Bilingual Books

  • Bilingual Books

Enjoy these children’s books that showcase multi-language learning. On this list you’ll find books that feature Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Ojibwe, Plains Cree, or Spanish alongside English text.

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I Say Alhamdulillah

Noor H. Dee

Arabic/English The second title in a new board book series to help children understand common Islamic terms. Here, children learn what "alhamdulillah" means and when to say it. Includes bonus games. Full color.

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I Say As-Salamu ‘Alaykum

Noor H. Dee

Arabic/English Find out what as-salamu 'alaykum means and when to say it. A new series to help children understand common Islamic terms.

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I Say Bismillah

Noor H. Dee

Arabic/English Find out what Bismillah means and when to say it. A new series to help children understand common Islamic terms.

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I Say Mashallah

Noor H. Dee

Arabic/English Find out what Mashallah means and when to say it. A new series to help children understand common Islamic terms.

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The Animals of Chinese New Year

Jen Sookfong Lee

Chinese/English Drawing on the myth of the Chinese zodiac, The Animals of Chinese New Year follows twelve animals as they speed across a river, competing to represent the imminent new year in a race held by the Jade Emperor, the most powerful Chinese god. Each animal competes in its own unique way. The ox works hard, the tiger is brave, the dog smiles kindly, but who will win? Bright photographs of babies demonstrating the same traits as the animals in the text, complemented by traditional Chinese graphic elements, accompany Sookfong Lee's lively text. Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this book as a dual-language (English/Simplifed Chinese) edition.

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The Little Pigs and the Sweet Rice Cakes / Xiǎo Zhū hé Niángāo

Li Jian

Chinese/English Told in a bilingual Chinese and English edition, this is the story of three little pigs whose appetites initially get the better of them. In a shared dream, they met an old man who tells them to deliver sweet rice cakes to him a week before New Year's Eve. The next morning, they see some sweet rice cakes on their kitchen table. The three little pigs completely forget the old man and eat every bit of them. When their mother comes home, she is very angry to discover all the cakes gone. Seeing their mother unhappy, the three little pigs help her make more delicious sweet rice cakes. When there is only a week left before Chinese New Year's Eve, their mother lays the sweet rice cakes in front of the portrait of the Kitchen God and prays for the peace for the family. On seeing the portrait, the three little pigs realize that the old man in their dreams is actually the Kitchen God!

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One, Two, Three Dim Sum: A Mandarin-English Counting Book

Rich Lo

Chinese/English Children and their parents can learn to count to ten in both English and Mandarin in this fun bilingual counting book of food. This book features traditional Chinese food items paired with numbers in both English and Chinese. Illustrated by Rich Lo, you'll learn two is for chopsticks, five is for egg rolls, and nine is for sweet buns, and since the numbers are shown in both simplified and traditional Chinese and English, learning is both easy and fun.

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The Rabbit’s Escape / 구사일생한 토끼 (Kusa Ilsaenghan T’okki)

Suzanne Crowder Han

Korean/English Tricked into visiting the underwater kingdom where the Dragon King of the East Sea wants his liver, a clever rabbit uses his wits to escape.

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Bowwow Powwow : Bagosenjige-niimi’idim

Ojibwe/English When Uncle and Windy Girl attend a powwow, Windy watches the dancers and listens to the singers. She eats tasty food and joins family and friends around the campfire. Later, Windy falls asleep under the stars. Uncle's stories inspire visions in her head: a bowwow powwow, where all the dancers are dogs. In these magical scenes, Windy sees veterans in a Grand Entry, and a visiting drum group, and traditional dancers, grass dancers, and jingle-dress dancers--all with telltale ears and paws and tails. All celebrating in song and dance. All attesting to the wonder of the powwow.

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My Heart Fills with Happiness

Monique Gray Smith

Plains Cree/English The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.International speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote My Heart Fills with Happiness to support the wellness of Indigenous children and families, and to encourage young children to reflect on what makes them happy.

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You Hold Me Up / Ki Kîhcêyimin Mâna

Monique Gray Smith

Plains Cree/English This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in their everyday actions. Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families. This is a foundational book about building relationships, fostering empathy and encouraging respect between peers, starting with our littlest citizens.

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Gathering the Sun

Alma Flor Ada

Spanish/English In simple words and sun-drenched paintings, Alma Flor Ada and Simón Silva take us into the fields and orchards, and into the lives of the people who work them. Simple poems in Spanish and English, one for each letter of the Spanish alphabet, describe the wonder of the vegetable and fruit farms. Together, the poems and the rich illustrations celebrate the glory of nature and the hearts of all who dedicate their lives to working the land.

