Easy Spanish Books?
Do you guys know any really simple, easy-to-understand books in Spanish? I'd prefer they have lots of pictures, as that would probably help me understand the story better. All suggestions are appreciated!
Thanks! I'm actually a regular at the children's library, (They have some good YA that I like) so everyone there is used to me by now.
You might try «La ciudad de las bestias», by Isabel Allende. I just recently read it in a Russian translation and also have a copy in Spanish, but am not quite up to it, yet, in Spanish. Not as good as I hoped, but pretty good. It's a travel adventure with fantastic elements. (If you don't like the first two chapters, press on. They are lhe least interesting in the book.)
Online I've found copies of «Antes de Adan», by Jack London, «La isla del tesoro», by R. L. Stevenson, «Kim», by Kipling, and lots by Jules Verne. But they are all fairly difficult and the Spanish is probably rather old fashioned. If I were to try reading in Spanish (for free) I'd hunt up translations of The Wizard of Oz, Pinocchio,, etc., which are a little easier, or I'd buy The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis, or books by Roald Dahl, which are easier than Harry Potter. I don't know of any original Spanish YA (wish I did), other than a few books by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. YA SF would be really great, if there is any.
I'm not very advanced, so I don't have the skills to read YA in Spanish, but I did some research. I've heard from several people that "The Awakening" by Yuunen Gonzalez was a good book for people still learning. (It's called "El Despertar" in Spanish) I'm sorry I couldn't find anymore suggestions, but I hope this helped.
Thank you,I'll give it a try.I'm a beginer too.I've been looking for easy books.you can try "El principite".One of my Spanish friends suggested it for me.
If you are looking for easy to read Spanish, try the Spanish subtitles on your DVD's. Most movies have Spanish subtitles and you can listen to the audio in English for translation :)
Also, here is a list of YA books in Spanish at Open Library, a free, online, non-profit library (you must register) that let's you read books in your browser, or on other devices if you use Adobe Digital Editions (a free program available from Adobe).
Thanks! This was really helpful, and I'm definitely going to use it from now on!
Good! I've found that reading in new languages is really hard at first, but I'm already seeing some improvement in my Spanish!
I've actually never used a visual dictionary, but that would probably increase my vocabulary. Good idea!
I have Merriam-Webster's Spanish-English Visual Dictionary and highly recommend it. There is a lot of detail.
Websites http://www.lonweb.org/daisy/os-spanish-upsidedown.htm - stories in Spanish and English side by side http://www.childrensbooksforever.com/childrenpages/Spanish.html - free pdfs of some children´s stories http://www.andersenstories.com/es/andersen_cuentos/index - hans cristian anderson http://en.childrenslibrary.org/ - childrens library online http://www.grimmstories.com/ - brothers grimm stories http://www.elhuevodechocolate.com/cuentos.htm - selection of stories for kids in spanish
On Amazon Easy Spanish Reader – starts simple has a quiz at the end of each chapter and then all chapters together and another quiz http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=easy+spanish+reader&rh=n%3A133140011%2Ck%3Aeasy+spanish+reader Spanish Novels by Paco Ardit – nice cheap easy to read stories that aren’t too complicated http://www.amazon.com/Paco-Ardit/e/B00N64TWVK/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1432138210&sr=8-1 Funny tales in easy spanish – have just read the free sample that you send to your kindle lots of these http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=Funny+tales+in+easy+spanish&rh=n%3A133140011%2Ck%3AFunny+tales+in+easy+spanish Bedtime Stories in Easy Spanish – lots you can download the first few chapters to your kindle then they end up being free if you don’t want to continue ¡Buen Camino! – My favourite beginners read, interesting story not aimed at kids with easy Spanish, free audio with the kindle book but need to be connected to internet. http://www.amazon.com/%C2%A1Buen-camino-listening-language-adventure-ebook/dp/B00JGHD9EC/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1432138383&sr=1-2&keywords=buen+camino
Kids books - just search on amazon, esp if you have kindle unlimited you can download one read it and then get another, I have bought a few kids books but they just don't hold my attention enough so i like the kindle unlimited idea.
Something like this looks good - http://www.amazon.com/pr%C3%ADncipe-nevera-Novela-infantil-ilustrada-ebook/dp/B004IWQXIY/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1432137980&sr=1-5&keywords=spanish then it gives you recommendations down the bottom of other books to try.
Wow, that must have taken a lot of time to compile. Thanks for all of the great suggestions!
Cool, I'll give it a try. I suppose reading children's books is the best way to start. :)
Great! I've started picking out some books, and some of the stories are actually quite entertaining.
I've started this book called Easy Spanish Reader by William T Tardy. It starts out simple and new vocabulary words are right in the margin. It has crossword puzzles and questions about what you have just read along the way.
check out the TPRS storytelling spanish books, they are brilliant! there are a few authors doing them, I have read the mira canion ones which are brilliant but theres a whole variety of authors to choose from all designed to help improve reading skills, TPRS stories are the best reading resources I ever found and I spent ages searching
I have Cuentos Magicos y Otros Mas published by Susaeta. There are more illustrations than text. Many are familiar stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Puss and Boots, Sleeping Beauty, and so on. It and other similar books are available on Amazon. There is one negative review by a person who thought the fairy tales were too sad for her five year old, but I would not let that deter you.
Bilingual or Parallel Books with Spanish on one side of the page, and English on the other can also be good. I had them when I was little and liked them. http://www.amazon.com/Bilingual-Spanish-English-Childrens-Books/lm/RMM4HBU58M2BG