Welcome to Vamos a Leer! There are multiple facets to what we do here as you can read about in greater detail in the links below, but first let us tell you who we are and a little bit about how we got started. Vamos a Leer was created by the Latin American and Iberian Institute (LAII) at the University of New Mexico (UNM). For more details on our contributing authors, click on their names on the right side of the main page.
When we began Vamos a Leer, we had no idea it would turn into the blog you are reading now. Initially, we envisioned a monthly book group created to support educators who wanted to bring more Latin American content into their classrooms. We soon realized we wanted to do more than just meet once a month. We wanted to create and compile resources that teachers could access anywhere at any time, and to provide the space for national or even international dialogue. Most importantly, we wanted to encourage educators to use great literature to create globally literate students, to engage in authentic discussions of culture, and to think about social justice issues. In order to do all that, we created this blog as both an accompaniment to our book group and as an independent resource. For more specifics on our book group, blog, the LAII, or how to contact us click on the links below.