Reading Lists
2021-2022 2x2 Award Nominees

Every year, the Texas Library Association publishes its favorite books for ages 2 through grade 2! Check out the 2021 selections and you'll find a healthy mix of sil ...
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2021-2022 Bluebonnet Nominees Award Nominees

The 2021-2022 list of Bluebonnet nominees is selected by a committee of Texas librarians. Each year students are encouraged to read at least 5 books off the nominee ...
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Adult: Beach Reads

 If you can't get to the beach this summer, our Beach Reads Reading List is the next best thing. (Inspiration for a Challenge Card square)



Adult: Comfort Food

You will relish the recipes in these cookbooks!(Inspiration for a Challenge Card square)



Adult: Comics, Graphic Novels & Manga

Art and story fuse into amazing comics, graphic novels, and manga! From scifi to romance to non-fiction, there's something here for everyone. (Inspiration for a Challenge Card square!)



Adult: Dystopian Fiction

Explore worlds with totalitarian governments, anarchism, global economic crisis and ecological devastation with these sensational dystopian reads!(Inspiration for a Challenge Card square)



Adult: Have Armchair Will Travel

Have you ever wanted to travel to exotic places but knew it wasn't possible? Well, sit back, read, and enjoy the ride!



Adult: International Mysteries

Crime is everywhere in the world. Introduce yourself to some new mysteries and broaden your detective skills!(Inspiration for a Challenge Card square!)



Adult: Movie Books

A lot of us have spent a lot of time time binge-watching movies and tv shows while stuck inside, but now you can read the books your favorite ones were based on! 



Adult: Pandemic

Learn more about pandemic that's taken over the world for the past year with these books. 



Adult: Personal Finance

Discover financial planning for any stage of life!



Adult: Resilience

Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress. No matter what ...
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Adult: Science Fiction & Fantasy

Whether you're a Science Fiction/Fantasy aficionado or brand new to the genre, there's something on this list for that can take you out of this world. (Inspiration for a Challenge Card square!)



Adult: Tell Me Your Story

Find out about some really interesting people. You never know, you may find someone who influenced your life.(Inspiration for a Challenge Card square!)



Adult: Travel eBooks

Get excited for the future and plan your next trip with the help of these books! This list includes both physical book and e-books. (Inspiration for a Challenge Card square!)



Adult: You Animal!

I love animals; it doesn't matter what type they are. Find out about some truly wonderful animals with these books!(Inspiration for a Challenge Card square!)



Award List: Alex Award Winners 2019-2021

The Alex Awards are given annually to books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults. If you love the feel of YA books but want something a little ...
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Award List: Lariat Winners

Since 2009, the goal of the Lariat Adult Fiction Reading List has been to highlight outstanding fiction that is simply “a pleasure to read.” Each year 25 outstanding ...
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Award List: Lone Star Award 2021

The Texas Lone Star reading list, developed by the Young Adult Round Table, finds fast-paced, high interest books for students in grades 6, 7, or 8. This list c ...
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Award List: TAYSHAS 2021

TAYSHAS takes its name from the Caddo Indian word meaning “friends or allies.” The TAYSHAS reading list includes high interest, well-written books for students in gr ...
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Booklist: Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga

Art and story fuse into amazing comics, graphic novels, and manga! From scifi to romance to non-fiction, there's something here for everyone. This list contains ...
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Booklist: Coronavirus

Peruse a pandemic title - essay collections, insights, and pertinent information.This list contains books that will help fulfill a challenge card square. 



Booklist: Food and Friends

Food and meals often bring people together and form lasting bonds between them. Read about these fictional characters who forged new friendships when food brought ...
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Booklist: Historical Mysteries

Before CSI, there was brain power.  Read a historical mystery where rudimentary forensics may or may not help the sleuth solve the crime. This list contain ...
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Booklist: Snowy Mysteries

Blizzards and freezing temperatures can make solving a murder more difficult. Read one of these and fulfill a square on the challenge card.



Booklist: Wintery DIY

Try a cozy project, craft,or recipe!  This list contains books that will help fulfill a challenge card square. 



Booklist: You, But Better

Take time to help yourself. This list contains books that will help fulfill a challenge card square. 



Books to Movies

Your favorite movie may have been inspired by one of these books!  Check out the list for some reading inspiration and don't forget to mark off a square on the ...
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Cozy Chapter Books

These chapter books will make you feel warm and cozy inside all season long!  Don't forget to mark off a square on the Challenge Card after you finish one of these suggestions.



Cozy Picture Books

These picture books will make you feel warm and cozy inside all season long!  Don't forget to mark off a square on the Challenge Card after you finish one of these suggestions.



Favorite New Chapter Books

Check out some of our favorite chapter books that have been published in the last year.  Don't forget to mark off a square on your Challenge Card after reading one of these books!



Graphic Novels for Kids

Check out this list for some awesome graphic novels for you to enjoy.  Don't forget to mark your Challenge Card after reading a book from this list! 



