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Bilingual reading list for ages 5 - 12.

Collection Development Statement
The Tejas Star Reading List is not designed to support any particular curriculum. Librarians are not required or expected to purchase every book on the list. Due to the diversity in age range and topics, librarians should follow their local collection development policies and guidelines when considering which titles to purchase for their library.

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The Tejas Star Reading List (TSRL) provides a recommended reading list to encourage children ages 5-12 to explore multicultural books and to discover the cognitive and economic benefits of bilingualism and multilingualism. The Tejas Star Reading List is intended for recreational reading, not to support a specific curriculum.

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 2024-2025 Tejas Star List

Alma, de Pies a Cabeza/Alma, Head to Toe by Juana Martinez-Neal, illustrated
by Juana Martinez-Neal (Candlewick, 2023).

Benita y las criaturas nocturnas (Benita and the Night Creatures) by
Mariana Llanos (Barefoot Books, 2023).

Bla. Bla. Blá (Gib.ber.ish) by Young Vo, illustrated by Young Vo, Translated by
Gabriella Aldeman (Levine Querido, 2022).

El Campo Flotante (The Floating Field) by Scott Riley, illustrated by Nguyen
Quang and Kim Lien, Translated by Zab Translation (Lerner Books, 2023).

Con Cuba en el bolsillo (Cuba in My Pocket) by Adriana Cuevas, translated by
Alexis Romay (Square Fish, 2023).

Las escultoras de la luz (The Sculptors of Light) by Margarita Engle, illustrated by
Cecilia Puglesi (Reycraft Book, 2023).

El español es la lengua de mi familia (Spanish is the language of my
family) by Michael Genhart, illustrated by John Parra, translated by Ana A. Izquierdo
de Alba (Neal Porter Books, 2023).

Etnias del mundo edited by Tres Patas y Pico, illustrated by Laia Berloso (Tres Patas
y Pico, 2023).

¡Las mascotas mandan! Mi reino de tinieblas (Pets Rule! #1: My Kingdom
of Darkness) by Susan Tan, illustrated by Wendy Tan Shiau Wei, Translated by Abel
Berriz (Scholastic, 2023).

La falda morada de Leo (Leo’s purple skirt) by Irma Borges, illustrated by
Francesco Fagnani. (Nubeocho, 2022).

Jovita llevaba pantalones: La historia de una mexicana que luchó por la
libertad (Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter)
written and translated by Aida Salazar, illustrated by Molly Mendoza (Scholastic Inc.,

Los Nachos de Nacho: La Historia de la Botana Favorita del Mundo
(Nacho’s Nachos: The Story Behind the World’s Favorite Snack) by Sandra
Nickel, illustrated by Oliver Dominguez (Lee & Low Books, 2023).

Noche Antigua (Ancient Night) by David Alvarez, adapted by David Bowles (Levine
Querido, 2023).

Rizos (Frizzy) by Claribel A. Ortega, illustrated by Rose Bousamra, Translated by
Jasminne Mendez (First Second, 2023).

Selena Gomez (Selena Gomez) by Claudia Romo Edelman y Karla Arenas Valenti,
illustrated by Alexandra Beguez, Translated by Terry Catasús Jennings (Roaring Brook
Press, 2023).

Sobreviví los ataques del 11 de septiembre de 2001 (Graphix) (I Survived
the Attacks on September 11, 2001 (Graphix)) by Lauren Tarshis, illustrated by
Scott Dawson, translated by Scholastic Inc (Scholastic Inc, 2021).

Superheroínas y superhéroes. Manual de instrucciones (How to Become a
Superhero) by Davide Cali, illustrated by Gómez (Nube Ocho, 2023).

El viaje de Yenebi a la escuela (Yenebi’s Drive to School) by Sendy
Santamaria, Translated by Hercilia Mendizabal Frers (Chronicle Books, 2023).

Vlad, El vampirito fabuloso (Vlad, The Fabulous Vampire) by Flavia Z. Drago,
illustrated by Flavia Z. Drago (Candlewick Press, 2023).

Wepa/Wepa by J. de la Vega, illustrated by J. de la Vega, Spanish & English (Lil’ Libros, 2023).


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