Classroom Book Sets

LAII: K12 Educators: Classroom Book Sets

The LAII is pleased to offer classroom sets of exemplary Latinx literature for children and young adults. The sets vary in size and composition; are available at no cost; and have flexible lending periods. The books are housed at the LAII, 801 Yale Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131

To request a set, please contact us at

Many of the books have accompanying educator's guide, as indicated by the asterisk (*). We are committed to expanding this resource and welcome your suggestions for future titles. 


  • The Surrender Tree / El árbol de la rendición by Margarita Engle (bilingual edition)*
  • The Circuit by Francisco Jiménez*
  • Cajas de cartón by Francisco Jiménez*
  • Before we were Free by Julia Alvarez*
  • Antes de ser libres by Julia Alvarez*
  • The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph*
  • El color de mis palabras by Lynn Joseph*
  • Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina*
  • The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
  • Wild Beauty by Anna-Maria McLemore
  • The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez
  • Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
  • Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami
  • The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos
  • Forest World by Margarita Engle
  • The Wild Book by Margarita Engle
  • Sylvia and Aki by Winifired Conkling
  • Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings by Margarita Engle

Children's Books

  • Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote by Duncan Tonatiuh*
  • Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children's Book Day by Pat Mora
  • Sabores de America by Ana Maria Pavez and Constanza Hojas
  • Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh*
  • For All / Para Todos  by Alejandra Domenzain*

Thematic Sets

  • Thematic Children's Books: Frida Kahlo*
  • Thematic Children's Books: Latinx Leaders and Biographies
  • Thematic Children's Books: Latinx Winter Celebrations
  • Thematic Children's Books: Día de los Muertos*