Book Giveaway

Vamos a Leer | Book GiveawayEach month we offer a free copy of our book group’s upcoming selection to anyone who comments on the blog. We want to see these wonderful books in the hands of readers nationwide and even around the world! We’ll ship a copy to you at no cost whether you’re near or far.

All you have to do is comment. You might stop in just to say hi. Or to tell us about yourself – are you a teacher, a librarian, a reader, an advocate, a student? Perhaps you could share why you’re interested in the book, or what the topic means to you. Anything polite counts!

That’s all there is to it! Share your thoughts with us anywhere on the blog during the specified time period and your name will be entered.

We’re giving away a copy of Echo written by Pam Muñoz Ryan–our featured novel for May book group meeting!! Check out the following from Goodreads

Winner of a 2016 Newbery Honor, ECHO pushes the boundaries of genre, form, and storytelling innovation.

Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.

Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. And ultimately, pulled by the invisible thread of destiny, their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo.

Richly imagined and masterfully crafted, this impassioned, uplifting, and virtuosic tour de force will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck.

It looks like another interesting read–a great addition to any personal or classroom library! To be entered in the giveaway, just comment on any post on the blog by May 8.  Everyone who comments between April 4 and May 8 will be entered in the drawing.  If your name is chosen, we’ll email you ASAP about mailing the book to you.

Don’t forget, we also raffle off a copy of the following month’s featured novel at each book group meeting.  So if you’re an Albuquerque local, join us for a chance to win!

Good luck!



93 thoughts on “Book Giveaway

    • We’ve got you entered in the giveaway for La Linea, Rita! We’d love to hear what you thought about Yaqui Delgado, if you can, stop by Bookworks tomorrow (Monday) from 5-7 for our book group. We’ll also be a raffling off another copy of La Linea at book group so you’ll get another chance to win a copy!

      • Hi, I went to Bookworks on Sept 8 around 5:10 but noone was there…the store folks didn’t seem to know about Vamos a Leer. Yaqui… was well done and an easy read I know some 7th graders that would like it. Bullying is a universal theme and could be read by all cultures. The ending were the mother goes to the beauty shop seems a bit artifical.

      • I’m so sorry, Rita! We started at 5, but we were next door at Flying Star. We thought we’d let everyone working at Bookworks know where we were meeting, but obviously we didn’t. Since almost everyone ends up getting coffee or something to eat, we usually end up meeting next door at one of the larger tables. Again, I apologize that you came all the way out and you weren’t able to find us. We’ll make sure to do a better job of communicating with Bookworks for all of our upcoming book group meetings.

        Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on the book. We definitely all agreed that it addresses some important universal themes like bullying. I can see your point on the ending, especially since the rest of the book was so realistic (at least in my opinion). Hopefully we’ll see you at another meeting!

    • Glad to hear you’re enjoying the book, Rita! It certainly moved us when we read it. We’ve got you entered in the drawing!


  1. I had such a great time reading The Tequila Worm. It brought back so many childhood memories as I read it. This book was beautifully written and am planning to share it with my students. Book club was great too, I met so many new people and had a great time! Thanks for all you do!


    • I’m so glad that you liked the book and that you think you’ll share it with your students! It was wonderful to have you at book club, I’m so glad you all joined us. I really loved hearing about the reading project you’re doing with your students. Such a cool idea!

    • That’s so wonderful to hear! Thanks for sharing that with us. I think it’s always helpful to know when others have had positive experiences using a book with their classes. And now we’ve got you entered in the give away for a copy of the book!

  2. Hello Ladies,
    It’s been awhile since I’ve gone to the reading group, but I haven’t forgotten about it. I’m currently reading Mexican Whiteboy, and am really enjoying it. De la Pena does a good job of captivating the reader, and not just young readers!. I’m not finished with the book yet, but try to read it as often as possible. I look forward to seeing what resources you have come up with because those are always so great. Thanks for all you do, and hope to see you soon,

    • Thanks for stopping by the blog Diana! It was wonderful to see you last night! Keira and I really enjoyed meeting at the winery. Glad that you’re enjoying the book and thinking about using it with your students! I promise I’ll get that Educator’s Guide completed soon 😉

    • Hi Rita! Hope you had a wonderful break! I really enjoyed Caminar as well. I’m working on finishing up the educator’s guide for it now. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone next Monday (Jan. 12th). We’ll be meeting at Bookworks now, so it should be easier for all of us to hear each other 🙂

  3. This looks like another great book to add to my classroom library!! 🙂
    Thank you for sharing this wonderful stories!

  4. Hello! I am interested in a copy of The Meaning of Consuelo written by Judith Ortiz Cofer– the featured novel for May’s book group meeting!!! 😀

    • Hi Sara! Our book giveaway has closed, but I’m going to see if we have an extra office copy that I can send you. I’ll email you with more details! Thanks for stopping by the blog!

    • Hi Diane! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog. Our giveaway has closed, but I’m checking to see if we have some extra copies. If we do, I’ll email you with more details. Unfortunately, it’s not available in Spanish. It is an amazing book. We just had our book group meeting on it last night, and everyone really loved it. While not in Spanish, it’s a really interesting read on Puerto Rican culture.

