ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO SPANISH READING - America Reads Spanish
TO SPANISH READING
fOR ChILDREN AND
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ISBN 13: 978-0-9821418-8-5
ISBN 10: 0-9821418-8-2
© 2009, AMERICA READS SPANISH
© federación de Gremios de Editores de España (fGEE)
© Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior (ICEX)
© fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez
All rights reserved.
No part of this book may be reproduced in any form, or incorporated into any
information retrieval system, electronic or mechanical, without the written
permission of the copyright owner.
This is a non commercial edition and is not for sale.
for free copies of this book, contact the Trade Commission of Spain in
TRADE COMMISSION Of SPAIN
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e-mail: [email protected] www.americareadsspanish.org
America Reads Spanish is the name of the campaign sponsored by
the Spanish Institute for foreign Trade and the Spanish Association of
Publishers Guilds, whose purpose is to increase the reading and use of
Spanish through the auspices of thousands of libraries, schools and book-
sellers in the United States.
Printed in the United States of America
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firstly, I would like to thank the federation de Gremios de Editores (Spanish
Association of Publishers Guilds) for trusting the fundación Germán Sánchez
Ruipérez with this selection of readings in Spanish for children and young adults.
This decision is consistent with that already taken seven years ago by Spanish
publishers when they entrusted the fundación with the design and management
of an Internet search and recommendation tool for children and young adults,
the objective of which was to provide service both to families and professionals.
Initially deemed an ambitious project not exempt from certain risks, the end result
is today considered the foremost reference for children’s and young adults books
in Spanish in the world: the Reading Orientation Service (www.sol-e.es).
The fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez has almost thirty years experience
working on behalf of reading programs in Spain, through innovative measures
in the library field, experiments with various reading aids, research on children’s
and young adults literature and everything relative to the promotion of reading
in Spanish, but undoubtedly it has been the set of resources and capabilities
encompassed by the Reading Orientation Service that has consolidated the work
developed in this guide.
The Reading Orientation Service, which has been an ongoing effort during
these years, has implemented multiple projects, behind which stand our teams
dedicated to the analysis of children’s literature and to providing tools and working
criteria for teachers and librarians, based on a firm belief that the first contacts with
the world of books, if they prove satisfactory, may be the most powerful incentives
to reading and creating accomplished readers in the future.
The fundación Germán Sanchéz Ruipérez has carried out its charge with great
expectations for the importance ascribed to a tool like this book, whose objective
is to facilitate that books in Spanish for children and young adults become increas-
ingly available in North American libraries, institutions that have always been a reli-
able benchmark of quality and an inspiration for our own libraries.
The satisfaction derived from our work has been greatly increased by the
opportunity of collaborating in this publication with prestigious librarians and teach-
ers in the USA, as well as with groups of North American professionals, whose
contributions have been completely disinterested, and whose selections and
criteria have enriched the guide, and brought it in line with the daily and estimable
efforts they expend on behalf of books in Spanish.
This Essential Guide to Spanish Reading for Children and Young Adults is a
selection of the best readings available in the market for each age or level of linguis-
tic competency, and we hope that it proves of maximum benefit for each one of the
professionals who labor each day, either for the preservation of Hispanic cultural
roots in cases which involve heritage, or to help those who are being introduced
to a new language and culture.
ANTONIO BASANTA REYES
Vicepresidente Ejecutivo y Director General
Fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez
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A few years ago the federación de Gremios de Editores de España [Spanish
Association of Publishers Guilds], in conjunction with ICEX (Spanish Institute for
foreign Trade), with the support of the Ministry of Culture, and sponsored by
CEDRO, launched the “America Reads Spanish” (ARS) program to increase the
presence of both Spanish books and books in Spanish in the North American
That program has been responsible for numerous initiatives which are currently
realities, and in our opinion, has been a great success. While some have had a
cultural focus, other have been commercial in nature: establishing a presence at
the most important book fairs in the United States, the periodical publication of a
newsletter, the creation of a portal that disseminates information and agreements
with the New York Public Library. Among them all, we are especially proud of
one of those initiatives, the publication of the Essential Guide to Spanish Reading,
Librarians’ Selections, not only because it was the fruit of the collaborative efforts
and cooperation of multiple persons and institutions, in particular the Cervantes
Institute of New York, but also because it met with great success, as demon-
strated by the swift depletion of the print run. Both the success of that effort and
the interest evinced by our North American librarian friends, in large measure have
impelled us to embark on a new project: the preparation of an extensive selection
of Spanish books and books in Spanish in the genre of children’s and juvenile lit-
erature and texts that are, or could be, available in the North American market.
No one can doubt the extraordinary importance that acquiring the habit of
reading has for Spanish-speaking youngsters, not only in improving the quality of
their education, but also in assuring the survival of the language itself. While this is
true for any country within our linguistic ambit, nowhere is it more necessary and
vital than in the demanding North American market, where the Spanish speaking
community is extremely diverse and continually being augmented by the arrival of
immigrants from all areas of that ambit.
As such, we have been fortunate to count on the help of our old friends and
to add the enthusiastic collaboration of the fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez,
renowned specialists in children’s and juvenile literature in both Europe and the
The result of these new efforts is the book which you hold in your hands.
We trust that we have met our aims and that the 420 selected books published
in Spanish contribute to the greater flourishing of the common language of the
Hispanic population in North America.
ANTONIO ÁVILA ÁLVAREZ
Federación de Gremios de Editores de España
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for several years now, the Spanish Institute for foreign Trade (ICEX) has been
involved in the promotion of the Spanish publishing sector. Aware of the increas-
ing interest in our language and culture in the USA, a plan was created to serve
as a point of support for publishers, librarians, distributors, booksellers and all
those persons interested in broadening their knowledge of the Spanish publish-
ing trade. from these originated the promotion plan American Reads Spanish,
whose flagship is a Web site (www.americareadsspanish.org) and television
After the launch in 2007 of the Essential Guide to Spanish Reading, Librarians’
Selections, I take great pleasure in presenting this new Essential Guide to Spanish
Reading for Children and Young Adults, which was born from a need manifested
by our North American librarian friends for a working tool for buyers looking to
extend their collections.
Since the publication of the first guide, we have been repeatedly approached
by librarians from both public schools and libraries with requests that we publish
a guide focused on children and young adult readers. In order to ensure that
this Guide met with same success as the previous one, we have relied on the
invaluable collaboration of prestigious institutions like the American Association of
Hispanic Librarians (REfORMA), the American Association of Teachers of Spanish
and Portuguese (AATSP), and the fundación Germán Sánchez Ruipérez in Spain.
In this manner, we have compiled 420 titles for young readers under 18 years of
age, presented in this guide.
Once more, our objective is to contribute to the promotion of reading in
Spanish, in this case specifically among children and young adults, with the desire
that they develop an interest in our language and culture.
We appreciate your participation in all the new projects we are currently under-
taking, as well as in the improvement and updating of subsequent editions of the
guides. But above all, we hope that the Essential Guide to Spanish Reading for
Children and Young Adults will prove to be a useful tool for the creation or expan-
sion of your collections of children’s and young adults books in Spanish.
ANgEL MARTíN ACEBES
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