Are you wanting to start Free Voluntary Reading in your Spanish I classroom? I know when I first started I wasn’t sure how successful my students were going to be. I mean, it’s their first year of Spanish! And I’m just supposed to..let them read? On their own? For fun? Have you met teenagers lately?
Thankfully, there are a LOT of resources out there. Some of them are even free! Unfortunately, I think there is such a thing as TOO much information – sometimes lists can be overwhelming! That’s why I’m going to keep this list short and to the point. These are the readers that my novice students have gravitated towards and been successful reading in my classroom so far this year.
I present to you, in no particular order…
Books Your Novice Students Will Love
El ratón Pablito and La piñata de Renata are by the same author – Craig Klein Dexemple. Both of these books are full of illustrations that help the reader really understand what’s going on! He’s got several more books that are on my library wishlist – especially after seeing how the two I own are sought after by my students!
La perezosa impaciente and El capibara con botas are by Mira Canion. I have several of her other books in my classroom library, but these two are consistently picked up by students who enjoy the story and the funny animals. Something about them just draws my students in!
More Books for Students
Those are certainly not the only novice readers out there! Not by any stretch of the imagination! I just wanted to share the ones that my students, in particular, have been loving. I have more books on my list I don’t currently own but have my eye on, that I think would be great for my novice level students. Since I haven’t used them in my own classroom just yet, I will save them for later!
Want a look inside a book?
I have a series on my YouTube channel where I grab a book off my shelf and flip through it. My hope is that you get a sense for what the book looks like, the language inside, and the support(s) it offers your students. This way you can hopefully decide if it’s a good fit for your classroom library!
Click here to watch the series!
Be sure to stay tuned! I’ll add to this list as I find other novels my students enjoy.
Tim Geerlings says
Thank you! Somehow the only one I currently have is Capibara con Botas, which I definitely recommend. My district is buying more so I will definitely include the others here.