Book Lists – Texas Library Association (TLA)

2x2 Reading List - 2020
Recommended books for children age two to grade two to encourage voluntary reading

  • Another by Christian Robinson (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2019)
  • Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris, illustrated by LeUyen Pham (Little, Brown and Company, 2019)
  • Cake by Sue Hendra, illustrated by Paul Linnett (Aladdin, 2019)
  • Cyril and Pat by Emily Gravett (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2019)
  • Dandy by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Charles Santoso (Little, Brown and Company, 2019)
  • Duck! by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Nathaniel Eckstrom (Candlewick Press, 2019)
  • Fergal and the Bad Temper by Robert Starling (Imprint, 2019)
  • Give Me Back My Bones! by Kim Norman, illustrated by Bob Kolar (Candlewick Press, 2019)
  • I Am a Tiger by Karl Newson, illustrated by Ross Collins (Scholastic Press, 2019)
  • My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Pena (Kokila, An Imprint of Penguin Random House, 2019)
  • Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin, illustrated by Ebony Glenn (Harper, An imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, 2019)
  • Ogilvy by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by T. L. McBeth (Godwin Books, 2019)
  • Perfect by Max Amato (Scholastic Press, 2019)
  • Saturday by Oge Mora (Little, Brown and Company, 2019)
  • Seeds Move by Robin Page (Beach Lane Books, 2019)
  • The Goose Egg by Liz Wong (Alfred A. Knopf, 2019)
  • The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Hannah Marks (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2019)
  • Truman by Jean Reidy, illustrated Lucy Ruth Cummins (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2019)
  • Underwear by Jenn Harney (Disney – Hyperion, 2019)
  • Watch Out for Wolf! by Anica Mrose Rissi, illustrated Charles Santoso (Disney – Hyperion, 2019)
Little Maverick Reading List - 2020
A recommended reading list designed for children in grades K-5; Designed to encourage students to explore a variety of current graphic novels through recreational reading

For Grades K - 5

  • Beauty and the Dreaded Sea Beast by Louise Simonson, illustrated by Otis Frampton
  • Bird and Squirrel: All Tangled Up by James Burks
  • Caveboy Dave 2: Not So Faboo by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Phil McAndrew
  • Dear Justice League by Michael Northrop, illustrated by Gustavo Duarte
  • Dog Man. Brawl of the Wild by Dav Pilkey
  • Hicotea: A Nightlights Story by Lorena Alvarez
  • Mr. Wolf’s Class #2: Mystery Club by Aron Nels Steinke
  • Unicorn of Many Hats: Another Phoebe and her Unicorn Adventure by Dana Simpson

For Grades K - 2

  • Captain Barbosa and the Pirate Hat Chase by Jorge Gonzalez
  • Chavo the Invisible (Game for Adventure) by Lee Nordling, illustrated by Flavio B. Silva
  • Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot! by Cece Bell
  • Disney Princess: Jasmine’s New Pet by Nidhi Chanani
  • Drawn Together by Minh Le, illustrated by Dan Santat
  • Fox + Chick: The Quiet Boat Ride and Other Stories by Sergio Ruzzier
  • Hello, Crabby! by Jonathan Fenske
  • Narwhal’s Otter Friend by Ben Clanton
  • Noodleheads: Fortress of Doom by Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton, and Mitch Weiss, illustrated by Tedd Arnold
  • Smiley’s Dream Book by Jeff Smith
  • Superman of Smallville by Art Baltazar and Franco, illustrated by Art Baltazar
  • Tiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri
  • Unicorn and Yeti: Sparkly New Friends by Heather Ayris Burnell, illustrated by Hazel Quintanilla

