Educator's Resources

S.A.L.S.A. Lista de idioma español / S.A.L.S.A. Spanish Language Literature Summary for All

S.A. L.S.A. is an acronym for "Spanish Literature Summary for All" - a curated list created by a team of CPS librarians to showcase the very best new Spanish language literature appropriate for school library and classroom collections, grades PreK-12. Fictional, informational and poetry books are selected, representing high standards of writing and/or illustrations that are best suited to meet grade level curriculum demands as well as appeal to student interests. The S.A.L.S.A. list is updated biennially by the CPS Libraries Team.

2012 breakdown of languages spoken at CPS

Spanish-language Award-winning Literature Session for All
S.A.L.S.A. is an acronym for "Spanish Award-winning Literature Seminar for All" - a professional workshop session geared towards showcasing Spanish language titles appropriate for school library and classroom collections, grades PreK-8.
S.A.L.S.A. Titles 2014 Grades K-8 2014 (Excel and PDF versions)

S.A.L.S.A. Titles 2012/2013
Grades K-3:

Grade K-3 S.A.L.S.A.Webinar: Click the triangular Play button to begin the webinar.

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Grades 4-8:

Grade 4-8 S.A.L.S.A. 2012/2013 Webinar: Click the triangular Play button to begin the webinar.

S.A.L.S.A. Titles 2011/2012

S.A.L.S.A. Titles 2010/2011

S.A.L.S.A. Titles 2009/2010

S.A.L.S.A. 2008/2009 Titles

Resources Students May Use Independently in the Library - The Children'sDigital Library in English and Spanish

Cuentos y Mas (Stories and More) - Bilingual stories and videocasts - Original, in-studio movies of authors and illustrators and a wealth of multimedia resources on books is provided.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online (Spanish Version)

Reading is Fundamental – Latino Outreach Initiative – Recommended Books:

Iguana magazine in Spanish for ages 7-12

Viva - Interactive rebus stories PreK-3rd grade

Scholastic: Maya and Miguel Meet the Characters -

Teach Me Spanish for Kids -

Interactive Spanish Language Exercises -

Online Resources for Locating Children’s and Young Adult Literature About Latinos
Kay Vandergrift’s children’s literature website – This comprehensive website includes a plethora of information about many aspects of children’s literature including a page devoted to quality books about Latinos. The page is entitled Powerful Hispanic and Latin-American Images Revealed in Picture Books can be found at:

The American Library Association has compiled a list of children’s books about "Becoming American: New Immigration Stories" which can be accessed at:

Latino Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards Websites:

Pura Belpré Award -

Tomás Rivera Children’s Book Award -

Américas Award -

Newberynovels translated in Spanish
Imaginaria – Comprehensive website of recommended Spanish books for children and young adults (website is entirely written in Spanish)

Criticas - An English Speaker's Guide to the Latest Spanish Language Literature

Imaginese Libros Blogspot

Essential Guide to Spanish Reading from America Reads Spanish Free Downloadable PDF

Print Resources for Locating Children's and Young Adult Literature About Latinos

1. Isabel Schon’s Books - Since the late 1970’s, Schon has published professional books recommending the best children’s books about the Latino people and cultures (The Best of Latino Heritage series) and the best children’s books written in Spanish (Books in Spanish for Children & Young Adults series). She also periodically compiles bibliographies of recommended Latino children’s books for the Reading Teacher, Book Links, and Multicultural Review journals. For a listing of her books consult:

2. Sherry York’s Books - Picture Books by Latino Writers and Children’s and Young Adult Literature by Latino Writers (both published in Worthington, OH: Linworth Publishing, 2002) provide biographical information of Latino authors and recommends books about Latinos for various age-levels of children.

3. Frances Ann Day’s Latina and Latino Voices in Literature (Westport, Ct: Greenwood Press, 2003) introduces numerous authors from the Latino cultures along with their significant contributions.

