This page presents an accumulation of resources that we have found useful over the years. It includes everything from traveling in Nicaragua to some of our favorite Spanish language publishers.
The books listed below can help you prepare for your time volunteering at libraries in Nicaragua. Be sure you choose a current edition!
- Alire, Camila and Jacqueline Ayala. 2007. Serving Latino Communities. Neal-Schuman Publishers.
- Borrego, Diana and Ana-Elba Pavon. 2003. 25 Latino Craft Projects. Chicago: (available on Amazon)
- Byrd, Susannah Mississippi. 2005. Bienvenidos! Welcome! A Handy Resource Guide for Marketing Your Library to Latinos. (available on Amazon).
- Moller, Sharon Chickering. 2001. Library Service to Spanish Speaking Patrons: A Practical Guide. Colorado(Available on Amazon).
- Wadham, Tim. 2006 Libros Esenciales/Essential Books: Building, Marketing, And Programming a Core Collection of Spanish Language Children’s Materials
(Many of these are old but not outdated and no new editions are available – second-hand copies work well and are more reasonably priced on Amazon – each second-hand book costs 3.95 additional in shipping)
- LibraryThing – convenient, simple way to catalog a library’s collection.
- Scholastic Children’s books & resources in Spanish-(check for local book fairs at US schools).
- First Books Marketplace – firstbooks.org open only to nonprofit organizations. Very low price books and educational materials and free series of resources for most books-Some book bank opportunities- pay shipping only.
- Better World Books– excellent used book reseller inexpensive
- Thrift books.com Excellent used book reseller- (can also receive books to sell for organizations).
- Spanglish Baby–excellent resources & list of quality Spanish language publishers.
Fundraising Ideas for Libraries at The Storytelling Non-profit: thestorytellingnonprofit.com.
Library Fundraising Ideas for Schools & Public Libraries at DoJiggy: dojiggy.com
- Herring, Mark Y. 2004. Raising Funds with Friends Groups. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.
- Reed, Sally. 2004. 101+ Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends. Friends of Libraries U.S.A.
- Swan, James. 2002. Fundraising for Libraries: 25 Proven Ways to Get More Money for Your Library. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.
- Arte Público Press
University of Houston
452 Cullen Performance Hall
Houston, TX 77204-2004
Piñata series and their young adult and adult mysteries are great.
- The Bilingual Publications Company
270 Lafayette Street
New York, New York 10012
firstname.lastname@example.org ( Email for a current list)
Linda Goodman and she is great at finding things and bringing material back from Guadalajara too.
- Capstone Publishers
1905 Lookout Drive
North Mankato, MN 56003
Toll Free Phone: 800-747-4992
Some good reluctant reader high interest low level readers.
- Cinco Puntos Press
701 Texas Avenue
El Paso, TX 79901
Toll Free Phone: 800-566-9072
Great southwestern material.
205 Chubb Avenue
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
Toll free phone: (800) 345-5946 x2226
E-mail: Laura Bejarano email@example.com
A good variety of high quality books.
- Lee and Low Books ( Now also Childrens Press)
95 Madison Avenue, Suite # 1205
New York, NY 10016
Diversity books, good topics.
- Lerner Publishing Group
1251 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Toll Free Phone: 800-328-4929
Excellent source of knowledge books.
- Libros para Niños
Nicaraguan publishers great quality excellent culturally appropriate material from national authors and illustrators including Ernesto Cardenal and Sergio Ramirez.
- Lorito Books
Denver based bookseller.
Excellent middle school titles in Spanish.
- me+mi publishing.
2600 Beverly Drive, Unit 113
Aurora, IL 60502
Toll free: 888.251.1444
Great bilingual board book series.
- Raven Tree Publishing
1400 Miller Parkway
McHenry, IL 60050
Orders: 800–323–8270 • 815–363–3582
Some titles on kindle etc.
Excellent hard cover quality children’s books.
- Star Bright Books
13 Landsdowne Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617 354 1300
Books in a variety of languages, excellent source.
- Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.
now an imprint of the American Library Association
www.alastore.ala.org (for Library services resource books)
- Amazon.com (Please use smile.amazon.com! — Why?)
Good for a variety of Spanish middle school and non fiction and science and how-to books in Spanish.
These supply companies take only National orders.
High Quality library supplies /supplier of book repair kits (offers free repair booklets in Spanish) often offers free US Shipping.
- Demco (now also Gaylord)
High quality library supplies inc. Book bags.
- Oriental Trading Company:
Best supplier of craft kits and materials also inexpensive school supplies/school bag/backpacks.
- Book Expo America (BEA)-largest US Book fair. Javits Convention Center NY- May 27-29 2020
Remainders are excellent sources of spansih children’s books.
- Feria Internacional del Libro de Guadalajara– (Mexico)
Largest Spanish book fair- good prices but shipping is high- suitcases are best.
- ALA Annual Conferences – librarians and library directors.
Excellent trade floor.
- ALA (American Library Association) See ALA Annual Convention at this link)
- International Relations Round Table (IRRT)
- International Sustainable Library Development (ISLD)
- Sister Libraries Program
- Asociación Nicaraguense de Bibliotecarios y Profesionales Afines (ANIBIPA)
- Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of America
- Riecken Foundation
- Peudo Leer Library, Granada, Nicaragua