Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List

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Laura Falli

Mary Woodard 

Adult Sub-Committee
Cecilia Barham
Oscar Gonzalez
Edward Kownslar
Lesley Roane
Marianne Lorio
Lisa Martin
Wendy Turner

Youth Sub-Committee
Laura Falli
Wendy Howk
Dana Hutchins
Neil Krasnoff  
Sue Shaw
Liz Suiter
Hillary Volkmann




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Welcome to the Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List,
a list that features nonfiction gems for all ages!

Purpose of the List: The purpose of the Nonfiction Reading List is to provide children and adults with recommended nonfiction titles that stimulate reading for pleasure and personal learning. It is intended for recreational reading and is not designed to support any particular curriculum. Due to the diversity in age range and topics, Texas librarians should consider titles on this list in accordance with their own local collection development policies.

Eligibility Time Frame: The Nonfiction Reading List Committee will consider and vote on books published three years prior to the release of the list. Nominations may be accepted from the field and committee by October 1 of that calendar year.

Nomination Criteria:

  • The book must have a copyright date within the last three years prior to the release of the list.
  • The book must be favorably reviewed in a scholarly journal or magazine for grades Pre-K through 12, or adults.
  • The person making the nomination must have read the book.
  • A nomination from a previous year will not be reconsidered.
  • The book does not need to be published in the United States, but must be widely available for purchase in the United States at the time of consideration.

Announcing the inaugural Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List! The committee has worked hard to select the 53 titles for readers of all ages. Enjoy!

2017 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List (by author)

2017 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List (sortable spreadsheet)

2017 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List (annotated)


Check out the nominations for the 2018 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List:

2018 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List Nominations

Created on Oct 3, 2016 | Last updated October 12, 2017