Recommended Books for Learning Spanish

Reading about Spanish helps with grammar, and helps you avoid many common mistakes. Here are a few books about Spanish that I personally own:


English Grammar For Students of Spanish


English Grammar For Students of Spanish


It may seem a little backwards to buy a book about English Grammar when you are trying to learn Spanish, at least that’s what I thought when it was recommended to me. However, learning what an indirect object pronoun and a personal possessive adjective are in English, makes it significantly easier to understand what those things are in Spanish.


Barron's 501 Spanish Verbs

Barron’s 501 Spanish Verbs

A good verb book is essential. I like Barron’s 501 Spanish Verbs because it out lines all the different conjugations and tenses which makes it easy for me to get a good handle on any particular verb.


Practice Makes Perfect | Advanced Spanish Grammar

Practice Makes Perfect | Advanced Spanish Grammar

You can never have too many grammar books, right? This one picks up where most Spanish grammar books end…with the hard stuff. It’s a good one to have, I find myself using it often.


The Firefly Spanish/English Visual Dictionary

The Firefly Spanish/English Visual Dictionary

This is probably one of my favorite Spanish resources. It’s a visual dictionary, and so fun to look through. I may never need to know the Spanish names for each individual bone in the human body, but it is fun to use when you want to your favorite cut of beef from the carnicería.


The Red Pocketbook of Spanish Verbs

The Red Pocketbook of Spanish Verbs

This is the perfect companion to your travel dictionary. 333 fully conjugated verbs that fit nicely into your adventure bag, purse, or backpack. This little book has come in quite handy while waiting for many buses, trains, and friends that take too long shopping for souvenirs – it’s the perfect time to practice my verbs!


Si Le Das Una Galletita a Un Ratón

Si Le Das Una Galletita a Un Ratón

Who else loves the story of the cute little mouse and his cookie! I have always loved this book in English and I love it even more in Spanish! It’s a great way to learn the conditional and subjunctive Spanish tenses.


Si Le Das un Panecillo a un Alce

Si Le Das un Panecillo a un Alce

If you like the story about giving a mouse a cookie, then you’ll love finding out what happens when you give a moose a muffin!


La Oruga Muy Hambrienta

La Oruga Muy Hambrienta

Not only is the artwork amazing in this classic, but it’s a great way to learn new vocabulary of fruits and vegetables


El Cuento de Ferdinando

El Cuento de Ferdinando

Who doesn’t like to lay in quiet solitude under the acorn tree and smell the flowers? Ferdinando does, and I do too! Great use of different tenses in this book.

What are some of your favorite, must have books for learning Spanish?