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Bilingual Books We Love For Kids 0-6

Updated: Sep 28, 2023

We are always adding new books to this list.

updated Sept, 2023


Families know that our bilingual music classes for babies are more than just music classes, so we are always being asked what our favorite bilingual books for kids are. Here is a running list of books Mi Casa Es Tu Casa® loves. We'll keep adding titles of bilingual board books for babies and bilingual picture books for toddlers and kids. So check back!


If you're looking for digital reading resources kids can access on the iPad, we love the FabuLingua app for it's interactive approach to storytelling and the multiple ways children can engage with each book. It's clean, beautifully illustrated, easy, and high-quality. It's Mi Casa Es Tu Casa®-approved. To download the app, click here from your cell phone or tablet (it can't be downloaded through a web browser, so laptops won't work!).


If you're looking for great books to celebrate Hispanic Heritage, we've labeled the ones that stand out: Search "Celebrates Hispanic Heritage" to make it easy for you to find.


father reading a book to baby bilingual

Why We Love These Bilingual kids' Books:


The Mi Casa Es Tu Casa® library of bilingual books (Spanish & English) is made up of stories that focus on connection, make us laugh, and create a sense of peace and safety. We love books that are interactive in the way they make us ask questions, point things out, and even lift flaps to find hidden surprises.


Many of these books are in rhyme. Why do babies love rhymes so much? As with music, rhymes and repetition immediately tap into an essential function in baby's brain. Babies are wired for the patterns in language and music and know they're hearing something important (and fun!) when it comes to them in rhyme. We go even more in depth about the connection between language development and musical milestones in babies and children here.


5 Tips for Reading with Your Baby or Child:


1. Slow down. Turn off your phone, and snuggle up. Take time to observe the book cover and guess what the book might be about. Always read the name of the author and the illustrator. Let your child turn the page if they want to.


2. Point out pictures of characters or objects, and ask baby to name what they are. Or be silly by pointing to an elephant and calling it a duck! Ask baby to find something on the page and do their own pointing. "Where's the fire truck?" "¿Dónde está el camión de bomberos?"


3. For toddlers and "big" kids, slide your finger along the words on the page as you read--this establishes the left-to-right reading direction, and starts word/letter recognition. Are there things on the page you can count? Count away!


4. Make connections from the book to your own lives: "Look, this little girl has a kitty cat just like we do!" Point out differences too: "That little boy lives in the country, see all of the trees and open space? Do we live in the country? Or the city?"


5. And guess what. If baby wants to read the book over again, if you have time, please do! You may be sick of the book, but there's a reason your baby wants to read the same books over and over, and it's directly related to language development. Follow their lead.


Bilingual Board Books for Babies 0-1 Year Old


Te Amo, Bebe bilingual book cover with blue water and two otters swimming

Te Amo, Bebé by Stephan Lomp


Loving phrases from parent to baby, whether humans or snuggly animals, are the main refrain in this soothing book. It's not a board book, but it is an Indestructible® (waterproof, rip proof, and safe to chew).






Hola, Granja bilingual book cover for babies farm animals eating grass

¡Hola, Granja! by Maddie Frost


A colorful, fun way of learning animals in Spanish. Did you know animals "say" different things in Spanish? The rooster doesn't say cock-a-doodle-doo, he says quiquiriqui! If you're in a Mi Casa Es Tu Casa music class, you probably know the sounds farm animals make in Spanish. And you probably know the animal names in sign language too!




Descubriendo Animales: La Selva

by Enjoy Discovering (publisher)


Between this book, and the book about farm animals, you'll have covered a lot of animals! We love this one for how interactive it is, which makes it relevant even when baby enters toddler years.


The animals are hiding, and you have to find them, AND count them. Have fun!




bebe vamos a comer bilingual baby book cover of little brown girl eating veggies and fruit

¡Bebé, Vamos a Comer! by Stephen Lomp


Another from the Indestructibles® book series: light-weight and meant for heavy use by babies. This book makes connections between colors, healthy foods, and full tummies!







Colores by Roger Priddy


Simple board book with brightly colored elements from every day life for baby to gaze at and begin making associations.


The "Priddy Books" collection also includes a book of animals and another of numbers.






