Ready to celebrate World Book Day on April 23rd? Join the festivities with our post on the power of graded readers in Spanish. Immerse yourself in a unique learning experience as we commemorate this special occasion together.

Graded Readers for Learning Spanish

Graded readers are books, whether fiction or non-fiction, specially written for foreign language students, and one of their most important features is “information control,” meaning that the amount of information present in each sentence, paragraph, or chapter is reduced, allowing the student to read more fluently.

Why is it Recommended to Study with Graded Readers?

This type of reading is an excellent resource for learning new vocabulary and recognizing how sentences are combined to form paragraphs. Some research has also shown that when you read, you improve your written language. Students not only write better but also dare to experiment with writing.

Some Tips Before Starting to Read:

  1. Skim: Read over the chapter titles and introduction to understand what the reading is about.
  2. Dictionary: Underline and jot down new words (you can do this in the same book so you remember the context better).
  3. Summary: After finishing each chapter, write down the main ideas and try to use the new words you’ve learned.

How Do I Properly Select a Book?

There is a wide variety of graded readers available for learning Spanish, so to choose one, you first need to select your level and then choose according to your interests.

Regarding the level, if it’s your first time starting with graded readers, I recommend choosing a book that is a lower level than yours to avoid getting discouraged initially.

If you’re at a B1 level in Spanish, prefer an A2 book, and if you’re at a B2 level, prefer a B1 book. Keep doing this until you get used to this study method and can gradually increase the difficulty.

Here are some recommendations for A2/B1 and B1/B2 levels.

15 Graded Readers for Smoother Spanish Learning

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Engaging Books for Children and Families

Books designed to teach Spanish to children are invaluable tools for both teachers and parents looking to enhance language learning. Unlike graded materials, these books are specifically crafted to engage young learners while effectively teaching the language in a fun and interactive way.

In addition to their classroom utility, the educational content of these books can also benefit adults and families seeking to promote Spanish immersion at home, creating a stimulating bilingual environment.

Personally, I have some favorites that I would love to share with you.

I hope this post has helped you a lot, and remember to leave your comments before you go. 🙂

Until next time!
Giane

About The Author

Gianella

Giane was born and raised in Chile, except for the time she moved to Spain and attended university there. She studied Education and Psychology at the University of Barcelona. She started teaching Spanish when she decided to travel around Europe, since then she has not stopped teaching languages.

1 Comment

  1. Hola ,

    ¡Espero que estés teniendo un buen día! Leí tu página aquí y quería agradecerle ya que me disté muy buena información para compartir con mis estudiantes. Hoy en día es un poco difícil encontrar libros buenos (y gratuitos) sobre inglés para principiantes.

    Mientras buscaba otros recursos útiles para hablar / compartir con mis estudiantes, encontré este:
    https://www.websiteplanet.com/es/blog/mejores-libros-de-ingles-para-imprimir-para-aprender-a-leer/
    Es una lista de libros imprimibles gratuitos para niños o personas que están aprendiendo a leer inglés. Solo quería devolverte el favor compartiéndolo contigo.

    Además, sería una gran idea compartirlo en tu página, creo que sería de mucha ayuda para tus lectores. 🙂

    Lo mejor,
    Amanda.

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