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The Tejas Star Reading List (TSRL) provides a recommended reading list developed by TLA member librarians from the Texas Association of School Librarians (TASL), the Children’s Round Table, Public Library Division (PLD), and the Latino Caucus. The purpose of the list is 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. Due to the diversity of this age range, Texas librarians should purchase titles on this list according to their individual collection policies.

 

Eligibility Time Frame The committee will consider and vote on books published within the three years prior to the year the list is published.

Nomination Criteria

  • The book must have received a positive review in one of the major reviewing sources or by the Tejas Star selection committee members. The person making the nomination must have read the book.
  • Nominations may be accepted from the field and the Committee up to December 1 of that calendar year.
  • Field/community suggestions must be submitted on the official online form.

Content

  • Titles shall reflect a variety of difficulty levels for readers ages 5-12.
  • The book must be authentic in portraying the Hispanic/Latino culture, if applicable.
  • The book must be written in Spanish/English bilingual format or in Spanish. Spanish translations are acceptable if the book was translated within one year of the original publication.
  • The book must be of high literary quality and have wide appeal.
  • If the book is published outside the U.S., the book must be of interest to children in Texas schools.
  • There will be no limit of titles by a specific author.

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