• January 1, 2016
  • Juvenile Nonfiction
  • USD $11.95
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13: 9780983637752
  • Trim: 8.00in × 11.00in

Coquito Classico (2015 Edition)

Lectura Inicial

Everardo Zapata-Santillana

Coquito is an educational and scientific instructional book through which more than 38 million Spanish-speaking children have learned to read, write and think. 

Coquito is conceived and structured in 54 sequential lessons, with which the child is able to start reading and writing, opening a future of intellectual and emotional potential that raises their awareness and self-esteem. This provides great satisfaction to teachers and parents because the students’ reading comprehension is high. 

The “Reading by Words Method”, created with the book Coquito Clásico, is built on the children’s vocabulary and on the unique feature of the Spanish language that is read as it is written and written as it is spoken, unlike other languages, whose phonetic complexity is remarkable. 

It is therefore not advisable to teach how to read in Spanish using methods from other languages such as English and French because it will extend the learning process up to fifteen months for what can be accomplished in three months using our method. 

The constant interest of the author and his team of specialists is to restructure and update the book according to the improvements and suggestions from teachers who use Coquito with remarkable success, exceeding expectations in most Spanish-speaking countries. 

Coquito Clásico brings graphic colored themes, illustrated with captivating visuals that engage and develop the child’s imagination. This initiates the process of oral expression and reading as well as writing and mathematics. 

We thank the teachers and parents for using our materials, and we guarantee that they have chosen a method of proven quality and excellence that develops mental processes, taking into account the linguistic features of the Spanish language.

Elementary school teacher Everardo Zapata-Santillana, author of the learning how-to-read in Spanish book named “Coquito”, was born in the beautiful Tambo Valley in the city of Arequipa, Peru in 1926. At a very early age, he felt the need to study and research a career in teaching, later immersing himself entirely as a teacher and putting to good practice his wide knowledge. He studied in La Escuela Normal de Varones “San Juan Bautista de La Salle”, Arequipa, where he graduated as an elementary school teacher. 

He was sent to Punta de Bombóm, Arequipa, a small town where he founded a First Grade School in 1952, which now bears his name and in which he researched and found, during a 7 year period, an appropriate and effective method to teach children to read, write and think. “Coquito” was first published and sold in the city of Arequipa in 1955. 

Today there are 12 countries among South America, Central America, Mexico and The United States in which this book is sold and love, counting more than 38 million of children that learned how to read using the “Coquito” method. Everardo Zapata-Santillana is also the author of more than 60 published teaching materials, for children in preschool and first grade years, all of which are distributed under the corporate brand name “Ediciones Coquito”. 

All of his hard work and dedication have been recognized by the Bureau of Education in Peru where Everardo Zapata-Santillana has been honored with the highest level of recognition given to a teacher known as Las Palmas Magisteriales en su máximo grado de "Amauta". Also the Peruvian Congress awarded him in 2011 with the Official Medal of Honor. The Mayor of the city Arequipa awarded him with the City’s Cultural Gold Medal. He has been named Honorary Professor by “La Universidad de Santa Maria”, a Catholic University in Arequipa. He has also received a Gold Medal by the Arequipa Regional Government, among many other recoginitions. 

Everardo Zapata at his 88 years of age lives in Arequipa, Peru, and while his method is well proven, he is still seeking improved ways to help children and teachers ease the learning process.