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Spanish books for children to learn about farm animals

Farm animals are great topics to introduce science and common Spanish terms to children. The terms for each animal can easily be associated with simple picture books. Many children may have seen ducks, chickens, cows, horses, and other farm animals at some point in their lives. But how can they captivate a child’s learning span?

Children can recognize some of these animals but parents can also encourage the function of each animal in the farm. For instance, cows provide milk while chickens give eggs. Many of these concepts can be related to everyday activities such as grocery shopping or cooking.

Learning about farm animals can be a great way to not only introduce basic terms, but it can also provide a path for children to increase Spanish vocabulary. The following books are great resources for parents to read to children about them. Many of these books are categorized by reading level, depending on each individual need.

Parents shouldn’t be discouraged if children don’t understand some words. It is important to point out the print of the word and associate it with the picture in the book. For instance, the cow is vaca in Spanish. Then, parents can point vaca in the picture. As children become more familiar with these terms, other words and concepts can be introduced.

“Animales de la granja” by Elisabeth de Lambilly-Bresson

Children can learn about seven farm animals in easy to read format. This picture book provides simply facts about each animal. It seems almost like a fun game of guessing.

  • Spanish beginners book
  • Age group: 5 and up
  • ISBN: 9780836881042

“Los animales de la granja” by Christophe Hublet

Is it possible to learn about farm animals with a dictionary? Absolutely, this amazing picture book certainly shows how farm concepts and terms can be illustrated easily for children to learn. This reference book describes the farm life with 9 easy to read concepts. This is a wonderful addition to any beginning reader in Spanish. This is part of the “Diccionario de los peques” series.

  • Spanish book
  • Age group: all ages
  • ISBN: 9782215086246

“La granja” by Angela Leeper and translated by Paul Osborn

Children can learn about how a farm functions and what they can find in this simple non-fiction book. In ten easy chapters, this book illustrates what a farm is, what animals you can find, what type of machines are there, and much more. Many children may have a different idea of a farm. And this book greatly expresses the facts of one. It also includes additional resources.

  • Spanish beginners book
  • Age group: 5 and up
  • ISBN: 1403456380

“Manchita, la vaquita torpe” by Julia Moffatt and illustrated by Lisa Williams.

In this wonderful picture book, children can read about a clumsy cow that actually saves the day. This level 1 reading book presents simple Spanish words and phrases. It’s a perfect book for beginners in Spanish. Verb usage and vocabulary are simple and easy to understand. Additional reading comprehension questions and keywords are included at the end of the book. This book is part of the “Lectores Relámpago” series.

  • Spanish beginners book
  • Age group: 5 and up
  • ISBN: 0769640796

“Tra-la-la” by Marcia Vaughan and illustrated by Kim Howard

Children will be fascinated to read this delightful picture book. They can discover the many exciting animals that live in a farm. This level 2 book helps beginning readers to form simple sentences, which eventually can lead to independent reading in Spanish. By using simple sentences, it provides the reader with the correct use of word order. This book is part of the “Déjame Leer” series.

  • Spanish intermediate book
  • Age group: 5 and up
  • ISBN: 9780673362995

“El día que el perro dijo, ‘¡Quiquiriquí!’” by David McPhail and translated by Susana Pasternac

In this level 2 picture book, children not only can learn about farm animals but they can also read more complex sentences. The story of this delightful book can entertain children while learning about basic Spanish punctuation and verb usage. The text easily reinforces basic Spanish grammar. This is a great book for emergent readers in Spanish. This book is part of the “¡Hola, Lector!” series for Spanish readers.

  • Spanish intermediate book
  • Age group: 6 and up
  • ISBN: 9780439071642

“El Gran Granero Rojo” by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Felicia Bond, and translated by Aida E. Marcuse

This wonderful picture book illustrates how farm animals work and live in la granja. Content of this book uses advance Spanish vocabulary and grammar. And it is a great book for advanced readers in Spanish. Words such as vasto, apilado, perplejo, fina, atenta, rebuznaba, proseguía and so many more are a few examples of the richness in vocabulary.

  • Spanish book only
  • Age group: 7 and up
  • ISBN: 0060262257

“Alberto y Lila” by Rafik Schami, illustrated by Els Cools and Oliver Streich, and translated by Gerardo Gambolini

Children can learn such a valuable lesson in friendship in this wonderful picture book. A white pig named Alberto and a polka dot chicken named Lila make an unusual pair of friends. Although their peers do not like them, Alberto and Lila still save the farm animals from a hungry fox. The content in this beautiful picture book provides extensive Spanish vocabulary and grammar for the advanced reader.

  • Spanish book only
  • Age group: 10 and up
  • ISBN: 9780735816947

Reading is a journey for any beginning reader. By taking small steps to literature in Spanish, the beginning reader can easily transition to being an emergent and advanced reader. Learning Spanish for children can be conquered with persistence and positive motivation.

Find these great books at your local library, bookstore or Amazon. 

Add them today to your home library.

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

12 Comments

  1. Oh this is so fun. I think I’ll get my oldest to teach us all “Old MacDonald” in Spanish today. We’re traveling today so that will be a great way to pass the time!



    • Barbara Mascareno on at

      We love “Old MacDonald” song; it was one of my daughter’s favorite, too. Happy trip 🙂



  2. Rosey on at

    This is a great post. My kindergartner has Spanish twice a week. He comes home singing Spanish songs, and I know for a fact (he JUST started) he doesn’t know what those lyrics mean.. yet. 🙂



    • Barbara Mascareno on at

      Ha ha ha…I’m sure he loves the lyrics, which later are going to help him remember basic Spanish terms. Awesome 🙂



  3. What a great list of books! I love that you list different levels. I never learned Spanish, so my kids and I would have to learn together!



    • Barbara Mascareno on at

      Glad you like the book recommendations. You know, it is never too late to learn a foreign language.



  4. kenyagjohnson on at

    Nice. I love how the book introduce and expand on concepts as well as teaching spanish.



    • Barbara Mascareno on at

      Most definitely – books are great educational tools.



  5. Leah on at

    Thank you so much for this list. My four year old is very into learning spanish right now! I am hoping to get him enrolled in the duel language program for Kindergarten!



    • Barbara Mascareno on at

      That’s awesome. I hope he likes learning a foreign language.



  6. DelSheree on at

    These look like great books to get started with. My husband and I have talked about trying to teach our kids Spanish but it’s hard to know where to start. I think I’ll take a look at some of these books. Thank for sharing.



    • Barbara Mascareno on at

      I love books as much as any book aficionado. And I’m always looking for great ways to introduce new learning techniques.



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