Top 10 Spanish Board Books on Amazon
We are always on the lookout for wonderful Spanish language books for babies and toddlers and have gone through piles and piles of books from libraries, local bookstores, international bookstores, and specialty websites. We love exploring all of the different resources available, but sometimes, we just need a quick Amazon Prime fix. To celebrate our own Lufi & Friends books finally becoming available on Amazon and to give you some fun things to look out for on Prime Day, we wanted to share a list of our top ten favorite "hidden gem" Spanish board books that you can enjoy with your little ones in 2 business days or less :)
Si yo fuera un camaleon by Ana Galan and Mariana Nemitz
The si yo fuera series is one of our favorites book series for toddlers. Each book describes what it would be like to be a certain animal. The books combine beautiful photos with illustrations, and they have fun prompts for questions to ask your little ones or activities to do as you go through the book (e.g., stick out your tongue like a chameleon, count your fingers, etc). The series includes other animal books – we have tried the lion and koala ones, and we love them all.
Veo Veo by Antonio Rubio and Óscar Villán
This whole collection of books “De la Luna a la Cuna” from the publisher Kalandraka is a wonderful first set of books for the Spanish learner. The books are very simple with short rhyming verses. This particular one is about 2 moons that go for a walk together and play the game “Veo, veo” – essentially, I spy. Super fun and simple illustrations that you can use to help your kids learn their first words. Our other favorites in this series include Cocodrilo for learning colors, Limón for learning fruits, and Miau for learning the animal sounds. Limón is also the first book that our toddler could “read” (or memorize because of its simplicity). In fact, the books are simple enough to memorize that we often recite lines when we see something in our environment that reminds us of them (lemons, the moon, etc).
Y el domingo by Teresa Porcella and Carmen Queralt
We love this book that helps kids learn the days of the week through fun stories of what different animals are doing each day. The book has flaps that toddlers can interact with, fun rhyming verses, and a sweet ending. The best part is that the book comes with a QR code that allows you to download a fun audio version. We love the audio accompaniment for families with non-native speakers! Another that we're hoping to check out soon in this series is De noche y de día.
Buenos Días by Meritxell Martí
This book is a super simple board book in which little ones can learn to say good morning and see some of the things that happen in the mornings. While we admit, it didn't look that exciting for us as parents, our kids have really loved it because it has pull tabs that they can interact with. And, when we've done story times around town, this is a fan favorite. It is a nice alternative to a book with flaps because there's nothing that can be ripped super easily - quite durable and has withstood the test of two toddlers! It is also bilingual for those that like having the English translation on the page. The Buenas Noches version is available as well!
Toca Toca, Libro Juegos by Fiona Land
Another great series of touch and learn books that includes a lot of wonderful textures, colors, shapes and even reflecting pages that kids can interact with as they learn their first words and develop a love for books. The series includes a book about families, Buenas Noches book, and a book for counting, among others. We have two books from this series, and they make an appearance at bedtime every few weeks with great success.
Pequeño Buba Busca a Su Elefante
This is a book that has seen better days at our house. It has gotten so much use that it is now two separate books, but even so, we still use it! When searching for books, we try to find ones that will grab our kids’ attention, and the pull tabs on this book do just that. This is a fun story of Buba who has lost his lovey, and your little ones can help him find it! It's great for pointing out things on the page and having kids look for different vocabulary words. Another in the series is Tina Juega al Escondite.
Por el camino by Mariana Ruiz Johnson
This is a beautiful book to help kids learn to count to 10. It tells the story of animals that are on their way to a whale’s birthday party. The illustrations alone make it worth while, but the book also has a lot of items that kids can name and identify, and the rhyming verses make it more fun for kids, parents and caretakers to read aloud. We always take advantage of the end of the story to sing the birthday song in Spanish to the birthday whale.
This is a great one for older toddlers who are learning to express their emotions. The color monster is confused by all of his emotions and throughout the book learns what each one is. The story’s sweet ending always makes me smile. It is available as a board book or hardcover for older kids.
El pastel está tan arriba by Susan Strasser
This one isn’t originally in Spanish, but it’s a solid translation. It tells the story of a bear who sees a delicious cake in the window and enlists the help of his other animal friends to get it. This story is a fun read because of all of the repetition and the anticipation of the cake. It helps kids pick up their animal words and has a lot of fun parts to act out like jumping and falling.
Mis Primeras Canciones de Animales by Jimena de la Vega
And last but not least :), Lufi & Friends' very own Mis Primeras Canciones de Animales en Español is now available on Amazon Prime! Mis Primeras Canciones is great pick for native and non-native speakers because of its built-in audio component. The book has six different traditional Spanish songs about animals. Each page has a sensor that your little one can touch to play a song while they observe the illustrations and accompanying lyrics. It is a wonderful book that kids can grow with. When they are just babies, they can use it as a regular board book or listen to the songs with their parents. As they get a bit older, they learn to touch the buttons, dance and even sing-along. Our toddler loves to sing La Vaca Lola and dance to El Baile de la Ranita. Mis Primeras Canciones de Cuna is the other book in the set with favorite lullabies like Arroró mi niño and duerme ya, and it is great for winding down before bed.
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