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The Texas Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List (TMGNRL) is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table (YART). The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 6-12 to explore a variety of current books. The TMGNRL list is intended for recreational reading, not to support a specific curriculum. Due to the diversity of this age range, Texas librarians should purchase titles on this list according to their individual collection policies. Young Adult Round Table
Chair: Amanda Hunt (2020 – 2023)
Admin. Assistant: Heather Hornor (2021-2024)
Betsy Vela (2020-2023)
Karina Quilantan-Garza (2021-2024)
Rebecca Novotny (2021-2024)
Morgan Green-Griffin (2021-2024)
Stephen Vernon (2022 – 2025)
Lauralee Owen (2022 – 2025)
Leslie Flynn (2022 – 2025)
Courtney Jackson (2022 – 2025)
Click the button below to submit a nomination for the 2024 Mavericks List.
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.
- The content of the book must be relevant to readers in grades 6-12.
- The book must be relevant in subject, language and age.
- The book must have literary merit and wide appeal.
- The TMGNRL is intended for recreational reading and not to be restricted to supporting a specific curriculum. The list as a whole seeks balance in genre, gender appeal, interest, subject and difficulty.
- Books published in the 2 years prior to the publication of the list .
- Books with published scholarly reviews or peer reviews are preferred; however, books for which there are no reviews available may be considered at the discretion of the committee.
- A previous nomination may not be reconsidered .
- Though graphic novels need not be published in the United States, they must be widely available for purchase in the U.S. at the time of consideration.
- Reissues will be considered if there has been significant change to the original content of the work since first issued. Whether or not the changes are significant enough is ultimately determined by the Chair.
- Collections of comic strips will be considered only if they contain an overarching storyline.
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Ready to take your love of reading young adult books to the next level? Volunteering for one of YART’s reading committee lists allows you the opportunity to help curate a diverse list of books that meet the needs of all young adults in Texas. You can also volunteer for one of YART’s executive board positions to help advocate for YA reading, publicize reading lists, work with publishers, and plan for conferences.
While we will keep this form active year round, please complete the form by October 1, 2022 in order to be considered for 2023 positions.
Nominate a librarian for the Young Adult Reading Incentive Award
Honoring a librarian for exceptional ability to motivate young adults to read.
Click the button below to access the NOMINATION Form for the 2023 YARI Award:
Please submit a copy of the submission form, the essay and supporting material by March 1, 2023 to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line YARI 2023.
To learn more about the YARI Award, click the button below.
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