For Grades 3 - 5

  • Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill
  • Camp by Kayla Miller
  • Click by Kayla Miller
  • The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo: The Monster Mall by Drew Weing
  • Edison Beaker-Creature Seeker: The Night Door by Frank Cammuso
  • Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge
  • Glitch by Sarah Graley
  • Guts by Raina Telgemeier
  • Hex Vet: Witches in Training by Sam Davies
  • The Hidden Witch by Molly Ostertag
  • Hilo #5: Then Everything Went Wrong by Judd Winick
  • I Am Hermes!: Mischief-Making Messenger of the Gods by Mordicai Gerstein
  • Lowriders Blast from the Past by Cathy Camper, illustrated by Raul III
  • Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk
  • Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel by Rey Terciero
  • Middle School Misadventures by Jason Platt
  • Mighty Jack and Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke
  • Monster Mayhem by Christopher Eliopoulos
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • Nico Bravo and the Hound of Hades by Mike Cavallaro
  • Ninjas: Japan’s Stealthy Secret Agents by Matt Chandler, illustrated by Silvio DB
  • Ocean Renegades! (Earth Before Us, Book 2) by Abby Howard
  • The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner
  • Pilu of the Woods by Mai K. Nguyen
  • Rocket to the Moon (Big Ideas that Changed the World) by Don Brown
  • Sanity & Tallulah by Molly Brooks
  • Science Comics: Cats: Nature and Nurture by Andy Hirsch
  • Science Comics: Solar System-Our Place in Space by Rosemary Mosco, illustrated by Jon Chad
  • Sea Sirens: a Trot & Cap’n Bill Adventure by Amy Chu and Janet K. Lee
  • Sheets by Brenna Thummler
  • Short & Skinny by Mark Tatulli
  • Stargazing by Jen Wang
  • Strange Boarders by Brandon Terrell, illustrated by Berenice Muniz
  • This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews
  • Tom’s Midnight Garden: a Graphic Adaptation of the Philippa Pearce Classic by Edith
  • U.S. Ghost Army: The Master Illusionists of World War II by Nel Yomtov, illustrated by Alessandro Valdrighi
  • The White Snake by Ben Nadler
Tejas Star Reading List - 2020
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

