Announcing the Tejas Star Reading List!

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For Immediate Release           
February 19, 2018

AUSTIN - The Texas Library Association is proud to announce the 2018 Tejas Star Reading Lista list encouraging children ages 5-12 to explore multicultural and bilingual (Spanish and English) books

The Tejas Star Reading Committee selected the greatest quality materials from Spanish, bilingual, and multicultural books that reflect the population and diversity of the state of Texas. The books include themes of immigration, poetry, language barriers, and misunderstandings, as well as stories of famous and important Hispanic figures.

Presenting the 2018 Tejas Star Reading List: 

  • Aire encantado: Dos culturas, dos alas: Una memoria (Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir) by Margarita Engle, Translator Alexis Romay (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster)  
  • Bravo!: Poemas sobre Hispanos extraordinarios (Bravo!: Poems About Amazing Hispanics) by Margarita Engle, Illustrated by Rafael López (Henry Holt and Company, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group)
  • Buenas noches, Planeta (Good Night, Planet) by Ricardo Liniers (RAW Junior)
  • El Caso de los Reyes Magos/The Case of the Three Kings by Alidis Vicente, Illustrated by Mora Des!gn Group, Translator Gabriela Baeza Ventura (Piñata Books, an imprint of Arte Público Press)
  • El espejo en la casa de mamá / El espejo en la casa de papá (The Mirror in Mommy's House / The Mirror in Dad´s House) by Luis Amavisca, Illustrated by Betania Zacarias (NubeOcho) 
  • Esqueletitos/Little Skeletons: Countdown to Midnight by Susie Jaramillo (Encantos)
  • ¡Esquivel! Un artista del sonido de la era espacial (Esquivel! Space-Age Sound Artist) by Susan Wood, Illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, Translator Carlos E. Calvo (Charlesbridge)
  • Fantasmas (Ghosts) by Raina Telgemeier, Translators Juan Pablo Lombana and María Domínguez (Scholastic Inc.)
  • Mamá la extraterrestre/Mamá the Alien by René Colato Laínez, Illustrated by Laura Lacámara. (Children’s Book Press, an imprint of Lee & Low)
  • Mango, Abuela y yo (Mango, Abuela, and Me) by Meg Medina, Illustrated by Angela Dominguez, Translator Teresa Mlawer (Candlewick Press)
  • Martí y sus versos por la libertad/Martí's Song for Freedom by Emma Otheguy, Illustrated by Beatriz Vidal, Translator Adriana Domínguez (Children’s Book Press, an imprint of Lee & Low)
  • ¡Mézclalo bien! (Mix it Up!) by Hervé Tullet, Translator Peter L. Perez (Handprint Books, an imprint of Chronicle Books)
  • Ni guau ni miau (Bow Wow Meow) by Blanca Lacasa, illustrated by Gómez (NubeOcho)
  • No como todos (Odd Dog Out) by Rob Biddulph, Translated by Anna Llisterri (Andana Editorial) 
  • No seas goloso, Señor Oso (Don’t be greedy, Mr. Bear!) by María de los Ángeles Boada, Illustrated by Santiago González (Loqueleo, an imprint of Editorial Santillana S.A.)
  • El Pequeño pirata Serafín (Little Captain Jack) by Alicia Acosta, Illustrated by Mónica Carretero (NubeOcho)
  • Perdidos en NYC: una aventura en el metro (Lost in NYC : A Subway Adventure) by Nadja Spiegelman, Illustrated by Sergio García Sánchez (RAW Junior)
  • ¿Quién fue Roberto Clemente? (Who Was Roberto Clemente?) by James Buckley Jr., Illustrated by Ted Hammond, Translator Eduardo Noriega (Santillana USA Publishing Company)
  • La siesta perfecta (The Perfect Siesta) by Pato Mena (NubeOcho)
  • Última parada de la calle Market (Last Stop on Market Street) by Matt de la Peña, Illustrated by Christian Robinson, Translator Teresa Mlawer (G.P. Putnam, an imprint of Penguin)
  • El único destino (The Only Road) by Alexandra Diaz, Translated by Alexandra Diaz and Lillian Corvison (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) 
  • El violín de Ada: La historia de la Orquesta de Instrumentos Reciclados del Paraguay (Ada's Violin) by Susan Hood, Illustrated by Sally Wern Comport, Translator Shelley McConnell (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

The Tejas Star Reading List Committee will sponsor a program during the TLA Annual Conference on Wednesday, 
April 4 at 1:45pm, where attendees will leave with activities to incorporate into lessons and storytimes. The Tejas Star reading list is one of several developed by the TLA for readers of all ages. For more information about these lists, including book titles, visit:     

Sara Ortiz | Communications & Marketing Specialist | 512-328-1518

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Created on Feb 19, 2018 | Last updated March 01, 2018