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A recommended reading list to encourage students to explore current, quality books by Texas authors and illustrators.

The Spirit of Texas (SPOT) Reading Program hopes to encourage a greater understanding of what it means to be a Texan, and to develop an appreciation for the literary works of and about Texas and Texans. SPOT 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 youths in grades 6-12 to explore a variety of current, quality books from Texas authors and illustrators, develop critical reading skills, and to encourage greater interaction between Texas authors and illustrators, Texas librarians, and Texas youth.

Beginning with the 2020 list, SPOT- Middle and SPOT- High School will combined into one list.


2023 Nominations

Click the button below to nominate a Texas author/book for consideration for the 2023 SPOT List.

2023 SPOT Nomination Form


 

SPOT Release Graphic

SPOT Resources Website

2022 Spirit of Texas Reading List – Printable Versions

2022 SPOT List – Alpha by Author

2022 SPOT List – Alpha by TItle

2022 Annotated List

2022 Handout

Spirit of Texas 2022 Middle Grade Authors

Cliff Burke Adrianna Cuevas Lisa Fipps

Cliff Burke

An Occasionally Happy Family

https://www.cliffburke.com/

Adrianna Cuevas

Cuba in my Pocket

The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez

https://adriannacuevas.com/

Lisa Fipps

Starfish

https://authorlisafipps.com/about/

 

Spirit of Texas 2022 Young Adult + Middle Grade Authors

Darcie Little Badger Margarita Longoria

Darcie Little Badger

Elatsoe

A Snake Falls to Earth

https://darcielittlebadger.wordpress.com/

Margarita Longoria

Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican in America

www.margiesmustreads.com

 

Spirit of Texas 2022 Young Adult Authors

Joya Goffney Sabina Khan

Joya Goffney

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry

https://www.joyagoffney.com/

Sabina Khan

Zara Hossain is Here

https://sabina-khan.com/

 

Samantha Mabry Jennifer Yen

Samantha Mabry

Tigers Not Daughters

http://www.samanthamabry.com/

Jennifer Yen

A Taste for Love

https://jenyenwrites.com/

 

Past Authors


 

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.

*The YART Volunteer Form will return Summer 2022

 


Young Adult Reading Incentive Award

Honoring a librarian for exceptional ability to motivate young adults to read.

To learn more about the YARI Award, click the button below.

Young Adult Reading Incentive Award

To submit a nomination for the YARI Award, click the link below.

YARI Award Submission Form

 


 

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