Perros! Perros! Dogs! Dogs! by Ginger Foglesong Guy
Here’s a story I’d absolutely love even if it didn’t teach several Spanish words in a natural, almost imperceptable, developmentally appropriate way – but it does.
If you’re looking for a plot, you’re not going to find one, but most young children aren’t too picky about that. One thing most children DO love, though, is dogs, and the more the merrier! And you’ll find dogs in this story – and ms dogs! And mas and mas!
For the recurring refrain, “Arriba, abajo, up and down,” I make up a little tune (you could just do it as a chant) and point up and down, encouraging the children to sing and point with me. By the end of the story, they definitely remember “arriba” and “abajo,” especially if you use these words more throughout the day.
The story also uses Spanish words (and cute, funny illustrations) to portray opposites, like clean (limpia) and dirty (sucia). It’s simple, appealing and fun – a perfect “Spanish and English” story for this age group.