      • Thank-you for this amazing book which I hope is and will be included in Middle School English Classes across the country! I have just sent an email to the author, asking if will be translated in the future because I’d like to use it, and would encourage others use it, in upper level Spanish courses.

    • Hi Anna! We’re so glad that you found us and that our resources will be useful to you in your classroom. It’s a great book! We’ve got you entered in the giveaway!

    • Hi Stacey! We’re so glad that you like our site! And a thank you to Reina for spreading the word! We’ve got you entered in our monthly giveaway. Be sure to check out our weekly giveaways as well. We’re giving away Alma Flor Ada & Isabel Campoy books through October–from our homepage, those are the first post at the very top. If you have any ideas for other resources you’d like for us to write about, just let us know!

  5. I would love to get my hands on a copy of Daniel Alarcons book. He went to Columbia University with my daughter Hallie who lives in the Bay Area as well. Hope I get lucky!!!

    • We’ve got you entered! I haven’t read it yet, but I’ve heard nothing but great things about it. What a small world! I can’t believe your daughter went to school with him. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

    • Hi Rossana! Thanks so much for stopping by our blog. We’ve got you entered in the giveaway! I’m really excited to read the book mysefl. I think Alarcon might be the first Peruvian author I’ve read. Good luck!

    • Thanks so much for leaving a comment Alicia! Me too. I’m also really looking forward to hearing Sonia Nazario speak in November. We’ve got you entered in the giveaway. Good luck!

  6. Starting a collection of children’s books for my future classroom! I have a minor in Latin American Studies and I would love a chance to read and own this book. Looks great!

  7. Hola! I just stumbled across your blog… delighted to find it! I’m a children’s book illustrator/artist/teacher… an Aussie who found herself in Ecuador for a spell and now in NY. I feel absolutely blessed to have connected with Latino culture. I have recently been working with the immigrant experience… happy to see books such as this one on the market. Thanks for highlighting! (Curiously, in the manner of ‘giving back’ I am also having a giving away… )

    • We’re so glad that you found us, too! Thanks for stopping by the blog. I got to spend a semester during my undergraduate studies in Cuenca, Ecuador and absolutely loved it. It’s such a beautiful country! We’ve got you entered in our giveaway. I’m looking forward to checking out yours. Thanks for sharing the info!

    • Hi Isis! Thank you so much for stopping by our blog. Nothing makes us happier than hearing from librarians and teachers! I’m reading American Chica right now, and I’m really enjoying it. We’ve got you entered in the giveaway. Good luck!

    • Thanks so much for sharing this! I’m looking forward to watching it. We’ll have to include the link as a resource in our educator’s guide on Shadowshaper. Thanks for stopping by the blog. We’ve got you entered in the giveaway!

  8. Thanks so much to all of you who entered our giveaway for Daniel Jose Older’s book “Shadowshaper.” Esperanza was our winner! Our current giveaway is for a copy of Benjamin Alire Saenz’s adult novel “Names on a Map.” Comment on any post by January 25th to be entered.

  9. Hola ! Love this Place! I would like to be entered in the giveaway.. Latinas have so much to offer, we are passionate and intelligent! reading more books written by Latin Authors is my goal for 2016! all suggestions ae welcomed! gracias!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by the blog! We couldn’t agree more with your thoughts. If you’re new to Benjamin Alire Saenz’s books, you’re in for a treat. He’s one of my all time favorite authors. You can’t go wrong with any of his books. We’ve got you entered in the giveaway! Good luck!

  10. I want to share what Jeannette Paiz, our ESL/Project teachers told me last Friday: Her students are reading books recommended by Vamos a Leer and one of the young men told Ms. Paiz that this is the first time he related to a book and could not wait for reading time. Students are begging her to give them more time to read in class! I love it when students discover the joy of reading!!!!

    • Thanks so much for sharing this Blanca! Nothing makes us happier than hearing about students who find books they love (especially students who’ve never enjoyed reading before)! Such is the power of a great book. We’re so grateful that you continue to support our book group and blog. It wouldn’t be the same without you!
      PS We’ve got you entered in the giveaway for Names on a Map 🙂

  11. All of my students find themselves between two worlds as well! This book would definitely be a great addition to our classroom diverse texts bookshelf 😉

  12. Hola! I’m a Spanish teacher in New York state. I love sharing culture with my students by reading from Novels like these in class. I’m excited to have found such a great resource here and would love to be entered in the drawing for Enchanted Air

    • Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and for your kind words. Nothing makes us happier than hearing that we’re creating and compiling resources that are helpful to teachers! We’re doing the drawing later today, so we’ll announce the winner then. Good luck!

  13. Hi All!Thanks so much for entering our giveaway for Margarita Engle’s Enchanted Air! I’m a little behind in announcing the winner—sorry! Our winner this month is Zezee! Continue to leave comments to be entered in this month’s giveaway of Edwidge Danticat’s Claire of the Sealight.

