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Amo Leer

In the past three years, communities have seen an increase in Latino population especially families with children. The public libraries with their limited budgets have not been able to keep a book collection for families that have Spanish as their first language. When families visit the library, it's important that they not only use the Internet service but that they also know that there are books available in their native language. Thus, parents will have the opportunity to encourage their little ones to read more and help them develop good reading skills to succeed in school.

Research from Harvard, one of the most prestigious universities in theUnited States, shows the importance of exposing kids to books, so they can eventually become proficient readers in Spanish and English. This study also recommends to "increase the frequency of reading and storytelling [in children], along with other literacy and language activities in Latino families so Latino children can develop at par with other white kids after the nine months."

The "I Love to Read" project is precisely trying to do that. By having a collection of culturally appropriate books, selected by experts, the public libraries can provide a high quality service to encourage Latino families to read with their children. Libraries will also provide families with informational materials to support their children in developing as proficient readers.


Amo Leer Bookplate (Word doc)



How to Use the Library Brochure-Spanish

How to Use the Library Brochure-English

Library Card Application-Spanish

Library Card Application-English

Sign-Spanish Books/Libros en Espaol-One liner

Sign-Spanish Books-Spanish

Sign-Spanish Books-Translation

Public Service Announcement-Spanish

Public Service Announcement-Translation

Press Release-General Media

Press Release for Spanish Media-English

Press Release for Spanish Media-Spanish

How to Choose a Book-Spanish

Early Literacy Best Books List-Spanish

Tips for Reading with Children-Spanish

Value of Learning in Native Language-Spanish


Colorin Colorado:

This is the leading website (Spanish and English) for teachers and parents of English Language Learners. Here you'll find numerous articles, resources, and ideas to support bilingual children at school and at home.

Educar: www.educar.org/lectura/

A Latin American project known as Ciudades Virtuales Latinas - CIVILA - (Latino Virtual Cities) offering a wide range of information for the empowerment of Latino communities. (Only in Spanish)

Reading Is Fundamental, Inc.: www.rif.org/kids/leer/es/leerhome.htm

Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. prepares and motivates children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most. This bilingual site offers activities, coloring books, reading games, book recommendations, and more.

Washington Learning Systems: www.walearning.com/parent-tools

Offers free downloadable tools available in Spanish, English, and Russian for parents with infants and preschool age children.

Description from Website: These materials complement the Language is the Key video programs. After presenting the Language is the Key video programs, trainers can use the parent-child activities as take-home handouts for parents and staff. The parent-child activity handouts support trainees as they practice and expand on the early literacy strategies taught in the Language is the Key video programs.