Kids Books Set in Spain
Children’s Books about Spain
Make the MOST of any trip:
To make the most out of any trip with kids you need to prepare them by letting them become familiar with what they will see and experience. Reading kids’ books set in the Caribbean is the very best way to do just that! Get little minds thinking of all the wonderful things to see on the family’s adventure! Have them use critical thinking skills and discuss questions like: What will be the same as the way we do things at home? What will be different?
Don’t let this happen to you!
Some people go on a trip, come home, look at the photos and think….where was that taken? Which church was that?? Or even worse, spend time on a guided tour thinking, “Another Madonna and child painting?? Another church?” and have no idea what they are seeing or why.
Improve your trip AND your child’s intelligence:
We want children to remember, internalize, and make these experiences part of their core being! When a child learns something they add to their schema, or background knowledge, which will help them in their education until the end of time. Layering the learning by introducing information and then showing it to them on a vacation is the best way to internalize information. Use travel to get smarter and improve skills for the kids in the family!
A GREAT way to get the wheels turning and introduce information about your adventure destination AND improve your child’s intelligence and academic educational success is reading. Stories with familiar characters or beloved animals will pave the way for learning – really learning about the new culture they are going to experience. Read kids’ books set in Caribbean or listen with an audio book.
Check out my book lists for other destinations, too!
Need more proof that reading is valuable? A study published in the Economic Journal, shows that ‘boys with easy access to books tend to have higher incomes when they become adults than their counterparts who grow up with few or no books by their side’ and “Men who grew up in households filled with books earn 21 percent more..”. So, read before your trip! It will be fun AND will make your kiddo smarter and wealthier in the long run.
Read at bedtime and have sweet dreams about your upcoming trip! Choose from this list of children’s books about Spain. Or download to an IPAD or Kindle and read on the loooooooooooong flight over. These are perfect for any storytime before, during, and after a trip, too.
Explore Spain through books before you go!
Kids Books Set in Spain – Soccer
People in Spain are passionate about soccer! Kids all over the world love soccer so it is a great way to get the whole family feeling connected to the people who live in your family vacation destination.
Soccer World: Spain: Explore the World Through Soccer by Ethan Zohn Get a feel for the intense rivalry in soccer between Mardid and Barcelona. Soccer is life in Spain. Read this to get to understand the culture you will visit on your family vacate. Written for kids in grades 2 – 4. Length: 48 pages.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Real Madrid: Soccer (Futbol) Coloring book for Adults and Kids by Anthoncy Curcio Get the crayons and colored pencils out and color together. Coloring reduces blood pressure and stress levels and gives you a great opportunity to really talk. Enjoy this 100 page book.
Real Madrid: The Most Successful Club in the World by Illugi Jokkulsson Read all about the Real Soccer Club and the famous players. Your soccer fan will love this book. Length: 64 pages. Written for kids grades 1 – 3. Lexile Measure: 1120L.
Real Madrid (Soccer Stars) by Jim Whiting Your soccer fan (aged 8-12) will enjoy reading about their favorite Real Madrid soccer stars. This child is perfect for the older kid who struggles at reading because the interest level is high while the reading level is lower. Written for kids grades 1-3. Length: 24 pages. Lexile Measure: 990.
Real Madrid: Soccer Champions by Jeff Savage Read all about the soccer that consumes Madrid. They are passionate about soccer – what they call futbol. Written for kids grades 2-5.
Cristiano Ronaldo by Matt Doeden This book is about one of Real Madrid’s most celebrated soccer stars. Learn about his journey from child soccer player to star soccer player who became the worlds’ lead scorer in 2015. Written for kids aged 7 – 11. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: 750.
Ronaldo (World Soccer Legends) by Illugi Jokulsson Enjoy the story of one of the world’s greatest soccer players. Information includes: record, nicknames, early history, stats, and awards. Written for kids grades 1 – 3. Length: 64 pages.
FC Barcelona (Europe’s Best Soccer Clubs) by Jonathan Avise Read about one of Spain’s major soccer teams – the FC in Barcelona! Learn about the team with a time line and information about stats. Written for kids in grades 4 – 6. Length: 48 pages. Lexile Measure: 1010.
Messi vs Ronaldo 2018 – The Greatest Rivalry by Luca Caioli Messi plays for Barcelona and Ronaldo plays for Madrid. They are both fantastic soccer players and have created a rivalry for everyone to love! Written for teens. Length: 240.
