Central America

New children’s books about Central America are few and far between and the U.S. publishing industry has let several outstanding works on the region go out of print. We urge publishers to address this scarcity of books about Central America and by Central American authors. Given the lack of good books in print, we included some titles on this page that are out of print.

For more information and resources, visit Teaching for Change's campaign to Put Central America on the Map in Schools, including lessonsfilmswebsitesbiographies of noted historical figures, and readings for free use by classroom teachers.

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CHILDREN'S BOOKS

El Salvador      

Rene Has Two Last Names / Rene tiene dos apellidos
Guatemala   Nicaragua  

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Central America El Salvador      
Guatemala        
 
Honduras   Panama    
   

 

YOUNG ADULT

El Salvador        
Guatemala    
     

 

ADULT NONFICTION

Central America    
Costa Rica El Salvador      

 
Guatemala      
Nicaragua      
     
Panama      


 
 

 

 

 

ADULT POETRY

El Salvador        
Nicaragua        
     


ADULT FICTION

El Salvador        
 
Nicaragua        
Costa Rica        

 
     

If there are titles we missed (still in print) that you recommend for this list, email recommendations here. Not sure if they are in print? Search for availability.

EDUCATORS

   

Inside the Volcano: A Curriculum on Nicaragua
Edited by Bill Bigelow and Jeff Edmundson
1990. 130 pages.

This teaching guide includes lessons on land distribution in Nicaragua before the revolution, the Sandinistas, the involvement of the United States, the literacy campaign, Ben Linder, and the Honduran connection.
PDF Download (10 MB)

   

Wilfredo: A Boy from El Salvador
1991. 50 pages.

Original edition by the Los Angeles Teachers’ Committee on Central America
Adapted from Got Me a Story To Tell, edited by Sylvia Yee and Kisa Kokin, 1977.
This edition is published by Teaching for Change. PDF Download (12 MB)