Giveaway: 32 Emergent Reader Books in Spanish

by multilingualmania on August 14, 2011

in Literacy and Biliteracy

Spanish books
As bilingual educators, we know how hard it is to get your hands on multilingual materials and books. Luckily we are hosting a giveaway of a set of 32 emergent reader books in Spanish for educators as well as parents who are raising bilingual children. This set of 32 Spanish books consists of fiction and non-fiction books that are applicable for emergent readers in pre-k, kindergarten and first grade. Students in higher grades who are learning Spanish will also find them motivating to read.

This giveaway will run from now until September 1, 2011. To enter your name for the drawing, please leave a comment by answering one of the following questions:

  • What do you plan on doing with these Spanish books?
  • Why is bilingualism important to you?

Please leave your answers to one of these questions in the comment section. The winner of the giveaway will be contacted by email after September 1, 2011.

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Audrey Misiano August 14, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I am a public school teacher who is currently working on expanding our program from 7-12 to K-12. These books would be perfect for our 7-12 students to read aloud to our younger learners! I am passionate about teaching Spanish and French, so much that I want my children to be multilingual in English, French & Spanish (& whatever other languages they may be interested in!) Right now I’m speaking only French to my children, but once they start Kindergarten they will also start learning Spanish. Unfortunately, my husband only speaks English, so I need all the help I can get from outside resources. So happy to have found your website!!!

Aurora Bello August 14, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I am just staring to teach Spanish in a small city in Canada. I have had a rough time finding resources in Spanish for my classes, and those who I am able to get are usually quite expensive (shipping to Canada is a lot of money!). These books would help me build my bilingual library and will be used frequently in all my programs.
Thank you,

Aurora Bello

Emily Klein August 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I’d donate half to my children’s Spanish classrooms in their dual language programs and use the other half to expand our library of Spanish children’s books at home.

Lauren August 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I plan on giving these to a friend of mine to use as he plans to be a Spanish teacher and is always happy to read over any type of Spanish book for his own fun. :)

Laura Reyes August 15, 2011 at 11:32 am

I just started teaching Spanish for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. These books will definitely help me start developing my library center with Spanish books. I would use the books for my students to read and utilize in the classroom.

Shannon August 15, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I am a homeschooling mom to 5 kids. We just moved to Puerto Rico and are trying to learn the Spanish Language, both speaking and reading/writing! We would love the books to help us along this journey!

Monica Young August 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm

My son is attending a dual immersion school. It would be great to be able to use the books to create a book club with his classmates and teacher. I think that it is hard for teachers to get some quality spanish books and I would like to share this with the teacher.

Kelly Tirman August 15, 2011 at 5:17 pm

What do you plan on doing with these Spanish books?
There are roughly a dozen girls on our city block whose parents we are trying to raise them bilingual even though none of us are native Spanish speakers. I will use these books to read to them until in hopes of getting them into a Spanish preschool Fall 2012.

Why is bilingualism important to you?
I truly believe a multilingual kid will grow up to be an open-minded, intelligent, compassionate, and successful adult. This is why I am 100% committed to ensuring my children (and as many of their friends as possible) grow up multilingual.

Carla August 15, 2011 at 7:31 pm

This fall I’ll be starting to homeschool my 4 year old and I would love to use these. I’m studying the structure of a program called “Before Five in A Row” and I want to apply the method to Spanish books. You focus on one book for about a week and explore different aspects of the book. Part of my adventure in raising bilingual daughters is making sure they can use their language skills with their peers which why I’ve started a small playgroup with several other moms who speak Spanish. These would be great to share with the group as well. It’s going to be a busy fall!

Karolena August 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I would read them and use them in my Spanish play group as well as read them with my own little boy (and other future children!). I have been a bilingual teacher, so I may get the opportunity to tutor or teach again, in which case having these books would be a great resource.

Deonne Knill August 15, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I would donate these books to our Spanish immersion public school, which is short on funds due to terrible budget cuts. This would be a great addition to our little library!

Debbie August 15, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I would use this gift to help teach my seven year old at home. Although his father is Hispanic and bilingual, he does not see the importance of helping to teach our son. I would love for him to be bilingual, not only to help him in the future pursuit of employment, but to allow him to better communicate with his family in Mexico. Thank you very much!!!

Shannon Williamson August 15, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I’m a homeschooling momma who will be using these books in the early education of my 3 year old daughter. These will be a vital tool in helping her to become accustomed to speaking a second language with ease.

