The LAII sponsors a monthly, teacher-oriented book group called Vamos a Leer. Educators, teachers, librarians, and community members come together to read and discuss literature related to Latin America. Through the book group, participants consider the accuracy of cultural portrayals and discuss how to use literacy as a tool for critically engaging students around social, economic, and political topics. The relevance and application of these books for K-12 classrooms is emphasized, but all members of the public are welcome to attend. To see current selections, see the 2013-2014 Selected Titles.
In addition to the book group, the LAII also sponsors the related Vamos a Leer blog where we encourage resource-sharing and discussion related to the topics described above. Visit the blog and gain access to frequent postings about exciting books and classroom activity ideas, as well as a virtual book group space for classrooms to use.
All 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.
The LAII is a proud supporter of the Américas Award. For more information, visit the website for the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP), the organization which manages the award.