Messi: The Rise to Stardom. The Amazing Story of the Unlikely Rise to Stardom of an Undersized Argentine Kid by Roy Brandon This incredible underdog story of a young man with a growth hormone deficiency who rises to international soccer star will be enjoyed by any soccer star. Written for elementary school kids. Length: 78 pages.
Messi (World Soccer Legends) by Illugi Jokulsson Read the life of one of the world’s most amazing soccer players – his story from childhood, training, and fun information about him. Written for kids grades 1 – 3. Length: 64 pages.
Spain: 61 Fascinating Facts for Kids by Isabel Ramoz A book like this is a great place to start when you are beginning to look at a country for your family vacation. These fun facts will give you a place to start when you think about learning more. Which fun facts are the most interesting to you and your kids? Written for elementary kids but useful for anyone to get an overview of Spain. Length: 32 pages.
Kids’ Travel Guide – Spain the Fun Way by Wendy Crawford Fun overview of the country with facts about food, culture and the language. Written for elementary school aged kids. Length: 44 pages.
Spain: The People (Lands, Peoples & Cultures) by Noa Lior Overview of Spain focusing on the people – history, day to day life and school experiences. Written for kids in grades 4 – 6. Length: 32 pages.
Adventures in Spain Written by former teacher and mom to traveling kids, this guide gives kids information and activities to keep kids happily engaged during the trip! Learning will help them remember the trip, too.
Adventures in the Prado museum – Written by former teacher and mom to traveling kids, this guide gives you some informaton about some of the great art you’ll find in the amazing Prado museum. Just click and download.
Spain: A Benjamin Blog and HIs Inquisitive Dog Guide by Anita Ganeri I have to love this series because the dogs name is…..wait for it….Barco Polo. *Groan* Explain how that is a parody of another traveler, Marco Polo, to let your kiddo in on the joke. Cute book on Spain including food, people and famous cities like Barcelona and Madrid. Written for kids aged 8 – 10 (with leanings toward the 8 year old side). Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: 780L.
Amazing Pictures and Facts about Spain: The Most Amazing Fact book for Kids about Spain by Mina Kelly A book like this really gets everyone thinking about a visit to Spain. The photos are incredible and the facts fun. Get your vacation planning started with a book like this one! Ask the kids what they would like to see in person! Written for kids aged 5 – 6. Length: 24 pages.
The Spain Fact and Picture Book: Fun Facts for Kids about Spain by Gina McIntyre For the youngest travelers in your group – this cool book will give them a little flavor of the country you’ll visit. See some lovely photos of the things they’ll see in Spain. Written for the young elementary school aged kids 5 – 6 years old. Length: 44 pages.
Ham and Chicken Do Spain by Kimberly Naylor You might think that a pig named Ham and a Chicken named…chicken are super obvious and lame but your young one will see the humor and love it! Written in rhyme this book works much better when read aloud. Written for young elementary school aged kids. Length: 36 pages.
Spain for Kids: People, Places and Cultures: Children Explore The World Books by Baby Professor Great photos in this book about Spain created just for the kids. Information is in small and easy to digest bits. Written for young elementary school aged students but a great overview for kids as old as 11. Length; 40 pages.
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf Ferdinand is one of the largest bulls on the farm, but he isn’t at all interested in bull fighting, Instead, he is a gentle soul who prefers to lounge in the shade and enjoy the smell of all the pretty flowers. A classic! Written for the young kids aged 3 – 5, but a must read for anyone at any age because this is a classic! Great intro to bull fighting which is a huge sport in Spain. Length: 72 pages. Lexile Measure: AD830L
Watch the movie! This cute animated film, Ferdinand, by BlueSky came out in 2017. Rated PG it is great for the whole family.
Ferdinand: coloring book by Mike Sayros This coloring book is based on the animated film 2017 by BlueSky. Use markers if you like with no worries of bleed through because these are printed only on one side of the paper.
Little Egret and Toro by Robert Vavra This classic fable about the friendship of a bull and an egret is a great way to introduce the culture of spain. If you are familiar with Aesop’s fable, the lion and the mouse, you’ll love this Spanish story with a similar flavor. Written for the youngest kids, it can be enjoyed by any age. Length: 60 pages.
The Bullfighting Princess by Scott Sheldon This story is of Princess Araceli who was not content to embroider and be the perfect princess. She goes against her father’s wish to live her own dreams. Written for kids aged 7-9 Length: 50 pages.
