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A high school reading list for the State of Texas.

TAYSHAS takes its name from the Caddo Indian word meaning “friends or allies.” Written as texas, texios, tejas, teyas or tayshas, the word was applied to the Caddos by the Spanish in eastern Texas, who regarded them as friends and allies against the Apaches.

The goal of the TAYSHAS reading list is to motivate young adults to become lifelong readers and to participate in the community of readers in Texas. Students in grades 9 – 12 are encouraged to read books for pleasure from the list which includes fiction and nonfiction titles.


2022 TAYSHAS Nominations List

*The nomination form for the 2023 TAYSHAS List will open in January 2022.


2021 TAYSHAS Reading List – Printable Versions


2021 TAYSHAS Reading List – by Title


2021 TAYSHAS Reading List by Author

Titles in bold indicate a TAYSHAS Top Ten Book.

*Top Ten Books are selected from those which received a unanimous vote in the committee’s initial voting process.

Author Title
Acevedo, Elizabeth Clap When You Land
Ali, S.K. Love from A to Z
Bates, Laura The Burning
Bieschke, Marke Into the Streets: A Young Person’s Visual History of Protest in the United States
Buxbaum, Julie Hope and Other Punchlines
Charbonneau, Joelle Verify
Colbert, Brandy The Revolution of Birdie Randolph
Colbert, Brandy The Voting Booth
Collins, Bridget The Binding
Cook, Eileen You Owe Me a Murder
Culley, Betty Three Things I Know Are True
Dessen, Sarah The Rest of the Story
Deuker, Carl Golden Arm
Devos, Kelly Day Zero
Diaz, Natasha Color Me In
Dugan, Jennifer Hot Dog Girl
Dugan, Jennifer Verona Comics
Edsel, Robert M. The Greatest Treasure Hunt in History: The Story of the Monuments Men
Elston, Ashley 10 Blind Dates
Ernshaw, Shea Winterwood
Feder, Tyler Dancing at the Pity Party
Fountain, Ele Refugee 87
Ha, Robin Almost American Girl
Herbach, Geoff Cracking the Bell
Hunter, CC In Another Life
Iacopelli, Jennifer Break the Fall
Jackson, Holly A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder
Jackson, Tiffany Grown
King, A.S. Dig
Kisner, Adrienne Six Angry Girls
Konigsberg, Bill The Bridge
Kuhn, Sarah Shadow of the Batgirl
Lake, Nick Nowhere on Earth
Lawson, Liz The Lucky Ones
Levenseller, Tricia The Shadows Between Us
Levenseller, Tricia Warrior of the Wild
Liggett, Kim The Grace Year
Lord, Emma Tweet Cute
Loutzenhiser, Katy If You’re Out There
Lyga, Barry and Morgan Baden The Hive
Mann, J. Albert The Degenerates
Mather, Adriana Killing November
McCauley, Kyrie If These Wings Could Fly
McGinnis, Mindy Be Not Far From Me
McLaughlin, Kate What Unbreakable Looks Like
McManus, Karen One of Us is Next
Mendez, Matt Barely Missing Everything
Menon, Sandhya Of Curses and Kisses
Morris, Brittany Slay
Napolitano, Ann Dear Edward
Noone, Gabby Layoverland
Panetta, Kevin Bloom
Peevyhouse, Parker Strange Exit
Peterson, Megan Cooley The Liar’s Daughter
Power, Rory Burn Our Bodies Down
Quinn, Kate Karyus Not Hungry
Reynolds, Jason Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
Rhoads, Sandra Fernandez Mortal Sight
Rothenberg, Jess The Kingdom
Ryan, Tom Keep This to Yourself
Scholte, Astrid The Vanishing Deep
Segal, Gilly and Kimberly Jones I’m Not Dying With You Tonight
Sheinmel, Alyssa What Kind of Girl
Shields, Breeana The Bone Charmer
Smedley, Zack Deposing Nathan
Smith, Sherri L. The Blossom and the Firefly
Spaulding, Amy We Used to Be Friends
Stolarz, Laurie Faria Jane Anonymous
Stone, Nic Jackpot
Takei, George, with Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott They Called Us Enemy
Vega, Danielle The Haunted
Walker, Suzanne Mooncakes
Wibberley, Emily and Austin Siegemund-Broka If I’m Being Honest
Wilson, Kip White Rose
Winters, Cat The Raven’s Tale
Yang, Gene Luen Dragon Hoops
Yoon, David Frankly in Love
Yousafzai, Malala We Are Displaced
Zoboi, Ibi (Editor) Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America

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