Educator’s Guides

Here you will find Vamos a Leer Educator’s Guides, materials that consist of lesson plans and activities meant to accompany the books featured in our monthly book group, Vamos a Leer. Each book is chosen because it engages in some way with Latin America, the Caribbean or Latinos in the United States. Each Educator’s Guide includes background on the author and book, thematic lessons and activities, and resources to support or extend the use of the book in the classroom.  The lesson plans and activities encourage the teaching of literacy through the content areas and are linked to the Common Core Standards used in New Mexico.

We have also listed books that we will create guides for in the coming year.  Those titles are not hyperlinked yet and are marked as “coming soon.”  We will share those guides as they become available.

Grades 3-5 | Ages 8-11

Alvarez, Julia. Return to Sender (Yearling, 2010) | United States/Mexico | Available in Spanish

Dorris, Michael. Morning Girl (Scholastic, 1992) | Caribbean

Gonzalez, Christina Diaz. The Red Umbrella (Yearling, Random House, 2012) | Cuba

Jiménez, Francisco. The Circuit / Cajas de cartón (University of New Mexico, 1997) | United States/Mexico | Available in Spanish

Joseph, Lynn. The Color of My Words (HarperCollins, 2001) | Dominican Republic| Available in Spanish

McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. Summer of the Mariposas (Tu Books, 2012) | Mexico

Manzano, Sonia. The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano (Scholastic, 2012) | United States

Resau, Laura. What the Moon Saw  (Yearling, 2008) | Mexico

Ryan, Pam Muñoz and Peter Sís. The Dreamer / El soñador (Scholastic, 2010) | Chile | Available in Spanish

Grades 6-8 | Ages 11-14

Alegría, Malín. Estrella’s Quinceañera (Simon & Schuster, 2007) | United States

Alvarez, Julia. Return to Sender (Yearling, 2010) | United States/Mexico | Available in Spanish

Alvarez, Julia. Before we were Free /Antes de ser libres (Laurel Leaf, 2004) | Dominican Republic | Available in Spanish

Brown, Skila. Caminar (Candlewick, 2014)| Guatemala

Burg, Ann. Serafina’s Promise (Scholastic, 2013) | Haiti

Calcines, Eduardo F. Leaving Glorytown: One Boy’s Struggle Under Castro (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2009) | Cuba

Cameron, Ann. Colibrí (Laurel Leaf, 2005) | Guatemala | Available in Spanish

Canales, Viola. The Tequila Worm (Random House Books, 2007) | United States

Engle, Margarita. Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir (Atheneum, 2015) | Cuba and the United States

Engle, Margarita. Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck (Henry Holt & Co, 2011) | Caribbean

Engle, Margarita. The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist (HMH Books, 2013) | Cuba

Engle, Margarita. Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal (HMH Books, 2014) | Panama

Engle, Margarita. The Surrender Tree / El árbol de la rendición (Henry Holt and Company, 2010) | Cuba | Available in Spanish

Jaramillo, Ann. La Línea (Square Fish, 2006) | Mexico

Jiménez, Francisco. The Circuit / Cajas de cartón (University of New Mexico, 1997) | United States/Mexico | Available in Spanish

McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. Under the Mesquite (Lee & Low, 2011) | United States

Manzano, Sonia. The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano (Scholastic, 2012) | United States

Medina, Meg. The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind (Candlewick, 2012) | Latin America

Medina, Meg. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (Candlewick, 2013) | United States

Nazario, Sonia. Enrique’s Journey (Ember, 2014) | Honduras [coming soon]

Older, Daniel José. Shadowshaper (Levine, 2015) | United States

Pellegrino, Marge. Journey of Dreams. (Frances Lincoln, 2009) | Guatemala

Resau, Laura. The Queen of Water (Delacorte, 2011) | Ecuador

Ryan, Pam Muñoz and Peter Sís. The Dreamer / El soñador (Scholastic, 2010) | Chile | Available in Spanish

Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Simon & Schuster, 2012) | United States

Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. He Forgot to Say Goodbye  (Simon and Schuster, 2010) | United States

Grades 9-12 | Ages 14-18

Alegría, Malín. Estrella’s Quinceañera (Simon & Schuster, 2007) | United States

Alvarez, Julia. Before we were Free / Antes de ser libres (Laurel Leaf, 2004) | Dominican Republic | Available in Spanish

Cofer, Judith Ortiz. The Meaning of Consuelo  (Beacon, 2005) | ages 14 and up | Puerto Rico

Danticat, Edwidge. The Farming of Bones (Soho Press, 2003) | Haiti/Dominican Republic [coming soon]

Danticat, Edwidge. Krik? Krak! (Vintage, 1996) | Haiti

Engle, Margarita. Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir (Atheneum, 2015) | Cuba and the United States

Engle, Margarita. Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal (HMH Books, 2014) | Panama

Engle, Margarita. The Surrender Tree / El árbol de la rendición (Henry Holt and Company, 2010) | Cuba | Available in Spanish

Hijuelos, Oscar. Dark Dude (Atheneum, 2009) | United States [coming soon]

Lake, Nick. In Darkness (Bloomsbury, 2012) | Haiti

McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. Under the Mesquite (Lee & Low, 2011) | United States

Medina, Meg. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (Candlewick, 2013) | United States

Miller-Lachmann, Lynn. Gringolandia (Curbstone, 2009) | Chile

Nazario, Sonia. Enrique’s Journey (Ember, 2014) | Honduras [coming soon]

Older, Daniel José. Shadowshaper (Levine, 2015) | United States

Peña, Matt de la. Mexican WhiteBoy (Ember, 2010) | United States

Pérez, Ashely Hope. Out of Darkness (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015) | United States 

Quintero, Isabel. Gabi, A Girl in Pieces (Cinco Puntos, 2014) | United States

Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Simon & Schuster, 2012) | United States

Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. He Forgot to Say Goodbye (Simon and Schuster, 2010) | United States

Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood (Cinco Puntos, 2004) | El Paso

Stork, Francisco X. Marcelo in the Real World (Scholastic, 2011) | United States

Separate from our monthly book group, we’ve also created guides to accompany the following books:

Dorris, Michael.  Morning Girl (Hyperion, 1992) | Caribbean

Tonatiuh, Duncan. Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2014) | Mexico and United States

Tonatiuh, Duncan.  Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015) | United States

5 thoughts on “Educator’s Guides

    • Hi Florence! There will be a guide. I’m just a little behind. I’ve got everything done but the review. I can email what’s done by Monday or Tuesday (it’s on the office computer, otherwise I’d send it to you now). At some point next week I’ll post the entire thing. Hope your students are enjoying it!

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