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The 2021 Texas Bluebonnet Award Winner Is..

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Thousands of children voted across Texas and the results are in: the winner of the 2021 Texas Bluebonnet Award is If I Built a School, written and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. In this whimsical, beautifully illustrated book, schoolboy Jack imagines a fantastic school with its own zoo, trampoline basketball, hover desks, a robo-chef, field […]

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2021-2022 Tejas Star Reading List Announced

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The Texas Library Association is pleased to announce the 2021-22 Tejas Star Reading List. This carefully curated list of Spanish and bilingual titles is designed to encourage children ages 5 to 12 to explore multicultural books and to discover the cognitive and economic benefits of bilingualism and multilingualism. The Tejas Star Reading List is intended […]

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2021 Lariat Reading List Announced

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The 2021 Lariat list has arrived! The goal of the Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List is to highlight outstanding fiction that is “simply a pleasure to read.” To that end, a committee of librarians from the Texas Library Association annually selects 25 outstanding fiction titles. This year’s list includes mysteries, for example The Death of Vivek Oji, […]

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2021 2×2 Reading List is Here!

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The Texas Library Association is delighted to announce the arrival of the 2021 2×2 Reading List! These beautifully illustrated, often witty and instructive volumes are the best of recent books meant for children aged two to grade two. Librarians serving on the Texas Library Association Children’s Round Table 2X2 Committee read through hundreds of books […]

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2021 YART Reading Lists Announced

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It’s a wonderful time to explore young adult literature (books aimed at 6th to 12th graders, ages 12-18.) Whether preteens and teens are looking for a new fantasy world to explore, a contemporary read addressing a current political situation, a historical tome, a coming-of-age novel or a blossoming romance, there’s something for everyone in this […]

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2021 Texas Topaz List Announced

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The world of nonfiction is our world.  Nonfiction books show our pain, our struggles, our successes and inventions – revealing parts of history long left shrouded, giving us glimpses into our future.  In nonfiction, the historical becomes personal, and the personal becomes something to be shared with others. The purpose of the Texas Topaz Reading List is […]

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2021 Little Maverick Reading List Announced

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  Graphic novels are a wonderful way to make reading more inclusive. They can motivate reluctant readers and English as a Second Language students and give dyslexic students multiple clues to the storyline. These novels can teach students about history in a lively, easy-to-understand way, as with History Comics: Roanoke Colony: America’s First Mystery, as […]

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2021-2022 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List Released

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The Texas Library Association’s (TLA) 2021-2022 Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) Master List was announced at the online Texas Book Festival on Monday, November 2. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the list was announced virtually. As is tradition, students in grades 3 – 6 from across Texas revealed the books on the list. View the complete […]

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