The Little Matador by Julian Hector This story will remind you of Ferdinand the bull and would make a great comparison if you read them both! Hector is in a family of bullfighters but doesn’t want to fight. His passions like in art and he loves to sketch the bulls. Written for aged 3 – 6 years but works with older kids if you read Ferdinand the bull and then compare and contrast them. Length: 40 pages.
Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska Wonderful book about coming of age and breaking free of the expectations of others. Manolo’s father was a great bull fighter and Manolo feels the pressure to become a bullfighter, too. But, Manolo hides a deep dark secret – he is afraid! He needs to find the courage to either become a bullfighter or to follow his own dreams. Great book for tweens. Written for kids aged 8 – 12. Length: 160 pages. Lexile Measure: 740L.
Lola’s Fandango by Anna Witte The main character, Lola, begins dancing the flamenco after watching her sister dance. Her father teaches her so she can dance along with her sister. Written for kids aged 5 – 6 years old. Length: 32 pages.
Flamenco Fantasy by Mrs. Cynthia Ventrola Struven While the dance style of flamenco started in Europe, it has found a place in the United States, too. Follow a girl in California who competitively dances the flamenco and learn some back story on the history of the dance as well. Written for kids grades 4 – 6. Length: 40 pages.
Pearlie and the Flamenco Fairy by Wendy Harmer Who knew there was a flamenco fairy to help you learn some moves? Well, now you know! Pearlie is visiting Spain and is invited to a tea party – a flamenco tea party. She doesn’t know how to dance the flamenco until she gets some lessons from a very special person. Written for kids aged 7 – 9. Length: 48 pages.
Flamingo Flamenco by Mrs. Mary Morehead Luce I love the play on words in flamingo and flamenco. This witty book is full of alliteration which is fun for families (Do you see the alliteration there with those ‘f’ words in a row?) and heaven to an English teacher! Written for kids aged 4 – 6 but could be used with kids as old as 10. Length: 48 pages.
I, Juan de Pareja: The Story of a Great Painter and the Slave He Helped Become a Great Artist by Elizabeth Borton De Trevino This wonderful story tells that behind every great person is a great support system. Greatness is rarely, if ever, achieved in a vacuum. This story tells of the slave who mixed the paint for the great painter, Velazquez. Incredible story that well deserves the 1966 Newbery Medal it received. Written for kids grades 5 – 6 but interesting to teens, too. Length: 192 pages. Lexile Measure: 1100
Weekend with Velazquez by Rizzoli Learn about one of Spain’s most celebrated artists in this book written for kids grades 3 -4. Length: 64 pages.
Diego Velazquez – Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists by Mike Venezia This series is my favorite for learning about artists. The life and career is here along with the most famous paintings. GREAT book that I highly recommend. I have the entire series and have used them for years. Written for kids aged 6-9 but I recommend them for kids younger and much older. I would put the span from 5 – 12 easily. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: 960.
Francisco Goya – Getting to Know the Worlds’ Greatest Artists by Mike Venezia This is my favorite series for reading about artists with kids. Goya’s life and career are included along with the most famous paintings. GREAT book that I highly recommend. I have the entire series and have used them for years. Written for kids aged 7-9 but I recommend them for kids younger and much older. I would put the span from 5 – 12 easily. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: 880.
El Greco – Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists by Mike Venezia Another book from my all time favorite book series for reading about artists with kids. El Greco’s life and career are included along with the most famous paintings. GREAT book that I highly recommend. I have the entire series and have used them for years. Written for kids aged 8-12 but I recommend them for kids as young as 5. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: 940.
Salvador Dali – Getting to Know the Worlds’ Greatest Artists by Mike Venezia Dali is one of the world’s most colorful artists and kids love learning about his very crazy work! Dali’s life and career are included along with some of his greatest antics and famous paintings. GREAT book that I highly recommend. I have the entire series and have used them for years. Written for kids aged 8-12 but I recommend them for kids as young as 5. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: 940.
Pablo Picasso – Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists by Mike Venezia Yes, Picasso was from Spain! We often think he was French because he loved France so much, but no…he was born in Spain. Picasso’s life and career are included along with his most famous paintings. He is most often associated with cubism (Where the people have 3 noses, etc.) but he used many different styles in his career. GREAT book that I highly recommend. I have the entire series and have used them for years. Written for kids aged 8-12 but I recommend them for kids as young as 5. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: 73
Kids Books Set in Spain – Alhambra
Alhambra is an amazing place to visit. Gorgeous and sprawling with wonderful art and gardens. Reading or coloring, this list of kids books set in Spain will really have you thinking about your upcoming trip to Spain.