4. Tim Wadham’s Libros Esenciales: Building, Marketing, and Programming a Core Collection of Spanish Language Children’s Materials. (New York: Neal-Schuman, 2007) lists many board books and picturebooks about Latinos or written in Spanish and suggests finger rhymes and book-related activities to accompany some of the recommended titles. Print Resources for Locating Children's and Young AdultLiterature About Latinos

5. Growing Up in the Americas Book List sorted by Country from the Association for Library Service to Children/American Library Association. January 2009

6. In her book A Magical Encounter: Latino Children’s Literature in the Classroom (2003, 2nd ed.), Alma Flor Ada has complied a bibliography of Literature for Children and Adolescents by Latina and Latino Writers.
7. A Guide for Librarians, Teachers, Parents and Students.Children's and Young Adult Literature

8. Excellent collection development resource for books of interest for urban youth.

9. Recommended Picturebooks to Help Young Children Understand Latino Culture

10. Recommended Picturebooks and Novels Representing Diversity for Older Children and Young Adults

Resources for Planning Latino Library ProgramsProfessional resources to assist librarians with incorporating children’s and young adult books about Latinos into their library programs.

1. REFORMA’s Children’s and Young Adults Services website offers many activities and resources for bilingual
storytimes and resources. Available at:

2. Schiller, Lara-Alecio, and Irby’s The Bilingual Book of Rhymes, Songs, Stories, and Fingerplays (2004) is a
helpful collection of bilingual (Spanish/English) activities to use in your program.

3. Rose Treviño’s The Pura Belpré Awards: Celebrating Latino Authors and Illustrators (2006). (Book and DVD).

4. Read Me a Rhyme in Spanish and English by Rose Zertuche Trevino. Programming ideas for librarians who have bilingual patrons.

5. Dígame un cuento/Tell Me A Story: Bilingual Library Programs for Children and Families – Created by the
Texas State Library and Archives Commission, this useful online manual suggests bilingual story hour programs for
Latino children and their families. Early childhood educators can consult this resource to learn about activities using
Latino children’s books. Available at:

6. Pavon and Borrego’s book 25 Latino Craft Projects (2003) is one of the best resources for multi-age book and
craft suggestions for both traditional and family programs relating to Latino holidays. To supplement this book, I
suggest Menard’s The Latino Holiday Book: From Cinco de Mayo to Dia de los Muertos--the Celebrations
and Traditions of Hispanic-Americans (2004).

7. Alma Flor Ada’s Alma Flor Ada and You Vol. 1. (2005) provides numerous practical suggestions for integrating
Latino children’s literature into the classroom (which can be adapted to the library program).

8. Angel Vigils’ ¡Teatro!: Hispanic Plays for Young People (1996) contains 14 plays based upon Latino culture.

Children's Day / Book Day - El Día de los Niños / El Día de los Libros
ALA Dia Resources

Reforma Dia Resources

Pat Mora's Dia Resources

Time to Read and El dia de los Niños/Day of the Child – Activity ideas and suggestions for Latino literacy and Dia
programs are available at this website sponsored by the National Latino Children’s Institute and Verizon Wireless:

El dia de los Niños/El dia de los libros (Day of the Child/Day of the Book) Toolkit is a 100 page online
document describing booktalks, author visits, storytelling, and other ideas that can be used to celebrate
El dia de los Niños/El dia de los libros on April 30th. These suggestions can be used for units in the classroom all
throughout the school year! The comprehensive document is available at:

Information on Library Services to Latino Youth and Their FamiliesThere are numerous print and non-print resources for assisting librarians serving Latino populations.

1. REFORMA – an affiliate of ALA & the national association to promote library and information services to Latinos and
the Spanish speaking. Available at:

2. Center for Children & Families. (2002). Improving Access & Opportunity for Latinos in Early Childhood. Available at:

3. Moller, S. (2001). Library Services to Spanish Speaking Patrons: A Practical Guide. Englewood, CO: Libraries

4. Immroth, B. & McCook, K. (2000). Library Services to Youth of Hispanic Heritage. Jefferson, NC: McFarland

5. Two excellent resources that can be combined to create Latino-friendly library environments are:
Feinberg, Kuchner, & Feldman. (1998). Learning Environments for Young Children: Rethinking Library Spaces and Services. Chicago: ALA; and Eggers-Piérola. (2005). Connections & Commitments: Reflecting Latino Values in Early Childhood Programs. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

6. Tim Wadham’s Programming with Latino Children’s Materials (1999) provides a sample flyer in English and
Spanish that explains the difference between a library and a bookstore. He also offers a flyer entitled "How to Help Your
Child Become a Reader," which can be used by librarians as they survey and interact with their local Latino

7. Gϋereña, S. (editor). (2000). Library Services to Latinos: An Anthology. Jefferson, NC: McFarland.

8. Alire, C. and Ayala, J. (2007). Serving Latino Communities: A How-to-do-it Manual for Librarians, 2nd Edition. New York: Neal-Schuman.