A color of his own bilingual book for baby

Su Propio Color by Leo Lionni


A color-changing chameleon forms a plan to try to stay just one color year-round. He wants to be like all the other animals he knows. Learn about colors, nature, and animals through engaging, relatable storytelling.





El monstruo de colores bilingual book for baby green monster looking at himself in the mirror

El Monstruo de Colores

by Anna Llenas Serra


The earlier children begin to recognize emotions, the better they'll be later on at identifying them in themselves. And that is a skill we all need because it's the starting point for processing our feelings in a healthy way.





Watch a Reading in Spanish of El Monstruo de Colores




Ellen book cover bilingual book for babies about astronaut Ellen Ochoa

El Sistema Solar con Ellen

by Patty Rodriguez & Ariana Stein

Celebrates Hispanic Heritage


In 1993 Ellen Ochoa was the first Hispanic woman to go to space. This brightly illustrated book uses beautiful rhyme in both English and Spanish to bring children on an adventure through our solar system from planet to planet. An inspiration!





Mi libro de las caras bilingual book for babies cover of book with baby face

Mi Libro de Caras by Star Bright Books


It's been proven that babies love to look at faces. And they really love to look at faces of other babies. Sadly, COVID-19 has made this particular joy more difficult. This is a special board book full of faces from around the world of babies expressing different emotions.






book cover for Donde Esta el Bebe bilingual book for baby with a game of peekaboo

¿Dónde Está el Bebé? by Cheryl Christian


This bilingual board book leads parent and baby through pages of peek-a-boo. Lift the flap and discover where baby is hiding. In English we say "peek-a-boo!" when we find baby. But in Spanish we simply say, "¡Allí está el bebé!"


Interactive books like this foster a love of reading early on in children.



Besos for baby bilingual book for baby little girl sitting on a tree branch with birds and a pink heart behind her

Besos for Baby by Jen Arena


After reading this book, your baby will be giving besos to everyone in your family, including your pets (and maybe the wind and the sun).


Most of the book is in English, but the refrain is in Spanish. A lovely way of integrating both languages.






Te amare por siempre bilingual book for babies cover of book showing mother holding baby with curly hair looking at each other

Te Amaré por Siempre Caroline Jayne Church


This bilingual book shows baby and mommy from their very first weeks together through all the milestones up to toddlerhood. It's a wonderful opportunity for your baby to reflect on his or her own journey.


And to be reminded that along the way, they will be loved through all the growth and changes.





Que siento bilingual book for babies book cover purple background with drawing of a black baby sitting in the grass playing and smilingsi

¿Qué Siento? by Annie Kubler


This sweet book takes baby through all the different textures of the things in the world around them, from big wet bunches of grass to warm soft furry friends and snuggly bedtime cuddles. This is a great book for practicing how things feel physically when we touch something, and that's an easy transition to talking about how we can also feel emotions on the inside.




Te amo, Sol - Te amo, luna bilingual book for babies with 3 preschool kids of different races and a rabbit playing in the grass with nature

Te Amo, Sol/Te Amo, Luna by Karen Pandell


Nature, Nature, Nature. The sweet illustrations in this book show children speaking directly to different elements in nature and simply expressing their love. Te amo, arbol. Te amo, pez. Te amo, sol. Te amo, luna. You can go deeper when you read using the illustrations and the things you love in your own life.



Me gusta como soy bilingual book for babies book cover with a pink background and a drawing of a little girl who's black hugging herself and smiling with her eyes closed

¡Me Gusta Cómo Soy! by Karen Beaumont


The little girl in this bilingual board book takes us through all of the things she likes about herself, inside and out, real and imagined. Through playful rhymes in English and Spanish she shows us what self love looks like!


It's never too early promote self kindness, acceptance, and love.




Nochecita bilingual book for baby book cover with a mother playing with her baby in the sky. The mother and her baby are brown and black

Nochecita by Yuyi Morales

Celebrates Hispanic Heritage


Mother Sky and Little Night are both the backdrop and the main characters in this bilingual board book as mother and baby play hide-and-seek while getting ready for bed. In a rare combination of talents, the dreamy and dusk-color illustrations were lovingly done by the author herself. We love anything by Yuyi Morales.




Watch a Reading in Spanish of Nochecita



Buenas Noches a Todos by Sandra Boynton


This bilingual board book is silly and fun, and rolls off the tongue! It's a rhythmic telling of a group of animals on a boat going through their bedtime routine all together.







