The Best Spanish-English Baby Books of 2023

Bilingual babies unite! We found some excellent books for budding bilinguals.

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  By: Tali Ditye, Ph.D., Co-founder

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We all know how important it is to read to your baby early and often. In fact, reading is one of the most important developmental experiences for infants and toddlers, teaching them sounds, language, cause and effect, object-word associations, articulation, counting, colors, emotions, social cues, friendship, and so much more!

For bilingual babies and toddlers, start exposing your child to both languages as early as possible to help them develop strong and automatic associative links across the two languages.

The Bilingual Advantage

Research consistently demonstrates something called the bilingual advantage - that bilingual children and adults show higher learning and cognitive abilities relative to monolingual peers. We consulted with three native Spanish-speaking parents from bilingual households to develop this list of the best Spanish-English children's and baby books of the year.

Some of the bilingual books are old classics (which you can see in our list of the best baby books) that are available in Spanish, whereas some of the best ones are newer bilingual options that describe objects, emotions, and events in both English and Spanish.

Whether you are a bilingual household, or simply want to give your baby the gift of early foreign language exposure, these bilingual baby books are awesome! The below list is generally ordered with better books at top, but they're all amazing options.

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We've done our best to make sure that when translated to Spanish (and in some cases to English) that the story maintains integrity and the words still rhyme - a bigger ask than you might expect! To do so, we worked with two native Spanish speakers (one from Europe and one from South America) to assess the quality of the written Spanish.

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Full disclosure: Some of these books, including those published by Canticos, were sent to us as free test samples by the manufacturer.

Here are the Best Bilingual Children's Books (English-Spanish) of 2023!

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar (La Oruga Muy Hambrienta)

By Eric Carle

At the top of our list of the best bilingual baby books of the year is the best-selling Very Hungry Caterpillar, with side-by-side English and Spanish writing! Join the oruga (caterpillar) on its journey to satiety and eventually a tummy ache!

En el primer puesto de nuestra lista de los mejores libros bilingües para bebés del año se encuentra el gran éxito de ventas Very Hungry Caterpillar (La oruga muy hambrienta), ¡escrito en inglés y español uno al lado del otro! Acompaña a la oruga en su viaje hacia la saciedad y, finalmente, ¡el dolor de barriga!

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Little Chickies (Los Pollitos)

By Susie Jaramillo

Little Chickies is the story of mama's love and care for two little chickies just entering the world. We absolutely love lift-the-flap baby books, and this one does a masterful job of rhyming in both Spanish and English, without changing the meaning.

Little Chickies es la historia del amor y el cuidado de mamá por dos pollitos que acaban de llegar al mundo. Nos encantan los libros para bebés con solapas desplegables, y éste hace un trabajo magistral de rima tanto en español como en inglés, sin cambiar el significado.

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Goodnight Moon (Buenas Noches Luna)

By Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight moon, goodnight cow jumping over the moon! This classic baby book has bright primary colors, a mesmerizing story, and a Spanish translation that actually rhymes!

¡Buenas noches luna, buenas noches vaca saltando sobre la luna! ¡Este libro clásico para bebés tiene brillantes colores primarios, una historia fascinante y una traducción al español que rima!

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Are You My Mother? (¿Eres tú mi mamá?)

By P.D. Eastman

It doesn't get much better than Dr. Seuss and P.D. Eastman books, with their bright colors, clever rhymes, and captivating stories. In this original, a baby bird goes on a long and successful journey to find its mother.

No hay nada mejor que los libros del Dr. Seuss y P.D. Eastman, con sus colores vivos, sus rimas ingeniosas y sus historias cautivadoras. En este original, un pajarito emprende un largo y exitoso viaje para encontrar a su madre.

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Big Dog Little Dog (Perro Grande Perro Pequeno)

By P.D. Eastman

Recognizing and understanding differences in our world is an important developmental experience, and this dog nicely highlights how the world is full of perceptible differences that can be celebrated and enjoyed - in both English and Spanish!

Reconocer y comprender las diferencias en nuestro mundo es una experiencia importante para el desarrollo, y este perro destaca cómo el mundo está lleno de diferencias perceptibles que pueden celebrarse y disfrutarse, ¡tanto en inglés como en español!

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Love You, Baby (Te Amo, Bebé)

By Stephan Lomp

Love You, Baby is a wonderful bilingual journey through the tender love given to babies, including hugs, nuzzles, and snuggles. All this love is compared to the love given to adorable animals like kittens, bunnies, and piggies. Bright colors and adorable art make this bilingual baby book a favorite!

Te Amo, Bebé es un maravilloso viaje bilingüe a través del tierno amor que se les da a los bebés, incluyendo abrazos, caricias y acurrucamientos. Todo este amor se compara con el que se da a adorables animales como gatitos, conejitos y cerditos. ¡Los colores llamativos y el arte adorable hacen que este libro bilingüe para bebés sea uno de los favoritos!

