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A guide to help K-12 teacher acquire books about and from Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain plus links to digital libraries
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US Book Publishers

These websites will help you isolate the publishers of Spanish-language materials in the US and beyond.

SpanglishBaby maintains an excellent list of US publishers of Spanish materials.

Spanish Publishers of Children and Young Adult Books
A PDF list of Spanish Publishers of books for children and young adults

US Publishers: Children's Books
Includes publishers of Spanish-language materials


Book Fairs

Book Fairs are an excellent way to acquire Spanish-language materials.

US Fairs

American Library Association Conferences
ALA conferences feature book exhibits that include publishers for Spanish-language children's books. Passes to the exhibits are open to the public for a fee.

Book Expo America
The website provides an extensive list of Latin American and Caribbean book publishers by country under Exhibitor Info plus information on the Expo.

Latin American Fairs

Feria Internacional del Libro de Bogota

Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara, MX
FIL is one of the largest bookfairs in the world and an excellent way to learn about Latin American publishing. Each Latin American and Caribbean country has a booth.

ALA | Guadalajara International Book Fair Free Pass Program
ALA provides some support for its members who attend FIL.

Feria Internacional del Libro de Buenos Aires
The Buenos Aires book fair is one of the largest in Latin America and provides a wealth of information on publishing in Argentina and throughout Latin America.

Miami Book Fair

Spanish Fairs

LIBER alternates between Madrid and Barcelona and is Spain's largest bookfair.

Other book fairs through SALALM


About this guide

This guide is intended to help K-19 teachers and school librarians purchase Spanish-language books from Latin America, Spain, and the US. More and more US book vendors are offering  a wide selection of Spanish-language books in a variety of disciplines. While purchasing directly from Latin America and Spain is possible, a much easier way is to go through US sellers.

The guide also provides background information on the book trade in Latin America and Spain. 


Reviews & Readers Advisory

One of the first steps in acquiring Spanish-language materials is to consult book reviews and readers' advisory lists. These institutions provide reading lists as well as information on book sources:

America Reads Spanish
A program to promote reading of Spanish and Latin American literature in the US. The website provide reading lists and Top Picks. Their guide Essential Guide for Reading Spanish is free online.

Biblioteca Luis Angel Arranca's Recommendations for Children's Books (in Spanish)--The BLAA publishes recommendations several times a year.

Centro de Estudios de Promoción de la Lectura y Literatura Infantil, Cuenca - España

Cuatro Gatos
A website for books for children and young adults in Spanish with a very active blog on all matters to Spanish-language children's literature.

Fundalectura's Annual List of Best Colombian Children's Books

Reforma Reforma, an organization of US librarians working with Latinos, has a section for  children and young adults that includes recommended readings.

School Library Journal's List of Reviews for Spanish Books


Book Sellers

The easiest way to acquire books from Latin America and Spain is through US vendors. The main sellers are:

Ingrams Book Company  (La Vergne, TN)
Latin American Book Source (Chula Vista, CA)
Lectorum (Lyndhurst, NJ)
MyLibros (St. Louis, MO)
Spanish Book Distributor (Dallas, TX)
Spanish Children's Books (New Canaan, CT)

Many online US bookstores such as Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and Borders offer a selection of Spanish-language books.

Additional advice: Latin American book sellers to US academic libraries might be willing to sell to schools and public libraries. Be aware that most do not have online catalogs, nor even websites. Most have email addresses but not all a fluent in English. For a full list go to: SALALM website

Here is a short list of Latin American vendors that might be willing to work with school and public libraries:

Libros Centroamericanos
Libros Centroamericanos is run by Donald and Imelda Flores, both of whom are fluent in English. Their website includes children's literature.

Libros de Barlovento
Libros de Barlovento supply books from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Librería García Cambeiro
Librería García Cambeiro is dedicated to supplying libraries with books, serials, and multi-media materials, covering Argentina and Brazil, from their offices in Buenos Aires and Sao Pablo.

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Asociación de Prensa Juvenil (Spain)

Biblioteca Luis Angel Arranco's Libros para los ninos

Casa de América: Infantil

CEPLI Centro de Estudios de Promoción de la Lecturay Literatura Infantil, from the Facultad de Ciencias de la Educación y Humanidades Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

La Fundación para el Fomento de la Lectura, Fundalectura (Colombia) Fundalectura is a private organization in Colombia to promote reading in families, schools and libraries.


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