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Spanish-Language Literature Resources

Compiled by the Cooperative Children's Book Center

Updated: December, 2013

This listing of resources about Spanish-language books for children and teens has been developed in response to the need for Spanish-language materials in schools and libraries. The listing includes the following:

  • Sources for Spanish-Language Book Recommendations and Suggestions
  • Sources for Recommended Books with Latino cultural content
  • Distributors of Spanish-language books for children and teens

This list is a work-in-progress. If you have additional suggestions or feedback, please contact CCBC librarian Megan Schliesman.

Sources for Spanish-Language Book Suggestions

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day): national initiative promoting literacy for children of all cultures; annual booklist includes (but not limited to) Spanish and bilingual titles

Essential Guide to Spanish Reading for Children and Young Adults (pdf): from AmericaReadsSpanish

Libro por Libro: School Library Journal's Latino Literature and Spanish Language focus

REFORMA: National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to the Spanish-Speaking

S.A.L.S.A. (Spanish-Language Award-Winning Literature Session for All): A wiki featuring booklists and other resources, including links, from Chicago Public Schools

Top 10 Spanish Books for Kids: from @your library (American Library Association)

Sources for Recommended Books with Latino Cultural Content

Books selected for these two Latino children's and young adult literature awards are often published in English , but some are created as bilingual books. Spanish-language editions are sometimes simultaneously published, or published after the English-language editions.

Américas Award: Annual award (plus honor and highly commended titles) for books about Latin American or Latinos in the United States

Pura Belpré Award: Annual award (and honor books) to the outstanding book for children and teens by Latino author, and outstanding book for children and teens by Latino artist.

Distributors of Spanish-Language Books for Children and Teens

This listing is focused on companies that specialize in Spanish-language or titles. It does not include large distributors (e.g., Baker & Taylor, Ingram) that may also have Spanish-language books.

AIMS International Books: Distribution of imported Spanish-language books; some books in other languages.

Girónbooks: Distributor and co-publisher of Spanish-langauge books for adults and children.

Latin American Book Source: Distributor of Spanish-language books for children and adults

Lectorum : Large-scale distribution and small-scale original publishing of Spanish language books; includes searchable database

Lee & Low's Arcoiris Books: Spanish-language editions of selected Lee & Low titles

Libros sin Fronteras : Distribution of Spanish langauge books, audio books, and music; emphasis on materials from Latin America

Lorito Books: Distribution of Spanish language books from Mexican publishers as well as bilingual children's books and audio books; publisher of aduio books; includes searchable database

Santillana USA: Distribution of trade books, dual-language content, Spanish as a World Language materials; subsidiary of Grupo Santillana, "the largest Spanish-language educational publisher in the world"

Scholastic Spanish-Language Publishing and Distribution: Spanish, English and bilingual books, including 100 Spanish-language and bilingual titles published per year (original titles and reprints of English-langauge titles)

Spanish Children's Books: Distributor of titles from South America and Spain

See our Small Presses of Color list for publishers who specialize in Latino and other multicultural literature.

Thank you to CCBC Reference Assistants Jennifer Fiddler and Paula Steigerwald for assistance in creating this listing.

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