Spanish for Young Ones

These books, videos, music collections, and Web sites can introduce small children to the Spanish language.

You Say Hola, I Say Hello

By Elizabeth Zapata

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Two friends, one who speaks English and one who speaks Spanish, contrast various words in their respective languages.

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Uncle Nacho's Hat = El Sombrero de Tio Nacho

By Harriet Rohmer

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No matter how hard he tries, Uncle Nacho can't seem to get rid of his old hat. This tale, originally from Nicaragua, is in Spanish and English.

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Three Friends: A Counting Book = Tres Amigos: Un Cuento Para Contar

By Maria Cristina Brusca

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Count your way through this rollicking adventure in the Southwest. Learn the numbers in English and Spanish from one to ten, plus other words you need to know to be a good cowboy or cowgirl. With armadillos, roadrunners, tumbleweeds, snakes, and coyotes on the loose, it all adds up to great fun!
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The Bossy Gallito = El Gallo de Bodas

By Lucia M. Gonzalez

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In this cumulative Cuban folktale, a bossy rooster dirties his beak when he eats a kernel of corn and must find a way to clean it before his parrot uncle's wedding. Includes a glossary of Spanish words and information about the different birds in the story.

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Say Hola to Spanish

By Susan Middleton Elya

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"Spanish is fun,/ so give it a try./ Hola is hello,/ adios is good-bye."
Introduces Spanish by defining such common words as "hola" ("hello"), "perro" ("dog"), and "madre" ("mother").
Readers be aware: the pronunciation guide is at the end of the book.

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Play and Learn Spanish

By Ana Lomba

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Over 50 fun songs, games and everyday activities to get started in Spanish! From taking a bath to going shopping, books in the Play and Learn Language series turn everyday routines into fun language-learning activities for parents and children. Packed with lively four-color illustrations, each package features: Fun songs, games, and activities Key word illustrations Engaging comic strips Sidebars with fun cultural information English translations for all activities Packaged inside each book is an audio CD that includes all the songs, games, and expressions in the course.

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Huevos Verdes con Jamón = Green Eggs and Ham

By Dr. Seuss

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Here green eggs and ham create a recipe for a fun and joyful read that crosses cultures with rhyme and nonsense.

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First 100 Words in Spanish

By Heather Amery

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A wonderful picture-word book perfect for getting children started in Spanish.-- A complete alaphabetical list, with an easy phonetic guide to the Spanish word, is also included.

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Corre, Perro, Corre! = Go, Dog, Go!

By P. D. Eastman

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If you like it in English, try it in Spanish.
In this action-packed, humorous book, celebrated writer-illustrator P. D. Eastman presents dogs, dogs & more dogs enjoying every activity imaginable: swimming, driving, climbing trees, playing baseball & more!

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Arroz con Leche: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America

By Lulu Delacre

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Add a little music to your language lessons.
Here is a collection of traditional Latin-American songs and rhymes, in Spanish and English, with the music included.

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