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The Spirit of Texas Reading Program-High School 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. Each author featured on the list has had at least one book favorably reviewed for grades 6-12 in a professional review source.

SPOT List Committee

Chair: Lauren Scott (2022-2024)

Past Chair: Chari Kauffman, Chair (2022-2023)

Administrative Assistant: Karyn Lewis (2021-2024) – non voting member

Brenda Henricks (2021-2024)

Nelly Barrera Manzetti (2020-2023)

Sandra Naranjo (2021-2024)

Lesley Nickelson (2020-2023)

Heather Rowan (2021-2024)

Karen Storrie (2020-2023)

Kimberly Warwick (2021-2024)

Tracy Williams (2020-2023)

2024 Nominations

Click the button below to submit a nomination for the 2024 Spirit of Texas Reading List .

2024 SPOT Nomination Form

To learn more about nomination criteria, please click the Procedures button below.


SPOT - High School History

YART Volunteers

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.

YART Volunteer Form

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:

YARI Submission Form 2022 2023

Please submit a copy of the submission form, the essay and supporting material by March 1, 2023 to: with the subject line YARI 2023.

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

Young Adult Reading Incentive Award



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