Spanish Books for Kids

Presented by: Vista Higher Learning, Lectorum, Simon & Schuster Children’s, Grupo Editorial, and SLJ
Event Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2023


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Make your kids collection more accessible for your community's Spanish speaking population with some of these great new titles from Vista Higher Learning, Lectorum, Simon & Schuster Children’s, and Grupo Editorial. With Spanish language books benefiting both non-English speaking kids and Spanish learners alike, broadening your collection of these books is a great way to make your library more inclusive and inviting for all your young readers. 


Featured Titles:

Besties. Cuenta Conmigo

Meet Beth and Chanda, two stylish best friends on their way to building their fashion empire! An unexpected business opportunity presents itself when the girls are asked to dogsit at Ms. Langford's luxurious house while she’s away, but it quickly turns into a disaster after an accident leaves one of Ms. Langford’s prized possessions in pieces. Now Beth and Chanda have to take on as many odd jobs as they can in order to afford a replacement. Car washing, book sales, interior decorating—you name it, Beth and Chanda are there! Will they be able to patch up their mistake in time?


While driving through Ohio in an old Pontiac, a young girl's Chinese immigrant parents spot watercress growing wild in a ditch by the side of the road. They stop the car, grabbing rusty scissors and an old paper bag, and the whole family wades into the mud to gather as much as they can. At first, she's embarrassed. Why can't her family just get food from the grocery store, like everyone else? But when her mother shares a bittersweet story of her family history in China, the girl learns to appreciate the fresh food they foraged—and the memories left behind in pursuit of a new life. Together, they make a new memory of watercress.


Una vez fui tú

Emmy Award and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Maria Hinojosa has created a brand-new, unique version of her adult memoir, which was an NPR Best Book of 2020, for young readers, blending her story with perspectives on history in the vein of Jason Reynolds’s Stamped.


Estrella De Mar

Ellie is tired of being fat-shamed and does something about it in this poignant debut novel-in-verse.

Ever since Ellie wore a whale swimsuit and made a big splash at her fifth birthday party, she's been bullied about her weight. To cope, she tries to live by the Fat Girl Rules—like "no making waves," "avoid eating in public," and "don't move so fast that your body jiggles." And she's found her safe space—her swimming pool—where she feels weightless in a fat-obsessed world. In the water, she can stretch herself out like a starfish and takeup all the room she wants. It's also where she can get away from her pushy mom, who thinks criticizing Ellie's weight will motivate her to diet.

Fortunately, Ellie has allies in her dad, her therapist, and her new neighbor, Catalina, who loves Ellie for who she is. With this support buoying her, Ellie might finally be able to cast aside the Fat Girl Rules and starfish in real life--by unapologetically being her own fabulous self.



Nicole Benevento, Children’s Library Marketing Manager, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

Margie Samper, Product Development Manager, Lectorum

Lisset Lopez, Development Editor, Vista Higher Learning

Carolina Barrera, Sales Manager, Grupo Editorial



Ruth E. Quiroa, Ph.D., Associate Professor, National Louis University


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