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

About the Partnership

The award-winning authors and education advocates, Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy, are partners with American Reading Company, advising on Spanish and English as a new language programs for multilingual classrooms.

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.

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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Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy are first-ever recipients of the ILA's Lifetime Achievement Award for Support of Social Justice, presented by Janet Wong at the 2017 ILA Conference.

Literatura Latina / Latin@ Literature

Selections made by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy

From Ivar da Coll to Duncan Tonatiuh, these elementary school appropriate picture books and chapter books celebrate the best of Latino literature for children.

Text sets include two multilevel collections, 20 books each.

Choose between Spanish Text Set and English text Set.

Herencia latina / Latino Heritage

Selections made by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy

The Latino Heritage Read-Aloud 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 read-aloud collections, 20 books each.

Choose between English or Spanish collections.

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 with some of the best fiction, drama, and poetry authored by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy.

Two different multilevel collections, 20 titles each, featuring the authors' personal favorites.

Only available in Spanish.

Cuentos tradicionales / Traditional Tales

These visually stunning collections feature fables, myths, tall tales, creation stories, just-so stories, fairy tales, and fractured fairy tales to enchant students of all ages—as they always have. Make sure your students experience the traditions of the ages through these breathtakingly beautiful collections.

Two different multilevel collections, 20 titles each, featuring Ama Flor Ada's and F. Isabel Campoy's personal favorites.

Choose between English or Spanish collections.

Explore All Available Spanish Thematic Units & Text Sets

Theme RL Grade Kindergarten 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9-10 11-12 50 title eLibrary
1–3A 1V 2V 1Az 2Az 1R 2R Bl Ne An 1Br 2Br Pl Or 1 2-3 4-5 6-8 HS
Ciencias de la vida (Life Sciences)
1-5 A 1V 2V 1Az 2Az 1R 2R Bl Ne An
4-5 A-1V 2V 1Az 2Az 1R 2R Bl Ne An
2-5 A-1V 2V 1Az 2Az 1R-Bl Ne
3-5 A-2V 1Az-2Az 1R-2R Bl Ne An-2Br
1-4 A-1V 2V 1Az 2Az 1R-2R Bl Ne
2-4 A-2V 1Az-2Az 1R-2R Bl Ne-An
Ciencias de la tierra y el espacio (Earth & Space Science)
4-5 1Az-1R 2R Bl-Ne An Pú-2Br
2-5 A-2V 1Az 2Az 1R-2R Bl-Ne An-2Br
Historia mundial (World History)
2 A-1Az 2Az 1R 2R
4-5 A-2V 1Az-2Az 1R-Bl Ne An
Genre Study 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Genre Study

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