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For Kids and Young Adults

  • An interesting fact is contained in the Encyclopedia Britannica about Spain; Charles I of Spain was the grandson of Ferdinand and Isabella and became the most powerful ruler in Europe. Better known as the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, Spain became master of nearly half the world during his reign from 1516 to 1556.
  • In the bilingual English-Spanish children's book My Cat, My Dog / Mi Gato, Mi Perro by Katrina Streza, the English text is just below the Spanish for easy comprehension. Simple sentences and whimsical illustrations are ideal for toddlers, pre-schoolers, and beginning readers. This eBook is available on the Overdrive/Libby app
  • The Travel Bug is a gently philosophical picture book about identity, fate, the joy of travelling, and the discovery of kindness and kinship across cultures. Written by author Benjamin Gilmour and with fabulously detailed illustrations by James Gulliver Hancock, this story of a little bug with an identity crisis and his journey is read by actor Kamil Ellis on Story Box Library.

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  • Don Quixote. Spanish author Miguel De Cervantes’s character is universally known for the idealistic, possibly insane, wannabe knight as much as being a masterpiece of literature. Now Don Quixote has been released as a pair of graphic novels by Lloyd S. Wagner, to make the story more accessible to young adults. Both parts are available on the Overdrive/Libby app
  • Did the Black Death destroy medieval Europe? Did cholera pave the way for modern Manhattan? Did yellow fever help end the slave trade? Remarkably, the answer to all these questions is yes. From influenza to smallpox, from tuberculosis to yellow fever, author Bryn Barnard’s book Outbreak! Plagues That Changed History, describes the symptoms and paths of the world's worst diseases - and how the epidemics they spawned have changed history forever.

For the Adults:

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  • Ola! Learning a new language isn’t easy but with intelligent algorithms and native-speaker audio, Mango Languages can help you to start a conversation in Spanish (Castilian) with confidence. You can access Mango Languages using your Burwood Library membership number 
  • Walking the Camino captures the trials and tribulations of six modern-day adventurers and pilgrims equipped with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind on the epic 500-mile pilgrimage along Spain’s 1200-year-old Camino de Santiago. This captivating documentary by Lydia Smith is available on Beamafilm.
  • Claudia Roden has spent five years researching and writing about The Food of Spain, resulting in this definitive, passionate and evocative cookbook which takes in the different regions and looks at the history, the people and the culture at the heart of this country, and at that which binds it all together - the delicious food and recipes passed down through generations. Learn about the diverse foods of Spain through this eBook available on IndyReads 
  • Isabel Allende’s books have sold over 65 million copies, making her one of the most successful ever Latin American writers. Almost 50 of her books are available via Indyreads in Spanish and English including Inés of My Soul which available as an eBook and eAudiobook. The novel is a passionate epic of love, freedom, and conquest, based on historical events.
  • One day Australians will be allowed to travel again to Spain and Frommer's Spain available via Hoopla is the perfect guide to show would-be travellers how to experience the country the way the locals do. That means eating in the places tourists don't know about, visiting top attractions at times when the crowds are at their thinnest, and patronizing the bars and clubs Spaniards hold dear.