A Magical Encounter: Latino Literature in the Classroom

A Magical Encounter: Latino Literature in the Classroom


Enhance the pres­ence of lit­er­a­ture in your class­room! This book offers sug­ges­tions for the uses of lit­er­a­ture in the class­room and its appli­ca­tion to any class­room and with any other books the teacher may pre­fer. The book includes numer­ous exam­ples of both books in Eng­lish and books in Span­ish, mak­ing the book use­ful to the widest pos­si­ble num­ber of teach­ers and chil­dren. It also pro­vides an exten­sive bib­li­og­ra­phy of books for chil­dren and ado­les­cents by Latino and Latina authors, orga­nized by genre, lan­guage, and some sig­nif­i­cant themes.

With this book, read­ers can feel com­fort­able bring­ing lit­er­a­ture to the class­room as a vehi­cle for lan­guage and con­cept devel­op­ment, for cre­ative expres­sion and devel­op­ment of higher think­ing skills, while pro­mot­ing the joy of read­ing. A Mag­i­cal Encounter: Latino Children’s Lit­er­a­ture in the Class­room is divided in four major parts: Part One out­lines the­o­ret­i­cal prin­ci­ples which ground the prac­tices sug­gested, offer­ing some reflec­tions on the role of lit­er­a­ture for chil­dren and ado­les­cents in the lan­guage arts cur­ricu­lum. It presents the basic tenets of “Trans­for­ma­tive Edu­ca­tion” as they relate to books for chil­dren and ado­les­cents, and describes the “Cre­ative Read­ing” method­ol­ogy and its appli­ca­tions. The “One Thou­sand Book Class­room” is out­lined, as well as what a “Trans­for­ma­tive Lan­guage Arts Class­room” would look like. Part Two overviews the evo­lu­tion of Latino lit­er­a­ture for chil­dren and ado­les­cents in the United States. It includes an exten­sive bib­li­og­ra­phy of books pub­lished by Latino and Latina Authors. Part Three describes the role of the var­i­ous lit­er­ary gen­res in the class­room. Part Four offers sug­ges­tions for the appli­ca­tion of the the­ory. The activ­i­ties sug­gested are accom­pa­nied by exam­ples using spe­cific books.


This book is the prod­uct of forty years work­ing with class­room teach­ers to bring the enjoy­ment of lit­er­a­ture to their stu­dents. The activ­i­ties sug­gested have all been devel­oped organ­i­cally in col­lab­o­ra­tion with cre­ative teach­ers through­out the nation or have been the result of vis­its to their classes. It pleases me immensely to know that this book is cur­rently used in many teacher prepa­ra­tion courses. It would be a plea­sure to share some of your favorite activ­i­ties in the process of devel­op­ing the mag­i­cal encounter between chil­dren and books.


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