like Peppa Pig) that interests them will keep them motivated. And it will encourage a love for reading and learning!
Look for some of these at your library or add a few to your home’s book collection. Then set up a daily quiet time and place to snuggle up for reading practice and enjoy helping your child learn and grow in their literacy skills. Learning to read and then reading to learn – books inspire children to play, dream, imagine, create, and explore the world!
Explore more about reading with your child:
- Read about beginning reading strategies your child needs to know – and grab a free printable strategy chart here.
- Teachers – check out where to find leveled readers for your classroom.
- Print my free Spanish pronunciation guide if you don’t know Spanish.
- Check out this post for fun ways to practice sight words in Spanish or English.
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Emergent Reader Sets
Books for the very beginning reader – with short and simple sentences, repetition, and high frequency words. A great place to start!
- 25 Easy Bilingual Nonfiction Mini-Books (PreK-1)
- My First Bilingual Little Readers: Levels A-D (Linked to level A; PreK-1)
- English-Spanish First Little Readers A-C (Linked to level A; PreK-1)
Scholastic Readers – Lectores de Scholastic
Scholastic ¡Hola Lector!
Easy readers on a variety of topics (by various authors) that come in levels 1-3. (PreK-2)
Elefante y Cerdita Books by Mo Willems
Comical books about Elephant and Piggy and their friendship and adventures. Filled with short, simple text. An absolute favorite of my kindergarten daughter’s right now! (K-1)
Nonfiction science readers by various authors exploring topics like dinosaurs, animals, life cycles, weather, and even historical figures. A top favorite of my second grade son. He’s been enjoying and learning from these books for a few years now! (K-3)
Rafi y Rosi Series by Lulu Delacre
Fictional stories about two tree frog siblings. (4 levels pre-emergent to fluent, I’d rate them PreK-2)
Reading A-Z Leveled Books
1000+ printable leveled readers with fiction and nonfiction titles on a huge variety of topics. Two-week free trial and free samples available. (29 levels of difficulty and a variety of languages).
Read it! Readers en Español: La vida de Max by Adria Fay Klein, illustrated by Mernie Elizabeth Gallagher-Cole
Books about Max, a little boy who LOVES books, and all the interesting places he visits. Sweet, simple stories easily relatable to kids’ lives. (PreK-1)
- ¡Hola, Erizo! by Norm Feuti (PreK–1)
- Hombre Mosca by Tedd Arnold (PreK-3)
- Un amigo para Dragón by Dav Pilkey (PreK-1)
- Unicornio y Yeti by Heather Ayris Burnell, illustrated by Hazel Quintanilla (PreK-1)
- Un libro de Cangrejito by Jonathan Fenske (PreK-1)
Usborne Leyendo aprendo Series
Nonfiction, science-related readers by various authors with titles like “Animales peligrosos,” “Vivir en el espacio,” or “El planeta Tierra,” among others. Wonderful photography and interesting facts for science-loving kids. (Usborne’s website says ages 5+, I’d rate them for grades 1-3)
Spanish and English bilingual readers by various authors that come in levels 1-3 on a variety of topics. (PreK-2)
Enjoy! Let me know which ones are your family’s favorites in the comments below, or if you have any other suggestions I could share. Thank you! Stay inspired with some beautiful quotes on reading from Reading Rockets.