Share Teach Central America Story: Receive a Book
We extend our appreciation to the following publishers for their generous support of Teach Central America Week.
|Aquí era es Paraíso/Here was Paradise
by Humberto Ak’abal, illustrated by Amelia Lau Carling
A selection of poems by the Maya poet, Humberto Ak’abal, evoking his childhood in the Maya K’iche’ village of Momostenango, Guatemala. [No longer available for share your story: all complimentary copies were distributed.]
|Caravan to the North: Misael’s Long Walk
by Jorge Argueta, illustrated by Manuel Monroy
A novel in verse about a Salvadoran boy whose family joins the caravan heading north to the United States.
|Sleeping with the Light On
by David Unger, illustrated by Carlos Vélez Aquilera
Life in Guatemala City in the early 1950’s is great for little Davico who lives above La Casita, his family’s restaurant, until the U.S. backed war forces some of his family to flee.
|Somos Como Las Nubes / We Are Like the Clouds
by Jorge Argueta, illustrated by Alfonso Ruano, and translated by Elisa Amado
Why are young people leaving their country to walk to the United States to seek a new, safe home? Over 100,000 such children have left Central America. This book of poetry helps us to understand why and what it is like to be them.
|Central America’s Forgotten History: Revolution, Violence, and the Roots of Migration
by Aviva Chomsky
The centuries-long intertwined histories of U.S. expansion and Indigenous and Central American struggles against inequality and oppression, answering the urgent question: “How did we get here?” [No longer available for share your story: all complimentary copies were distributed.]
|The Water Defenders: How Ordinary People Saved a Country from Corporate Greed
by Robin Broad and John Cavanagh
The story of how people in El Salvador rallied together with international allies to prevent a global mining corporation from poisoning the country’s main water source.
Copper Canyon Press
by Javier Zamora
A poetry debut that tells of Zamora’s 4,000 mile trek across multiple borders, from El Salvador to the United States, unaccompanied at nine years old to reunite with his parents.
|Solito, Solita: Crossing Borders With Youth Refugees From Central America
edited by Steven Mayers and Jonathan Freedman
A collection of oral histories that tell the stories of young refugees fleeing their home countries in Central America and traveling hundreds of miles, across multiple borders, to seek refuge in the United States.
|The Long Honduran Night: Resistance, Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup
by Dana Frank
A narrative that recounts the years in Honduras following the June 2009 military coup that deposed President Manuel Zelaya.
|The Dispossessed: A Story of Asylum and the Us-Mexican Border and Beyond
by John Washington
The story of Arnovis, a young Salvadorian man, whose family’s search for safety shows how the United States — in concert with other Western nations — has gutted asylum protections for the world’s most vulnerable.
Hard Ball Press
|Margarito’s Forest/ El Bosque de Don Margarito
by Andy Carter
This bilingual picture book tells the true story of how Don Margarito planted trees throughout his life, despite the ridicule he faced by some villagers, planting a forest that proved beneficial to the community, including being the perfect hiding place that saved his family during an attack on his village.
Arte Público Press
|Un Tren Llamado Esperanza/ A Train Called Hope
by Mario Bencastro, illustrated by Robert Casilla
This bilingual picture book contrasts a boy’s enjoyment of his childhood toy train with his journey north crowded on a real train in search of family and a better future.
|Fuego, Fuegito/ Fire, Little Fire/ Tit, Titchin
by Jorge Argueta, illustrated by Felipe Ugalde Alcantara
A poetic ode to the invigorating, renewing force of fire, told from the perspective of one little spark.
|The Little Doctor/ El Doctorcito
by Juan J. Guerra, illustrated by Victoria Castillo
A story about a Salvadorian child and his grandmother navigating the health care system in the United States.
|A Promise to Keep
by Mario Bencastro
Teenager Sergio is caught between two countries. He has lived in Los Angeles since the age of six, when he emigrated from Central America with his parents. But in a country far away from his birthplace and birthright, he finds himself coming of age without any sense of a “homeland.”
by Skila Brown
A novel in verse that tells the story of Carlos, who is forced from his village that was ravaged by war and treks up a mountainside to save his grandmother and her neighbors from a similar fate. [No longer available for share your story: all complimentary copies were distributed.]
SHOUT MOUSE Press
|Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth
by the Latino Youth Leadership Council of LAYC
Sixteen young people from the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) in Washington, D.C., came together to tell their own stories of immigration and transformation in comics form.
|We Say No: Chronicles 1963-1991
by Eduardo Galeano
Thirty-four stories by award-winning Uruguayan author on the elemental struggle of the forgotten and the dispossessed for simple human dignity.
Teachers — Share Your Teach Central America Story
Please tell us how you teach about Central America in your classroom. In appreciation for your time and your thorough answers, we will send you a book of your choice, from the list above.
October 1, 2021