Celebrate National Poetry Month with authentic Spanish poetry books for kids.  Bring these books to your classroom or home.  These books have a special place in our home library.

Authentic Spanish Poetry Books

mi isla en poesia

  • Mi Isla En Poesía by Puerto Rican author Isabel Freire de Matos is a beautifully illustrated book with poems about Puerto Rico.   The poems are easy to follow, and ideal for your Spanish language emergent readers.  The poems are about Puerto Rico’s flora, fauna, and culture. 

 

 

  • Versos al nunca jamás by Cuban author Enrique Pérez Díaz provides a twist on classic literature in which he tackles subjects such as beauty, fear of loss, love, of friendship.  This poetry book is ideal for older kids ages 12 to 15 years old. 

poesia alada

Spanish Poetry 

My first memories of poetry actually started with my mom when I was a kid. Back then Spanish poetry for kids didn’t exist. In fact, my mom helped me write poems in a notebook; and to this day she still has that notebook! I know because I called her and asked. Ha! 

Poesía Alada is the perfect book to introduce my 8 year old to authentic Spanish poetry.  Author Mariana Llanos does a superb job in each of  the 25 poems that can be found in her book. Her poetry is literally taking a child by the hand through a magical world of written rhythmical compositions such as, Vientos en la playa, and my son’s favorite Viento feroz.

Since I’m also raising my son to be bilingual  this poetry book is perfect to enhance his reading and vocabulary skills.  However, the best part is that I will be able to share a part of my childhood with him just as my mom did with me: a love for poetry!

This beautiful Spanish poetry book Poesía Alada was released on April 22nd.  To read her full press release click here. For those interested in the English version it will be available after April 30th at Purple Corn Press. You can learn more about Mariana and the wonderful work she does at  www.marianallanos.com

Voces de Latino América 

 

Voices of Latin America and the Caribbean is an illustrated anthology of songs, poetry, and stories. This project was led by IBBY Costa Rica to gather and publish oral tradition anthologies.  You can download it for free here.

Also, don’t forget to check out Spanish Playground’s activities and poems to celebrate National Poetry Month. 

Teaching Authentic Spanish Poetry

Teaching authentic Spanish poetry to elementary-level kids can be a fun and enriching experience. Here are some steps and strategies you can use to effectively teach Spanish poetry to young learners:

  1. Choose Age-Appropriate Poems: Select simple and engaging poems that are appropriate for the age and language proficiency level of your students. Look for poems with vivid imagery, repetitive structures, and simple language.
  2. Introduce Poetic Devices: Teach basic poetic devices such as rhyme, rhythm, and imagery using examples from the poems you’ve selected. Use visual aids and interactive activities to help students understand these concepts.
  3. Explore Themes: Discuss the themes present in the poems and relate them to the students’ own experiences and emotions. Encourage students to share their thoughts and feelings about the themes of the poems.
  4. Practice Reading Aloud: Have students practice reading the poems aloud individually and as a group. Encourage expressive reading and emphasize pronunciation and intonation.
  5. Visual Representation: Use visual aids such as pictures, illustrations, or videos to help students visualize the imagery described in the poems. This can aid in comprehension and engagement.
  6. Creative Activities: Engage students in creative activities related to the poems, such as drawing illustrations inspired by the poems, writing their own poems using similar themes or structures, or acting out scenes from the poems.
  7. Language Learning Games: Incorporate language learning games and activities that reinforce vocabulary and language structures found in the poems. For example, you could play rhyming games, word matching games, or create crossword puzzles using vocabulary from the poems.
  8. Cultural Context: Provide some background information about the cultural context of the poems and the poets. Discuss the significance of poetry in Spanish-speaking cultures and how it reflects the values and traditions of those cultures.
  9. Celebrate Accomplishments: Celebrate students’ achievements and creativity by organizing poetry readings or a class poetry slam where students can recite their favorite poems or their own creations.
  10. Encourage Reflection: Encourage students to reflect on their learning by asking open-ended questions about their favorite poems, what they learned from the poetry unit, and how it has impacted their understanding of language and culture.

By incorporating these strategies, you can create a rich and engaging learning experience for elementary-level students as they explore the beauty and richness of Spanish poetry.

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