Are you looking for fairy tales in Spanish to add to your home or school library?
Then you have landed at the right place! In today’s post, I am going to share an ongoing list of 18+ fairy tales in Spanish that will get your children’s imagination churning!
In the following 18 titles, you will find popular as well as not-so-popular fairy tales, and to help you pick the right fairy tale for your child, I have separated them into three categories; books for children ages 0-2, ages 3-5 and ages 5+.
Enjoy this list of fairy tales in Spanish!
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Why you should read fairy tales in Spanish to your children
I cannot reiterate enough how important reading is for bilingual children and children of all ages, but especially for bilingual children, and there is no better selection than fairy tales.
Fairy tales are made for children. They spark imagination and offer didactic lessons that will guide children in their everyday lives.
Fairy tales are also engaging. They have magical and whimsical elements which make reading in a second language all the more fun.
Related: 5 Tips on Reading to Bilingual Children in the Minority Language
Furthermore, and as you will see throughout this post, fairy tales come from all around the globe, so they have a cultural learning component to them, too.
Thus, if you do not have fairy tales in your home library, I suggest you stock up now!
Below I will mention 18+ fairy tales in Spanish (some are repeated for age-appropriate selections.) I will provide a brief description of each fairy tale as well as the moral that children can grasp from each fairy tale.
If you go through this list and realize that a fairy tale is missing, and needs to be added, please do let me know in the comments below!
Fairy tale books in Spanish for children ages 0-2
By: Mertxelll Martí
If you are looking for the perfect fairy tale for your baby or toddler, this classic and concise take on Cinderella will be the perfect match. It includes five beautiful pop-up scenes which portray the magical essence of the traditional tale as if they were on a tiny stage.
What moral can your child takeaway from Cenicienta? That kindness will always be rewarded and selfishness will not.
By: Emmanuel Ristord
This book is the perfect Spanish fairy tale for babies and toddlers to share the tale of “The Beauty and the Beast.” It includes sensory textures for your child to touch and feel on the pages.
By: Xavier Deneux
This is a great fairy tale board book for little hands about the “The Ugly Duckling,” a Danish fairy tale about an outcast duck that doesn’t fit in with his flock because of his appearance.
In this intriguing tale, your toddlers will start to understand the concept of “do not judge a book by its cover.” It is important to accept people for their qualities, values, and friendship, not by how they look.
Fairy tale books in Spanish for children ages 2-5
By: Francesc Boada
This bilingual book shares the classic fairy tale of Cinderella or Cenicienta who lives under the wrath of her wicked stepmother and step-sisters.
With captivating text and translation, your child will see how the wicked family is brought down by the fairy godmother and Cinderella, and witness how the sweet girl goes from rags to riches.
By: Patricia Seibert
Here we have yet another bilingual fairy tale classic in Spanish and English, The Three Little Pigs, or Los tres cerditos.
With 32 pages, this book features striking images which will tell the story of three little piggies who build three different houses to protect them from the big bad wolf. Which house will get the job done?
What a cute story to read in Spanish to your littles that will encourage imagination and emit the importance of hard work.
Here is a fun 15 minute YouTube video about Los tres cerditos>> with the story of the three little pigs. It includes fun music to go along with the story, too.
By: Francesc Boada
This book is the bilingual version of the Italian fairy tale, “Cat in Boots,” about a cat who deceives people to gain power, wealth for his poor master.
By: Helen Anderton
Above I mentioned a “The Beauty and the Beast” book for infants and toddlers, this version is more suitable for preschoolers and kindergarteners. It has beautiful images and will teach children the importance of empathy, acceptance and compassion.
By: Carol Ottolenghi
This is the bilingual version of “A Sleeping Beauty,” the take of a beautiful girl who is tricked by a witc th and falls into a deep, deep sleep. Your little readers will eagerly continue the story to see if a charming prince can wake her up from her sleep.
By: Francesc Boada
This classic fairy tale known as “The Princess and the Pea” is about a prince who wants to marry but is having trouble finding a suitable wife for trivial reasons. Until he comes across this one princess on a stormy night. What will happen?
