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2017 Lariat Winners

Take a look at the 2017 Lariat Reading List.   The Lariat list was created to find and highlight twenty-five outstanding fiction titles that are "a pleasure to read." Discover past years' books or find out more information here.  



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200 Pts.
2017-18 Bluebonnet List

Texas Library Association booklist for Grades 3 through 6. Selected by a committee of library professionals. Texas Bluebonnet Award is a unique program created by the Texas Library Association to encourage reading for pleasure.



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200 Pts.
2x2 Booklist

Texas Library Association booklist for Age 2 through Grade 2. Selected by a committee of library professionals. Texas Library Association sponsors the 2X2 Reading List solely to encourage free voluntary reading. 



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2x2 Booklist

Texas Library Association booklist for Age 2 through Grade 2. Selected by a committee of library professionals.



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100 Pts.
Best of 2016- Children's Books

This list contains some of the best children's book to come out during 2016. Many of the books were taken from the American Library Association's Notable Children's Books 2017 list. These books were chosen based off the following criteria: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children's books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth throu ...
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Books from a Non-Human Perspective

Want to read a book where a character isn't human? Try one of these.



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Books Involving Animals

Working on a challenge task?  Here's a helpful list of books featuring animals as a key part of the story.



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Books Set During Wartime

Let us help you find a book set during wartime.  



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Books to Movies in 2017

From page to screen.... here are some suggestions for books becoming movies in 2017.  Happy reading and watching!



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Books with an Unreliable Narrator

Looking for an unreliable narrator?  Here are a few suggestions, but can you trust what you read?



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Build It

Encourage kids to dream big and how to make those big dreams and ideas a reality. These Build It books cover a wide range of building, construction, architecture, and engineering topics. Read and explore these exciting concepts with your little innovator!



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Caldecott Award List

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. This list consists of this year's winner and honors plus some of the past winners.   



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Classic Tales

Certain books stand the test of time -- true classics, they're enjoyed by each new generation of young readers. Some have been revamped with new covers or retooled for new platforms as ebooks or interactive book apps. Others have been made into movies or TV shows. From adventure tales to poignant dramas to funny bone-tickling comedies, this is an ultimate list of the classics every child should read.



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Eye-Opener

Open a world of possibilities with these kid-approved titles, great to help young children learn to read. These popular books will encourage you to read aloud with your child and begin their reading journey towards being a life-long reader.



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Hot Off The Press

Are your children always looking for the newest and greatest? This unique list features recently released books, sure to capture your young child's attention. These newly printed books are "Hot Off The Press" and sure to be bestsellers!



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Listen to an audiobook

Listen up! Check out our audiobook staff picks or browse different collections here.    



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Lone Star List 2017

Hooray Lone Star books! This is a list of the 20 winners on the Lone Star 2017 List. These books were curated by the Texas Library Assocation as excellent reads geared towards 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. That being said, teens (or adults, for that matter) of any age are sure to enjoy these various and sundry books. From fantasy to historical to realistic fiction and many things in between, this list is sure to have something for you. 



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Making the World a Better Place

Inspire our future generation with children’s books about making the world a better place. Teach empathy, kindness to others and taking care of our world. One that inspires kids to be kind, to help others and take care of their environment. By reading these books, your kids will be inspired to do just that!



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Newbery Award List

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. This list consists of this year's winner and honors plus some of the past winners. 



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Read & Grow

Young readers are easily touched by the books they read. Reading books that teach important life lessons early on in a young reader's life will help them as they grow into the leaders of tomorrow. May we all be inspired by these books that teach important life lessons.



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Read a book about an interesting woman

Take a look behind the curtain of these women's lives.



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Read a book about food

Take a bite out of one of these titles.



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Read a book involving travel

Take a trip with one of these titles.



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Read a book recommended by library staff

Check out our staff picks.



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Read a book set around sports

Score one of these to win!



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Read a book set in a library or about a librarian

Take a glimpse into the world of libraries.