  • Chancho el campeón (Pig the Winner) by Aaron Blabey, translated by Juan Pablo Lombana (Scholastic en español, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., 2019)
  • El coleccionista de palabras (The Word Collector) by Peter H. Reynolds, translated by Juan Pablo Lombana (Scholastic en español, an imprint of Scholastic. Inc., 2019)
  • ¿De dónde eres? (Where Are You From?) by Yamile Saied Méndez, illustrated by Jaime Kim (HarperCollins Español, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2019)
  • ¡Di algo! (Say Something!) by Peter H. Reynolds, translated by Juan Pablo Lombana (Scholastic en español, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., 2019)
  • Fuego, fueguito / Fire, Little Fire by Jorge Tetl Argueta, illustrated by Felipe Ugalde Alcántara, translated by Jorge Tetl Argueta and Madeleine Maillet (Piñata Books, an imprint of Arte Público Press, 2019)
  • ¡Hola, Cangrejito! (Hello, Crabby!) by Jonathan Fenske, translated by Abel Berriz (Scholastic en español, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., 2019)
  • Hombre Perro: El Señor de las Pulgas (Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas) by Dav Pilkey, translated by Nuria Molinero (Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2019)
  • Lola quiere un gato (Lola Gets a Cat) by Anna McQuinn, illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw, translated by Carlos E. Calvo (Charlesbridge Publishing Inc., 2019)
  • A lomo de cuento por Argentina: El Coquena (A Storybook Ride Through Argentina: The Coquena) by Sergio Andricaín and Antonio Orlando Rodríguez, Illustrated by Elizabeth Builes (Loqueleo, an imprint of Santillana USA, 2019)
  • A lomo de cuento por Cuba: El güije de la charca (A Storybook Ride Through Cuba: The Pond Elf) by Sergio Andricaín and Antonio Orlando Rodríguez, Illustrated by Roger Ycaza (Loqueleo, an imprint of Santillana USA, 2019)
  • A lomo de cuento por México: El pájaro verde (A Storybook Ride Through Mexico: The Green Bird) by Sergio Andricaín and Antonio Orlando Rodríguez, Illustrated by Israel Barrón (Loqueleo, an imprint of Santillana USA, 2019)
  • A lomo de cuento por Perú: El abuelo de la quena (A Storybook Ride Through Peru: The Grandfather Who Played the Quena) by Sergio Andricaín and Antonio Orlando Rodríguez, Illustrated by Carolina Durán (Loqueleo, an imprint of Santillana USA, 2019)
  • A lomo de cuento por Puerto Rico: El huerto de los viejitos (A Storybook Ride Through Puerto Rico: The Old People’s Vegetable Garden) by Sergio Andricaín and Antonio Orlando Rodríguez, Illustrated by Núria Feijoó (Loqueleo, an imprint of Santillana USA, 2019)
  • Luca’s Bridge / El puente de Luca by Mariana Llanos, illustrated by Anna López Real (Penny Candy Books, 2019)
  • Luciana: Misión submarina (Luciana: Braving the Deep) by Erin Teagan, translated by Ana Galán (Scholastic en español, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2018)
  • Mario y el agujero en el cielo: Cómo un químico salvó nuestro planeta (Mario and the Hole in the Sky: How a Chemist Saved Our Planet) by Elizabeth Rusch, illustrated by Teresa Martínez, translated by Carlos E. Calvo (Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc., 2019)
  • Mi papi tiene una moto (My Papi Has a Motorcycle) by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Zeke Peña, translated by Andrea Montejo (Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2019)
  • No dejes que desaparezcan (Don’t Let Them Disappear) by Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Gianna Marino, translated by Teresa Mlawer (Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2019)
  • Un nuevo hogar (A New Home) by Tania de Regil (Candlewick Press, 2019)
  • Pangato: Soy yo. (Catwad: It’s Me.) by Jim Benton, translated by Abel Berriz (Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2019)
  • Papa Francisco: Creador de puentes (Pope Francis: Builder of Bridges) by Emma Otheguy, illustrated by Oliver Dominguez, translated by Belén Agustina Sánchez (Bloomsbury Children’s Books, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc, 2018)
  • Sembrando historias: Pura Belpré: bibliotecaria y narradora de cuentos (Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré) by Anika Aldamuy Denise, illustrated by Paola Escobar, translated by Omayra Ortiz (HarperCollins Español, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2019)
  • Señorita Mariposa by Ben Gundersheimer, illustrated by Marcos Almada Rivero (Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2019)
  • Titanosaurio: El descubrimiento del dinosaurio más grande del mundo (Titanosaur: Discovering the World’s Largest Dinosaur) by Dr. José Luis Carballido and Dr. Diego Pol, illustrated by Florencia Gigena, translated by Abel Berriz (Scholastic en español, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc., 2019)
Texas Bluebonnet Award Reading List - 2020
A recommended reading list to chosen by children across Texas

  • Sweep The Story of a Girl and Her Monster. Auxier, Jonathan.
  • What Do You Do With a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. Barton, Chris and illustrated by Ekua Holmes.
  • Frankie Sparks & the Class Pet. Blakemore, Megan Frazer and illustrated by Nadja Sarell.
  • They Call Me Güero A Border Kid’s Poems. Bowles, David.
  • Rocket to the Moon (Big Ideas That Changed the World). Brown, Don.
  • Charlie Hernandez and the League of Shadows. Calejo, Ryan.
  • New Kid. Craft, Jerry.
  • The Rhino in the Right Field. Dekeyser, Stacy.
  • Strangers. Haddix, Margaret Petersen.
  • Model Citizen. Lenz, Niki. Bernice Buttman.
  • Caterpillar Summer. McDunn, Gillian.
  • No More Poems!: A Book in Verse That Just Gets Worse. Miller, Rhett and illustrated by Dan Santat.
  • A Wolf Called Wander. Parry, Rosanne.
  • Stay. Pyron, Bobbie.
  • From an Idea to Disney: How Branding Made Disney a Household Name. Sichol, Lowey Bundy illustrated by C.S.Jennings.
  • Pass Go and Collect $200 The Real Story of How MONOPOLY Was Invented. Stone, Tanya Lee and illustrated by Steven Salerno.
  • If I Built a School. Van Dusen, Chris.
  • The Bridge Home. Venkatraman, Padma.
  • Nightbooks. White, J. A.
  • A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech that Inspired a Nation. Wittenstein, Barry and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.