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

Follow this link to purchase the book

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 (
Amazon (

Follow this link to purchase the book

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.

New books!

Although this blog is aimed at publicizing the work of indie authors (that is, independently published authors who are not listed with the major TPRS book publishers), there is no reason not to mention the newest books published at and TPRS Publishing. Click on the pictures to go straight to the description:

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La chica nueva by Jennifer Degenhardt

chica Taruka is the new girl at the high school in town. The story takes the reader through a year of high school that Taruka is not likely to forget. She makes friends and meets a boy, Cooper. Like Cooper and many of the students at the school Taruka is very involved in sports, so she gets along with her new classmates well. But issues arise with her newfound friendship with Cooper when their differences are highlighted by the adults in their lives.
This book is intended as a reader for students learning Spanish. While the story has a plot similar to the classic story of Romeo and Juliet or Tony and Maria, the vocabulary and grammar are simple and comprehensible even for those just beginning with Spanish. Click here or on the image to go to the author´s website.

Let´s not disappear

julieta-3More and more independent CI authors are releasing their novels into the wild. Many more teachers have novels that they have written but keep locked in their classrooms. Hopefully someday those novels will be released and, when that happens, I hope that they do not simply disappear into the muddy kettle of fish that is the internet. My intention is to create a single portal that tracks these new TPRS/CI novels written by independent authors.

Tell me if you independently publish a TPRS novel and I will feature it in a new blog post. Follow this blog (or my other blog, “My Generation of Polyglots”) and you will receive a notification whenever a new novel is published on an independent publishing platform. Easy, right?!