Oceans: Bilingual Books for Kids

These books teach kids about the precious resources and marine life in our oceans, from playful dolphins and colorful schools of fish to the waters surrounding the Galápagos Islands.

Dolphins (National Geographic Kids)

Age Level: 6-9
Language: Spanish

Everyone loves the smile on a dolphin’s face. Though smart enough to become theme park tricksters, dolphins are first and foremost wild mammals. Melissa Stewart’s lively text outlines our responsibility to conserve their natural environment. This high-interest book also offers an interactive experience to boost awareness of these adorable creatures.

Don't Let Them Disappear

Illustrated by: Gianna Marino
Age Level: 6-9
Language: Spanish

Did you know that blue whales are the largest animals in the world? Or that sea otters wash their paws after every meal? The world is filled with millions of animal species, and all of them are unique and special. Many are on the path to extinction. In this book, Chelsea Clinton introduces young readers to a selection of endangered animals, sharing what makes them special, and also what threatens them.

Galápagos Girl / Galapagueña

Illustrated by: Angela Dominguez
Age Level: 6-9
Language: Spanish (Bilingual Eng/Sp)

Valentina was born on an island formed by fire, surrounded by blue-green sea. As a Galapagueña, Valentina spends her days observing the natural world around her. She greets sea lions splashing on the shore, scampers over lava rocks with Sally-lightfoot crabs, and swims with manta rays. But Valentina also understands the fragility of this wondrous world, and she makes a solemn promise to protect the islands and her animal friends.

Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean (National Geographic Kids)

Age Level: 3-6
Language: Spanish

National Geographic Kids First Big Book of the Ocean is an adorable animal reference that includes the sea's high-interest animals, such as dolphins, sharks, sea otters, and penguins, and introduces kids to some of its lesser-known creatures. More than 100 charming animal photos illustrate the profiles, with facts about the creatures' sizes, diets, homes, and more. This book will quickly become a favorite at storytime, bedtime, and any other time.

Sea Life (TIME for Kids Informational Books)

Age Level: 3-6
Language: Spanish

From tide pools to the ocean, the sea is filled with amazing lifeforms! Early readers will be engaged from beginning to end with informational text, vivid photos, and a picture glossary of marine animals.

Sharks! (National Geographic Readers)

Age Level: 6-9
Language: Spanish

He’s quick. He’s silent. He has five rows of deadly teeth. Chomp! Meet the shark—the fish who ruled the deep before dinosaurs roamed the Earth! This fish has soft cartilage so he can glide, twist, and turn before his prey can say "gulp!" He can smell a single drop of blood in 25 million drops of ocean. He can feel electricity given off by his prey. He will lose and replace more than 10,000 teeth in his lifetime. Cool photos bring kids into the shark’s world. Fun facts go deep into the shark’s scary science.

Water (TIME for Kids Inforamtional Texts)

Age Level: 6-9
Language: Spanish

From streams to oceans, tide pools to rivers, water is all around us! Beginning readers explore different bodies of water in this Spanish-translated, nonfiction title. Clear, informational text and engaging photos will educate and intrigue readers simultaneously!

We're Sailing to Galapagos: A Week in the Pacific

Illustrated by: Grazia Restelli
Age Level: 3-6

"A colorfully garbed couple take readers on a jaunty journey to the Galapagos Islands. For each day of the week, the rhymed text introduces one of the islands' unique animals. The repetition of the chorus "We're sailing to Galapagos. I wonder who we'll see" encourages audience participation. The bright collages create striking vistas that will also enhance group sharing. The youngest listeners will enjoy the visit to giant tortoises, black iguanas, and blue-footed boobies before they sail home." — School Library Journal