Resources for Bilingual Library Programs for

Latino and Spanish-Speaking Children and Families

Dedicated to Rose Zertuche Treviño (1951-2010) with gratitude for her generosity and kindness.

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Bilingual Programs from Texas Reading Club Manuals

Awards and Booklists

Américas Book Award for Children and Young Adult Literature - National Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs 

Latino Culture and Heritage Titles and Resources -

Pura Belpré Award - Association for Library Services to Children

Tejas Star Reading List - Texas Library Association

Tomás Rivera Children’s Book Award - Texas State University College of Education


Celebrate El Día de Los Ninos/El Día de Los Libros and Resources for Planning a Día Celebration - Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Colorín Colorado – WETA Public Television (Includes "A Guide for Engaging ELL Families: Twenty Strategies for School Leaders")

Pew Research Center - Hispanic Trends

REFORMA - National Association to Promote Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking

Todos los niños listos para leer - en tu biblioteca / Every Child Ready to Read® @ your Library® Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Communities - digital download - ALA  Association of Library Services to Children and the Public Library Association

Traditional Songs, Rhymes, Fingerplays, and Games in Spanish and English - Texas State Library and Archives Commission


(Texas librarians may borrow these titles from the Library Science Collection at the Texas State Library.)

Bienvenidos! Welcome: A Handy Resource Guide for Marketing Your Library to Latinos by Susannah Mississippi Byrd (ALA Editions, 2005)

Early Literacy Programming en Español: Mother Goose on the Loose® Programs for Bilingual Learners by Betsy Diamant-Cohen (ALA Neal Schuman, 2010)

Once Upon a Cuento: Bilingual Storytimes in English and Spanish by Jamie Campbell Naidoo and Katie Sherrer (ALA Editions, 2016)

¡Hola, amigos! : A Plan for Latino Outreach by Susana G. Baumann (Libraries Unlimited, 2011)

Read Me a Rhyme in Spanish and in English / Léama úna rima en español e ingles by Rose Zertuche Treviño (ALA Editions, 2009)


Before Bilingual Storytime: The Outreach Bridge to Engaging Latino and Spanish-speaking Families - WebJunction

Spanish Language Collection Development with Diana Miranda-Murillo - Texas State Library and Archives Commission


¡Es divertido hablar dos idiomas! hosted by Katie Scherrer, Consultant and Trainer, Connected Communities


Texas Reading Club Manual Bilingual Programs Chapters

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) hosted the first Texas Reading Club in 1958 to encourage Texas youth to read for pleasure and retain reading skills gained throughout the school year.  The program continued annually until 2013 when the TSLAC joined the national Collaborative Summer Library Program.

Each year from 1958-2012, Texas librarians selected a unique theme for the program and artists created artwork, including posters, certificates, bookmarks, and reading logs. Texas librarians created programming manuals to support the annual themes beginning in 1968, which were published by the TSLAC.

A chapter with bilingual programs supporting each annual theme was included in the 2001 through 2012 Texas Reading Club manuals. The manual authors created original songs, rhymes, stories, puppet plays, and other activities for their programs, and they included traditional songs, and rhymes from Spanish-speaking countries as well. Many authors translated traditional English songs and rhymes into Spanish. All of the bilingual programs include recommendations for books to read aloud or booktalk, as well as crafts, games, and activities.

Some of the links in the programs are no longer active, and for this we apologize. Eight of the programs were revised and links were updated, and they are in the "Featured Bilingual Storytimes and Family Celebrations" section below. The sections that follow index to the programs by recommended age and by year and theme.

Since the programs were developed many years ago, we encourage librarians to select additional, recently published books for the programs, in addition to the titles recommended, and to incorporate the Every Child Ready to Read early literacy practices of Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, and Playing.

These bilingual programs are shared with greatest thanks to the many dedicated librarians who contributed their talents to Texas Reading Club manuals through the years. Our hope is that their contributions will inspire librarians for years to come.

Featured Bilingual Storytimes and Family Celebrations from Texas Reading Club Manuals

Bilingual Programs - Indexed by Year and Theme

Bilingual Programs - Indexed by Age 

Toddler Programs / Preschool Programs / Preschool-Elementary Programs

Elementary and Young Adult Programs / Family and Parent and Child Programs


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