This page contains ideas, information, and materials for teaching and learning about children's literature in Spanish.

Basics of Story-based Instruction

Book Lists

Coloring Pages

DibujaliaLogo.png - Coloring pages of story characters (dwarfs, princesses, etc.)

Culturally Authentic Books

Cucu cantaba la rana

MiPrimerLibroDeDichos.jpg - Read the book online

Culturally Authentic Resources

(for books in translation)

Guillermo Jorge Manuel José
- YouTube video of a dramatization of the book Guillermo Jorge Manuel José created by students from the Pedagógico de Maturín

Online Libraries

AudiriaLogo.gif- A collection of multimedia texts from a variety of different sources (movies, radio, songs, TV) that teachers can use as the basis for activities

BibliotecaDeLiteraturaInfantilYJuvenil.JPG - A collection of children's literature organized by author (much of it downloadable as PDFs, also some audio and video available)

BLAALogo.jpg - Extensive library of digital texts (including children's literature and museums) from Colombia

ChildtopiaLogo.jpg- Common fairy tales in Catalán, English, Euskara, French, & Spanish


CodysCuentosLogo.jpg - Read by native speakers (click on Biblioteca to access fairy tales, regional stories, original stories, etc.). You can also download the mp3s.

CuentosPopularesDeCastillaYLeon.JPG - Contains print versions of each story, and some have coloring pages and games related to the stories as well.

Educapeques.png - A collection of children's stories in Spanish, including class children's stories, fables, legends, interactive stories, and video stories


GrimmLogo.jpg - Available in Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, & Spanish

BYUHBLLLogo.jpg - Lists of the children's picture books currently available for check-out from the collection (organized by year of publication)

InternationalChildrensDigitalLibraryLogo.gif- Searchable database of children's books in a wide variety of languages (including Arabic, Chinese, Croation, Farsi, Filipino, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Mongolian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, & Thai), categorized by age, color of cover, genre, length, topic, etc., that can be read online

JasonsOnlineReadingResources.jpg - Links to audio and stories online in French and Spanish

CuentosCortos.jpg - A collection of short stories in Spanish, organized by genre, character type, and category (such as classic fairy tales)

- Contains print versions of each story, and some have coloring pages and games related to the stories as well.

- An interactive map containing links to legends and folktales from countries around the world in a variety of languages, including Spanish

Spanish Children's Stories - A list of links from Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez posted to FLTEACH

StoryPlaceLogo.gif - Interactive, online stories in English and Spanish, links to printable activities (find the difference btwn 2 pix), list of children's books in Spanish with descriptions in Spanish and links to Amazon, and interactive games and activities

Lesson Plans

(Most of the links in this section will take you to another wiki - many of these books are not culturally authentic)

El árbol generoso/The Giving Tree - Good for preterit v. imperfect, as well as for a unit encompassing topics such as friendship, generosity, giving, or service - SarahPCat SarahPCat

Así vamos - Places in a city, present tense, transportation vocabulary

La casa que Juan construyó - House That Jack Built - Great for introducing preterit tense in Spanish

Chumba, la cachumba - Time and verbs in Spanish

Corduroy - Preterit v. imperfect

Don Quijote - A lengthy list of teaching ideas and activities

Donde viven los monstruos- Pre-reading activity that focuses on identifying and describing body parts - leonar77 leonar77 (plus additional lesson plans and video clip of the book in Spanish)

DoucetteIndexLogo.gif - K-12 lesson plans for use with popular children's books

El día que la boa de Jimmy se comió la ropa - Preterit v. imperfect, farm animals

Fairy Tales - Ideas for Using - Suggestions for ways language teachers can use fairy tales in class

Fairy Tales - Using to Teach Preterit & Imperfect - Ideas from Richard Ladd

Froggy se viste A great way to teach/reinforce reflexive verbs! - blitzsar blitzsar

La gallinita roja - Good for direct object pronouns

La hora de acostarse de Francisca - Useful for units involving commands, present subjunctive, and childhood

Jorge, el curioso

Juan Bobo

La oruga muy hambrienta (The Very Hungry Caterpillar) A great way to teach/reinforce the differences between preterit/imperfect! - blitzsar blitzsar

Oye al desierto/Listen to the Desert

Por fin es carnaval - A lesson plan developed by Mari Haas

El Principito - A lengthy list of ideas and activities for teaching The Little Prince in Spanish

Reading Files to Share - A collection of activities, rubrics, and worksheets for book talk assignments, stories, etc.

El secreto en la caja de fósforos

Si le das una galletita a un ratón


Free Reading--Not Either-Or - A short explanation of ways to encourage students to read in the target language

A list of principles for selecting children's books appropriate for use with second language learners

Outlines key considerations in developing a story-based lesson and includes lists of possible pre-, during, and post-reading activities

- Outlines the key purposes of pre-, during, and post-reading activities

Reading Strategies - Information on a book of helpful activities designed to teach reading strategies to students using culturally authentic passages

Remedies for Reading Woes - A brief list of suggestions and resources for pre-, during, and post-reading activities

Sample Block Lesson Plan Containing Ideas for Teaching Literature

- Tips for reading stories to your students

Things to Keep in Mind When Teaching Literature on the Block

Pre-, During, Post-Reading Activities

(The links in this section will take you to another wiki)


(From Lynn Fulton Archer)

Big Books



Students can create their own stories using a variety of low-tech (or high tech) options:

Low-Tech Options

  • Big book

  • 35WaysToPublishStudents.jpg

Higher Tech Options

AnimotoLogo.jpg - Upload images and the software will analyze them, suggest music, and remix them to create an interesting video collage that you can share with others

KerpoofLogo.jpg - Allows students or teachers to use comics and different characters with different emotional body language...You can create stories and apply text and thought bubbles. It goes up to 4 frames, but to do more than one, you can simply create 2 individual sets. It allows you to print and email them after!! But be sure you do! The site does not store them once you've closed the browser!

OurStoryLogo.jpg- FANTASTIC - upload text, photos, and videos into a simple to produce a chronologically sequenced timeline. Can collaborate with others, customize, and share. Choose a type of album, answer questions, it generates for you

PikistripsLogo.png - Allows you to drag and drop photos and text to tell stories in a comic book format

SlideStoryLogo.png - Allows you to audio narration onto a slideshow

StorybirdLogo.gif - AWESOME site allows students to choose artwork from real children's book artists for their stories. In order to get diacritical marks into the text, students will need to type their stories in Word, then copy and paste into the text boxes (See Spanish examples here)

ViddlerLogo.jpg- Allows you to upload up to 500 MB of video directly from the camera to the website, insert timed comments, tags, and share with others

VoicethreadLogo.jpg - Easy way to connect photos and voices--particularly useful for emphasizing language without ignoring visual (in FL classes, for example). Would also be great for capturing family history

Total Physical Response Storytelling (TPRS)

(This link will take you to another wiki)

See also: Literature, Nursery Rhymes, Poetry