Texas State Reading Lists

2016 Texas 2x2 Reading List Selection

We Forgot Brock!

Illustrated by Carter Goodrich
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

The importance of imaginary friends is very real in this picture book adventure from the author of Say Hello to Zorro! and lead character designer for...

2018 - 2019 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List Selection

Amina's Voice

This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: March 14, 2017
Ages: 8 - 12

A Washington Post Best Children’s Book of 2017 “For inspiring empathy in young readers, you can’t get better than this book.” —R. J. Palacio, author of...

2017 - 2018 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List Selection

Ada's Violin

The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay
Illustrated by Sally Wern Comport
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: May 3, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

From award-winning author Susan Hood and illustrator Sally Wern Comport comes the extraordinary true tale of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, an...

The Storyteller

Illustrated by Evan Turk
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: June 28, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

From Ezra Jack Keats 2015 New Illustrator Honor recipient Evan Turk comes his debut work as author-illustrator: an original folktale that celebrates...

Little Cat's Luck

Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
This edition: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publication date: February 9, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

From Newbery Honoree Marion Dane Bauer comes a heartwarming novel in verse that’s a companion to the “wholly satisfying” (Kirkus Reviews, starred...

Maybe a Fox

This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: March 8, 2016
Ages: 10 - 14

Worlds collide in a spectacular way when Newbery and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt and Pulitzer Prize nominee and #1 New York Times...

2016 - 2017 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List Selection

The Chicken Squad

The First Misadventure
(Book #1 of The Chicken Squad)
Illustrated by Kevin Cornell
This edition: Paper Over Board, 112 pages
Publication date: April 8, 2014
Ages: 7 - 10

They’re darling. They’re daring. They know their shapes! They’re chicks on a mission—and on this, their first (mis)adventure, the Chicken Squad...

Space Case

(Part of Moon Base Alpha)
This edition: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publication date: September 16, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

It’s a murder mystery on the moon in this humorous and suspenseful space adventure from the author of Belly Up and Spy School.Like his fellow...

2015 - 2016 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List Selection

Grandfather Gandhi

Illustrated by Evan Turk
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: March 11, 2014
Ages: 4 - 8

Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light in this uniquely personal and vibrantly...

The Scraps Book

Notes from a Colorful Life
Illustrated by Lois Ehlert
This edition: Hardcover, 72 pages
Publication date: March 4, 2014
Ages: 5 - 10

The renowned Caldecott Honoree and illustrator of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom provides a moving, intimate, and inspiring inside look at her colorful...

2018 Texas Lone Star Reading List Selection

Scythe

(Book #1 of Arc of a Scythe)
This edition: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publication date: November 22, 2016
Ages: 12 - 99

Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New...

Four-Four-Two

This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: November 8, 2016
Ages: 12 - 99

From the author of Soldier Boys and Search and Destroy comes a thought-provoking, action-packed page-turner based on the little-known history of the...

2017 Texas Lone Star Reading List Selection

The Blackthorn Key

(Book #1 of The Blackthorn Key)
This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: September 1, 2015
Ages: 10 - 14

Following a series of murders, an apothecary’s apprentice must solve puzzles and decipher codes in pursuit of a secret that could destroy the world in...

Ghost

(Book #1 of Track)
This edition: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publication date: August 30, 2016
Ages: 10 - 99

A National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Ghost...

Love & Gelato

This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: May 3, 2016
Ages: 12 - 99

A New York Times bestseller A summer in Italy turns into a road trip across Tuscany in this sweeping debut novel filled with romance, mystery, and...

Randoms

(Book #1 of Randoms)
This edition: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Ages: 10 - 99

A science fiction superfan finds himself on his very own space adventure when he’s randomly selected to join an alien confederacy in this hilarious...

2016 Texas Lone Star Reading List Selection

The Boy in the Black Suit

This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: January 6, 2015
Ages: 12 - 99

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book. Just when seventeen-year-old Matt thinks he can’t handle one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl...

2018 Texas Tayshas High School Reading List

The You I've Never Known

This edition: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publication date: January 24, 2017
Ages: 14 - 99

How do you live your life if your past is based on a lie? A new novel in both verse and prose from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ellen...