¡Buenos Dias, Bebé! by DK Publishing


Routines are so important to babies and parents. This book of bright-eyed babies just starting their days takes you through what a morning routine can look like. Your baby will love seeing photos of real babies doing the same things they do at home.






Primeras 100 Palabras by Bright Baby


This brightly colored book is filled with eye-catching pictures of items from everyday life. Play with your baby while you flip through it, "Dónde está el perro?" And get points for being the hilarious parent that points to the gato and says, "¡Allií está el perro!"






El ABECEDARIO de Lucía

by Gilberto Mariscal


Lucía opens this beautifully illustrated book by sliding down an Arcoiris (Rainbow), and closes the book with a visit to the the Zoológico (Zoo). From A to Z, parents can read along in Spanish, or just read the sound of the letter & corresponding word This book will stay relevant for years, from daycare to preschool to kinder.




¡Pío Peep! by F. Isabel Campoy

Celebrates Hispanic Heritage


Pio Peep is a book of poetry and traditional songs from around Latin America. You'll recognize traditional songs like "Un Elefante," and "Asserín, Asserán" from music classes with Mi Casa Es Tu Casa®. The colorful illustrations tell their own, playful stories for children to absorb.




Bilingual Picture Books for Toddlers & Kids 1 - 6




All the Right Things ( Todo Está Bien en Mí) by Nena Khir


This beautiful bilingual book is special to us because it was written by a Mi Casa Es® Tu Casa mamá. Her philosophy of instilling in children the ritual of listening to themselves, saying positive affirmations out loud, and expressing your feelings, aligns perfectly with our own approach. Families can read this story when they come to the studio for class, and even purchase their own to have at home. Find the bilingual book here.



Quiero a Mi Mamá Porque...

by Lauren-Porter-Gaylord


This beautifully simple book starts off with a human mother and baby, then takes us through pages of animal mothers with their children, doing what all mothers do: protecting, snuggling, playing, feeding, and providing an environment where baby can survive and thrive.





Quiero a Mi Papá Porque...

by Lauren- Porter-Gaylord


Daddies are just as loving and giving as mommies, whether they are humans, penguins, or lions. All parents need to do is follow their instincts to earn the infinite, unconditional love of a child. No amount of ice-cream or toys, can buy this kind of love.






Un Beso en Mi Mano

By Audrey Penn


A beautiful book for mamas to read to little ones having a hard time going to school (especially for the first time). My daughter's preschool used to read the book on the first day of school and do an art project where the kids traced their hands and placed a heart (the kiss) in the middle.


Children feel secure in knowing that even when they are apart from parents, they are still there.




Avila y Los Lentes Mágicos

By Zulme Saldivia

Celebrates Hispanic Heritage


Discover the diverse beauty of Venezuela through Avila's magical glasses. The glasses, a gift from her grandmother, give her the ability to see first hand and up close where her family comes from. Mi Casa Es tu Casa® got to meet the author (& little Avila) in person! Read our signed copy of this vibrant bilingual book when you're in the studio, or order your own here.




El Dia en Que Descubres Quién Eres

By Jacqueline Woodson

Celebrates Hispanic Heritage


This book is for everyone. The story jumps around to the hearts of a little girl's new classmates on the first day of school. Each child has a different worry, a different way that they fear they won't fit in. But eventually connections are made, and bonds are formed. By telling your story, you begin to discover who you are. "el mundo se abre un poco para hacerte un lugar."




Hijito Pollito

By Marta Zafrilla


A sweet story about a little chick whose mother is a cat. Hijito Pollito tells us what his life is like living in "El Barrio Meow," looking quite different from the cats in the neighborhood, at the park, and, at school. It's a reminder that mom is mom, whether you grew in her belly or not. Hijito Pollitos loves himself and embraces his differences.



Hija

By Ariel Andrés Almada


This story, narrated by a father, marvels, page-by-page at all of the stages of childhood he and his daughter are going and will go through together. It's playful, honest, and a great window for parents to make text-to-life connections.










Hijo

by Ariel Andrés Almada


We love the balance of the two books Hijo and Hija. The message is not different just because one child is a boy and one is a girl, both books create sweeping, beautiful worlds of how precious and magical life is, from babyhood to childhood, both are warm, nurturing, and comforting. Here's one you can use to snuggle up with your son.







