Potential Books for 2014-2015 Vamos a Leer Book Group!!

Potential Books 2014-2015I know we’ve been a little quiet here on the blog lately.  We’ve been busy wrapping up the semester, celebrating graduations and finishing up some projects.  We’ll be taking a short break from the blog soon as we spend time planning and prepping for fall semester, but before we do that, we have a few more posts we’d love to share with you all.  One of which is our potential book list for next year.  Below is a list of possible books for our 2014-2015 book group. We feature a different book each month and write an educator’s guide to help teachers incorporate the book into their classrooms.  Our goal is to have a list that includes a range of appropriate age levels, country settings, and a balance of male and female protagonists.  Each title is linked to the amazon.com page for that book, so just click on the title to get more information. We’d love to hear your thoughts about the books and which ones look best to you–especially if you’re an educator.  We want our resources to be as useful to you as possible. We’ve got to narrow our list down to just 10 books–so we’ve got a lot of work to do! If you have any other suggestions of book titles, please leave them in the comments section below.  Some of these look like great titles to add to a summer reading list. Let us know what you think if you decide to check any of them out!

Click here for a PDF that includes the list below.

The Color of My Words by Joseph Lynn | ages 8 and up | available in Spanish | Dominican Republic
An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio by Judith Ortiz Cofer | ages 8 and up | Puerto Rico

Firefly Letters by Margarita Engle | ages 10 and up | Cuba
Serafina’s Promise by Ann Burg | ages 10 and up | Haiti
La Linea by Ann Jaramillo | ages 10 and up | Mexico/U.S.
The Keeper
by Mal Peet | ages 10 and up | Latin America
I Am a Taxi by Deborah Ellis | ages 10 and up | Bolivia

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer | ages 11 and up | Mexico

Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazaro | ages 12 and up | Honduras/U.S.
Tropical Secrets by Margarita Engle | ages 12 and up | Cuba
Origin by Rebecca Khoury | ages 12 and up | Brazil
Red Glass by Laura Resau | ages 12 and up | Guatemala

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina | ages 13 and up | U.S.
The Disappeared by Gloria Whelan | ages 13 and up | Argentina

Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Peña | ages 14 and up | U.S.
The Deportation of Whopper Barraza by Maceo Montoya | ages 14 and up | Mexico/U.S.
He Forgot to Say Goodbyeby Benjamin Alire Sáenz | ages 14 and up | U.S.

6 thoughts on “Potential Books for 2014-2015 Vamos a Leer Book Group!!

    • Lots of them are new titles to us as well. I’ve got a lot to read this summer! Let us know what you think if you get a chance to read any of them. We do a pretty good job of trying to have more than one person in our office read a book before we put it on our book group list, but it’s always so nice to get feedback from outside our office!

  1. Hey ladies!What a great list!I read the outline of all the books, and the ones that aren’t as relevant to my classroom context are the following:The House of the ScorpionOriginTropical SecretsHe Forgot to Say GoodbyeThe Color of my Words (we read this last year–love it–and my school has a set for guided reading…so would rather read something else 😉)
    Just wanted to put in my 2 cents.Thanks again and look forward to the first meeting!:) Allison

    Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:59:18 +0000
    To: savearth22@hotmail.com

    • Allison! So good to hear from you. I hope that your summer is going well. I can’t wait to hear about all your travels! Thanks so much for your feedback. We really appreciate it. We’re in the process of narrowing down the books now, we’ll post the final list soon. Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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