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Adding Spanish language books to your home library enriches a child’s literary journey in many ways. For bilingual children, it helps strengthen their Spanish vocabulary and helps them see both languages as equally important. If your child is just beginning, Spanish books are an easy way to immerse them in a fun, educational activity where they are learning new words simply by exposure. Either way, adding Spanish language books to their routine opens the doors to a new world of learning, and our list is full of fun titles.
Here, we round up some of the best Spanish books for kids. Whether you’re drawn to familiar classics translated into Spanish or want your child to hear the same words in English and Spanish and pick up on the differences, there’s a book for you, including favorites from celebrated Latinx authors and illustrators.
Can kids learn Spanish just by reading books?
Learning a second language comes from exposure in many different forms. "Speaking two languages is like any other skill," the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association notes. "You need a lot of practice to do it well." However, reading books in Spanish is a good way to start. It builds a child’s vocabulary, and the younger kids are, the more their minds are able to soak in new words.
What is the benefit of learning a second language?
You might have heard the old wives' tale that learning a second language as a young child can stunt reading and speaking development, the opposite is true. Studies show bilingual kids have advantages when it comes to learning to read later on. According to waterford.org, kids who learn two languages simultaneously are quicker to pick up on word structure, have a higher vocabulary range and even have ave stronger working memories and attention spans.
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Christina Montoya Fiedler is a Los Angeles-based freelancer with over 15 years of experience writing for online publications. Her work can be seen in Good Housekeeping and Woman's Day, where she covers everything from gift guides to personal essays. She holds a B.A. in English from Chapman University and is working toward her Early Childhood Education teaching credentials.
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