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New Mexico’s own award-winning author, Rudolfo Anaya, and the Christopher Montalvo Memorial Fund invite students in grades K-6 from Los Alamos, Pojoaque, Santa Fe, and Rio Arriba counties (including tribal schools) to participate in this Summer Reading Program. The program encourages children’s love for books during the summer months to retain and strengthen critical reading skills.

Celebratory suggestions for Rudolfo Anaya I Love to Read Day coming soon!

The 2019 Rudolfo Anaya Summer Reading Program ended August 16, 2019. Elementary students in grade K-6 from Los Alamos, Pojoaque, Rio Arriba, and Santa Fe counties (including tribal schools) are encouraged to begin finalizing reading logs documenting the books they've read this summer and upload them for review.

All students will receive recognition for participating. Questions?


On April 2, 2019, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 270 into law, permanently designating October 30th in New Mexico as “Rudolfo Anaya I Love to Read Day.” This day, inspired by New Mexico’s own world-renowned author and lifelong educator, will encourage children to read and create a foundation for lifelong literacy and career success and will celebrate Mr. Anaya’s great contributions to literature and cultural preservation.


As Mr. Anaya says, reading is the most important skill a child will ever learn.  The Rudolfo Anaya Summer Reading Program has been blessed to have Mr. Anaya as a benefactor and mentor; his children’s books (the basis of our interactive art projects and live Story Hour events) teach children folklore and traditions from their own cultures through stories, characters, cuentos, dichos, and art – all while strengthening reading skills and having fun! 


With his family and on behalf of all New Mexicans, the Anaya Readers celebrate the enactment of our newest state holiday, honoring our own Rudolfo Anaya and promoting reading and literacy awareness throughout the state!

State of New Mexico honors Rudolfo Anaya and importance of reading: 'Round the Roundhouse, June, 2019

Rudolfo Anaya is a New Mexican writer best known for his books, Bless Me, Ultima, Heart of Aztlan, and Tortuga. Anaya taught high school and college courses while writing novels with groundbreaking themes about New Mexico culture and tradition, and is considered the father of Chicano literature.  Now 79, he resides in Albuquerque where he continues to write and promote children’s love of reading.

Photo by Peter Norby

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