Laura August 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Being bilingual transformed my life, and I want to see today’s children have the same advantages I did. Every job I have had since I was 19 years old came about because I spoke Spanish fluently. Even if the company didn’t really need a Spanish-speaker, they liked the idea of having someone on staff who could speak Spanish “just in case” they ever needed it. Multilingualism will be even more important in 15 years, and it’s important to me that children have the opportunity to develop that skill.

Blanca August 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm

Wow! How exciting this giveaway is! I have two preschool aged kids who I’ve decided to homeschool in spanish in order for them to get accepted into a spanish dual immersion program upon entering Kindergarten. (This is the only way they will get in because we don’t live in the school’s vicinity). I hear that once kids start preschool they lose their spanish and this scared me. Raising them to be bilingual is something I am obsessed about along with raising them with exposure to positive messages. I hope I’m not doing an injustice to them by not taking them to preschool…but I’m trying to research as much as I can in order to provide them with as much educational exposure as possible myself. These books would be such an invaluable tool for us! To date their first language is spanish. They love for us to read to them but we are getting bored of our current books. Our local libraries don’t seem to offer rich selections of spanish books either. I am trying to start a spanish playgroup as well and would love to have these books to read together and to circulate! I have a dream of starting a spanish immersion preschool..but this is something to work towards in the future. Thanks for all of your research and information!!

Bárbara Chávez August 16, 2011 at 5:19 am

We have been told that our son will have delayed speech and limited vocabulary on both languages Spanish and English. This is because our primary language is Spanish and only at daycare he is exposed to English. That not only has frustrated me, but has become a worry. All I can do right now is read to him everyday in both languages. Success is the result of determination and persistence and that’s the legacy I can give him. I don’t have to chose one language over the other, no one has to! Later on, we will pay it forward.

Sarah August 16, 2011 at 6:18 am

My husband and I are raising our three children to speak Spanish and English. Most of our books at home are in English, so it would be awesome to have all these new books in Spanish. I want them to be excited about being bilingual. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Jeneanf August 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I just started teaching Spanish, Frnch and Mandarin to kids 3-11 years. I am trying to build up a library for myna rents toncheckmout books to use at home as there are very few bilingual books in our public library.

Leigh Anne Soefje August 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I plan to use them to relearn Spanish for myself so that I can teach my son as he grows, he is only 6m now and I use as many of the words that I remember. I think my high school classes were useless, but I worked as a chef for years and lost out on great jobs because i was not fluent enough in Spanish. What I did know i learned through immersion and my co-workers, and I’ve been out of Spanish speaking dominate workforce for the last 5years and my ability is suffering.

Bilingualism is extremely important to me because the US is one of the few places in the world where a majority of the people only speak one language, it is harmful to our future and our culture to not raise our children and ourselves become bilingual. I want for him to enjoy food and culture from all around the world, one of the best things to incorporate into that is language.
Food and food culture has always been my life, I find myself learning words for food in any language i can, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Vietnamese, German, because food is universal, cooks can talk food in any language and be accepted and understood, but knowing a few words here and there make it even more enjoyable.

Djemila M Stevens August 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I am a Spanish as a Second Language teacher and see students in grades K-5 in a Dual Language Program. These books would be beneficial to my students during lessons and to practice reading at home to their non-Spanish speaking parents. With such limited resources, and budget constraints, I find it important to take advantage of any opportunity I have to get my hands on Spanish materials to support my program and school.

Monica August 16, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I am struggling to teach my kids Spanish, so I would love to add these to our collection of bilingual and Spanish-language books to help me in our studies! Thank you guys so much for offering this giveaway! This is such an awesome collection…

multilingualmania August 16, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Barbara, don’t listen to them! We have a reader here named Sandrine who blogged that they said the same about her autistic son, and yet he now speaks multiple languages! It’s not true that he will be delayed if your primary language is spanish and he speaks english at school!

