ESL Textbooks For Children: My Top Picks

Here are some of my favorite ESL textbooks for children:

Let’s Go is an excellent choice for teaching children English as a second or foreign language and it’s my one of my favorite ESL textbooks for children. Unlike other ESL books for kids, each page contains some actual content and not just pictures as fillers. However, the book has only one main idea/page so it’s easy to teach and it doesn’t get confusing for your students.

Be sure to get the Let’s Go 1 Teacher’s Book and Let’s Go 1 Teacher Cards that go along with it.


New Parade is a 7-level series for young children that contains a nice mix of TPR (total physical response), songs, pair work, cooperative learning and some hands-on, craft kind of activities. Children seem to enjoy it and there is also a New Parade Workbook that has some very age-appropriate homework activities. It definitely belongs on any list of best ESL textbooks for children.










501 Riddles and Trivia Questions: For Kids (7-13) is the book you need if you teach elementary school students. Keep it in your back pocket to pull out in case of emergency-a few minutes of dead time at the end of class. Use it as a warm-up. Print off the PDF handouts to use as early-finisher tasks, or group-work. It really is the book that belongs in your personal library!

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39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities: For Kids (7+)

If you’re looking for some game or activity ideas to supplement a textbook, this is the book you need in your library. The activities are fun, engaging and easy to prepare. Guaranteed to make your teaching life easier and lesson planning faster.

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