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SPOT Authors

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.

2021 Nominations

2021 Suggestion Form 

Past Authors

2020 Authors

2020 – All Programming



Recommended for Middle School

Rebecca Balcárcel

The Other Half of Happy

Lynne Kelly

Song for a Whale


Rex Ogle

 Free Lunch




Recommended for both Middle School and High School

Sylvia Acevedo

Path to the Stars: My Journey from Girl Scout to Rocket Scientist

Sherry Thomas

The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan



Recommended for High School

Will Hill

After the Fire

Thanhhà Lai

Butterfly Yellow

Cheyanne Young

The Last Wish of Sasha Cade


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2020-2021 YART Volunteer Form

Young Adult Reading Incentive Award

2021 YARI Award Nomination Form

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Election Information You Need

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Librarians, The Texas Library Association encourages you to share this information from The League of Women Voters with your library patrons, students and community. Register to vote and check your voter registration status at Online Voters Guide The Voters Guide is available online at Voters can enter their address and zip code to view […]

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TLA 2021 Will Be Virtual

TLA Annual Conference, TLA News

To our TLA library community, The Texas Library Association Executive Board has made the proactive decision that the TLA 2021 Annual Conference (originally scheduled for April 20-23 in San Antonio) will be a fully virtual event held April 22 – 24. We know librarians love seeing each other in person; and we know that you, […]

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