In this fun fairy tale, your littles will learn to never judge a person by their momentary appearance.
10. El principe rana
By: Jonathan Emmett
El principe rana, or in English known as “The Frog Prince,” is a German fairy tale about a prince who is turned into a frog by an evil witch. In order to break the spell, a good princess has to grant him one wish. Will he find a good princess?
In this magical tale, your children will learn that you should never judge someone at first glance. Instead, try to understand the situation and act accordingly.
Did you know that you can watch popular Disney movies such as “The Frog Princes” in Spanish! What a fun way to use screen time to learn a new language!
11. Rapunzel. Un cuento sobre el perdón
By: Helen Anderton
A fun fairy tale about Rapunzel with beautiful illustrations and Spanish rhyme that will teach kids about the importance of forgiveness, determination and bravery.
Fairy tale books in Spanish for children ages 5+
By: Roser Ros
In this bilingual fairy tale of German origin, tells the story of four aging domestic animals, who after a lifetime of hard work are neglected and mistreated by their masters. So they go off on their own to become musicians.
Here is a video on YouTube with the story of Los músicos de Bremen >>
Related: Zoo Animal Printable Worksheets in Spanish for Preschoolers
13. Ricitos de Oro y los tres osos
By: Valeri Gorbachev
A classic nursery rhyme translated into Spanish about a girl named Goldilocks, or Ricitos de Oro in Spanish, who enters a cozy cabin and decides to go inside to explore. While exploring she falls asleep and in walks the owners of the house, three bears! What will she do?
What will kids learn from reading Ricitos de oro y los tres osos? They will learn that they need to respect the privacy and property of others and that our individual actions can harm others.
Check out this 20 minute YouTube video with the tale of Ricitos de Oro y los tres osos.>>
14. Caperucita roja
By: Nina Filipek
The Spanish version of “Little Red Riding Hood” a European fairy tale about a young girl that comes across a cunning wolf on her way to her grandmother’s house.
The moral of the story in this cuentos de hadas is that we should never trust strangers. Even the nicest people can have bad intentions.
Here is a short YouTube video by Toycantado with the tale of Caperucita roja.>>
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15. Jack y las habichuelas mágicas
By: Nina Filipek
This is the Spanish version of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” an English fairy tale about a poor country boy who trades the family cow for a handful of magic beans. The evans grow into a talk beanstalk that reaches the clouds. Jack climbs the beanstalk to find himself in the castle of a very mean giant. Find out what will happen next in this Spanish version.
The moral of the story in Jack in the Beanstalk is to make the best of a bad situation, and when opportunity knocks, to take advantage of it.
Check out this YouTube video on Juan y los frijoles mágicos. >>
By: Esterl Arnica
This book in English is known as “The Brave Little Tailor.” It is a German fairy tale about a brave little tailor that kills seven flies with one blow. He convinces the giants and kings that he is a force to be reckoned with.
What will kids learn in this story? That courage and intelligence is important to have because with these qualities, we can get out of dangerous situations.
Here is a fun video on El sastrecillo valiente on YouTube. >>
By: Carol Ottolenghi
Los tres chivitos or “Three Billy Goats Gruff” is a Norwegian fairy tale about three male goats who need to outwit a voracious troll to get over the bridge that leads to their feeding ground.
This is the perfect book to caution children against greed, and why not teach them in Spanish and English.
18. El hombre de pan de jenjibre
By: Catherine Mccafferty
If you are looking for a fairy tale book in Spanish to read around Christmas time, this is your selection. This is the bilingual interpretation of “The Gingerbread Man.”
Related: 29 Spanish Picture Books To Read This Christmas
A little gingerbread cookie-boy decides to escape an elderly couple that made him as well as that cat, the goose and the snake until he finally meets his match, the fox.
Will he outrun the fox too? Find out in this classic tale that will teach your little ones to be careful with who they trust.
Well, amigos, I hope you found the perfect fairy tale to add to your selves. Leave me a comment in the box below letting me know your childhood favorite fairy tale! I can’t wait to see all the responses!