The Vamos a Leer book group began in February 2012. It is one of the programs we’ve developed at the Latin American and Iberian Institute to support and encourage teaching about Latin America in the classroom. Each month educators, teachers, librarians and community members from all over Albuquerque come together at our wonderful local bookstore, Bookworks, to discuss young adult books related to Latin America We also tend to indulge in plenty of delicious coffee and pastries from The Flying Star Café next door. . .our fabulous educators have had a long day, and it’s a nice way to relax. We meet the first Monday of the month (with a few exceptions due to holidays), so feel free to drop in and join us anytime. A listing of our upcoming events is available by clicking on the Events tab.
All of the books featured in the Vamos a Leer book group are chosen for their representations of Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the United States. With this criteria, we emphasize many of the books honored by the Américas Award program which annually recognizes U.S. works of fiction, poetry, folklore, or selected non-fiction that authentically and engagingly portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States. We also highlight books from other similar programs like the Pura Belpré Award or the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award.