Tash Hearts Tolstoy

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: June 6, 2017
Ages: 14 - 99

A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2017 From the author of Lucky Few comes a quirky teen novel about Internet fame, peer pressure, and remembering not to step...

Scythe

(Book #1 of Arc of a Scythe)
This edition: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publication date: November 22, 2016
Ages: 12 - 99

Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New...

Saints and Misfits

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: June 13, 2017
Ages: 14 - 99

A William C. Morris Award Finalist An Entertainment Weekly Best YA Book of 2017 Saints and Misfits is a “timely and authentic” (School Library Journal,...

One of the Boys

A Novel
This edition: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publication date: March 14, 2017

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice A “gripping and heartfelt” (The New York Times Book Review) story about two young brothers contending with...

The Impossible Fortress

A Novel
This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: February 7, 2017

*MOST ANTICIPATED NOVELS OF 2017 SELECTION BY * ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY * BUSTLE * “A sweet, funny, and moving tribute to nerds and misfits everywhere.”...

The Diabolic

(Book #1 of The Diabolic)
This edition: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publication date: November 1, 2016
Ages: 14 - 99

“The perfect kind of high-pressure adventure.” —TeenVogue.com A New York Times bestseller! Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this epic novel about...

Avalanche

This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: November 29, 2016
Ages: 14 - 99

Two groups of teens—those waiting to be saved and those doing the saving—are in a race against time and a battle against Mother Nature after an...

Alex, Approximately

This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: April 4, 2017
Ages: 14 - 99

In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t...

2017 Texas Tayshas High School Reading List

All American Boys

This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: September 29, 2015
Ages: 12 - 99

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book, and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature. In this Coretta Scott...

The Way I Used to Be

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: March 22, 2016
Ages: 14 - 99

A New York Times bestseller! In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles...

We Are the Ants

This edition: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publication date: January 19, 2016
Ages: 14 - 99

From the “author to watch” (Kirkus Reviews) of The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley comes a brand-new novel about a teenage boy who must decide whether or...

The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume One

At the Edge of Empire
This edition: Hardcover, 656 pages
Publication date: October 27, 2015
Ages: 14 - 99

From the coauthor of the New York Times bestselling The Shape of Water comes the “utterly riveting” (Entertainment Weekly) tale of a murdered teen who...

The Great American Whatever

This edition: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publication date: March 29, 2016
Ages: 14 - 99

From the award-winning author of Five, Six, Seven, Nate! and Better Nate Than Ever comes “a Holden Caulfield for a new generation” (Kirkus Reviews,...

2018 Texas Tayshas High School Reading List Top Ten

All in Pieces

This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: November 8, 2016
Ages: 14 - 99

From New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young comes a heartrending new novel about a girl struggling to deal with anger issues while taking care...

2016 Texas Tayshas High School Reading List Top Ten

Dime

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: May 26, 2015
Ages: 14 - 99

The realities of teen prostitution are revealed in this eye-opening, heartbreaking story from the author of America, which Booklist called “a piercing,...

Some Assembly Required

The Not-So-Secret Life of a Transgender Teen
This edition: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication date: September 30, 2014
Ages: 14 - 99

Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student in...

2016 Texas Tayshas High School Reading List

Afterworlds

This edition: Hardcover, 608 pages
Publication date: September 23, 2014
Ages: 14 - 99

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld comes a smart, thought-provoking novel-within-a-novel that you won’t be able to put...

The Boy in the Black Suit

This edition: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publication date: January 6, 2015
Ages: 12 - 99

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book. Just when seventeen-year-old Matt thinks he can’t handle one more piece of terrible news, he meets a girl...

2017 Texas Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List

Amazing Fantastic Incredible

A Marvelous Memoir
This edition: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publication date: November 3, 2015

In this gorgeously illustrated, full-color graphic memoir, Stan Lee—comic book legend and cocreator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, the...

2018 Spirit of Texas Reading Program (SPOT) Middle School List

AbrakaPOW

Illustrated by Dave Perillo
This edition: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication date: November 8, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

Based on a true World War II story, Isaiah Campbell tells a charming mystery about a mishap at a magic show at a POW camp—featuring magic how-to...

