Two short stories by Bill VanPatten

The short story for intermediate learners of Spanish that is sweeping the nation. “Ángel” is the story of 19-year old Diego Torres who harbors a secret until circumstances force him to reveal what he’s hiding. Poignant, timely, and defying stereotypes and genres,Ángelis the story that every student in Spanish should read.

Elena is a seventeen-year old girl who claims to hear the Virgin’s voice. Concerned, her parents and priest think it’s wise to put her under psychiatric care. But does Elena really belong in a clinic? As in VanPatten’s first story, “Ángel”, this story defies stereotypes and takes us into the mind of an intelligent teenager.Elenais a story that hits all the right notes for students of Spanish, consisting of nine segments plus a short prologue and a short epilogue. It is just the right length for students of intermediate Spanish.

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TRES FABULAE HORRIFICAE – A CI graphic novel in Latin!

Three tales of ghouls, ghosts, and gruesome deeds in graphic format in Latin! The stories are designed for the intermediate Latin student with limited vocabulary and grammar to ensure readability. In addition, the book contains a full glossary, grammatical index and description of the historical setting of each story. Learn Latin through compelling reading. Click here to read more and see samples from the book or click here to buy it from Amazon.

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La niñera by Jennifer Degenhardt

If being in the minority in a particular demographic isn’t demanding enough, Yamila discovers a family secret that threatens to derail the success she has encountered thus far at her competitive high school, even given the economic challenges confronted by her and her family. Experience the trials that Yamila faces in contrast to the seemingly carefree life of her best friend, Ashley, as the two characters illustrate their differences all while maintaining their relationship. La Niñera is a common story, but one rarely told in accessible Spanish. As a level-two reader, students of Spanish have access to rich vocabulary, a review of the present tense and an introduction to the past tenses in context through a story whose cultural content also presents topics worthy of discussion.

Two new novels: El Entierro by Adriana Ramirez & La espía huérfana by Andrew Snider

El Entierro is a short Spanish novel written for third/fourth year Spanish students. It has a glossary in the back, arranged by chapters, so the reader can easily access those words that are new and specific to the story. In Latin America there are lots of myths and legends that are part of our oral traditions. This story is inspired by some of them. “Amalia Mosquera es una joven enfermera que acaba de alquilar una casa vieja en el pueblo. Rápidamente se da cuenta que ella no es la única que vive en la casa. Hay alguien más, que la sigue a todos lados y no la deja en paz. ¿Podrá ella vivir en esa casa por mucho tiempo? O ¿Se cansará y se irá rápido, como lo han hecho todos los que han vivido antes allí?

After the tragic death of her parents, Violeta struggles to adjust to her new life in San Diego. Her life takes an intriguing turn when she receives a mysterious letter warning that she is in grave danger. When she learns that one of the world’s most wanted criminals has escaped from prison and is looking for her, it will take more than courage to survive. La espía huérfana was written for Spanish language learners and contains a glossary of over 250 words to help keep the text compelling and comprehensible. Recommended for students level 2 and above. It was written with a TPRS © classroom setting in mind.

Conexiones by Bryce Hedstrom

A collection of short, non-fiction entries that excite a different kind of reader

People sometimes ask me how I keep students from getting bored of my schtick creating class stories day after day. The key, of course, is that I am not doing the same thing every day. On some days we create class stories together, some days I tell a fable, some days we discuss the plot of short video clips or a Spanish language tv show that we are watching in class, and some days we discuss our own personal stories through student interviews. But there is one kind of story that feels so different: non-fiction.

The readings in Bryce´s book excite a different kind of reader: the child who spends hours curled up with a magazine like Ranger Rick, Popular Science or National Geographic. This book rounds out a classroom library by focusing on interesting non-fiction that is comprehensible to novice learners of Spanish. Whether offered as an independent reading selection, read in small groups or part of a whole-class reading activity, these readings are a necessary complement to the fiction that is central to my classes.

I like to do a few of these readings as a whole class activity to hook students on the pleasure of reading non-fiction. Not all students enjoy reading about the animals of Latin America (for example), and that is okay. Then I leave the book out for FVR. Those who long for “something real” will be attracted like magnets to Bryce´s book and, in turn, will be much more attentive during the fiction stories spun in class because they recognize that one part of the class was designed just for them.

