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.
|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.
|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
|El niño de maíz / The Boy of Maiz
by Mario Bencastro, illustrated by Christina Rodriguez
Capturing the essence of nature while telling the mythical story that unites Central American countries around the importance of corn, this enchanting bilingual picture book introduces children to the Mayan origin story of a people made of maize.
|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.”
|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.
|Un Tren Llamado Esperanza / A Train Called Hope
by Mario Bencastro, illustrated by Robert Casilla
This moving, poetic story by award-winning Salvadoran author Mario Bencastro touches on the difficult journey north many Central American children make in hopes of finding their parents and a better life.
SHOUT MOUSE Press
|Central America: ¡mira, mira, mira!
by Araceli Figueroa, Edith Lopez, and Juliana Loza-Espinoza
From swimming in the sea in Panama to smelling abuela’s cafecito in Costa Rica, there are so many things to love about Central America! This fun and rhythmic book, inspired by Brown Bear, Brown Bear, was written by young mothers who wanted to celebrate their Central American heritage with their children.
Voces Sin Fronteras: Our Stories, Our Truth
|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.
by Jennifer de Leon
Caught in the crosshairs of gang violence, a teen girl and her mother set off on a perilous journey from Guatemala City to the US border.
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