  14. Thanks to everyone who entered our giveaway of Claire of the Sea Light! AlvardaoFrazier is our winner. Be sure to keep commenting to be entered in our giveaway of Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos!

  15. Hi Katrina,
    Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos sounds like another winner! Our students struggle with their own identity. Good Choice!


  16. Hi, I will soon be a high school teacher. I have bought the book Mexican Whiteboy which is fabulous, and I am sure the students will love it. I am SIOP trained and am looking forward to teaching multilevel and multilingual students, which most are Latina and Latino in our school district. The theme of the unit that I put together for a Master in Literacy is Identity, so this book will be a great addition. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Madina would be a great addition for bullying and identity as well as Garrison Keillor’s short story “What did We do Wrong?” which addresses women’s identity issues. Since the CCSS necessitates expository texts, research on an author or person of interest’s identity using biographies or atubiogrphies or credible websites were added to the unit that require in depth student analysis into culture, identity, facts, and opinions and then a presentation using PowerPoint.

    Thank you for sharing a wonderful book, which I just ordered and began raeading. I can’t wait to finish it.

    Ms. Schairer

    • So exciting that you’ll soon be teaching high school! Congrats! I love the ideas in your unit on Identity. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass is one of my favorites. Our book group really loved it when we read it last year. We would love to hear what you think about the book once you’ve finished it! We’ve also got you entered in our monthly giveaway! Good luck!

  17. I’d like to be entered in the drawing for “Dark Dude”. I just discovered this site and am enjoying it. Thank you!

  18. Hello,
    My name is Erika Camacho. I am a Librarian at a Public School K-5. I’m also an Advocate/Parent Rep. for English Learners and their families at our school and district.
    I would like to enter your drawing for the your book giveaway of “Silver People: Voices from The Panama Canal.”
    Thank you for your blog!

    • Thanks for stopping by the blog Emily!! We’ve heard nothing but great things about Silver People. It’s been on my TBR list for while now. I’m finally going to get to read it this weekend and I’m really looking forward to it.

  19. Congratulations to Martha Hibbard for winning our book giveaway for Silver People by Margarita Engle! Our book giveaway is now closed, but stay tuned for next month’s give away! Thank you to everyone for stopping by the blog. =)

  20. Congratulations to Claudine James for winning our giveaway for Out of Darkness! Thank you for everyone who commented and participated. Stay tuned for our next giveaway!

  21. I am a Master’s student studying Spanish Pedagogy and I am researching how multicultural literature can help young learners develop empathy towards those of other cultures. I am looking for some good books about immigration.

    • Thanks for stopping by our blog Erika! We’ve got you entered in the giveaway. I’m just finishing up the book now, and I think it would be a great addition to a high school library. It was listed on SLJ as a best adult book for teens.

  22. This would definitely be a book for my personal shelf…not sure for my elementary students. Looking forward to check out this book and read it! 🙂

    • Hi Emily! Thanks for stopping by the blog! You’re right, probably a book more for you than your elementary students 🙂 We’ve got you entered in the giveaway! Good luck! P.S. Just in case you don’t win the giveaway copy, we found this one pretty easy to find at our local libraries.

      • My local library has it!!!!! Thank you so much! Your posts really helps me stay exposed to so many great books!! 🙂

        Thank you!

    • Thanks, Ruth, for stopping by! We’re so glad that you enjoy the site. Let us know at any point if you have questions or ideas for resources we can add. 🙂 We’ve also got you entered in the giveaway.


  23. I found your blog by researching The Color of My Words. I am a mom to two girls who are in the dual language program at school and are learning Spanish at their public school. My youngest (age 9) will be reading this book in the spring.

    • Hi Margarita! We’re so glad that you’ve found our blog! I really enjoyed The Color of My Words. I hope your daughter does as well. We’ve got you entered in our current giveaway for a copy of Dancing in the Rain. It’s another children’s/young adult book that you and your daughter might enjoy. I haven’t read it yet, but I’m hoping to start it this weekend.

  24. ¡Hola! My name is Teague Tubach and I teach 5th grade humanities in California. I’ve used your educator guides for a few books (Caminar and The Dreamer) and have discovered several more wonderful books through your site. Thanks for supporting teachers!
    I’m really excited about reading a story that is set in Brazil.

    • Hello! It’s wonderful to hear that you’ve found our resources to be useful. Nothing makes us happier! We feel very strongly about supporting teachers in any way that we can. We’ve got you entered in the giveaway for The Head of the Saint! I haven’t read it yet myself, but I’m really looking forward to it. One of the teachers we work with started it this week and is loving it so far. If you get the chance to read it, you’ll have to come back and let us know what your thoughts!

  25. ¡Hola! What joy to accidentally find your website. My name is Gabriela, and I am a middle school teacher (dual language) in Kansas. When I found your website, I was searching for a study guide of “The Circuit/Cajas de Carton.” It’s been a challenge to find books for my classroom, especially novels written in Spanish. I have registered to be a Vamos a Leer subscriber. Please sign me up if you are currently hosting a book giveaway. My school district has been very generous and allows me the freedom to order books for my dual language classroom. BTW – UNM is my alma mater!! Go Lobos!!

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