La clase de confesiones: A new Spanish reader by A. C. Quintero

Carlos hates Spanish class with a passion but finds the will to survive when he lays eyes on Jessica. She is the reason he “tolerates” his boring class. However, his secret crush is compromised when his teacher decides to “shake things up a bit” in class. A simple writing assignment turns out to be a lethal injection to his social life and by extension his chances with Jessica. First, his nosy teacher tries to “set him up with Jessica,” this plan immediately backfires. Then, the unthinkable happens. This turns into one of the most embarrassing moments in Carlos’ life. But all is not lost. If Carlos plays his cards right, he could have a winning hand.

Carlos invites you to come along this adventure into La clase de confesiones….todos tienen una confesión (even the teacher!) Word count 3,000, most of which are cognates in addition to vocabulary totally appropriate for Spanish level 1. Glossary included!

The author gets the most royalties if you purchase it directly through createspace.

However, you can purchase through Amazon.

Download Free Teacher’s Manual on– La clase de confesiones.

New German TPRS Reader by Eric Richards

Anton just moved to Berlin. He is new in school and doesn’t know anyone. He has a problem. Who can help him? He sees Heidi – a girl from biology class. He is nervous, but he walks over and asks her for help. With Heidi’s help and friendship, Anton adjusts to his new school. As he meets new classmates, he is befriended by Felix and Lena – but what are their true intentions? As their relationships grow and change, Anton and his new friends face new realities and challenging decisions.

It is available: at ($6.99) Search “neue Schule, neue Freunde” or use this link. (It qualifies for Super Saving Shipping and Amazon Prime.)

If you are interested in class sets, you can always contact the author about the possibility of a bulk discount – depending on the number.

On Alina´s blog Eric wrote:


I am the author of this book and I hope my German teachers and their students enjoy this reader. If you use it, I’d love to hear back from you and hear your (and your students’) thoughts. (You can reach me at: Also, this is actually the first book in a series of three. I am working on getting the next one together – and who knows, maybe one day I can get this into other languages!

I hope you enjoy it!


Eric Richards

For Teachers:
neue Schule, neue Freunde is a (short) chapter book written for beginning German students. It incorporates thematic vocabulary, embedded elements and dialogue. Students can identify with themes and characters as they grow and develop.

The book can be easily implemented with a variety of teaching styles: traditional, communicative, thematic, TPRS/CI and others. It is designed to help facilitate read-alouds, sustained silent readings, student acting, personalization, interaction and more.

There are sections/questions after the story. The Über die Geschichte sections are general comprehension questions over the chapters. The Du bist dran sections are individualized questions that allow students to personalize their responses. Each section can be done orally and/or written and either be led by teachers and/or students.

Piso Ille Poetulus

pisoPiso Ille Poetulus published in Latin by Lance Piantaggini

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Piso is a Roman boy who wants to be a great poet like Virgil. His family, however, wants him to be a soldier like his father. Can Piso convince his family that poetry is a worthwhile profession?

Piso Ille Poetulus contains just 108 unique words (excluding names, different forms of words, and meaning established within the text), and features 22 original lines of dactylic hexameter.

Whether used as an introduction to Latin poetry, a survey of ancient Rome’s famous buildings, or a glimpse into the day of a Roman boy, Piso Ille Poetulus is a must-have in every Latin classroom.

Be sure to check out the audio album of Piso’s 22 lines of dactylic hexameter, available for download (on iTunes, and Amazon). Each track on the audio album includes…

a) Piso singing his line of poetry
b) an English translation to [re]establish meaning
c) the line of poetry repeated to check comprehension
d) a slow version of just the rhythm to become more comfortable singing to a beat
e) the normal speed of just the rhythm to practice singing at Piso’s speed
f) the line of poetry repeated one last time

The audio album is available on:
iTunes (
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Planeta Zombilandia

planeta-zombilandia I have not yet bought this book, but it looks good! This is a Spanish version of a book originally written for an elementary ELL classroom. Here is the description of the original book: “A short and easy captivating mystery reader “Planet Zombieland” designed specifically for beginning English readers, ELD, Adult Ed. and Immersion Students. Incorporates the CCSS’s”. One customer review on Amazon states, “this is easily one of the best Spanish learning books I have ever read to my pupils”.

I will update this post when I get a copy! Click here to purchase on Amazon.