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Besos for Baby

Jen Arena

Spanish/English Everyone has kisses for Baby, from Mami and Papi to perro and gato. Using simple Spanish words, this charming read-aloud proves that love is the same in every language! Parents won't be able to resist giving baby muchos besos as they share this bilingual read aloud, filled with bold, graphic illustrations, with their little bébé!

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Jimena Pérez Puede Volar / Jimena Pérez Can Fly

Jorge Argueta

Spanish/English In this moving narrative poem for children ages 10-15, ten-year-old Jimena Pérez recounts her life in El Salvador, the trip north with her mother to avoid being recruited by gangs and their eventual detention and separation by INS.

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Shapes in the Sand / Formas en la Arena

Morgan Brody

Spanish/English Do you like to go the beach? Do you like to draw in the sand? Learning about shapes and then drawing them in the sand is so much fun. Shapes in the Sand is a great place to start learning about the shapes in our world. Look for shapes at the beach and all around you! Te gusta ir a la playa? ¿Te gusta dibujar en la arena? Aprender sobre formas y luego dibujarlas en la arena es muy divertido. Shapes in the Sand es un gran lugar para comenzar a aprender sobre las formas en nuestro mundo. ¡Busca formas en la playa y a tu alrededor!

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Money Matters / El Dinero Importa

Morgan Brody

Spanish/English If you have a piggy bank and like to save money, then you will love this book. Counting your money is so much fun. Money Matters is a great place to start learning about coins. With an adult’s help, you can count the money in your piggy bank and then maybe even go shopping. Si tienes una alcancía y te gusta ahorrar dinero, entonces te encantará este libro. Contar tu dinero es muy divertido. Money Matters es un gran lugar para comenzar a aprender sobre monedas. Con la ayuda de un adulto, puedes contar el dinero en tu alcancía y luego incluso ir de compras.

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Sharuko: El Arqueólogo Peruano Julio C. Tello / Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello

Monica Brown

Spanish/English A fascinating bilingual picture book biography of Peruvian archaeologist and national icon Julio C. Tello, who unearthed Peru's ancient cultures and fostered pride in the country's Indigenous history.

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Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! / ¡Prepárate, kindergarten! ¡Allá voy!

Nancy L. Carlson

Spanish/English Even though Henry is looking forward to going to kindergarten, he is not sure about staying once he first gets there.

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Every Minute Counts / Cada Minuto Cuenta

Karen Clopton-Dunson

Spanish/English Going to school is fun, especially when learning something new. In Every Minute Counts, Maya and her classmates are introduced to the parts that make up a clock and to identify time by the hour and half hour. Included in this picture book are follow-up activities intended to help you master and have fun telling time. Ir a la escuela es divertido, especialmente cuando se aprende algo nuevo. En Cada Minute Counts, Maya y sus compañeros de clase son introducidos a las partes que Inventa un reloj e identifica el tiempo por hora y media hora. Incluido en este libro de imágenes son actividades de seguimiento destinadas a ayudarlo a dominar y diviértete diciendo la hora.

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The Long and Short of It / El Largo y Corto de Él

Karen Clopton-Dunson

Spanish/English Matthew is curious about how long; wide and short things are. He has a trusty ruler to help him solve some of his questions. In this book, The Long and Short of It, the author introduces interactive ways of measuring, using the ruler as a measuring stick. Mateo tiene curiosidad por cuánto tiempo; Las cosas anchas y cortas son. Él tiene un gobernante confiable que lo ayuda a resolver algunas de sus preguntas. En este libro, El Largo y el Corto de Él, el autor introduce formas interactivas de medir, utilizando la regla como una vara de medir.

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Cuckoo: A Mexican Folktale / Cucú: Un Cuento Folclórico Mexicano

Lois Ehlert

Spanish/English A traditional Mayan tale which reveals how the cuckoo lost her beautiful feathers.

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Señorita Mariposa

Ben Gundersheimer (Mister G)

Spanish/English A captivating and child-friendly look at the extraordinary journey that monarch butterflies take each year from Canada to Mexico; with a text in both English and Spanish. Rhyming text and lively illustrations showcase the epic trip taken by the monarch butterflies. At the end of each summer, these international travelers leave Canada to fly south to Mexico for the winter--and now readers can come along for the ride! Over mountains capped with snow, to the deserts down below. Children will be delighted to share in the fascinating journey of the monarchs and be introduced to the people and places they pass before they finally arrive in the forests that their ancestors called home.

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Bravo!

