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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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 2023-2024 Tejas Star List

1. La bendición de Zahra: Una Historia de Ramadán (Zahara’s Blessing: A Ramadan Story) by Shirin Shamsi, illustrated by Manal Mirza, translated by María A. Pérez (Barefoot Books, 2022).
2. La canción del cambio: Himno para niños (Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem) by Amanda Gorman, illustrated by Loren Long, translated by Jasminne Mendez (Viking, 2021).
3. El carnaval de mi bisabuela (Bisa’s Carnaval) by Joana Pastro, illustrated by Carolina Coroa, translated by Abel Berriz (Scholastic, Inc., 2022).
4. ¡Corre, Pequeño Chaski! Una aventura en el camino inka (Run, Little Chaski! An Inka trail adventure) by Mariana Llanos and illustrated by Mariana Ruiz Johnson (Barefoot Books, 2021.)
5. Cultivando a un artista: la historia de un jardinero paisajista y su hijo (Growing an artist: the story of a landscaper and his son) by John Parra. Translated by Adriana Domínguez (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2022).
6. La dama de los tiburones (The Shark Lady) by Jess Keating, illustrated by Marta Álvarez Miguéns, translated by Isabel C. Mendoza, (Vista Higher Learning Inc., 2021).
7. La guardiana de la libreta: una historia de bondad desde la frontera (The Notebook Keeper) by Stephen Briseño and Magdalena Mora, translated by Juan Vicario (Random House Studio, 2022).
8. Latinitas: Una celebración de 40 soñadoras audaces (Latinitas Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers) by Juliet Menéndez, translated by Isabel C. Mendoza (Henry Holt and Company, 2022).
9. El Murciélago (The Bat) by Elise Gravel, illustrated by Elise Gravel, and translated by Salvador Figueirido (NubeOcho, 2022).
10. My Town (Mi Pueblo) by Nicholas Solis, illustrated by Luisa Uribe (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2022).
11. El nuevo hogar de Tía Fortuna: Una historia judía-cubana (Tia Fortuna’s New Home) by Ruth Behar, illustrated by Devon Halzworth, Translated by Yanitizia Canneti (Knopf Books, 2022).
12. Poemas de ciencia para cabras y libélulas (Science poems for goats and dragonflies) by Andrés Pi Andreu and illustrated by Héctor Boriasca (Santillana USA, 2022).
13. En realidad, es Yefferson (Yefferson Actually) by Katherine Trejo and Scott Martine-Rowe, illustrated by Karla Monterrosa (Lil’ Libros, 2021).
14. Reina de la música tejana: Selena (Queen of Tejano Music: Selena) by Silvia López, illustrated by Paola Escobar, and translated by Nuria Mendoza (Little Bee Books, 2020).
15. Serpiente Emplumada y los cinco soles: un mito mesoamericano (Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns: a Mesoamerican Creation Myth) by Duncan Tonatiuh (Vista Higher Learning, 2022).
16. Soldado por la igualdad: José de la Luz Sáenz y la Gran Guerra (Soldier For Equality: José De La Luz Saenz And The Great War) by Duncan Tonatiuh (Vista Higher Learning, 2022).
17. Srta. Quinces (Miss Quinces) by Kat Fajardo (Graphix, 2022).
18. Tekis by Gómez (NubeOcho, 2021).
19. Vámonos (Let’s Go): Mexican Folk Art Transport in English and Spanish by Cynthia Weill, wooden sculptures from Oaxaca by Martín Melchor, Agustín Tinoco Cruz, Avelino Pérez, and Maximino Santiago (Cinco Puntos Press, 2022).
 20. Un verano especial con la abuela (Something About Grandma) by Tania de Regil (Candlewick Press, 2022).

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