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Spanish stories online created by Imactiva with a variety of reading activities.

Imactiva is an education technology company that works with the Chilean government, publishers and companies to develop education software. They have created wonderful resources for native speakers and many are valuable for Spanish language learners. One of their educational tools includes an excellent collection of Spanish stories online and follow-up activities for each story. Bartolo is a digital resource to promote literacy. Along with other features, Bartolo has six Spanish stories online. The stories have illustrations, excellent audio, and a variety…

Spanish ebooks for kids published by Open Road Español.

We do not usually think about connecting with the publishers of the books we read. Instead, we tend to think of favorite authors or favorite bookstores. Other than a few independent publishers with specific catalogs like Lee & Low or Barefoot Books, publishers often stay behind the scenes. Ebooks, however, offer a new dimension in publishing. Open Road Español is now publishing Spanish ebooks and giving readers a new way to connect with authors and their works. Open Road Español…

Multicultural books for children from Libros Arellano.

I am sharing Miguel ayuda en la oficina de la pediatra as a part of the Read Around the World Summer Reading Series.  The series is sponsored by Multicultural Kid Blogs. It is an opportunity to discover wonderful children’s literature and share our favorite multicultural books with other parents and teachers. Earlier this summer I shared Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina as a part of the same series. Miguel ayuda en la oficina de la pediatra, like the other…

Five easy Spanish activities to do with children.

Another week is winding down and it’s time for the Friday Five. You can use these easy Spanish activities over the weekend to keep kids learning and having fun with the language. For beginners, try activities 1 and 3. Kids with more Spanish will like activities 2 and 4. Activity 5 is a good review of vocabulary and pronunciation for any level. 1. Read and color these back-to-school pictures to practice the verbs ver and usar, vocabulary related to school…

A Spanish story that incorporates yoga for kids.

Are you looking for fun activities for the first week of school or a new morning routine for class or home? This Spanish yoga story from Kids Yoga Stories could be the perfect way to get kids moving and learning. Yoga for kids and Spanish are a wonderful combination! Hola, Bali teaches yoga for kids and creates an excellent language experience. Yoga poses are woven into the narrative and illustrated on the page, so children do the poses as they…

Bilingual books by Delia Berlin are an excellent choice for kids learning Spanish.

Delia Berlin is a children’s author from Argentina. Now living in the US, she has written two enchanting bilingual books for children. El cerezo and Los cuentos de Eva y Lucas are excellent choices for children learning Spanish who have acquired a foundation of basic vocabulary and structures. These stories are wonderful to read aloud and also appropriate for children who are reading independently. Where to find Delia Berlin’s bilingual books The author generously shares this free printable PDF version…

Printable spanish mini books for kids.

Mundo de Pepita makes great printables for teaching Spanish to children! I recently discovered their work and they agreed to let me share it on Spanish Playground. They have also generously provided a free printable mini book for my readers. Download the free mini book Buenos días using the link at the end of this post. Mundo de Pepita creates mini books and activities that use high-frequency vocabulary and basic grammar structures. I love the artwork and the simple storylines…

Stories in Spanish from to read aloud to kids.

Since I wrote this article, Lee & Low has modified their web site and changed the structure slightly. The stories in Spanish that I refer to in the article are now listed in the Emergent Spanish Collection and the Emergent Dual Language Spanish/English Collection. The links have been modified accordingly. Independent publisher Lee & Low recently sent me five books from their Arcoiris series. This collection of leveled readers consists of excellent Spanish translations of award-winning stories. Leveled texts are…

A spanish story for kids with yoga.

If you are looking for a fun language activity or a Spanish story for kids, this picture book is a wonderful choice. Buenas noches, Mundo Animalis by Giselle Shardlow of Kids Yoga Stories. Yoga poses are woven into the narrative and illustrated on the page, so that children do the poses as they listen. The combination of movement, a pattern story, and simple language make Buenas noches, Mundo Animal perfect for children learning Spanish. This Spanish story would make an…

Cuentos infantiles nuevos de Barefoot Books

Barefoot Books has just sent me their three new Spanish language books for 2014, and I am so excited about these beautiful cuentos infantiles! All three books have a prince or princess and a charming fairy tale setting. They also have original characters with contemporary attitudes that are sure to enchant native Spanish speakers and language learners alike. El desayuno del príncipe, El príncipe no duerme and Una princesa real: Un cuento matemágico are all available from Barefoot Books. They…

readers theater benefits

Author and teacher Jessica Gracía writes about five benefits of using readers theater with children learning Spanish. Readers Theater is like a play, often adapted from literature, but without the need of costumes and props—though the latter can be used to dramatize the script as well. My kindergarteners loved Readers Theater, which is a benefit in and of itself. Here are 5 reasons why you should incorporate it into your classroom curriculum or at-home play-time: Custom Literacy has provided free…

Readers theater script to print and use with kids learning Spanish.

Readers theater is an excellent language activity for Spanish language learners. I’m excited that Custom Literacy has published their first readers theater story, Señor Coyote y el queso. Custom Literacy creates Spanish language materials to use with native speakers learning to read and in dual language programs. The books are also very useful for kids learning Spanish as a second language in other settings. Many of us are looking for fun, engaging activities as the school year comes to a…

online spanish books children argentina

Throughout Latin America, governments have established programs to promote literacy and an appreciation for literature. Argentina created el Plan Nacional de Lectura in 2008 and has a wonderful collection of resources available online, including an extensive selection of books in PDF. The Plan Nacional de Lectura website is worth taking time to explore; in addition to texts for every level reader you will find educational resources, author interviews and booklists. Most of you are working with Spanish language learners and…

spanish stories for kids nos fuimos

In my work with Spanish learners, of course I look for picture books that teach Latino culture. Given that, it might seem strange to choose a book that introduces children to Masai culture.  Nos fuimos todos de safari does just that, but it is an excellent choice for native speakers or for children learning Spanish. After all, learning Spanish doesn’t mean only learning about Latino culture. Nos fuimos todos de safari is written by Laurie Krebs with gorgeous illustrations by…

spanish story valentines day

This review was contributed by Brooks Lindner from Sonrisas Spanish School. He writes about the Spanish story Adivina cuánto te quiero by Sam McBratney. This delightful story of filial love is one that will charm children and is also very practical for teaching Spanish. The story begins with the little hare, Caramelo, saying to his dad, “Adivina cuánto te quiero.” (“Guess how much I love you.”) Then, Caramelo tries to demonstrate to his dad how much he loves him in…