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Little Elephants (Elefantitos)

By Susie Jaramillo

Little Elephants is an amazing lift-the-flaps book that is a great first counting book, taking you through a rhyming adventure with little elephants trying to balance on the web of a spider until... oops! The web broke!

Pequeños Elephants es un asombroso libro con solapas desplegables que es un estupendo primer libro para contar, que te lleva a través de una aventura rimada con pequeños elefantes que intentan mantener el equilibrio sobre la tela de una araña hasta que... ¡ups! ¡La tela se rompe!

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Cat in the Hat (El Gato Ensombrerado)

By Dr. Seuss

Rhyme is one of the most impressive aspects of Dr. Seuss books, in conjunction with the vivid drawings and awesome stories. This Spanish translation Cat in the Hat not only retains the visual imagery and story, but the authors figured out how to make the Spanish text rhyme in a very impressive way!

La rima es uno de los aspectos más impresionantes de los libros del Dr. Seuss, junto con los dibujos llenos de vida y las historias asombrosas. Esta traducción al español de Cat in the Hat no sólo conserva las imágenes visuales y la historia, ¡sino que los autores han conseguido que el texto en español rime de una forma impresionante!

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The Three Little Pigs (Los Tres Cerditos)

By Patricia Seibert

In this classic tale, the three little pigs test how sturdy their brick, straw, and wooden houses are when the big bad wolf comes to town! The Spanish translation and accompanying text are very well-done, and your baby will be rooting for those cerditos in no time at all!

En este cuento clásico, los tres cerditos ponen a prueba la solidez de sus casas de ladrillo, paja y madera cuando el lobo feroz llega a la ciudad. La traducción al español y el texto que la acompaña están muy bien hechos, ¡y tu bebé no tardará en animar a esos cerditos!

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Words of the World Series

By Motomitsu Maehara & Blue Dot Books

Blue Dot Kids Press released the Words of the World series in 2021, leading your child through a magnificent journey around the world to artistically depict and describe animals and plants in a multilingual composition including English, Chinese, Hindi, Spanish, French, Arabic, and Esperanto. With beautiful art and stunning visual language, this series will leave your child with a new love for nature and cultural diversity.

Blue Dot Kids Press lanzó la serie Palabras del Mundo en 2021, que conduce a tu menor a través de un magnífico viaje alrededor del mundo para representar y describir artísticamente animales y plantas en una composición multilingüe que incluye inglés, chino, hindi, español, francés, árabe y esperanto. Con un bello arte y un lenguaje visual asombroso, esta serie dejará en tu menor un nuevo amor por la naturaleza y la diversidad cultural.

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The Birthday Book (Las Mañanitas)

By Susie Jaramillo

This is the perfect book for a first or second birthday! This lift-the-flap book helps you understand what birthdays are all about, from waking up and feeling like a king, to the party where everyone will sing! Great illustrations and translation make this a great first birthday book! For some other great birthday gift ideas, check out our list of the best gifts for one-year old boys and girls!

¡Este es el libro perfecto para un primer o segundo cumpleaños! Este libro con solapas levantables te ayuda a entender en qué consisten los cumpleaños, desde despertarse y sentirse como un rey, ¡hasta la fiesta en la que todos cantarán! ¡Las magníficas ilustraciones y la traducción hacen de éste un gran libro de primer cumpleaños!

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Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (Cabeza, Hombros, Piernas, and Pies)

By Annie Kubler

This classic illustrated first lesson in anatomy is beautifully written with bright illustrations that are easy to understand and follow along with. Join your child on their first exploration of what makes their bodies uniquely theirs!

Esta clásica primera lección ilustrada de anatomía está bellamente escrita con brillantes ilustraciones fáciles de entender y seguir. ¡Acompaña a tu menor en su primera exploración de lo que hace que su cuerpo sea único!

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All the Colors (De Colores)

By Susie Jaramillo

A first introduction to all the colors surrounding us, in natural landscapes, animals, rainbows, and more. This lift-the-flap book from Canticos is part of an Emmy-nominated series of amazing bilingual nursery rhyme books that your child will absolutely love!

Una primera introducción a todos los colores que nos rodean en paisajes naturales, animales, arco iris y mucho más. Este libro desplegable de Canticos forma parte de una serie de increíbles libros bilingües de canciones infantiles nominados a los Emmy, ¡que encantarán a tu menor!

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See? (Oso pardo, oso pardo, ¿qué ves ahí?)

By Eric Carle

We love Eric Carle and the stories and rhymes he brings to life across all his books. Primary colors and abstract illustrations of adorable animals and landscapes make this a fun and engaging read, in both English and Spanish!

Nos encanta Eric Carle y las historias y rimas a las que da vida en todos sus libros. Los colores primarios y las ilustraciones abstractas de adorables animales y paisajes hacen que sea una lectura divertida y atractiva, ¡tanto en inglés como en español!

