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Travel Ready: Spanish Kids’ Books to Explore the World

Inside: Spanish World Books for Children

Heading out on a family vacation soon? Or exploring the world through books? These top picks will inspire your child’s wanderlust!

Books are one of the most incredible ways we can open our kids’ eyes to the world! Through children’s books, we can take an adventure to a faraway island. We can explore the ocean, the desert, or the mountains of our amazing Earth.

Children’s libros can introduce us to global cultures around the world from the comfort of our homes. We can read about comida in Colombia, celebraciones in Singapore, or naturaleza in Nepal. They open up opportunities for our children to develop a global worldview and an appreciation for the diverse cultures of our mundo.

Whether you’re looking to open your child’s eyes to a new culture, or search a map for a new travel destination, you’ve come to the right place. These Spanish world books span geography, travel, and diverse cultures around the world. They have been selected for kids up to about age 12.

I hope you can find them at your local library or bookstore! The links provided are Amazon links, and you can also find many in Bilingual Balance’s Bookshop (Geography, Travel, & Cultures for Kids).

Happy reading,


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Spanish World Books: Ages 0-6

VÁMONOS series

by Patty Rodriguez & Ariana Stein, illustrated by Ana Godinez [Ages 2-5]

This colorful series will take you and your little one on a trip to explore a new city in both English and Spanish! Each board book dives into the sights, sounds, and people of a different Latin American city. Use this series as your tour guide to learn about an amazing new culture! Each book includes a glossary of regional vocabulary to learn together.

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Todos estamos conectados: A cuidarnos unos a otros y a la tierra

by Gabi Garcia, illustrated by Natalia Jimenez Osorio [Ages 2-6]

A sweet and simple story about caring for each other and our planet. This book will teach your child about working together and learning about each other’s differences. With colorful illustrations and diverse children depicted, this title is a top pick for encouraging community in young kids.

Mi primer libro sobre nuestro planeta

by Matthew Oldham, illustrated by Lee Cosgrove, translated by Antonio Navarro Gosálvez [Ages 3-6]

This vocabulary-rich book will teach you and your kids about the poles, tropical rainforests, deserts, and oceans. You’ll read about earthquakes, volcanoes, and even different types of weather around the globe. A wonderful first book about our amazing planet!

Hello Ocean, Hola Mar

by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Mark Astrella, translated by Yanitzia Canetti [Ages 3-7]

A bilingual title exploring the ocean with our five senses! Follow along as a little girl makes discoveries around her on a visit to the ocean with her family. If you’re heading out on a first trip to the ocean, start with this bilingual book.

Secretos del planeta tierra: Un libro para iluminar

by Carron Brown, illustrated by Wesley Robins, translated by Ana Galán [Ages 3-8]

This Shine-A-Light book has a hidden picture behind each page. As you and your child explore fun information about different landforms (deserts, mountains, or tropical forests to name a few) around Earth, you’ll discover a question about each. Shine the light behind the page to reveal the hidden answer (like “What do you see behind the clouds?”). All three of my children have thoroughly enjoyed this interactive book.

Spanish World Books: Ages 6+

Gran atlas ilustrado

by Emily Bone, illustrated by Daniel Taylor, translated by Antonio Navarro Gosálvez [Ages 6-9]

An incredible and beautifully-illustrated atlas just for kids! Dive into learning about each continent, countries of the world, and the most interesting facts about culture, animals, food, even sports! Your kids will love the pictures and a flags of the world section at the back. Our family’s favorite atlas.

Aquí  y allá

by Susie Rae, illustrated by Greg Paprocki, translated by Ana Galán [Ages 7+]

If you have to pick one book to check out from this post, this is it! This incredible nonfiction book explores how people live across our globe. You’ll discover how people shop, ways kids go to school or play outside, and how people celebrate different festivals. With gorgeous illustrations and fun facts from countries spanning from Colombia to China. This is a multicultural family favorite you’ll reach for often!

La vida secreta de los océanos

by Jess French, illustrated by Claire McElfatrick [Ages 7-9]

Because beaches are popular travel destinations, I’ve included a few books to discover Spanish ocean vocabulary. This pick helps ocean-loving kids learn about glowing jellyfish, sharks, narwhals, and seagrass. It includes fascinating facts about ocean plants and animals, as well as ways we can help them.

¡Todos a la mesa! / It’s Meal Time! (Emociones, valores y hábitos)

by Victoria Lozadaillustrated by Ana Sanfelippo [Ages 8-12]

From Egypt to China or Spain, this book of stories explores food, meal time, and choosing to eat healthy across the world. Get your globe out as you meet new friends and discover delicious new foods.

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Atlas del mundo: Un insólito viaje por las mil curiosidades y maravillas del mundo

by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski, translated by Rocío Isasa Moreno de Carlos [Ages 9-12]

Ever wondered about the geysers in Iceland? Or wanted to learn more about the Mayan cultures of Mexico? This world atlas will take your family on an excursion throughout the world! It includes 55 maps of 46 countries and 6 continents.

¡Hola, mundo! Un homenaje a las lenguas y pueblos del planeta

by Jonathan Litton, illustrated by L’Atelier Cartographik [Ages 9-12]

A unique atlas of greetings around the world! This title will teach you how to say hello to people all over our planet. It explores more than 150 languages, their pronunciation, hieroglyphs, sign language, and even writing systems. A language lover’s top choice!

Lastly, I encourage you to grab books about a specific country you’d like to learn about! It doesn’t matter whether you’re taking a trip there or just exploring from your living room. Take the opportunity to learn about a new country and culture that interests your child or your family. Learn together about the landforms, the people, the food, the best travel destinations, the language, and what makes the place unique!

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