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A graphic novels reading list for children grades K - 5.

The Texas Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List (TLMGNRL) is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Children’s Round Table (CRT) for use by students in grades K-5. The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades K-5 to explore a variety of current graphic novels. The Little Maverick Reading List is intended for recreational reading, not to support a specific curriculum. The list seeks balance in genre, gender appeal, interest, subject, and difficulty.

Due to the diversity of this age range, Texas librarians should purchase titles on this list according to their individual collection policies. For the purpose of the committee, graphic novels are defined to include trade compilations and original works published in a sequential art format. Such titles should incorporate acceptable literary and artistic quality with effectiveness of presentation.

TLMGNRL Policies and Procedures


Current Committee Members:

Melissa Grzybowski, Committee Chair, 2021-2023 (Pflugerville Public)

Katelyn Patterson, Administrative Assistant, 2021-2024 (Austin Public)

Joseph Broughton, 2020-2023 (Katy ISD)

Kristen Fournier, 2019-2022 (Round Rock ISD)

Nayeli Gonzalez, 2021-2024 (Round Rock ISD)

Kathy Grupe, 2021-2024 (Birdville ISD)

Lauren Hough, 2020-2023 (Frisco Public)

Lucia Malo, 2021-2024 (Klein ISD)

Cynthia Molinar, 2019-2022 (Southwest ISD)

Deborah Politsch, 2019-2022 (Waller ISD)

Nomination Criteria

  • The content of the book must be relevant to readers in grades K-5.
  • The book must be relevant in subject, language and age.
  • The book must have literary merit and wide appeal.



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