Book Group

The Vamos a Leer book group began in February 2012.  Every month, educators, teachers, librarians, and community members from all over Albuquerque come together at our wonderful local bookstore.

The book group meets monthly during the academic year. We get together at Red Door Brewing (509 Central Ave, Abq, NM 87102). Drinks are on individuals, but we bring light snacks.

Feel free to drop in for any of our meetings!  No need to have read the entire book or even a chapter…we welcome conversation about a single page, the book’s theme or setting, your classroom endeavors, and whatever other related musings you care to share.

Below is information concerning our upcoming and recent meetings. Note that all of these books have been highlighted in blog posts and have Educator’s Guides to support their use in the classroom, so be sure to check out the rest of the blog for more information.

2019-2020 (For reference, see the Fall Semester Flyer)

September 9: Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots by Margarita Engle

October 14: Because of the Sun by: Jenny Torres Sánchez

November 11: Merci Suárez Changes Gears by: Meg Medina

December 9: They Call Me Guero by: David Bowles & Zeke Peña

2018-2019 (For reference, see 2018-2019-Vamos-a-Leer)

September 10: The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

October 8: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

November 12: The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

December 10: Wild Beauty by Anna-Maria McLemore

January 14: Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami

February 11: Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

March 18: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (new date!)

April 8: The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by NoNieqa RAmos

2017-2018 (For reference, see our updated flyer )

August 12The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

September 11Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar

October 9Reputations by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

November 13American Street by Ibi Zoboi

December 11Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

January 8Maximilian & the Mystery of the Guardian Angel: A Bilingual Lucha Lubre Thriller by Xavier Garza

February 12The  Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

March 12The Only Road by Alexandria Diaz

April 9How I Became a Nun by César Aira

May 14Shame the Stars by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

2017 Spring (For reference, see a printable version).

January 9th | Tractor Brewing (Wells Park) | Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White by Lila Quintero Weaver | Ages 14 and up | United States (Alabama) and Argentina

February 13th | Tractor Brewing (Wells Park) | Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos | Ages 14 and up | United States (Wisconsin and Puerto Rico)

March 13th | Tractor Brewing (Wells Park) | Dancing in the Rain  by Lynn Joseph | Ages 12 and up | United States (New York) and Dominican Republic

April 10th | Tractor Brewing (Wells Park) | The Head of the Saint by Socorro Acioli and translated by Daniel Hahn| Ages 14 and up | Brazil

May 22nd | Tractor Brewing (Wells Park) | Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan | Ages 12 and up | United States (Pennsylvania and California) and Germany

2016 Fall (For reference, see a printable version).

September 12th | Tractor Brewing (Wells Park) | Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle | Ages 12 and up | Panama

October 10th | Tractor Brewing (Wells Park) | Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope-Pérez | High School/Adult | United States

November 14th | Tractor Brewing (Wells Park) | The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez | Adult | United States and Pan-American

December 12th | Tractor Brewing (Wells Park) | The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat | High School/Adult | Haiti and Dominican Republic

2015-2016 (For reference, see a printable version).

September 14th | Bookworks | Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero | Ages 14 and up | United States

October 5th | Tractor Brewing (Wells Park) | Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcón | Adult | Latin America

November 2nd | Bookworks | Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario | YA Version Ages 12 and up or Adult | Honduras

December 7th | St. Clair Winery | American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood by Maria Arana | High School/Adult | Peru and the United States

January 11th | Bookworks | Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older | Ages 12 and up | United States

February 1st | Tractor Brewing (Wells Park) | Names on a Map by Benjamin Alire Sáenz | Adult| Mexico and United States

March 7th | Bookworks | Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle | Ages 12 and up | Cuba and the United States

April 18th | St. Clair Winery | Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat | Adult | Haiti

May 2nd | Bookworks | Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos | Ages 14 and up | United States

2014-2015 (For reference, see a printable version)

September 8th: Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina | ages 13 and up | United States/Latino

October 6th: La Línea by Ann Jaramillo | ages 10 and up | Mexico

November 3rd: The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales | ages 12 and up | United States/Latino

December 1st: Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña | ages 14 and up | United States

January 12th: Caminar by Skila Brown | ages 10 and up | Guatemala

February 2nd: The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph | ages 8 and up | available in Spanish | Dominican Republic

March 2nd: He Forgot to Say Goodbye by Benjamin Alire Sáenz | ages 12 and up | United States

April 6th: Serafina’s Promise by Ann Burg | ages 10 and up | Haiti

May 4th: The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer | ages 14 and up | Puerto Rico


August 5, 2013: Gringolandia by Lyn Miller-Lachmann | ages 14 and up | United States/Chile

September 9, 2013: Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall | ages 10 and up | Mexico

October 7, 2013: The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano | ages 12 and up | United States and Puerto Rico

November 4, 2013: Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork | ages 12 and up | United States

December 2, 2013: The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina | ages 12 and up | Caribbean

January 13, 2014: Colibrí by Ann Cameron | ages 12 and up | Guatemala | Available in Spanish

February 3, 2014: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz | ages 12 and up | United States

March 3, 2014: The Lightning Dreamer by Margarita Engle | ages 12 and up | Cuba

April 7, 2014: What the Moon Saw by Laura Resau | ages 8 and up | Mexico

May 5, 2014: In Darkness by Nick Lake | ages 14 and up | Haiti


August 6, 2012: Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood by Benjamin Alire Sáenz | ages 14 and up | United States

September 10, 2012: The Queen of Water by Laura Resau and María Virginia Farinango | ages 12 and up | Ecuador

October 1, 2012: The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan | ages 10 and up | Chile

November 5, 2012: The Circuit by Francisco Jiménez | ages 10 and up | United States/Mexico | available in Spanish

December 3, 2012: The Red Umbrella by Christina Gonzalez | ages 8 and up| Cuba/United States

January 14, 2013: Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck by Margarita Engle | ages 12 and up | Caribbean

February 4, 2013: Estrella’s Quinceañera by Malín Alegria | ages 12 and up | United States

March 4, 2013: Leaving Glorytown: One Boy’s Struggle Under Castro by Eduardo Calcines | ages 12 and up | Cuba/United States

April 1, 2013: Journey of Dreams by Marge Pellegrino | ages 11 and up | Guatemala

May 6, 2013: Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall | ages 12 and up | United States/Mexico


February 6, 2012: Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez | ages 8 and up | Dominican Republic | available in Spanish

March 5, 2012: Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez | ages 12 and up | United States |  available in Spanish

April 2, 2012: The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle | ages 12 and up | Cuba | available in Spanish

May 1, 2012: Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat | ages 14 and up | Haiti

3 thoughts on “Book Group

  1. Pingback: En la Clase: A Year in Review | Vamos a Leer

  2. I teach English language learners here in Concord, NC. I love my students because they work so very hard to meet the academic standards at the same time that they are acquiring the English language.
    Many of my students though they speak Spanish they can’t read it nor write it. I think I will use the above list of books and lessons to start some sort of book club for my 3rd through 5th grader. I think these resources are great and will definitely take advantage of it!
    Thank you so much for sharing it.

    • Hi Emily! We’re so glad that these resources will be helpful to you! Your students definitely don’t have an easy job ahead of them as they try and learn content at the same time that they’re learning a new language! As a teacher myself, I know how hard it is to be a teacher and do the job in such a way that our students are not only successful but also enjoy learning. Your book group sounds like a wonderful idea! If you find that you need any help with resources or recommendations, please let us know! We’d love to be of service in any way we can. And, just for commenting, we’ve got you entered in our monthly give away! Come back and comment each month and you’ll be entered in each give away.

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