Alhambra Stained Glass Coloring Book by Nick Crossling This Dover Design coloring book honors the glorious geometric designs found in the stained glass at Alhambra. Enjoy coloring these with your tween or teen and talking about your trip to Spain. Perfect for colored pencils. Written for kids aged 8 – 14 years but perfect for older kids and adults, too. Length: 32 pages.
Alhambra: Create Your Own Castle by Maria Krause Children love stickers and this is a cool way to explore the colorful and fabulous Alhambra in Spain. Written for kids aged 6 – 9, but I think you could easily stretch that in either direction by a year or two. Length: 16 pages.
Alhambra Coloring book by Nick Crossling This Dover Design coloring book of Alhambra includes designs from the complex like doors, ceilings and windows and the geometric designs in each. Great for daydreaming about your trip or for the long flight to Spain. You’ll want colored pencils for these fine designs. Written for kids aged 8 – 14 years but appreciated by anyone 8 and UP! Length: 32 pages.
Creative Haven Arabesque Designs Coloring Book by Nick Crossling More wonderful coloring pages created by the same author who creates for Dover Designs, this coloring book for Creative Haven, includes intricate geometrical designs found all over Alhambra – in the doors, ceilings and on every surface. Written for kids aged 8 and up. Length: 64 pages.
Isabella of Spain, Boabdil, Columbus and little David by Pauline de Saint-Just Gross This book is volume 5 in a series called The Adventures of David and the Magic Coin. David is helping Columbus find a way to pay for his journey to Asia. As they search for a financial partner, they find themselves exploring Spain and enjoying time at Alhambra as a guest.
Molly and the Magic Suitcase: Molly Goes to Barcelona by Chris Oler Siblings Molly and Michael love to travel and in this book (volume 2) they are off to explore Barcelona. They learn about new food and sights like Las Ramblas and architecture by Gaudi. Written for kids in grades 1 – 2. Length 34 pages
Mission Barcelona: A Scavenger Hunt Adventure by Catherine Aragon One is a series called Travel Guide for Kids), this book gives clues and information that helps you explore the city of Barcelona in a very interactive way. Kids will LOVE this type of book which will really keep them engaged in your family vacation. Written for kids aged 5 – 12 years but the adults will enjoy it, too! Length: 64 pages.
Building on Nature: The Life of Antoni by Rachel Victoria Rodriguez Gaudi Since Gaudi’s work is such a part of the beauty of Barcelona you’ll want to introduce it to the kids! Great work written in with flowing lyrical style. Written for kids aged 5-8. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: 550L.
Coloring Book Antoni Gaudi by Prestel Publishing Kids love to color and mimicking the work of Gaudi they see on vacation really helps them remember the trip! Written for kids aged 6-9 but good for older kids, too. Length: 32 pages.
A Stroll with Mr. Guadi by Pau Estrada Who better to see the wonder of Barcelona with than Gudi himself? Cute story about seeing Gaudi’s art! Written for elementary school aged kids. Length: 48 pages
Gaudi (Big Names for Small People) by David Maynar Descriptions of the incredible architecture and art in a way the littles can appreciate! Written for kids aged 5-7. Length: 32 pages.
Barcelona, Tell us about Gaudi by Bernat Cormand Children follow a dove on a tour of Barcelona! Great way to see the sights. Written for kids aged 9 and up. Length: 80 pages.
The Boy of Seville by Dorit Orgad Story about an 11 year old Jewish boy who was fleeing persecution during the Spanish inquisition. Great way to introduce a difficult part of history. ***Warning – this book doesn’t get very good reviews. Written for kid aged 9 -12 years. Length: 200 pages.
The Barber of Seville by Pierre Beaumarchais A version of the story for kids! Count Almaviva is in love with Rosina but she is spoken for. They conspire to win her heart
I Remember Still: A Kid’s Guide to Seville, Spain by Penelope Ryan Overview of things to see in Seville. Written for kids elementary school age. Length: 34 pages.
We found Spain to be warm and wonderful. The people in Spain were welcoming and we enjoyed the trip so very much!
Happy Travels to Spain,
Natalie, The Educational Tourist