Top 5 Picture Books for Bilingual Children

April 22, 2024
Top 5 Picture Books for Bilingual Children

Transitioning into a classroom can be an exciting yet challenging phase for children, especially if they've primarily been exposed to Spanish in their early years. As they embark on their exciting journey into the classroom, filled with colorful crayons and adventurous stories, a touch of bilingual magic is the trick to make the transition smooth and joyful. So, let’s build the bridge early with bilingual children’s books! Below is our list of picture books for bilingual children so little readers can start developing their bilingual skills.  

Huggy Kissy / Abrazos y besitos by Leslie Patricelli

Huggy Kissy

Huggy Kissy / Abrazos y besitos (Ages 0 - 3) is the perfect introduction to books in Spanish and English. Be sure to begin this bilingual journey with your child early and set the precedent to read in both languages. Lead your little one through this popular board book - we’re sure hugs and kisses won’t be missing from this reading session! 

Cerca / Close by Juan Felipe Herrera

Cerca / Close

Follow along in Cerca / Close (Ages 2 - 5) as a young girl navigates through her day, paying attention to the things that are close - cerca. Not only will this be a fun read, but your little reader will expand on their understanding of descriptor words! But the adventure doesn't stop here! This can also be paired with its companion book, Lejos / Far. Together, these books create a captivating duology that explores the concepts of 'close' and 'far' in an enchanting and educational way.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar / La oruga muy hambrienta by Eric Carle

The very hungry caterpillar = La oruga muy hambrienta

This beloved classic (Ages 2 - 5) is made new with side-by-side English and Spanish versions of the text. It’s perfect for little ones to learn new vocabulary! 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' has long been a staple in early reading, captivating young minds with its charming storyline and vibrant illustrations. Now, your young reader can enjoy this timeless tale in both languages, opening the door to a world of bilingual exploration.

Nosotros Means Us by Paloma Valdivia

Nosotros means us : un cuento bilingue = a bilingual story

If you’re looking for a book about family values, look no further! Nosotros Means Us (Ages 3 - 5) is a meaningful book about the love between a parent and child. Usually, this beautiful relationship is difficult to put into words, but this bilingual picture book does a phenomenal job!

Abuela by Arthur Dorros


Another heartfelt choice exploring family, Abuela (Ages 3 - 7), is a fantastical book following the daydreams of a young girl and her abuela. Soar with them over the New York skyline and enjoy this poetic journey! 

These bilingual picture books may be some of our favorites, but there are so many more to choose from! With five library branches located throughout Osceola County, the Osceola County library has more bilingual books for kids that you can check out to nurture a bilingual child. 

Through these pages, children embrace diversity, broaden their horizons, and cultivate a lifelong love for languages. So get started and don’t forget to keep track! Log your child’s 15 minutes of reading and books in Beanstack for special rewards. If you aren’t signed up already, follow our easy guide!

Share with us your favorite children’s bilingual books by tagging us @OsceolaReads! We can’t wait to see how you encourage your little one to read in two languages.

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