Books in Spanish: More than 50 Books Every Child Should Hear before Starting School
Baker, Keith     
­Mam  Clo-cl¢!
Big Fat Hen counts to ten with her friends and all their chicks.

Bemelmans, Ludwig     

Bianco, Margery Williams     
El conejo de terciopelo, ¢ c¢mo los juguetes se convierten en reales
By the time the velveteen rabbit is dirty, worn out, and about to be burned, he has almost given up hope of ever finding the magic called Real.

Brown, Margaret Wise     
Buenas noches, Luna
Before going to sleep, a little rabbit says goodnight to many different things.

Brown, Marcia     
Sopa de piedras
When three hungry soldiers come to a town where all the food has been hidden, they set out to make soup of water and stones, and all the town enjoys a feast.

Burton, Virginia Lee     
Mike Mulligan y su maquina maravillosa
Mike Mulligan proves that, although dated, his steam shovel is still useful.

Carle, Eric     
La oruga muy hambrienta

Christelow, Eileen     
Cinco monitos brincando en la cama , Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
A counting book in which one by one the little monkeys jump on the bed only to fall off and bump their heads. On board pages.

Cooney, Barbara     
La Senorita Runfio
As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful--and she does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all.

Crews, Donald     
Freight train , Tren de carga
Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.

De, Paola Tomie     
Strega Nona : un cuento tradicional
When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works.

Eastman, P D     
Eres mi mama?
The story of a little bird who has lost its mother.

Falconer, Ian     
Whether at home getting ready for the day, enjoying the beach, or at bedtime, Olivia is a feisty pig who has too much energy for her own good.

Freeman, Don     
Un bolsillo para Corduroy
A toy bear who wants a pocket for himself searches for one in a laundromat.

Galdone, Paul     
Los tres chivitos Gruff
Three clever billy goats outwit a mean, ugly troll that lives under the bridge they must cross on their way to a grassy pasture.

Henkes, Kevin     
Crisantemo loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.

Henkes, Kevin     
Lily y su bolso de pl stico morado
Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.

Hoban, Russell     
Pan y mermelada para Francisca
Frances decides she likes to eat only bread and jam at every meal--until to her surprise--her parents grant her wish.

Johnson, Crockett     
Harold y el lapiz color morado
Harold with his purple crayon, draws himself into a magic garden where he has a host of adventures until he draws himself back to bed again.

Kalan, Robert     
Salta, ranita, salta!
‚sta es la tortuga que se meti¢ en la charca y se comi¢ a laserpiente que se desliz¢ de una rama y se trag¢ al pez que nadaba tras la ranita. Salta, ranita, salta! Este alegre cuento repetitivo har  saltar y cantar de contento a todas esas "ranitas" que conoces.

Keats, Ezra Jack     
Un dia de nieve
A young black boy spends an adventurous day in the city when it snows.

Krauss, Ruth     
La semilla de zanahoria
Despite everyone's dire predictions, a little boy has faith in the carrot seed he plants.

Leaf, Munro     
El cuento de Ferdinando

Lobel, Arnold     
Sapo y Sepo son amigos
Five tales recounting the adventures of two best friends - Frog and Toad.

Marshall, James     
Jorge y Marta
Short stories depict the experiences of two hippopotamuses who find that friendship has its own problems and rewards.

Martin, Bill     
Oso pardo, oso pardo, que ves ahi?
In a question and answer game, a teacher and her group see a variety of animals, each one a different color.

Mayer, Mercer     
Una pesadilla en mi armario
At bedtime a boy confronts the nightmare in his closet and finds him not so terrifying after all.

McBratney, Sam     
Adivina cuanto te quiero
During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more.

McCloskey, Robert     
Abran paso a los patitos
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.

Meddaugh, Susan Varela     
Martha Habla Martha Speaks

Mora, Pat     
Tomas y la senora de la biblioteca
While helping his family in their work as migrant laborers far from their home, Tomas finds an entire world to explore in the books at the local public library.

Noble, Trinka Hakes     
El dia que la boa de Jimmy se comio la ropa
Jimmy's boa constrictor wreaks havoc on the class trip to a farm.

Numeroff, Laura Joffe     
Si le das una galletita a un raton
Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is likely to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young child's day.

Parish, Peggy     
Amelia Bedelia
A literal-minded housekeeper causes a ruckus in the household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.

Potter, Beatrix     
El cuento de Pedrito Conejo
Peter disobeys his mother by going into Mr. McGregor's garden and almost gets caught.

Rey, H A     
Jorge el curioso
The curiosity of a newly-captured monkey gets him into continual trouble.

Rosen, Michael     
Vamos a cazar un oso
Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.

Rylant, Cynthia     
Henry y Mudge con barro hasta el rabo : el segundo libro de sus aventuras
For Henry and his big dog Mudge, spring means admiring the first snow glory, playing in puddles in the rain, and watching the five new kittens next door.

Rylant, Cynthia     
Henry y Mudge y el mejor dia del año
Henry and his big dog Mudge celebrate Henry's birthday with a pi~nata, a lively birthday party, and a cake shaped like a fish tank, making May first the best day ever.

Sendak, Maurice     
Donde viven los monstruos
A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.

Seuss, Dr     
El gato ensombrerado
Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are visited by a cat who shows them tricks and games.

Seuss, Dr     
Huevos verdes con jam¢n

Shannon, David     
No, David!
A young boy is depicted doing a variety of naughty things for which he is repeatedly admonished, but finally he gets a hug.

Shannon, David     
Pato va en bici
A duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all the other animals on the farm to ride bikes too.

Slobodkina, Esphyr     
Se venden gorras : la historia de un vendedor ambulante, unos monos y sus travesuras
A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler's caps while he takes a nap under a tree.

Steig, William     
Doctor de Soto
Dr. De Soto, a mouse dentist, copes with the toothaches of various animals except those with a taste for mice, until the day a fox comes to him in great pain.

Steig, William     
Pedro Es Una Pizza

Udry, Janice May     
Un arbol es hermoso

Van, Allsburg Chris     
El Expreso Polar
A magical train ride on nochebuena (Christmas Eve) takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from San Nicol s.

Viorst, Judith     
Alexander y el dia terrible, horrible, espantoso, horroroso
On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.

Walsh, Ellen Stoll     
Pintura de rat¢n
Three white mice discover jars of red, blue, and yellow paint and explore the world of color.

Willems, Mo     
No Dejes Que La Paloma Conduzca El Autobus! Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Williams, Sue     
Sali de paseo
During the course of a walk, a young boy identifies animals of different colors.

Wood, Audrey     
La casa adormecida
In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion, with just one bite.

Young, Ed     
Siete ratones ciegos
Retells in verse the Indian fable of the blind men discovering different parts of an elephant and arguing about its appearance. The illustrations depict the blind arguers as mice.

Zion, Gene     
Harry, el perrito sucio
When a white dog with black spots runs away from home, he gets so dirty his family doesn't recognize him on his return as a black dog with white spots.

  March 2008