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The Little Red Hen (La Gallinita Roja)

By Carol Ottolenghi

The Little Red Hen is dedicated to making the perfect loaf of bread to feed her somewhat lazy friends, in this beautifully illustrated, classic story about friendship, helping others, and working hard! Best for preschool and up.

The Little Red Hen se dedica a hacer el pan perfecto para alimentar a sus amigos algo perezosos, en esta historia clásica bellamente ilustrada sobre la amistad, ayudar a los demás y ¡trabajar duro! Ideal a partir de preescolar.

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Jingle Bells (Navidad)

By Susie Jaramillo

Welcome the holiday season with this adorable Christmas baby book, with its colorful drawings, adorable yellow chicks, and excellent Spanish translation that is both accurate and fun. Oh what fun! Best for baby through preschool.

Da la bienvenida a las fiestas navideñas con este adorable libro de Navidad para bebés, con sus coloridos dibujos, sus adorables pollitos amarillos y su excelente traducción al español, tan precisa como divertida. ¡Qué divertido! Ideal para bebés hasta preescolar.

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Curious George Stories (Jorge el Curioso)

By Margret and H. A. Rey

Who doesn't love the innocent curiosity, troublemaking, and "beautiful oopsies" of curious George!? This Spanish-English edition combines eight popular Curious George episodes into a great treasure chest of stories!

¿A quién no le gusta la inocente curiosidad, el alboroto y las "hermosas metidas de pata" del curioso George? ¡Esta edición español-inglés combina ocho populares cuentos de Jorge el Curioso en un gran tesoro de historias!

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I Like it When (Me Gusta Cuando)

By Mary Murphy

I like it when you let me help, and when you give me giant hugs. This beautifully illustrated bilingual book shows the true love between caregivers and their children, and the little things that make children feel special and independent.

Me gusta cuando me dejas ayudar y cuando me das abrazos gigantes. Este libro bilingüe bellamente ilustrado muestra el verdadero amor entre los cuidadores y sus hijos, y las pequeñas cosas que hacen que los menores se sientan especiales e independientes.

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Counting with Frida (Contando Con Frida)

By Rodriguez & Stein

Frida was a well-known Mexican painter who composed many portraits, self-portraits, and other works related to the artifacts of Mexico and its beautiful landscapes. Follow Frida along through a fun with numbers journey, counting her dresses, flowers on her head, and fruits on the table.

Frida fue una conocida pintora Mexicana que compuso muchos retratos, autorretratos y otras obras relacionadas con los artefactos de México y sus bellos paisajes. Sigue a Frida a través de un viaje para contar, contando sus vestidos, las flores que lleva en la cabeza y las frutas que hay sobre la mesa.

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Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? (Oso polar, oso polar, ¿qué es ese ruido?)

By Martin Jr & Carle

In this popular series of books, Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr invite children to listen and watch as animals bray and trumpet in the zoo, all while the other animals listen in. The bright and abstract illustrations are engaging, as are both the English and Spanish rhymes.

En esta popular serie de libros, Eric Carle y Bill Martin Jr invitan a la menor a escuchar y ver cómo los animales rebuznan y tocan la trompeta en el zoo, mientras los demás animales escuchan. Las ilustraciones brillantes y abstractas son atractivas, al igual que las rimas tanto en inglés como en español.

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Canticos Letters A to Z (Letras A a la Z)

Susie Jaramillo

Canticos makes some of the best bilingual English-Spanish children's books on the market, and this is no exception! Each page of this book introduces baby to a new letter of the alphabet, along with vivid illustrations of objects in English (B is for Balloon) and Spanish (B is for De Barco). A great first letters book for the budding bilingual baby! Also check out Cantico's First Numbers 1 to 100, and First 100 Words, both awesome bilingual books!

Canticos fabrica algunos de los mejores libros infantiles bilingües inglés-español del mercado, ¡y éste no es una excepción! Cada página de este libro presenta al bebé una nueva letra del abecedario, junto con vívidas ilustraciones de objetos en inglés (B is for Balloon) y en español (B es de Barco). ¡Un gran libro de primeras letras para el bebé bilingüe en ciernes!

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The Gingerbread Man (El Hombre de Pan de Jengibre)

Catherine McCafferty

This book makes our mouths water! The Gingerbread Man is a classic keepsake story about a gingerbread cookie that escapes from grandma's oven and outruns all the animals that try to catch up (you can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man!). This Spanish adaptation is well-done and tons of fun, great for preschool age.

¡Este libro nos hace agua la boca! El hombre de jengibre es un cuento clásico sobre una galleta de jengibre que se escapa del horno de la abuela y deja atrás a todos los animales que intentan alcanzarla (¡no puedes atraparme, soy el hombre de jengibre!). Esta adaptación al español está bien hecha y es muy divertida, ideal para la edad preescolar.

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