La Gallina Cocorina

By Mar Pavón


An absent-minded mother hen feels like she does everything wrong (and it seems the entire world thinks so too). But in this role-reversal story, it's her baby chicks that comfort her, "we love you just the way you are." A soothing, hilarious book for the over-extended mama to read with her loving, doting children. Written in rhyme.




What If... (Qué Tal Si)

by Thierry Lenain & Olivier Tallec


This book is in English, but it's one of our favorites, so we produced a reading of the book in Spanish for you.

In this story you'll enjoy the world through a child's eyes and by the end, you may see the world in a completely different way.


What a Reading in Spanish of What If...



¡Vivan Las Uñas de Colores!

By Alicia Acosta


Juan loves painting his nails different colors. It makes him feel happy! His parents and his friends like to join him in painting nails. But when he gets made fun of at school and stops wearing painted nails to school, he loses a part of himself. In school, everyone misses the old Juan. See what they do to get him back.




Con Tango son Tres

By Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell


This is the real story of Roy and Silo, two male penguins that live in NYC Central Park Zoo. They have coupled up, and even imitate the penguins in male/female relationships by building a nest and trying to hatch egg-like rocks. Little Tango is what happens when a scientist slips a real egg into the nest they've made. An easily relatable story about why it doesn't matter what gender your parents are, only that they love you. Find the bilingual book here.



Familias Llenas de Amor

By Sophie Beer


The opening to this book says it all: "Whether you have one parent, two moms, two dads, a mom and a dad, or another wonderful caregiver, there's one thing that makes every family a family...and that's love!"


A beautiful reference for normalizing the wide variety of families out there.





Ve, Perro. ¡Ve!

By P.D. Eastman


This is a wonderful book for anyone learning language--it gives written and visual examples of going over and under, stopping and going, speeding up and slowing down. Whether you're riding on a scooter, a bike, in a car, or walking, it's all things "go!" This book is also so helpful to anyone learning Spanish as a new language -- no matter your age!









El Pez Arcoiris Descubre el Mar Profundo

By Marcus Pfister


The series of books about el Pez Arcoiris are beautifully illustrated. All of the books center around topics that little children deal with all the time: sharing, being afraid, accepting others, and wanting to be accepted.


In this book, el Pez Arcoiris has to go into the deep ocean where "strange" creatures live. Despite his friends' warnings about how different those creatures are, el Pez Arcoiris leads with an open heart.




Señorita Mariposa

By Ben Gundersheimer


Follow the incredible journey of the monarch butterfly from Canada to Mexico. Señorita Mariposa, along with thousands of her friends, makes her way over both the countryside and big cities, stopping in any green, flowery space possible. Reminds us how important it is to plant butterfly-friendly plants to help them in their journey.





First Thousand Words in Spanish

Illustrated by Stephen Cartwright


This intricate picture dictionary for children is mesmerizing. Each page is a different scene from life (a kitchen, a farm, a backyard, a garage...). But all of the characters are busy doing things and interacting with each other.


The vocab is written in the border around the scene which makes for fun hide-&-seek opportunities!






Te Quiero Noche y Día


This book, written in rhyme, and beautifully illustrated, uses space, environment, and time to describe the deep, profound level of love that exists between parent and child.


We love books that use metaphors and visualization to describe the indescribable.






Watch a Reading in Spanish of Te Quiero Noche y Día




Tito Puente: Rey del Mambo

By Monica Brown

Celebrates Hispanic Heritage


This lively bilingual book follows the story of musician Tito Puente from his youth in Spanish Harlem in NYC where he was born with a need to make rhythm all the way to his success as the "King of Mambo."








Me llamo Celia: La vida de Celia Cruz

By Monica Brown

Celebrates Hispanic Heritage


This book, beautifully illustrated by Rafael López, tells the story of the life of Celia Cruz from her point of view. Its lyrical storytelling promises to "make you feel like dancing!" Winner of the Américas Book Award, the story brings home how important Celia Cruz's roots in her family, her language, and her country were to her as she rose into the salsa star that she became.





Sin ti

By Genevieve Coté


Getting into arguments with friends is part of life. This simple story follows Conejo y Cerdito as they work their way through a tense moment. Sometimes we need to take space to realize what we really need.