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Choose from these authentic children's Spanish literature titles.

  • Books are in alphabetical order.
  • All text in the books are in Spanish unless otherwise noted.
  • Correlations to the Sonrisas lessons are at the end of each description.
  • Book dimensions are in parenthesis.
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    Cha cha cha en la selva

    by Debbie Harter

    This fun tale is full of movement, song, and dance in the Indian jungle. Read fun words such as: ¡Mécete!, ¡Deslízate!, y ¡Retumba! The illustrations are colorful and chock-full of jungle animals. Can be used to teach jungle animals, Spanish commands, and colors. We use it in Lesson 16 of Sonrisas Level II to teach the prepositional phrases por aquí y por allá. (10 x 9.5)

    $9.99
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    Chato’s Kitchen

    by Gary Soto

    This book is too much fun! Chato, the low-riding cat from East L.A., invites his new neighbors, the mouse family, over for dinner with not-so-good intentions. He and his friend, Novio Boy, spend all day preparing traditional Mexican food in Chato’s kitchen. Little do they know the surprise that awaits them when the mouse family arrives. This version of the book is in English, interspersed with Spanish words and phrases. It is a great source for teaching about Mexican food and Mexican American culture. Accompanies Lesson 18 of Sonrisas Level II. (8 x 10)

    $7.99
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    Chumba la cachumba

    by Carlos Cotte

    This is a version of the traditional Latin American poem Los esqueletos—Cuando el reloj marca la una, los esqueletos salen de la tumba. ¡Chumba la cachumba la cachumbambá! As the hours on the clock increase, the skeletons perform different actions such as singing, launching a rocket, and playing brass instruments. This book is a wonderful addition to any Spanish lesson on Halloween, or it can be used to teach how to say the twelve hours in Spanish. Accompanies Lesson 9 in Sonrisas Level II. (8.5 x 6)

    $8.99
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    Cómo crecen las plantas?

    by Julie K. Lundgren

    Connecting students to science, this non-fiction book teaches Spanish learners the names of the parts of plants, the function of the different parts, and how plants use the sun’s light. Accompanies Lesson 21 of Sonrisas Level II. (8 x 8)

    $8.95
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    Cómo te quiero yo?

    by Marion Dane Bauer

    The question in the title of this book is answered by many beautiful examples. The fun illustrations provide comprehensible input for young readers as they learn the important phrase, Te quiero. Accompanies Lesson 33 in Level I. (7 x 8.5)

    $8.99
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    Contemos los continentes

    by Ellen K. Mitten

    This book is part of Rourke’s Pequeño mundo: Geografía series. In this book, students learn about the location and climates of the continents as well as basic map-reading skills. Accompanies Lesson 28 of Sonrisas Level II. (8 x 8)

    $8.95
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    David va al colegio

    by David Shannon

    Children love this story, and your “challenging” students will really appreciate it. David can’t seem to stay out of trouble at school as he does one thing after the other that he is not supposed to do. This book is great for teaching vocabulary related to school and Spanish commands—especially as they relate to school rules. Accompanies Lesson 2 of Sonrisas Level II. THIS BOOK IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE IN SPANISH. WE HAVE THE ENGLISH VERSION AND CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH A TRANSCRIPT OF THE SPANISH. (8.25 x 11)

    $17.99
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    De la cabeza a los pies

    by Eric Carle

    To read an in-depth review of this book Click here. Eric Carle's paint and collage illustrations never fail to capture children's imaginations. This kinetically engaging story repeatedly asks the question, “¿Puedes hacerlo tú también?” with the answer ¡Claro que sí! on every page. We use this book in Lesson 10 of Sonrisas Level II to teach the phrase Yo soy. It is also effective for teaching body parts, the phrase Claro que sí, and fun action words such as giro, saludo, arqueo, y muevo. (9 x 12)

    $6.99
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    De paseo por la selva

    by Debbie Harter

    Accompany this intrepid explorer as she dicovers different animals and landscapes of the world, and returns home, safe and sound. The vibrant illustrations guide you through all the action in this book—with roaring lions, splashing whales, howling wolves, and more! You could use this book to teach the adverbs cuando and mientras. It would also be a great book to introduce the imperfect tense with vocabulary such as parecía, venía, flotaba, subía, nadaba, iba, y patinaba. Accompanies Lesson 19 of Sonrisas Level II. THIS BOOKS IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE IN SPANISH. WE HAVE THE ENGLISH VERSION AND CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH A TRANSCRIPT OF THE SPANISH. (10 x 9.5)

    $9.99
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    Dónde está Spot?

    by Eric Hill

    Kids love this book about Momma dog looking for her puppy, Spot. Readers get to check under the pop-up flaps in the book to see if Spot is there, and there is a fun surprise at the end of the book. Great for teaching prepositions, animals, and the question “¿Dónde está Spot?”. Accompanies Lesson 14 of Sonrisas Level I. (7.75 x 7.75)

    $6.99
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    El cuento de Ferdinando

    by Munro Leaf

    Set in Spain, this book tells the tale of Ferdinand, a young bull who would rather sit quietly in his field and smell the flowers than fight in the stadium in Madrid. Full of beautiful and detailed black and white drawings, this book gives children a great feel for the Spanish countryside and the costumes and ritual surrounding bullfights. Accompanies Lesson 6 of the Sonrisas Cultural Curriculum. (7 x 9)

    $7.99
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    El gallo de bodas

    by Lucía M. González

    This bilingual book tells the traditional Cuban folktale of the bossy rooster. Full of colorful characters like pink flamingos, toucans, and parakeets the tale instantly transports kids to Little Havana, the heart of Miami's Cuban community. Act out the story as a play with your class or use it to teach about Cuban culture and folklore. Accompanies Lesson 7 of the Sonrisas Cultural Curriculum. (8 x 11)

    $6.99