9. Growing Comunidad: Library Programs and Materials for Latino Youth from Dr. Jamie Naidoo

Latino Literacy (Outreach) Programs
¡Colorín Colorado! – Supported by the American Federation of Teachers, the National Institute for Literacy, and the U.S. Department of Education, this reading program provides information on the importance of reading in the lives of English Language Learner (ELL) children. Activities and links are available concerning children’s literature about Latinos, helping Latino families, how the school can serve Latino families, etc. Early childhood educators could consider using the activities, the free 92 page booklet, and video clips in units in their programs. Available at:

Lee y serás (Read & You Will Be) – The program is a "multi-faceted, multi-year, reading initiative to inform, engage, and help prepare families and communities to support the reading development of Latino children. Lee y serás was created by Scholastic in partnership with the Latino Community Foundation, a National Latino Advisory Committee, Univision, and Verizon Communications" (Scholastic’s webpage, 2005). The program provides support for Latino parents with training about early literacy, offers educators resources that will create print-rich learning environments for Latino children, and supplies information to public agencies to support Latino literacy in the community. More information about the program is available at:

Common Publishers & Distributors of Children’s and YA Books about Latinos
Children’s Book Press

Cinco Puntos Press

Del Sol Books


Lee & Low

Piñata Books/Latinoteca Books

Santillana USA

Select Latino and Latina Illustrator and Author Websites
Information on Latino Illustrator Robert Casilla and examples of his art:

Latino Illustrator
Edward Gonzales’ Farolitos for Abuelo (1999) won the Américas Commended. For more information on his work visit:

Jorge Argueta is a celebrated Salvadoran poet and writer whose bi-lingual children’s books have received numerous awards
Amada Irma Perez is an author and leading advocate of programs encouraging multicultural understanding through the universal themes
Information on Latina Illustrator Maya Christiana Gonzalez’s artwork and children’s books:

Susan Guevara’s art has received many awards including Pura Belpré Award, the Américas Award, the Américas Commended, and the Tómas Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award.
Yuyi Morales is an Latina artist, writer, puppet maker, and Brazilian folk dancer who grew up in Mexico. For more information on Morales, visit:

Simón Silva, a Chicano artist, spent much of his childhood working in the fields with other immigrant children. His vibrant gouache illustrations depict the everyday experiences of Latino farmers in the United States. His art has recieved the Pura Belpré Honor Award and the Américas Commended.

Alma Flor Ada has written many novels, picturebooks, and collections about Latino children.

Julia Alvarez, a Dominican American author and literature professor, was primarily a writer of adult fiction and poetry until the 2000 when she began writing fiction books for older children.

Veronica Chambers, an author from Panama, considers herself a secret Latina. She appears to be African American and growing up she felt alienated in the Latino community because of her physical appearance. Chambers has written numerous adult books and in the late 1990s began writing children’s books about her Latino roots.

Marisa Montes, a Puerto Rican American author and Writing Professor, has published several beginner chapter books about the Puerto Rican American culture. She created the Get Ready For Gabi series which is about a middle-class, third-grade, Puerto Rican American girl and the daily challenges she faces at school and growing up in the U.S. Gabi has been compared as a Latina Junie B. Jones. More information on Montes can be found at:

Pam Muñoz Ryan, a writer and educator of both Mexican and Spanish descent, has created a variety of books on many different topics including Mexican Americans. For more on Ryan, consult:

Esmeralda Santiago, a Puerto Rican American author, has written numerous teen novels recounting her experiences growing up in the U.S. as a newly arrived immigrant from Puerto Rico. Santiago has also edited two collections of Latino/a memoirs. For more on Santiago, consult:

Pat Mora, a Latina poet and children’s book author, has written many books for children with Latino characters. Mora is an advocate for Latino Children’s Literacy and creator of El día de los niños/El día de los libros.

