Authentic Voices BookRoom en español

Authentic Voices BookRoom

en español

All Students Deserve to See Themselves in a Book

Do you have enough Spanish texts designed for today’s classrooms and focused on today’s learners? How can you ensure that the books your students read will open their minds to new perspectives while helping them build essential knowledge?

Authentic Voices BookRoom en español features hundreds of original books that celebrate Hispanic culture while captivating young readers. These authentic Spanish texts reflect the complexity and dimensions of the world and introduce students to people, places, and things outside of their own experiences.

  • Ideal for teachers, reading specialists, and districts looking to add more culturally responsive texts to their BookRooms or classroom libraries
  • 550 nonfiction and fiction titles in Spanish
  • Texts that are precisely leveled for students in Grades K-5
  • All titles written by renowned, award-winning authors from diverse Hispanic backgrounds
  • A 50/50 balance of informational and literary texts, to give students experience with different types of reading content
  • Robust teacher support, including a comprehensive Teacher’s Guide for every title and Text Evidence Question Cards
  • All titles grouped into 10 topics that support science and social studies standards

TOPICS

Literature
  • Character Matters
  • Perspectives in Literature
  • Themes Across Cultures
Science and Technology
  • Earth Science
  • Life Science
  • Physical Science
  • Science and Technology
Social Studies
  • Government and Citizenship
  • History, Culture, and Geography
  • Economics

Digital access to all eBooks and teacher materials is available at Benchmark Universe!

Carmen T. Bernier-Grand is an educator and the author of several notable and award-winning books for children and young adults. Many of her works reflect her Puerto Rican heritage, and some are written in free verse. Bernier-Grand has also written illustrated biographies of prominent figures including César Chavez, Sonia Sotomayor, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Pablo Picasso.

René Colato Laínez is an award-winning Salvadoran author of many bilingual/multicultural picture books for children, as well as a bilingual elementary school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He has said, “My goal as a writer is to produce good multicultural children’s literature, stories where minority children are portrayed in a positive way, where they can see themselves as heroes, and where they can dream and have hopes for the future.”

Amelia Lau Carling was born in Guatemala, where she grew up as the youngest of six children of Chinese immigrants. Surrounded by family and customers in her parents’ general store, she learned about Chinese, Spanish, and Mayan cultures. After moving to the United States, she became an author of children’s books based on her own childhood experiences. She is a bilingual writer who explores topics that cover the intersection between arts and sciences.

Rigoberto González is the author of several books of poetry, most recently The Book of Ruin published in 2019. His previous poetry book, 2013’s Unpeopled Eden, won the Lambda Literary Award and the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Born in California and raised in Mexico, González has also written ten books of prose, including two bilingual children’s books and a memoir that received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.

Comprehensive full-color 4-page Teacher’s Guides for every title includes flexible mini-lessons, point-of-use PD tips from renowned thought leaders, guided practice with assessment, writing activities, SEL connections, and EL support.

DOK-leveled Text Evidence Question Cards for every title keep rigor high by ensuring teachers are asking high-level questions, with tips for guided, independent, or partner practice.

Fully interactive and customizable eBooks engage students for digital or in-person instruction.

Digital texts provide opportunities for all students to experience deep, meaningful reading experiences.

  • A library of 500+ interactive eBooks offers a wide variety of texts in English and Spanish
  • Annotation tools empower students to highlight and underline text, add virtual sticky notes, and write in margins, increasing comprehension and building the reading/writing connection.
  • eBooks feature audio narration accompanied by word-by-word highlighted text, to assist striving readers. 
  • Customizable pages enable teachers to embed videos, create graphic organizers, and track student progress.

Also Available in English

SEE FOR YOURSELF

Experience Authentic Voices with virtual samplers of student texts and accompanying teacher support materials.

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Learn more about Authentic Voices by downloading the free brochure. 

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