Authentic Spanish List - AUTHENTICSPN

Here at Lee & Low Books, we pride ourselves on publishing culturally and linguistically authentic books that all children can enjoy. We are proud to showcase stories that celebrate cultures, voices, and experiences of communities historically underrepresented or misrepresented in children’s literature. High-quality bilingual and Spanish books help build a solid foundation to achieve Spanish literacy or bilingualism while also affirming and validating a child’s identity, culture, and home language. The following suggested read-alouds are some of our most popular bilingual and dual language texts written by authors from the cultures featured in the books. 

Authentic Spanish List (34 Books): $400.85

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Themes

Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Immigration, Imagination, Grandparents, Friendship, Forgiveness, Families, Environment/Nature, Discrimination, Cultural Diversity, Coping with Death, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Breaking Gender Barriers, Empathy/Compassion, Persistence/Grit, Courage, Mexico, Fiction, Spanish, Diversity

Included formats shown below in BOLD

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Antonio's Card/ La tarjeta de Antonio

By González

Illustrated by Álvarez

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: N
Spanish Guided Reading: N
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 2 - 5
Intervention: 22

AR Level: 3.2 - 0.5
Lexile Level: N/A
DRA: 30

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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Call Me Tree/Llámame Árbol

By Gonzalez

Illustrated by Gonzalez

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: F
Spanish Guided Reading: F
Grade Level: 1
Interest Level: K - 4
Intervention: 10

Lexile Level: NP
DRA: 10

HC: $17.95
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Drum, Chavi, Drum! / ¡Toca, Chavi, Toca!

By Dole

Illustrated by Tonel

Guided Reading: L
Spanish Guided Reading: L
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 3
Intervention: 21

AR Level: 3.1 - 0.5
Lexile Level: N/A
DRA: 24

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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Confeti

By Mora

Illustrated by Sanchez

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: N
Spanish Guided Reading: N
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: K - 4
Intervention: 22

AR Level: 3.8 - 0.5
Lexile Level: NP
SRC: 2.9
DRA: 30

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Family Poems for Every Day of the Week/Poemas familiares para cada día de la semana

By Alarcón

Illustrated by Gonzalez

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: M
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: PreK - 5
Intervention: 21

Lexile Level: N/A
DRA: 28

HC: $18.95
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Featherless/ Desplumado

By Herrera

Illustrated by Cuevas

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: M
Spanish Guided Reading: M
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 3
Intervention: 21

AR Level: 2.4 - 0.5
Lexile Level: N/A
DRA: 28

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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Finding the Music / En pos de la música

By Torres

by Alarcão

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: O
Spanish Guided Reading: O
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 5
Intervention: 23

AR Level: 3.5 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD660L
DRA: 34

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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From North to South / Del Norte al Sur

By Colato Laínez

Illustrated by Cepeda

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: N
Spanish Guided Reading: N
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: K - 3
Intervention: 22

AR Level: 3.3 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD640L
SRC: 2.7
DRA: 30

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Gracias • Thanks

By Mora

Illustrated by Parra

Guided Reading: J
Spanish Guided Reading: J
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 4
Intervention: 17

AR Level: 2.8 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD620L
DRA: 18

HC: $17.95
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Grandma and Me at the Flea / Los Meros Meros Remateros

By Herrera

Illustrated by De Lucio-Brock

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: P
Spanish Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 2 - 5
Intervention: 24

AR Level: 3.0 - 0.5
Lexile Level: N/A
DRA: 38

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina

By Brown

Illustrated by Palacios

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: L
Spanish Guided Reading: L
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 3
Intervention: 21

AR Level: 2.8 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD580L
SRC: 2.3
DRA: 24

HC: $17.95
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Magic Dogs of the Volcanoes / Los perros mágicos de los volcanes

By Argueta

Illustrated by Simmons

Guided Reading: O
Spanish Guided Reading: O
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: K - 2
Intervention: 23

AR Level: 4.3 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD630L
DRA: 34

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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Quinito's Neighborhood / El Vecindario de Quinito

By Cumpiano

Illustrated by Ramírez

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: K
Spanish Guided Reading: J
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 2
Intervention: 20

AR Level: 1.5 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 500L
SRC: 2.5
DRA: 20

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Xochitl and the Flowers/ Xóchitl, la Niña de las Flores

By Argueta

Illustrated by Angel

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: O
Spanish Guided Reading: O
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 5
Intervention: 23

AR Level: 4.0 - 0.5
Lexile Level: N/A
DRA: 34

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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¡Olinguito, de la A a la Z! Descubriendo el bosque nublado /Olinguito, from A to Z! Unveiling the Cloud Forest

By Delacre

Illustrated by Delacre

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: Q
Spanish Guided Reading: Q
Grade Level: 6
Interest Level: K - 6
Intervention: 25

AR Level: 3.0 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD730L
DRA: 40

HC: $18.95
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Calling the Doves / El canto de las palomas

