Graded Readers – Spanish Resource Recommendation

Graded Readers for Spanish Learners

In this blog, we share about our favorite language learning resources: graded readers. Read on to learn about some of our favorites!

Graded readers are books written just for language learners. They often have limited vocabulary and more simplified language than you might find in other books. You probably read books like these as a child while developing your language skills in your first language, and they can be great for your second (or third, or fourth…) language too!

How To Find The Right Graded Reader for You

If you want to browse readers in Spanish, a couple of places to look are the Fluency Matters website and the TPRS Books website. You can find books on those sites written by popular authors like Blaine Ray, Karen Rowan, Carol Gaab, Kristy Placido, and Mira Canion. While there was once a limited number of these books, more and more people are publishing graded readers now. We can hardly keep up with all the new stories!

If you’re looking for reading material for more advanced learners, we recommend the books by Spanish publisher, Difusión, S. L. You can find some here on their website. You can also search for “Difusión” on where they have free downloadable PDF copies available for most of their audiobooks. (Let us know if you need help figuring out how to download those.)

If you would like to look at some of these books before purchasing, you could swing by our Language South office in Chattanooga. We’d be more than happy to let you look through our library, and might even lend you a copy. 🙂 There are also some samples online if you search for them. Click here to read the first two chapters of Brandon Brown quiere un perro by Carol Gaab. 

Resource Type: Graded Readers

How to access it: You can find a lot of them on the Fluency Matters website and the TPRS Books website.

When: We recommend reading every day in the language you’re learning!

Ages: All ages. You can use them as soon as you learn to read, or younger if you can get someone to read to you. And you’re never too old.

Levels: Graded readers are especially useful for beginning and intermediate learners, but can also be enjoyed by more advanced learners.

Price: These books often range from about $5 to $8, plus shipping and handling. They’re free if you borrow one from Language South!

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Click here to learn about CHArlanooga, another Spanish-learning resource that we recommend.