In order to become better speakers, reading is a crucial component. Reading is actually the best way to build you vocabulary and become a better writer. Speaking, reading, writing and listening are all related skills, so when you improve one, you’ll notice the effects on the others. Here, we’ll show you some types of books for Spanish learners. These are just a few categories out of many, and you’re sure to find something that suits your interest and proficiency.
Lots of books are translated in many different languages, and you’ll most likely be able to find a childhood favorite in Spanish. Often, children’s books have short sentences that are relatively simple, but packed full of vocabulary. You’re sure to find lots of words to describe daily life, and lots of fun extras. For example, you could try El árbol generoso if you loved The Giving Tree back in the day, or La oruga muy hambrienta to relive the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since children’s books tell stories, they’re usually told in the past, which is a great way to practice the preterite or imperfect tenses.
Nonfiction books about hobbies
If it’s hard for you to find motivation to read in your first language, you definitely want to read a book that you’re interested in. Whatever hobbies or activities you enjoy, there’s most likely a book about it in Spanish. You can learn more about a topic you genuinely enjoy while picking up new vocabulary. No matter what level you’re at, you’re sure to find books to fit your need. In nonfiction books about activities, you’re more likely to find the present tense or commands.
Paper or digital books for Spanish learners?
While everyone has their own preferences on reading paper copies or on a tablet, each version has its pros and cons. On paper, you can feel the physical pages flip, and your eyes might not get as tired since there isn’t a light behind the words. However, the major benefit to reading books digitally is that you can often tap and hold on a word to learn its definition. For beginners, it’s extremely helpful to have instant access to translations to help build your vocabulary. On the other hand, if you’re looking for more of a challenge, reading a paper copy of a book forces you to use context clues to test your own understanding.
Let us know if there are specific books for Spanish learners that you loved, and that helped improve your comprehensibility. Happy reading!