Books to Read Before You Visit Spain

Books for Spain

This post may contain affiliate links, however, all recommendations are my own.

Before we travel to a foreign destination we like to learn about the people will we meet, the history of their country, and the places we might visit. As a family we make time to read quite a few fiction and non-fiction books to prepare us for our journey. Spain is a country known for its rich cultural history, amazing architecture, flamenco dancing, tapas, and dazzling Mediterranean beaches. These books will help set the stage for your Spanish vacation. If you’re not headed there anytime soon, at least you have found a list of books that will hopefully inspire you to travel there some day.


Books to Read Aloud to Young Children/Grade School Readers


The Three Golden Oranges by Alma Flor Ada

Fairy Tales from Spain by J. Munoz Escomez

The Little Matador by Julian Hector

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf 

Katie and the Spanish Princess by James Mayhew

Adventures of Don Quixote (Dover Children’s Thrift Classics) by Argentina Palacios

Building on Nature: The Life of Antoni Gaudi by Rachel Victoria Rodriguez

Picasso (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists) by Mike Venezia

Lola’s Fandango by Anna Witte

Eeboo’s Spanish Bingo (not a book, but a great tool for teaching some basic Spanish words)


Books for Middle School Students/Teens


The Apprentice’s Masterpiece: A Story of Medieval Spain by Melanie Little

Bird with the Heart of a Mountain by Barbara Mariconda

One Thousand and One Arabian Nights by Geraldine McCaughrean

Isabel: Jewel of Castilla, Spain, 1466 by Carolyn Meyer

Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska and Alvin Smith

The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon


Personal Favorites


The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Tales of the Alhambra by Washington Irving (we also used this as a read-aloud for our kids)

Selected Poems by Federico Garcia Lorca

Travels with My Donkey by Tim Moore

Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Spain by Chris Stewart

Homage to Barcelona by Colm Toibin

The Shadow of the Wind (three book series) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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