2017 - 2018 Spirit of Texas Reading Program (SPOT) Middle School List

Randoms

(Book #1 of Randoms)
This edition: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Ages: 10 - 99

A science fiction superfan finds himself on his very own space adventure when he’s randomly selected to join an alien confederacy in this hilarious...

This Side of Wild

Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs
Illustrated by Tim Jessell
This edition: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publication date: September 29, 2015
Ages: 10 - 99

Longlisted for the National Book Award The Newbery Honor–winning author of Hatchet and Dogsong shares surprising true stories about his relationship...

2017 - 2018 Spirit of Texas Reading Program (SPOT) High School List

Draw the Line

Illustrated by Laurent Linn
This edition: Hardcover, 528 pages
Publication date: May 17, 2016
Ages: 12 - 99

After a hate crime occurs in his small Texas town, Adrian Piper must discover his own power, decide how to use it, and know where to draw the line in...

Lucky Few

This edition: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication date: June 7, 2016
Ages: 14 - 99

In the tradition of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl comes a hilarious, madcap, and quirky debut novel about a group of oddball teens struggling to find...

2018 - 2019 Horned Toad Tales List

Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge

This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: March 7, 2017
Ages: 8 - 12

“A heartfelt read filled with nuanced characters; recommended for those seeking a fast-paced adventure with a very human story.” —School Library...

2017 - 2018 Horned Toad Tales List

Miss Mary Reporting

The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber
Illustrated by C. F. Payne
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: February 16, 2016
Ages: 5 - 8

“A lively, memorable biography for younger readers.” —Booklist (starred review) “A reminder of the value of telling people’s stories, whether pro...

The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring

The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation
Illustrated by Gilbert Ford
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: September 13, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

With magnificent dioramic illustrations, Gilbert Ford captures the joy, creativity, and determination behind the invention of an iconic, one-of-a-kind...

Gooseberry Park and the Master Plan

Illustrated by Arthur Howard
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: April 21, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

Stumpy the Squirrel and friends team up to save the day in this charming standalone companion to the beloved Gooseberry Park, from Newbery Medalist...

2016 - 2017 Horned Toad Tales List

Billy Sure Kid Entrepreneur

Illustrated by Graham Ross
This edition: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publication date: May 26, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

Meet Billy Sure, twelve-year-old inventor and CEO of Sure Things, Inc., and discover all of his wild and wacky inventions in this start to a hilarious...

Tucky Jo and Little Heart

Illustrated by Patricia Polacco
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Friendship, loyalty, and kindness stand the test of time in this heartwarming World War II–era picture book based on a true story from the beloved...

2015 - 2016 Horned Toad Tales List

Lulu's Mysterious Mission

(Part of The Lulu Series)
Illustrated by Kevin Cornell
This edition: Hardcover, 192 pages
Publication date: April 8, 2014
Ages: 6 - 10

This irresistible third illustrated chapter book starring Judith Viorst’s Lulu is full of hilarious hijinks, delightful twists, and a top-secret...

The Map Trap

Illustrated by Dan Andreasen
This edition: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publication date: July 22, 2014
Ages: 8 - 12

This map-tastic middle grade story from Andrew Clements gives the phrase “uncharted territory” a whole new meaning!Alton Barnes loves maps. He’s loved...

The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit

Illustrated by Vivienne To
This edition: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publication date: October 15, 2013
Ages: 8 - 12

Meet Randi Rhodes, the world’s first ninja detective! Mystery abounds in this delightful new middle grade series from Academy Award–winning actress...

A New Friend

Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: January 20, 2015
Ages: 5 - 9

In this first of a charming series about a little mouse and her forest friends, Sophie Mouse must convince her classmates—and herself—that a new...

The Scraps Book

Notes from a Colorful Life
Illustrated by Lois Ehlert
This edition: Hardcover, 72 pages
Publication date: March 4, 2014
Ages: 5 - 10

The renowned Caldecott Honoree and illustrator of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom provides a moving, intimate, and inspiring inside look at her colorful...

2015 - 2016 Triple Crown Lamplighter Award Nominee

Half a World Away

This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: September 2, 2014
Ages: 10 - 14

A kid who considers himself an epic fail discovers the transformative power of love when he deals with adoption in this novel from Cynthia Kadohata,...

