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 a three-week lending period, after which the full book set must be returned to the LAII. The books are housed at the LAII, 801 Yale Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131. They need to be booked in advance and picked up in person.

To request a set, please fill out this form. Please note that we are only able to loan book sets to educators local to the Albuquerque, NM metro area.

Many of the books have an 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)* (28 books)
  • The Circuit by Francisco Jiménez* (30 books)
  • Cajas de cartón by Francisco Jiménez* (27 books)
  • Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez* (32 books)
  • Antes de ser libres by Julia Alvarez* (30 books)
  • The Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph* (30 books)
  • El color de mis palabras by Lynn Joseph* (30 books)
  • Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina* (29 books)
  • The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya (27 books)
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (18 books)
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez (10 books)
  • Wild Beauty by Anna-Maria McLemore (14 books)
  • The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez (10 books)
  • Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera (10 books)
  • Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami (11 books)
  • The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos (10 books)
  • Forest World by Margarita Engle (30 books)
  • The Wild Book by Margarita Engle (30 books)
  • Sylvia and Aki by Winifred Conkling (30 books)
  • Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings by Margarita Engle (33 books)
  • Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle (30 books)

Children's Books

  • Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote by Duncan Tonatiuh* (19 books)
  • Book Fiesta! Celebrate Children's Book Day by Pat Mora (22 books)
  • Sabores de America by Ana Maria Pavez and Constanza Hojas (24 books)
  • Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh* (26 books)
  • For All / Para Todos by Alejandra Domenzain* (17 books)

Thematic Sets

  • Thematic Children's Books: Frida Kahlo* (18 books)
  • Thematic Children's Books: Latinx Leaders and Biographies (21 books)
  • Thematic Children's Books: Latinx Winter Celebrations (20 books)
  • Thematic Children's Books: Día de los Muertos* (25 books)