Ginger Foglesong Guy

Spanish/English Let's go! ¡Vamos! Let's look! ¡Mira! A brother and sister are on a treasure hunt. What will they find? And what will they do? What next? ¿Entonces? Join the search—in English and Spanish—and discover a celebration of friends and creativity. ¡Bravo!

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Lejos / Far

Juan Felipe Herrera

Spanish/English Some things are close -- cerca. Others are far -- lejos. With sweet simplicity, this charming dual-language board book and its companion volume, Cerca/Close, engage young children. El árbol de limones está lejos de mi casa. The lemon tree is far from my house. The little boy's house is far from the city, and the city is far from the ocean. What about the mountains in the distance, or the clouds in the sky, or the sun that shines over the boy as he walks?

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Dora’s Shape Adventure

Susan Hood

Spanish/English Dora and Boots visit Shape World to help a friend.

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Rainbow Weaver / Tejedora Del Arcoris

Linda Elovitz Marshall

Spanish/English Ixchel, a young Mayan girl who is not allowed to use her mother's thread to weave, exercises her ingenuity and repurposes plastic bags to create colorful weavings. Includes glossary and author's note.

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The Toddler’s Handbook

Dayna Martin

Spanish/English The Toddler's Handbook introduces 17 basic concepts. Included are numbers, colors, shapes, sizes, ABCs, animals, opposites, sounds, actions, sports, food, tableware, clothes, engines, emotions, body, and time. This book develops early language skills using 174 words that every kid should know. Vibrant colors and images are designed to attract the attention of babies and toddlers. This book will help children learn a variety of important concepts before preschool.

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I Feel / Yo siento

Cheri J. Meiners

Spanish/English This reassuring bilingual English-Spanish book helps young children identify and understand emotions in terms of up feelings (like happy and loved) and down feelings (like sad and afraid).

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Viva Frida

Yuyi Morales

Spanish/English A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book A 2015 Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award Frida Kahlo, one of the world's most famous and unusual artists is revered around the world. Her life was filled with laughter, love, and tragedy, all of which influenced what she painted on her canvases. Distinguished author/illustrator Yuyi Morales illuminates Frida's life and work in this elegant and fascinating book. A Neal Porter Book

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Sing With Me / Canta conmigo

Jose-Luis Orozco

Spanish/English Sing and read along to these six favorite preschool songs, in English and in Spanish, from beloved and bestselling recording artist, José-Luis Orozco! Come along and sing with me! Sing along to your child's favorite songs, from "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" to "The Wheels on the Bus," in English and in Spanish! Accompanied by joyful, charming illustrations by Pura Belpré award winner Sara Palacios, this book is for every child who loves to sing, dance, and play.

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¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat

Raúl the Third

Spanish/English Little Lobo returns to share his love of food and wrestling in this delicious follow-up to ¡Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market from Pura Belpré Medal-winning illustrator Raúl the Third. In this new ¡Vamos! title, Let’s Go Eat, Little Lobo is excited to take in a show with wrestling star El Toro in his bustling border town. After getting lunch orders from The Bull and his friends to help prepare for the event, Little Lobo takes readers on a tour of food trucks that sell his favorite foods, like quesadillas with red peppers and Mexican-Korean tacos. Peppered with easy-to-remember Latin-American Spanish vocabulary, this glorious celebration of food is sure to leave every reader hungry for lunch! Jam-packed with fun details and things to see, the ¡Vamos! books are perfect for fans of Richard Scarry and Where’s Waldo?

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Hello, Friend / Hola, Amigo

Andrés Salguero

Spanish/English Latin Grammy Award-winning children's musical duo 123 Andrés brings us a bilingual friendship song in board book form! ¡Esta canción divertida y vivaz de 123 Andrés, incluida en su album ganador de un Grammy, cobra vida de un modo totalmente nuevo, perfecto para la hora del cuento! Por su parte, Sara Palacios anima esta popular canción con ilustraciones frescas y vibrantes que involucrarán a los pequeños y a sus padres.

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Finding the Music / En pos de la música

Jennifer Torres

Spanish/English A young Latina girl accidentally breaks her grandfather's vihuela and searches for someone in the community to fix the instrument, which leads her to discover her grandfather's legacy as a mariachi. Includes an author's note and glossary.

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Waiting Is Not Forever / La espera no dura para siempre

Elizabeth Verdick

Spanish/English Este libro bilingüe inglés-español ayuda a los niños pequeños a desarrollar estrategias para hacer que la espera sea menos frustrante y aprender que la paciencia es importante. This bilingual English-Spanish book helps young children develop strategies to make waiting less frustrating and learn that patience is important.

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