2015 - 2016 Triple Crown Award Nominee

White Fur Flying

This edition: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publication date: March 19, 2013
Ages: 7 - 11

A young boy tries to find his voice with the help of some four-legged friends in this novel from the Newbery-winning author of Sarah, Plain and...

Love, Amalia

This edition: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publication date: July 10, 2012
Ages: 8 - 12

A young girl’s discovery of her cultural heritage helps her lovingly cope with loss in this tender tale from acclaimed authors Alma Flor Ada and...

2016 Texas Institute of Letters Award Finalist - H-E-B Award/Jean Flynn Award for Best Children's Book

The Great Good Summer

This edition: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publication date: May 5, 2015
Ages: 8 - 12

Ivy and Paul hatch a secret plan to find Ivy’s missing mom and say good-bye to the space shuttle in this evocative, heartfelt novel reminiscent of Each...

2016 Texas Institute of Letters Award Finalist - Denton Record-Chronicle Award for Best Children's Picture Book

Counting Crows

Illustrated by Rob Dunlavey
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: March 3, 2015
Ages: 4 - 8

Help hungry crows avoid a feline foe in this clever concept book from the author of The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp and The Underneath.One,...

2018 - 2019 Lectio Book Award Master List

Patina

(Book #2 of Track)
This edition: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publication date: August 29, 2017
Ages: 10 - 99

A New York Times Notable Children’s Book A newbie to the track team, Patina must learn to rely on her teammates as she tries to outrun her personal...

The Gauntlet

This edition: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication date: March 28, 2017
Ages: 8 - 12

A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and...

2016 - 2017 Lectio Book Award Master List

Stella by Starlight

This edition: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication date: January 6, 2015
Ages: 9 - 13

When the Ku Klux Klan’s unwelcome reappearance rattles Stella’s segregated southern town, bravery battles prejudice in this Depression-era tour de...

2018 Tejas Star Reading List

Aire encantado (Enchanted Air)

Dos culturas, dos alas: una memoria
Translated by Alexis Romay
This edition: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publication date: August 29, 2017
Ages: 12 - 99

In this poetic memoir, which won the Pura Belpré Author Award and was named a Walter Dean Myers Award Honoree, acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells...

El único destino (The Only Road)

This edition: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication date: December 6, 2016
Ages: 8 - 12

PURA BELPRÉ HONOR BOOK ALA NOTABLE BOOK “Powerful and timely.” —Booklist (starred review) “An important, must-have addition to the growing body of...

El violín de Ada (Ada's Violin)

La historia de la Orquesta de Instrumentos Reciclados del Paraguay
Illustrated by Sally Wern Comport / Translated by Shelley McConnell
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: May 3, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

De la autora ganadora de premios Susan Hood y de la ilustradora Sally Wern Comport, llega la extraordinaria y verídica historia de la Orquesta de...

2018 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

This edition: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publication date: July 12, 2016

The “brilliantly wry” (Lena Dunham) and “lovably awkward” (Mindy Kaling) New York Times bestseller from the creator of HBO’s Insecure. In this...

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea

Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor
Illustrated by Raúl Colón
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: January 5, 2016
Ages: 4 - 8

“A finely told, beautifully illustrated biography that saves a world class scientist from obscurity.” —School Library Journal, starred review “An ideal...

The Music of Life

Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the Piano
Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: April 18, 2017
Ages: 4 - 8

Award-winning biographer Elizabeth Rusch and two-time Caldecott Honor–recipient Marjorie Priceman team up to tell the inspiring story of the invention...

Martin's Dream Day

Photographer Stanley Tretick
This edition: Hardcover, 40 pages
Publication date: January 3, 2017
Ages: 5 - 99

Bestselling author and journalist Kitty Kelley combines her elegant storytelling with Stanley Tretick’s iconic photographs to transport readers to the...

Feathers and Hair, What Animals Wear

Illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong
This edition: Hardcover, 48 pages
Publication date: March 7, 2017
Ages: 2 - 8

Parents’ Choice Silver Honors Winner From the award-winning author of Mama Built a Little Nest comes an oh-so-clever picture book that explores the...