José-Luis Orozco, a native of Mexico City, has created thirteen collections of children’s songs, games, and rhymes available in song book, cassette, or CD formats. Three of his collections (De Colores, Diez Deditos, and Fiestas) have been illustrated by Elisa Kleven. Orozco’s music collections are available at

Gary Soto is one of the few Mexican American authors who write for children, young adults, and adults. He is the most well-known Chicano author for children and has published more than 20 picturebooks about the Latino culture. Information on Soto is available at:

Lulu Delacre, a Latina children’s author/illustrator born in Puerto Rico, began writing and illustrating children’s books in the late 1980s. Delacre strongly believes that Latino children should encounter themselves and their heritage in the books they read. More information can be found at:

Unique Chicago Resources

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Spanish Language Resources for students and parents from the Chicago Public Library:

Hispanic American History: Explore the diverse experiences, stories, and backgrounds of Latino Americans through these resources from the Chicago Public Library

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Social Networking, Blogs and Discussions
Libraries, Spanish and Kids: Blog by and for children's librarians who serve Spanish-speaking children. is a social portal for bilingual educators and parents to share, inspire and communicate about their communities.

Literanista - This blog contains reviews of literature and points to other literature resources and book lists.

REFORMANET -- LMRI - The official listserv of Reforma

Tinta Fresca Resenas del libros

News / Noticias
Celebrate the Guadalajara International Book Fair with ALA-FIL FREE PASS Program

FIL, the most important exhibit of Spanish-language books in the world, will offer:
  • firsthand access to the latest publications in Spanish;
  • an exhibit of more than 300,000 titles;
  • access to the complete catalogs of more than 1,500 publishers from over 35 countries;
  • networking opportunities with 15,000 book professionals;
  • literary programming ith Latin American authors; and
  • lectures on Mexican culture delivered by experts in the field.

Collection Development
Recommended Parenting Resources
Gloria G. Rodriguez. (1999). Raising Nuestros Niños: Bringing Up Latino Children in a Bicultural World. New York: Fireside/Simon & Schuster.

Carmen Inoa Vazquez. (2004). Parenting with Pride Latino Style: How to Help Your Child Cherish Your Cultural Values and Succeed in Today's World. New York: Rayo/HarperCollins.

RIF Reading is Fundamental - Consejos y sugerencias para adultos
Mariela Dabbah. (2007). Help Your Children Succeed in School (A Special Guide for Latino Parents). Naperville, IL: Sphinx Publishing.

Guidelines for Evaluating Children’s Picture books about Latinos by Dr. Jamie C. Naidoo
Examine the Personal Traits of the Character:
Can Latinos solve their own problems or do they rely upon Anglos for help?
Do Latinos abandon some aspect of their culture in order to achieve happiness?
Do Latinos move to the U.S. where everything is "perfect" and everyone is happy?
Examine the role of various characters:

Do Latinos abandon some aspect of their culture in order to achieve happiness?
Do Latinos move to the U.S. where everything is "perfect" and everyone is happy?
Do Latino characters actively participate in the story (main character) or are they only secondary characters?
Do they have leadership roles?
Do Latinos spend their time taking siestas and putting off things until mañana?
Is a strong sense of community and family expressed in the illustrations and text? Do elders help care for the children?
Examine and Identify Stereotypes:
Are females depicted outdoors and as active as male characters?
Do Latinos lapse into Spanish when excited or use broken English?
Examine the Diversity in Text and Illustrations:
Are positive role models of both genders provided for Latino children?
Do all of Latino characters have the same appearance? OR Is the diversity in skin tones, hair styles and textures, and clothing presented? Not all Latinos have a "Latin Look" of dark skin, hair, and eyes.
Are varied cultural experiences of Latinos represented? Is the diversity of the Latino subcultures represented such as Central and South America, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, etc.?
Examine the experience of the Author and Illustrator:
Does the author/illustrator have experience with the Latino subculture that he/she is representing? OR Is the book written/illustrated by someone who has only briefly visited a Latin American country? How qualified is the author/illustrator?

* Many of the ideas for these evaluation criteria are my own and other are adapted from: Council on Interracial Books for Children. "Latinos or Hispanic Americans." Guidelines for selecting bias-free and storybooks. New York: Author, 1980.

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Discussion Resources

Chiles - Children and Libraries en Espanol

You could start here for all your Spanish language library needs! Glossaries, websites, all kinds of very helpful resources are here.

This link will take you to a very inclusive digest of audiobooks in Spanish! Spanish Audiobooks

Online Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month information and help for applying resources in the classroom “Kids Corner” section of the Smithsonian Institute online – has a great virtual field trip a gold mine of resources, some require paid subscription good activities for students in class, and great for a teacher using a computer lab for a whole-class activity Library of Congress - resources for higher level students great activities and resources nice resources for teachers (trivia, biographical links, sites for activities National Register of Historic Places - good for social studies teachers