By Herrera

Illustrated by Simmons

Guided Reading: P
Spanish Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 2 - 5
Intervention: 24

AR Level: 4.5 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD910L
SRC: 4.1
DRA: 38

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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First Day in Grapes

By Perez

Illustrated by Casilla

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: Q
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: 2 - 5
Intervention: 25

AR Level: 3.2 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD570L
SRC: 2.9
DRA: 40

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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First Day of School

By Taylor

Illustrated by Artigas

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: A
Grade Level: K
Interest Level: K - K
Intervention: 1

DRA: 1

PB: $6.50
6PK: $32.50
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Confetti

By Mora

Illustrated by Sanchez

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: N
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: K - 4
Intervention: 22

AR Level: 3.7 - 0.5
Lexile Level: NP
SRC: 2.9
DRA: 30

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Friends from the Other Side / Amigos del otro lado

By Anzaldúa

Illustrated by Méndez

Guided Reading: P
Spanish Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: K - 2
Intervention: 24

AR Level: 2.3 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 640L
SRC: 3.6
DRA: 38

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Family Pictures / Cuadros de familia

By Garza

Illustrated by Garza

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: Q
Spanish Guided Reading: Q
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 2 - 6
Intervention: 25

AR Level: 4.3 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD660L
SRC: 4.1
DRA: 40

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It Doesn't Have To Be This Way / No tiene que ser así

By Rodríguez

Illustrated by Galvez

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: P
Spanish Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 2 - 6
Intervention: 24

AR Level: 3.6 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 640L
DRA: 38

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Martí's Song for Freedom/Martí y sus versos por la libertad

By Otheguy

Illustrated by Vidal

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: T
Spanish Guided Reading: U
Grade Level: 5
Interest Level: 2 - 8
Intervention: 27

AR Level: 5.3 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 1000L
DRA: 44

HC: $17.95
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My Diary from Here to There / Mi diario de aqui hasta allá

By Pérez

Illustrated by Gonzalez

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: N
Spanish Guided Reading: N
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 2 - 5
Intervention: 22

AR Level: 4.0 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 780L
SRC: 3.4
DRA: 30

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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My Very Own Room / Mi propio cuartito

By Pérez

Illustrated by Gonzalez

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: L
Spanish Guided Reading: M
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 2 - 5
Intervention: 21

AR Level: 3.9 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 700L
DRA: 24

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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My Papa Diego and Me / Mi papá Diego y yo

By Marín

Illustrated by Rivera

Guided Reading: P
Spanish Guided Reading: O
Grade Level: 4
Interest Level: 1 - 5
Intervention: 24

AR Level: 4.5 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD900L
DRA: 38

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Poems to Dream Together/Poemas para soñar juntos

By Alarcón

Illustrated by Barragán

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: M
Spanish Guided Reading: M
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: 2 - 7
Intervention: 21

AR Level: 4.6 - 0.5
Lexile Level: NP
DRA: 28

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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Prietita and the Ghost Woman / Prietita y la llorona

By Anzaldúa

Illustrated by Gonzalez

Guided Reading: O
Spanish Guided Reading: O
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 3 - 5
Intervention: 23

AR Level: 4.1 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD600L
SRC: 4.5
DRA: 34

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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The Storyteller's Candle / La velita de los cuentos

By González

Illustrated by Delacre

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: O
Spanish Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: 1 - 6
Intervention: 23

AR Level: 3.9 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 730L
SRC: 4.5
DRA: 34

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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The Upside Down Boy / El niño de cabeza

By Herrera

Illustrated by Gómez

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: N
Spanish Guided Reading: N
Grade Level: 2
Interest Level: 1 - 5
Intervention: 22

AR Level: 3.1 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD560L
SRC: 2.9
DRA: 30

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Yum! ¡Mmmm! ¡Qué Rico! Americas' Sproutings

By Mora

Illustrated by Lopez

Teacher's Guide | Interviews

Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: K - 6
Intervention: 24

AR Level: 5.3 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD970L
SRC: 6.6
DRA: 38

PB: $10.95
CD: $12.95
6PK: $65.70
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Yum! ¡MmMm! ¡Qué Rico! Brotes de las Américas

By Mora

Illustrated by Lopez

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: Q
Spanish Guided Reading: Q
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: K - 6
Intervention: 25

AR Level: 5.1 - 0.5
Lexile Level: AD970L
DRA: 40

PB: $10.95
6PK: $65.70
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Mama and Papa Have a Store

By Carling

Illustrated by Carling

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: Q
Grade Level: 3
Interest Level: K - 6
Intervention: 25

AR Level: 4.1 - 0.5
Lexile Level: 810L
DRA: 40

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70
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La tienda de mamá y papá

By Carling

Illustrated by Carling

Teacher's Guide

Guided Reading: P
Spanish Guided Reading: P
Grade Level: 1
Interest Level: K - 6
Intervention: 24

Lexile Level: N/A
DRA: 38

PB: $9.95
6PK: $59.70