Kids: Texas 2x2 2021

Every year, the Texas Library Association publishes its favorite books for ages 2 through grade 2! Check out this year's selections and you'll find a healthy mix of ...
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Learn a New Hobby

Bored at home?  Want to be productive?  Check out this list to learn a new skill or hobby!  Don't forget to mark off a square on the Challenge Card af ...
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Listener: Books for Newborns

Don't forget to read to your babies! Here is a list of high-contrast books perfect for your newborn.  Check out the Concept Books for Babies reading lists for s ...
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Listener: Concept Books for Babies

Concept books present an excellent opportunity to introduce your baby to new ideas. Our selection of concept board books will help your baby build their broader unde ...
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Listener: Five Practices

The Five Early Literacy Practices, talk, sing, read, write, and play, will help your child develop the foundation for reading.  Each of these books will help yo ...
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Listener: Story Time Favorites

We hope you enjoy this curated list of some of our favorite books to read during Toddler Time and Story Time. Make sure you fill out your Challenge Card after you read one of these books!



Listener: Texas 2x2 2021

Every year, the Texas Library Association publishes its favorite books for ages 2 through grade 2! Check out this year's selections and you'll find a healthy mix of ...
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Listener: Very Silly Stories

We hope you are in for a good laugh!  Check out one of these hilarious reads. Make sure you fill out your Challenge Card after you read one of these books!



Listener: Wordless Picture Books

A picture is worth 1,000 words. Why not try a new story only told through illustrations?  Make sure to check off this activity on your Challenge Card!



New Favorite Picture Books

Check out some of our favorite picture books that have been published in the last year.  Don't forget to mark off a square on your Challenge Card after reading one of these books!



Teen: Aesthetics

Should you judge a book by its cover? Maybe not, but we're going to anyways. check out these books chosen for their aesthetics. This list includes the name of the ae ...
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Teen: Award winners and finalists

There are so many awards for outstanding teen fiction beyond Lone Star and TAYSHAS, we wanted to highlight them in a list! All these awards are given out by either Y ...
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Teen: Comics/Graphic Novels/Manga

Looking for something different? Try a graphic novel! What's better than a story with pictures? (Inspiration for a challenge card square)



Teen: Fantasy

Need a new magical read? It's your lucky day; from magical realism to high fantasy, you'll find something to pique your interest here!(Inspiration for a challenge card square)



Teen: Historical Fiction

Do you ever wish you lived in another time period? At least for a short amount of time? These books can help you achieve that wish. (Inspiration for a challenge card square)



Teen: LGBTQ

These books include LGBTQ+ characters and are from a variety of genres! (Inspiration for a challenge card square)



Teen: Mystery/Thriller

Whether solving a murder or uncovering a conspiracy, these mysteries and thrillers will keep you at the edge of your seat!(Inspiration for a challenge card square)



Teen: Realistic Fiction

Modern stories about people, times, and places that you know.(Inspiration for a challenge square)



Teen: Romance

All you need is love! This list is full of the cure for heartache. (inspiration for a challenge card square)



Teen: Science Fiction

It's not magic, it's technology! Robots, space, scientific marvels and more can be found in the pages of the following books! (Inspiration for a challenge card square)



Tween: 2021-2022 Bluebonnet Nominees

The 2021-2022 list of Bluebonnet nominees are selected by a committee of Texas librarians. Each year students are encouraged to read at least 5 books off the nominee ...
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Tween: Historical Fiction

Get a glimpse of the past with one of these captivating historical fiction books. Then check off the "Read a historical fiction book" square on your challenge card!



Tween: Mysteries

Think you know whodunnit? Try one of these mystery books and see if you can solve it before the main character does!



Tween: Newbery Award List

A select list of Newbery Award Medal and Honor Books. The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by t ...
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Tween: Summer Vacation Books

These books will get you in a summery mood with stories about camp, trips, and other summer adventures. Check out this list for inspiration for the "Read a book abou ...
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Caldecott Medal & Honor Books

The Caldecott Award is given to distinguished picture books.  This list is comprised of recipients and honorees from this year as well as past years. 



Caldecott Medal and Honor Books

The Caldecott Award is given to distinguished picture books.  This list is comprised of recipients and honorees from this year as well as past years.  Make ...
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Kids: Caldecott Medal & Honor Books

The Caldecott Award is given to distinguished picture books.  This list is comprised of recipients and honorees from this year as well as past years. 



Listener: Caldecott Medal & Honor Books

The Caldecott Award is given to distinguished picture books.  This list is comprised of recipients and honorees from this year as well as past years. 



Newbery Medal and Honor Books

A select list of Newbery Award Medal and Honor Books. The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by t ...
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Kids: Books to Movies

These are just some of the many books that have inspired movies or television shows. Watch a movie inspired by a book to check off the square on your challenge card.



Tween: Classic Reads

If you haven't read these middle grade classics, get to reading! You're almost guaranteed to find a librarian's favorite book on this list.



Tween: Books to Movies

The name says it all--these are books that were turned into movies. You can use this list if you need inspiration for the "Watch a movie that was based on a book" sq ...
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