Book List
Reading by 9 recommends the following books for children's reading. Books marked "bilingual" have the stories in English and in Spanish in the same volume. Below you will also find links to other organizations recommended list.

Kindergarten:
Aliki. My Five Senses

Allard, Harry. Miss Nelson Has a Field Day

Brusca, Maria Cristina. Three Friends : A Counting Book/Tres Amigos: Un

Cuento Para Contar (bilingual)

Garcia, Maria. The Adventures of Connie and Diego (bilingual)

Guarino, Deborah. Is Your Mama a Llama?

Guy, Ginger Foglesong. Fiesta (bilingual)

Hoban, Russell. A Baby Sister for Frances

Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Climb into my Lap: First Poems to Read Together

Numeroff, Laura. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Raschka, Chris. Yo! Yes?

Rathmann, Peggy. Officer Buckle & Gloria

Roe, Eileen. Con Mi Hermano/With My Brother (bilingual)

Slobodkina, Esphyr. Caps for Sale

Yashima, Taro. Crow Boy

First Grade:
Anzaldua, Gloria. Prietita and the Ghost Woman (bilingual)

Brown, Marcia. The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Burton, Virginia Lee. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Emberley, Rebecca. Taking a Walk/Caminando (bilingual)

Gag, Wanda. Millions of Cats

Henkes, Kevin. Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Hoffman, Mary. Amazing Grace

Lear, Edward. The Owl and the Pussycat

Lester, Helen. Hooway for Wodney Wat

Lomas Garza, Carmen. In My Family (bilingual)

Steig, William. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Waber, Bernard. Ira Sleeps Over

Wells, Rosemary. Max and Ruby's First Greek Myth: Pandora's Box

Second Grade:
Aardema, Verna. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: A West African Tale

Ada, Alma Flor. Gathering the Sun, An Alphabet in Spanish and English (bilingual)

Alarcon, Francisco X. From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer

Poems (bilingual)

Bemelmans. Ludwig. Madeline

Bonsall, Crosby. The Case of the Hungry Stranger

Brown, Marc Tolon. Arthur Meets the President: An Arthur Adventure

Elya, Susan Middleto. Say Hola to Spanish; Say Hola to Spanish at the Circus (bilingual)

Herrara, Juan Felipe. Calling the Doves (bilingual)

Lionni, Leo. Swimmy

Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad are Friends

Minarik, Else Holmelund. Little Bear

Ringgold, Faith. Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky

Seeger, Pete. Abiyoyo: Based on a South African Lullaby and Folk Story

Seuss, Dr. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

Third Grade:

Alphin, Elaine Marie. Bear for Miguel

Cole, Joanna. The Magic School Bus series

DeSpain, Pleasant. The Emerald Lizard : Fifteen Latin American Tales to

Tell in English and Spanish (bilingual)

Hoban, Lillian. Arthur's Honey Bear

McKissack, Patricia. Mirandy and Brother Wind

Parish, Peggy. Amelia Bedelia

Polacco, Patricia. Pink and Say

Rylant, Cynthia. Henry and Mudge: The First Book of Their Adventures

San Souci, Robert D. Fa Mulan: The Story of Woman Warrior

Seuss, Dr. The Cat in the Hat

Soto, Gary. Too Many Tamales

Stevens, Jan Romero. Carlos and the Skunk; Carlos and the Squash Plant (bilingual)

List of suggested books compiled by Ilene Abramson, senior librarian, Childrenâs Literature Department, Los Angeles Public Library.


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