Today I want to share a list of 20 back-to-school books in Spanish to get your kiddos ready for the new school year!
Going to school for the first time or going back to school can be very nerve-wracking for young children, especially after the strangest school year ever of 2020!
Reading aloud can be very resourceful in calming children’s nerves before that first day arrives.
The following back-to-school books in Spanish go into themes about back-to-school to calm their fears and reassure their expectations. They range from preschool age up to middle school!
Among these back-to-school books in Spanish, you can find some of the following themes:
- First-day jitters
- Insecurities about physical appearance
- Difficulties faced in school
- The importance of community & more
Once you choose a book from this selection of back-to-school books in Spanish, practice these back-to-school affirmations in Spanish with your kiddos to boost their self-esteem and confidence!
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First day of school books in Spanish
David va al colegio
by Shannon David
David goes to school and does all of the things he is not supposed to do. He throws food, chews gum, and much more!
Poor David’s teacher! What will she do?
This is a Spanish translation of the book David Goes to School.
¿Cómo van a la escuela los dinosaurios?
By Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
This book is the perfect cuento for all of the dinosaur-loving children!
Not only will your child learn a little bit more about dinosaurs, but also experience what dinosaurs do at school!
El primer día de clase
By Kathryn Lucas
This is the perfect book for beginning readers. With short sentences, and large text, follow Ramon on his first day in Kindergarten.
El primer día de clases
By Katish Mira
This book is an excellent read for children struggling with the first-day jitters.
It is about a little girl who had a bad dream about going to school and is now scared to go. However, she finds out that school is surprisingly much more fun than she thought!
El Monstruo de Colores va al cole
Anna Llenas Serra
Ages 3 +
Well known, The Color Monster, gets ready for his first day of school. Can you read with him and help him get over his nerves?
Related: Books about color in Spanish
¡Qué Nervios! El Primer Día de Escuela
By Julie Dannberg
Starting a new school can be scary. Follow Sarah Jane Hartwell in this book as she gets ready to start at her new school.
Lola va a la escuela
By Anna McQuinn
This selection is a great first day of school book for preschoolers! Follow along with Lola as she and her family get ready to send her off to preschool the next day!
Spot va a la escuela
By Eric Hill
Remember good old Spot? You might not remember reading about him in Spanish, but now you can in this cute book as Spot gets ready for his first day of school!
Yet another excellent selection for preschoolers!
Mamá va al cole
By Éric Veillé
Ages 4 +
Oh, that first day of school, when all children kick and scream as they say goodbye to the parents.
Find out what happens in this book, when the kicking and screaming does the trick when a little girl convinces her mamá to stay the entire class.
What do you think mamá will do?
Simón. ¡No quiero ir al cole!
By Stephanie Blake
Simón starts school tomorrow. He cannot sleep nor eat. He gets to school, and a million and one things happen!
Will he be thrilled, or will he be ready to come home? Find out in this cute little book about Simón, the rabbit.
Related: Zoo Animal Books in Spanish
More back to school books in Spanish
Si llevas un raton a la escuela
By Laura Numeroff
What will happen if you take a mouse to school with you?
First, he will ask for a lunchbox. From there, the favors will never stop.
Are you sure you want to take a mouse to school still?
This book introduces some of the daily activities that happen during a typical school day, all with a bit of humor.
¡Mi maestra es un monstruo!
By Peter Brown
Uhoh, Bobby has a monstruo for a teacher? No. I’m not talking about one of those teachers that might act like a monster. I’m talking about a real live monster!
What will Bobby do when he meets his monster maestra at the park on Saturday?
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Está BIEN ser diferente
By Sharon Purtill
Ages for everyone, because diversity matters!
In school, you will meet all different types of people and personalities.
Everyone is DISTINCT and UNIQUE in beautiful ways!
This book celebrates the diversity found in the school system. It encourages children to embrace and be proud of their differences
By Christian Robinson
Following the same theme as the previous title, this book encourages differences as well.
It also emphasizes the importance of being yourself, and not judging oneself by their acheivements, grades or trophies.
Lo que nos hace únicos
By Belén Llorente
Race and ethnicity is not the only thing that makes us different.
This book will go into other differences that can be found and accepted at school!
By Kevin Henkes
Have you ever encountered a classmate at school with a unique name?
That’s Crisantemo in this book. She has always loved her name until she goes to school, and her peers laugh at her name.
Then, she meets a special teacher that helps her regain that love for her name.
¿Qué se dice en la escuela?: Un cuento sobre el primer día de la escuela
By Sarah Pletcher
This book is a fun selection for bilingual kids!
Join Sophia, who is headed off to bilingual school where she will learn where and when to speak each language!
Related: How to Read to Bilingual Children in the Minority Language
Prudencia se preocupa
By Kevin Henkes
Wemberly is a worrywart. She worries just about everything. But, her biggest worry is about starting school.
Luckily, she has a teacher who knows what to do to help Wemberly’s worries!
¡La senorita Nelson ha desaparecido!
By Harry G. Allard Jr.
Uh, oh. The nicest school teacher ever, Señorita Nelson, goes missing!
In her place is a substitute teacher!
Help these students find their teacher and bring her back!
Rene tiene dos apellidos
By Rene Colato Lainez
Find out what Rene does when the teacher hands Rene her name tag, with only one of her TWO last names in this bilingual book.
Un beso en mi mano
By Audrey Penn
Chester Racoon seeks love and assurance from his mamá before he goes to his first day of school.
Un caso grave de rayas
By David Shannon
Camila Cream loves lima beans, but the other kids in the school do not. Therefore, Camila cream stops eating her lima beans, and this action comes with a colorful consequence!
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La joven maestra y la gran serpiente
By Irene Vasco Moscovitz
This is a beautiful book about a teacher who gets assigned to a school in the Amazon Jungle.
She brings many books and reads them frequently to her students who do not know how to read.
They might not know how to read, but they sure do not how to tell stories, stories that this teacher believes are just stories. But are they?
Nuestra clase es una familia
By Shannon Olsen
Teachers do much more than just teach! They create a community within their classroom.
With vibrant images, this book will portray the meaning of community within the school.
A classroom is a place where they can feel confident, make mistakes, and be exactly who they are.
Reglas en el salon de clases
By Dwayne Hicks
Follow along with Abby and her friends as they learn the rules of the school on their first day!
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