Culture and Language, Words and Art:
Bilingual Picture Books

Denise E. Agosto, Ph.D.


(From: Alarcón, F. X., & Gonzalez, M. C. (1998). From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems/Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano. San Francisco: Children's Book Press.)



Spanish/English bilingual picture books introduce English speakers to Spanish and Spanish speakers to English. These books are also important tools for cultural studies, portraying often-overlooked Hispanic and Latin American cultures in words and in pictures.

In the United States, bilingual picture books range from semi-bilingual titles, in which the primarily English texts contain scattered Spanish words or phrases, to fully-bilingual books, in which the entire texts are presented in both English and Spanish.


Bibliographies of recommended bilingual titles:


Related Websites

  • The Americas Award
  • The Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents
  • The Pura Belpr Award


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    created 12/15/98; updated 5/08/08