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Spanish readers: 5 books to learn about habitats

Many books about animals and their habitats are wonderful ways to help children explore nature and the Spanish language. The earth is full of amazing ecosystems. From deserts to jungles, habitats have unique environments.

Habitats are simply the places where different species interact. And many of these species will compete for shelter and food. Microscopic organisms and enormous animals are all part of the habitats they live in.

How can these species be able to coexist? Can a polar bear survive in the tundra or simply in the icy artic? Can lizards survive in dry arid conditions or humid warm climate?

Many species have not only adapted to the variations of climate change. But they have evolved to exist in deserts, jungles, forests, artic, or mountains. The following non-fiction books are excellent sources to learn about the different habitats around the earth.

“Lo básico de la tierra” by Carol K. Lindeen

Living on earth is to live in different types of soils. This short non-fiction book, in very simple terms, shows the various soil types. You can also learn about type of animals that exist in soils and depend on it to survive. This bilingual story has glossary and additional resources. This book is part of the Pebble Bilingual book series, and is appropriate for ages 5 and up.

ISBN: 9781429653473

“Desiertos” by Gina Zorzo and Lucía M. Sánchez

In this beautifully photographed Spanish book, it greatly states the types of surroundings, animals, and climate that can be found in the desert. From cactus to prairie dogs, the desert is a unique type of habitat. Children can learn how animals survive in very dry conditions. This Spanish book also presents pronunciation techniques and other studying diagrams. This book is part of the Readlings en español book series, and is adequate for ages 6 and up.

ISBN: 9781615414246

“Cadena alimentarias del bosque tropical” by Bobbie Kalman

Rainforests are amazing habitats filled with layers of forest. This Spanish story greatly expresses the facts about these unique forests. In 14 simple easy-to-read chapters, children can learn about types of soil, animals, and the food chain or webs that can exist. This nonfiction book also shows the importance of keeping these rainforests save and how quickly they are disappearing. This book is appropriate for ages 8 and up.

ISBN: 9780778785330

“Selvas” by Richard C. Vogt

In this dynamic factual book, young children can learn about the various degrees of the jungles. This Spanish story illustrates in great detail the types of animals that exist in rivers, trees, and plants. This book is more like an encyclopedia, filled with beautiful illustrations and important facts. The book is adequate for children ages 10 and up.

ISBN: 9788480168564

“¿Dónde quieres vivir?” by Arnhilda Badia

How do penguins live and exist in such rigorous cold conditions? But where can other animals live? This Spanish nonfiction book simply presents the facts about the four most typical habitats on Earth. Beautifully photographed with easy-to-read sentences, this Spanish book is appropriate for children ages 6 and up.

ISBN: 9781617416392

Many Spanish books for children need to be equipped with adequate terms and easy to learn words. Early readers in Spanish can find these books fun and easy to read. Incorporating theme books is an easy way to encourage everyday reading at any level.

Find these great books at your local library, bookstore or Amazon: Children Books. And read them with your kids. Add them to your home library today.

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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.

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Spanish books for children to learn about autumn

The fall season can bring so much joy to children. Many kids will know it is the beginning of the new school year, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. And many of them will also enjoy apple and pumpkin picking. In fact, many families will perhaps enjoy a wonderful afternoon at parks and fall festivals.

How can parents help their children learn about the significance of the change of the seasons? The following book reviews can help the bilingual parent or educator to select adequate stories to read to children and learn more about autumn.

Spanish autumn books for children

“Las hojas en otoño” by Martha E. H. Rustad

Read about the wonderful and colorful leaves of autumn. This non-fiction is easy to read with beautiful photographs of various leaves during the fall season. Glossary and other resources included.

Bilingual book. Age group: 5 and up; ISBN: 9781429632607

“Los animales en otoño” by Martha E. H. Rustad

How do animals get ready for autumn? Children can learn in four easy-to-read chapters how squirrels, beavers, rabbits, birds, butterflies, bees, and bears prepare for the coming fall season. Glossary and extra resources included.

Bilingual book. Age group: 5 and up; ISBN: 9781429632584

“Las personas en otoño” by Martha E. H. Rustad

If animals in different habitats prepare for autumn, do people also get ready for the fall season? Learn the traditional signs of fall such as back to school, Halloween, harvest time, Thanksgiving, and other family events. Glossary and other resources included.

Bilingual book. Age group: 5 and up; ISBN: 9781429632614

“¿Cómo sabes que es otoño?” by Allan Fowler

In this easy to read picture book, children can learn additional information about the signs of the fall season. From bundling up into warmer clothes to celebrating Thanksgiving, autumn can bring many great family events.

Spanish book. Age group: 5 and up; ISBN: 0516349228

Como Sabes Que Es Otono? (Rookie Read-About Science) (Spanish Edition)

“Veo el otoño” by Charles Ghigna

This delightful picture book tells the story of a little boy in search of autumn. To his surprise, he finds the fall season everywhere he looks: school, home, during Halloween and Thanksgiving, at the park, and at apple picking.

Bilingual book. Age group: 5 and up; ISBN: 9781404873070

I See Fall (Spanish edition)

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