The spookiness of the Halloween season always brings memories of the folktales that I grew up with. Hispanic legends like “La dama tapada,” “La Llorona” or “El Cucuy” are typically told by our abuelas… or a clever friend who wants to scare you!
I have to confess that I have never been a fan of terror stories, but these bilingual books tell these traditional legends in a candid way and are great resources to learn about the traditional Hispanic legends that are kind of spooky.
6 Bilingual Children’s Books about Spooky Hispanic Legends
“La Llorona,” (the weeping woman) is a traditional Hispanic story about a legendary character who haunts rivers and lonely roads. This version helps parents explain to children the reality of death and the loss of loved ones.
This book offers suspense with the illustrations and the story line. But what I liked the most about the story is how it describes Zulema, the main character and how her poor attitude changes after the Witch Owl visits her. I think my kids have been behaving since we read this book together! 😉
I like how the story portrays “La Llorona” as a helpful and kind character. It is the perfect book to introduce the legend of “La Lorona” in a more candid way.
Although the story has a happy ending, this is not a book that I would read to my small children. However, I still decided to include it in the list because “El cucuy” is definitely a popular legend in our culture and there are parents who used the character to bribe their children to behave. “Te va a llevar el ropavejero!” was the typical warning!
I think I was 15 years old when I heard about el chupacabras for first time. At the time it was associated it with a few incidents happening in some rural areas in Central America so el chupacabras kind of scared me 🙂 So, this book is a fun way to get introduced to it in case you were interested to learn more bout this spooky Hispanic legend!
The legend of Lucia Zenteno is a part of the story-telling tradition of Mexico’s Zapotec Indians. I like how the book portrays Lucia as a strong female hero. What a great read for all children about treating everyone with respect despite our differences!