ROCIO GARCIA August 16, 2011 at 10:10 pm

What do you plan on doing with these Spanish Books?
I plan to add them as part of my first bilingual classroom library, in where my students will have the privilege to read and look at them as many times as they want for exposure to other languages is crucial in developing bilingual students!.
I also plan to read them to my student and discuss their content with them as part of language development as well as language enrichment.– Rocio

Carmen Reyes August 17, 2011 at 8:40 am

* What do you plan on doing with these Spanish books?
I would use them with my children of 7 and 2 years old. The oldest has hearing loss in both ears. However, he speaks English and is currently in third grade. Now, he is eager to learn Spanish since he sees me teaching and talking to his little brother in Spanish (I used English with him because of his hearing problem). However, I don’t have access to much material is Spanish. Also, eventually, I plan to donate them to Fairfax Regional Library.
* Why is bilingualism important to you?
Because we are at the doors of a multilingual future. So, raising a bilingual children is not just improving their lives, but furthering the hopes and dreams of many parents for the future of their children.


Dulce Chalé August 17, 2011 at 9:44 am

I will be using them to teach our homeschooled children and to help them develop a love and passion for Spanish. It is so hard when they hear English everywhere and begin to prefer it. Having stories and other materials in Spanish makes it so much more fun. :)

Beth Ortuno August 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm

What I would do with these books would be to have them available and beckoning when our older kids, as well as visiting nieces & nephews, are told it is time to turn off the tv (they are bilingual but stronger in Spanish). I would also read them out loud to my younger son which would help my development too, because as a non-native speaker I think reading together with him as he grows will not only help him continue loving books but also be this busy working mom’s ticket into a bigger vocabulary / higher level of fluency.
Biligualism is important to us because we have some family nearby but the grandparents and majority of family live far away & they only speak one language or the other, so it’s especially important that the kids be able to communicate directly with them and really maximize visits & phone calls that never seem to happen often enough.
I hope you will publish a list of the 32 books because I am always looking for ideas. The public library where we live is pretty dismal but we try to purchase a new book every month for the kids so we are slowly but surely building our own library at home.

Magda Emmert August 17, 2011 at 9:18 pm


I just found your site thought SpanglishBaby, thank you! One more resource for the bilingual community.

I would love to donate these books to my son’s teacher. I will be switching him into the bilingual program at his school and I know the teacher does not have many resources in Spanish. So, I know she really needs them.

Bilingualism is important for me because I want my children to know where I come from and who I am. Language is a part of one’s culture and I believe that if you don’t understand the language then, you don’t understand the culture.

Gale August 22, 2011 at 9:07 am

I plan to use these to help my three boys learn Spanish. I think it’s important for my kids to learn a second language when they are young and can learn it more easily. It open them up to a whole different culture and so many people they wouldn’t get to know.

Marge Draheim August 24, 2011 at 6:12 am

I would donate half the books to the new dual-language school in our city and the other half to an elementary school with a bilingual program in a neighboring district. A large number of the students at that school live at or below the poverty level. They can use the extra support.

Elisa August 24, 2011 at 6:25 am

This will be my second year as a dual language teacher. I would use these books to add to my classroom library as I am continuing to build it and am in need of quality Spanish books. The books you are giving away would be perfect for my second graders. Bilingualism is of utmost importance to me. Children whose parents speak a language other than English should maintain their home language so that they may communicate with family in the native language. Bilingualism is needed in this global economy. I consider being bilingual a gift and want to instill that feeling in my students. These Spanish books would allow me to continue to reinforce and work towards the goal of bilingualism and biliteracy for my students. Thank you.

Nilda August 24, 2011 at 5:12 pm

After teaching sped for 10 years, this will be my first time teaching in a first grade Spanish bilingual classroom. Although I am excited, I have spent my summer looking for resources in Spanish, such as books for a much needed classroom library. 32 books will be great addition to our classroom.

I think bilingualism leads toward understanding and relating to people and cultures. You learn to think globally and realize that although it’s a big world, we are all connected through language. I am bilingual and am thankful that I was able to learn Spanish and English as a child.

I really want to win the books! Thanks

Maria Black August 26, 2011 at 12:19 am

I am the PTA president of Ridgecrest Elementary in Largo FL. We have a partial immersion Spanish program at the school here and are in need of books to have the kids read for the program. We have donated many oursleves, My son is in the pilot class and is now a fifth grader. We now have two classes in every grade level from 1st to 5th. That’s a lot of kids all eager to read and exercise there new language skills. We would love to share these books with our kids.

