Sunday, August 26, 2018

A Map of Spanish Readers

In 2004, when I left my middle school Spanish job and moved to another district to teach high school Spanish at Palmyra, there were very few Spanish readers/novels available to use in the classroom. The previous teacher left me with a class set of novels that was more suitable for an upper college level class, (and which were still shrink-wrapped so he must have had the same reaction to the books), and a splattering of other readers, such as El Cid, Don Quijote, Leyendas lationamericanas, Historias de la Artámila, and several others.  The ones that were most useful were 3 readers by Arturo de Rosa about the detective Pepino González. I used the Pepino readers with my Spanish 4 class although it took a lot of scaffolding to make it accessible, (especially since teaching with CI was not common practice at the high school when I started working at Palmyra so their reading in the language experience was very limited).  

However, in the last several years the number of Spanish readers available have exploded! Spanish teachers have a wide variety of readers to choose from to read with their students and to add to their class library for independent reading. If you're like me, and you want to keep the most recent Spanish books in your classroom to give your students a full range of books from which to choose, you are quite busy buying books throughout the year.

Not only are there loads of novels to choose from, and more added each year, but you can find a reader/novel that takes place in almost every single Spanish country, with only one exception - Paraguay.

I like visuals, so I created a map of the countries aligned with the readers that take place in each country. 

(I'll give the authors a week or so to email me any corrections and then I'll upload the maps to google docs so you can download them if needed.)

The danger to writing this post and making the visuals, is I may have unintentionally omitted a book. If that is the case, please let me know and I can add it although it may take a few days until I can update this post. The three main sites I cross-referenced for the list above was CI Reading (blog by Mike Peto), Fluency Matters, and TPRS Books

In addition, there are some readers that are listed in language catalogs that I have that I did not add because I do not recommend them for any level. 

There are only a few books in the lists above that I have not read; some I have not read because they are not available for purchase yet. Obviously, I have my favorites and there are some on the list that I was disappointed with, for various reasons. However, that is a personal preference and what I thought was not an interesting story, may be something that one of my students like, so I continue to make as many books available to my students as I can.  
I also add a few Spanish children's books in the selection and switch them out for different ones after a month or so. Since I liked the Pepino series, I make them available too.  :)  


  1. Thank you for doing this! It is awesome!

  2. This is AMAZING!!!
    Unless I looked too fast, I think you're missing some TPRS Books readers. Pobre Ana... Casi se muere.... those are the ones off the top of my head I know I have taught that I don't see. ironically, the first ever reader was Casi se muere! And am I wrong that there is a book set in the Galapagos Islands? Did I dream that? =) Thanks for adding all of mine. No corrections to those. It's perfect.

    1. Hi Karen, Casi se muere was on the list. I added Pobre Ana. I heard B.Hedstrom mention in an online interview that he is writing a book set in the Galapagos Islands but I don't know the title. If you know the title and for certain who the author is, please let me know and I will add it.

  3. I love the idea of students filling out on a map where their book took place as a part of their portfolio

  4. “Pancho y las momias” NO “Pancho y los momias” momias feminine LAS not LOS ... please be careful what you teach...

    1. Calm down, Martin, Typos happen.
      Have a great day. :-)

  5. Thank you! I'm looking forward to checking out the ones that are new to me. This makes me super excited to go buy some more books! Yaya!!! :-)