Celebrate ALL Kinds of Love on Valentine's Day with these Spanish Read Alouds
Valentine's Day is right around the corner! Make sure your Spanish Read Aloud collection stocked with these titles so you can start a dialogue with your students about love and all the ways we can share it (even if we can't see each other in person). Whether you're focusing on family, friendships, empathy, or simply caring for one another, you'll want to take a look at these.
¿Somos amigos? by Anabel Fernández Rey
A little boy and a big white bear discover that friendship is not one-sided. It is a give and take.
One winter night, Bear and Wolf meet deep in the forest and become instant friends. They walk together, observing the sights, sounds and smells of nature under the snow. When it comes to saying goodbye, they wonder will they meet again? A story of friendship that celebrates the subtle rhythm of life when we have our eyes open to the world, and to each other.
Pequeño Azul y Pequeño Amarillo by Leo Lionni
Little blue and little yellow share wonderful adventures. One day, they can't find one another. When they finally meet, they are overjoyed. They hug until they become green. But where did little blue and little yellow go? Are they lost?
Cartas en el bosque by Susanna Isern
Each day, the old mailman faithfully delivers special letters to the forest animals. But the mailman has never received any letters of his own. Then one day everything changes. This touching story of friendship and love will delight readers and letter writers of all ages.
Te quiero (casi siempre) by Anna Llenas
Two bugs discover that although they have very different personalities (and this can sometimes be annoying), they love each other very much.
Peludo is a big monster. He is always angry, and he is very lonely. Does it have to do with his bad mood?
Pastel para enemigos by Derek Munson
A young boy's summer is ruined when a new kid in town becomes his number one enemy. Luckily the boy's father has a recipe for enemy pie that will save the day. Enemy pie only works if the two enemies spend the whole day together. Along the way they become friends. This charming book teaches the importance of an open mind and the inaccuracy of prejudices.
El mejor es mi papá by Georgina Lázaro León
Puerto Rico’s best-selling author offers us this warm and loving tale about relationships between father and child. In a kingdom far, far away, a time and place has been set to choose the best father of all. In verses, each one of the animals, from a chick to a firefly, and a frog to a penguin, tells why their candidate is the best one. Find out the reasons why everyone’s father is the best in the world.
Con Tango son tres by Justin Richardson
At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo get the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.
A blue mama goose adopts a baby crocodile. Together they form their own family. But when the blue goose gets older she begins to lose her memory. Her son will use his inner strength to take care of her with love.
Abrazo de oso by Susanna Isern
Natuk and White Bear are the very best of friends. But when a terrible catastrophe strikes the village, they might be separated forever. A winter tale that reveals the friendship between an Inuit and a polar bear. Some friends are simply inseparable.
Nadie quiere jugar conmigo by Gabriela Keselman
Neither the ducks nor the cats nor the bears have come to my party... Does anyone have a trick for making friends? Pocosmimos is a very small beaver, but he has great loneliness. And, no matter how hard he tries, nobody wants to play with him. All the tenderness and humor of Gabriela Keselman in a book for the little ones. A story full of optimism and perseverance that allows us to reflect on how most of the time conflicts are based on misunderstandings.
And if you're looking for an entire collection that fits the Valentine's Day bill, these are our favorites:
- Families Take Care of Each Other (Pre-K)
- Sharing Is Caring (Pre-K)
- The Power of Friendship (Pre-K)
- Unlikely Friendships (K)
- Families Stick Together (1st Grade)
- Making Friends (1st Grade)
- Group Dynamics in Friendships (2nd Grade)
- Intergenerational Relationships (2nd Grade)
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Sofi Rice and Marie Bouteillon, Curators at Hexagramm Books
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