Julie Orosco August 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I am a parent of a Dual Language graduate (now in 10th grade and in AP Spanish 4) and a 4th grade Dual Immersion student. I would donate the books to our local k-5 Dual Immersion program. Our school board has continued to support the program but it’s a constant battle in the face of decreased school funding. Our program is amazing, bringing both language and culture to our kids. I see every day how our program not only teaches kids academic English and Spanish, but culture and an understanding of the challenges faced by Spanish Speaking families in our school. At our recent back to school night, my daughter’s TWI class had 21 parents in attendance, mostly Spanish Speaking, the English only classroom next door had 7 parents. TWI invites ALL parents to be part of our school family in ways the English only classrooms can not. This program is a gift to our community and I would love to give this gift to them!

Zelda August 28, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I am a homeschooling mother, I would use the books to teach spanish to my son and all our homeschooling friends during our meet ups.

Collen Velez August 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I would use the emergent reading books in Spanish to instruct my ELL students in their first language. I personally feel that it is important to have literature in my students primary language to build their literacy in their first language as well as building and learning in their second language. I believe it is important for students to continue learning their first language and keeping their culture while learning English. That is why having literature such as the emergent reading books in Spanish is beneficial for any teacher to have. We are able to continue the learning process for them in their first language and building the base for students to love reading and learning the second language.

Luz A. Celedón August 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm

I do a Saturday class with parents to teach them literacy skills. Parents and students come to the class. While I’m teaching the parents, children are in child care. Then, I bring parents and children together so parents can practice what they learned. I don’t get paid for this program. I buy coffee, sweet bread and etc., and the most important part of the class: door prizes which are books to take come home and practice! This set of books would be a gift sent from heaven to support my program!!!

Sherri Murr August 28, 2011 at 6:41 pm

We would use these books as part of our language lessons to learn Spanish in our homeschool as well as just for fun reading. We have several young people (exchange students) come into our home from Spanish-speaking countries who could use them to learn English as well. When we outgrew them we would share them with our local library or another homeschool family or co-op. We would absolutely love to win this set of books.

Kelsey Tepas August 28, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I would use some of the books for when I homeschool my now 3-year old daughter. It’s important for me to have a bilingual family because my husband is from El Salvador. So far our daughter is fully bilingual and I want to keep it that way! The other books I would send to my husband’s less fortunate 2 children that live in El Salvador. I am doing my best at teaching them some English over the phone and they are good for teaching me Spanish too! They love to read at 9 and 11 years old and they definitely deserve more than life is currently providing them with. Thanks!

Tina Richards August 31, 2011 at 7:13 am

I teach Spanish at an Elementary school (k-5) in Alabama. I would love to have this set of books for my classroom! I think it is important to share languages & cultures with young children to widen their world view. Thanks for the giveaway!!

Shayna Gago August 31, 2011 at 9:47 am

My husband is from Panama and is a native Spanish speaker. Being bilingual is important to me because now, half my family speaks Spanish! I also think everyone on earth should be at least fluent in two languages. Learning a new language is the gateway to a new culture. I would use these books to help solidify my own knowledge of Spanish and also as a way to help my children learn Spanish. Since there are so many books, I will donate some to my daughters preschool as well!

Jennifer August 31, 2011 at 9:54 am

I am about to begin my second year of graduate school at Teachers College in New York City, where I am currently studying to obtain my Masters in Bilingual-Bicultural Education as well as my teaching certification. As I anticipate becoming a teacher in a Dual Language classroom upon graduation, I am currently working on building my own classroom library. These books would be an incredible resource for my future students!

Bilingualism is important to me because I believe that bilingual education is one of the most important ways to combat foundational flaws within our educational system and thinly-veiled racism throughout society.

wm August 31, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Would use them for my bilingual pre-k child, then share with the bilingual pre-k school he attends.

nmar August 31, 2011 at 5:17 pm

These books would be incredibly helpful since I tutor 6 year old twins who speak Spanish, but are unable to read the language. They would now be able to connect their spoken words with print, allowing them to strengthen their Spanish language skills. As a bilingual educator in training, in the future these books would be instrumental to starting my own classroom library.

Mike September 3, 2011 at 7:57 am

Can you make the list of these titles (and publishers or where they can be purchased) available so that people would know where they can get copies of some of them? Thanks!!

Nicole September 11, 2011 at 9:50 pm

My daughter is learning Spanish in a Spanish immersion program. I would use these books to supplement her education and encourage her to use Spanish more at home.

Liz Morris October 31, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I would use these 50 little books to aid our library Spanish Storytimes, which are run by a dedicated Spanish volunteer. She has been taking these sessions for 3 years now and we are trying hard to find her useful resources.

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