[kids-lib] Looking for bilingual Spa/Eng storytime resources

Jennifer Maurer jennifer.maurer at state.or.us
Wed Jan 25 16:38:29 PST 2012

Hi Hillary,

Some of these resources might help.

Collection Development Books
Libros Esenciales: Building, Marketing, and Programming a Core Collection of Spanish Language Children’s Materials by Tim Wadham (Neal-Schuman, 2007)
            Chapter 3 recommends a core collection of books, many of which are bilingual. (If the book is bilingual, the Spanish and English titles are separated with a “/”.)
                        Info on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Libros-Esenciales-Essential-Books-Programming/dp/1555705758/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327530215&sr=8-1
Record in OSL catalog: http://catalog.willamette.edu/record=b2033767~S2

Recommended Books in Spanish for Children and Young Adults: 2004-2008 by Isabel Schon (Scarecrow, 2009)
Best I can determine, the recommended books are only in Spanish. If you decide to build the Spanish-only collection, note that this book reviews “1,200 books in Spanish published between 2004 and 2008 in the U.S., Spain, Mexico, Venezuela, and Argentina.” To learn about older books, consult older editions from this series. Unfortunately, Ms. Schon passed away in March 2011, so it is unclear to me if this series will continue.
Info on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Recommended-Books-Spanish-Children-Adults/dp/0810863863
Record in OSL catalog: http://catalog.willamette.edu/record=b2068111~S2

Bilingual Children’s Books in English and Spanish: An Annotated Bibliography, 1942-2001 by Doris Cruger Dale (McFarland & Company, 2003)
“This bibliography lists more than 400 children’s titles – mostly picture books, with alphabet and counting books also included – that feature text in both Spanish and English in the same volume.” Best I can tell, there is not a newer edition.
            Info on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bilingual-Childrens-English-Bilingues-Muchachos/dp/0786413166/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327534749&sr=1-5
            Record in OSL catalog: http://catalog.willamette.edu/record=b1776038~S2

Websites // Authors
Isabel Schon International Center for Spanish Books for Youth
I did a search for “bilingual” and got 705 search results.
“This Web site, named after the late Isabel Schon,<http://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/services/ischonbio.shtml> provides information about high-quality books in Spanish for children and adolescents published around the world as well as noteworthy books in English about Latinos...The books have been selected as the best on the basis of their presentation of material, quality of art and writing and appeal to the intended audience. They contain recent information, as well as being entertaining and possessing high potential for interest or involvement of the reader, and, as opposed to many dull, didactic books or books that contain obsolete information or expose a limited or one-sided view of Latino/Hispanic people, customs, or countries, these are refreshing, imaginative, or illuminating books that present new insights and knowledge.”

Cinco Punto Press
I discovered this small publishing company when I was a school librarian in El Paso, Texas. One of their authors who I’ve found kids enjoy is Joe Hayes. For example, he has books about classic Mexican/Hispanic folklore legends like La Llorana/The Weeping Woman and El Cucuy/A Boogeyman Cuento in English and Spanish.  My favorite, because of the built-in surprise ending, is A Spoon for Every Bite/Una Cuchara Para Cada Bocada.

Alma Flor Ada
            She immediately comes to mind as a well-respected author who has several bilingual books.

Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s (CCBC) 50 Bilingual and Spanish/English Integrated Books
            “Originally developed in 2003 as part of a 12-month series in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Cooperative Children's Book Center, this bibliography was updated in 2011.”


Jennifer Maurer
School Library Consultant
Oregon State Library
250 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
jennifer.maurer at state.or.us

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From: kids-lib-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us [mailto:kids-lib-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Hillary Steighner
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 1:33 PM
To: kids-lib at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Subject: [kids-lib] Looking for bilingual Spa/Eng storytime resources

Hi everyone,

Our library is about to begin offering bilingual storytimes and we wondered if any of you can recommend materials or resources that would be helpful. We are especially looking for bilingual, as opposed to Spanish only.

Thank you!


Hillary Steighner
Children's Services Librarian
Hood River County Library District
502 State Street
Hood River, OR 97031
hillary at hoodriverlibrary.org<mailto:hillary at hoodriverlibrary.org>

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