Alma Flor Ada & F. Isabel Campoy CollectionsFor Bilingual, Dual Language & World Language Classrooms

Alma Flor Ada & F. Isabel Campoy Collections for Bilingual, Dual Language & World Language Classrooms

Delivering the Best in Spanish Literature for Children

The award-winning authors and education advocates, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, are partners with American Reading Company in designing Spanish programs for bilingual, dual language, and world language classrooms.

Alma Flor Ada

Alma Flor Ada

ARC has the most comprehensive program available for schools to ensure a successful reading lifestyle for every student, regardless of native language or current achievement level. I’ve studied the program in action and the results are compelling both in test scores and the tangible student engagement that permeates the  classroom.

—Alma Flor Ada

F. Isabel Campoy

F. Isabel Campoy

These programs from American Reading Company make the right books and the right social supports available to students in bilingual programs. The ‘ Traditional Tales’ and ‘ Latino Heritage’ Collections offer students the rich multicultural perspectives that foster learning in a fun, challenging and affirming way.

—F. Isabel Campoy

Alma Flor Ada is the award-winning author of more than 200 books for children. She is also a poet, storyteller, educator, mother, and grandmother. With a Ph.D. in literature and a lifelong love for stories, Ada has mastered the art of retelling traditional folktales and nursery rhymes from across Latin America. A native of Cuba who has also lived in Spain, Peru, and the United States, Ada writes poetry, picture books, and novels that offer rich, multicultural perspectives for all children.

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F. Isabel Campoy is a Spanish poet, playwright, songwriter, and storyteller. She has written numerous children’s books both in English and in Spanish in the areas of poetry, theatre, folktales, biographies, and art. Campoy is a scholar devoted to the study of language acquisition, a field in which she started publishing in 1973 after obtaining her degrees in Philology from Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Reading University in England, and UCLA in the United States.

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100 BOOK CHALLENGE® Classroom Libraries en Español

100 BOOK CHALLENGE en Español aligns all of your existing reading materials and assessment tools using one simple color-coded leveling platform, keyed to multiple College and Career Ready standards, that students, teachers, and parents can understand and use to ensure every student is making expected progress towards proficiency.

  • Only authentic titles and the finest translations
  • Handpicked from an extensive database of more than 12,000 leveled titles
  • 150+ publishers and imprints from all over the world
  • Reviewed, leveled, and selected by experts in dual language, using the ENIL
  • Independent Reading Level Assessment Framework in Spanish
  • Also available in English

Estudios de autores / Author Studies

Captivate your students’ imaginations; promote their language development with robust vocabulary and vivid imagery; and affirm their identity as individuals, Latinos, and worldclass citizens.

Choose from three different age-appropriate, multilevel baskets, 25 books each, featuring the authors’ personal favorites. Available in English or Spanish. View all available Spanish themes.

Herencia latina / Latino Heritage

Selections made by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy

The Latino Heritage Collections selected by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy showcase the fascinating history, geography, cultures, biographies, and poetry of Latino communities.

Two different multilevel collections, 25 books each. Available in Spanish, English, or Bilingual.

Cuentos tradicionales / Traditional Tales

This visually stunning collection offers insight into the history and cultures of people from around the world. Featuring fables, myths, tall tales, creation stories, fairy tales, and fractured fairy tales to enchant students.

Text sets include research cards and four to six leveled baskets of 25 books each.
Available in English or Spanish.

About the Partnership

Award-winning authors and education advocates Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy have partnered with American Reading Company to design authentic Spanish and English collections.

Their understanding of language acquisition, combined with their innovative methods for incorporating multicultural perspectives, make them uniquely qualified to help shape our collections for young readers.

Smiles & Butterflies

Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy feel a kinship with you and a deep gratitude for your work. Our love for children and our belief that they blossom in your care have led us to create Smiles & Butterflies, a newsletter dedicated to enriching your journey. It’s our way of acknowledging your calling and offering a colorful, informative tool that, in your capable hands, can surely add sunshine and happiness to the time you spend teaching and cultivating these growing lights in our world.

Thank you for all that you do, and enjoy Smiles & Butterflies!

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  • Volume 1, Issue 12 (Dec, 2011)
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