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Read a book set in the wilderness

See if you can survive in the wild with one of these books.



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Read a book with an eccentric character

Like books with quirky characters?  These should do the trick.



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Read a graphic novel

A picture is worth a thousand words.



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S.T.E.A.M.

As the world grows, we are turning to innovation to fuel our future. However that innovation remains the same with only Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – the STEM subjects. To truly transform the future, we must turn to Art + Design — to transform STEM into STEAM. These books reflect a variety of cultures and languages while supplementing STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).



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Series Starters

Looking for a new series?  We have lots of suggestions for you.



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Think Outside the Box

It's never too early to introduce children to thinking outside the box. These books help reinforce ideas about engineering, science, math, technology, and design for learners of all kinds. Thinking outside the box creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators!



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Wordless Books

Sometimes you don't need words to tell a great story. Here are some great wordless picture books for you to enjoy. Maybe you can even come up with your own story to go with these beautifully illustrated books. 



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Alex Awards 2016

Are you looking for something new? These titles are winners of the Alex Award, books written for adults, but have appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The Alex Award winners are selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) Alex Award Committee every year.



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Alex Awards 2017

Are you looking for something new? These titles are winners of the Alex Award, books written for adults, but have appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.  If you end up liking books on this list, I recommend checking out the Alex Awards 2016 list too! Please note that this is the full list of Alex Award Winners, even though the library doesn't necessarily have all of them. The Alex Award winners are selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) Alex Award Committee every year.



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Lone Star Award List 2017

Hooray Lone Star books! This is a list of the 20 winners on the Lone Star 2017 List. These books were curated by the Texas Library Assocation as excellent reads geared towards 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. That being said, teens (or adults, for that matter) of any age are sure to enjoy these various and sundry books. From fantasy to historical to realistic fiction and many things in between, this list is sure to have something for you. 



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Morris Award

The William C. Morris YA Debut Award, first awarded in 2009, honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. These are winners and nominees of recent years. 



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Printz Award

The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature. This is decided by the American Library Association.



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Tayshas Award List 2017

The Tayshas Reading List was developed to motivate young adults, grades 9-12, to become lifelong readers and to participate in the community of young adult readers throughout Texas. Which is a really boring way to say that if you're a high schooler and are looking for a book to read, these are an excellent place to start. From romance to historical fiction to dark realistic fiction, all genres are represented here. Check it out!



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Tayshas Top Ten Award List 2017

Need a good book to read? Tayshas list is curated yearly to show teens in grades 9-12 some of the best fiction that's come out in the last year. And this top ten list? Every single book on here was voted on unanimously by the Taysha crew. Check it out!



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Teens' Top Ten 2016 Winners

This list is a book list for teens & by teens. Nominators come from teen book groups across America, and then any teen can vote on their favorite reads. These are the winners from last year. Check out our Teens' Top Ten 2017 Nominations list if you want to participate in this year's vote!



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Teens' Top Ten 2017 Nominations

This list is a book list for teens & by teens. Nominators come from teen book groups across America, and then any teen can vote on their favorite reads. And YOU can participate! Just read books on this list, and then between August 15 through October 14th, you can vote at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten for your favorite book. Encourage your friends to do the same! Who knows, maybe you'll find your favorite book on our official list next year!



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Be a Changemaker

"Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make different choices." -Unknown Everyday you are faced with making choices, and those choices can impact more than yourself. These books share the choices people made and how they changed the world. Learn, grow and make a difference in someone's life -- Be a Changemaker!



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Full STEAM Ahead

Welcome to All Things STEAM. These books include topics on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. These fields of study are placed together not only because the skills and knowledge in each are essential for success, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how you learn. So grab a book and get ready to go full steam ahead!



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Noteworthy Graphic Novels & Manga

Looking for some graphic novels/manga to read? You should check these out. This is by no means a comprehensive list of our graphic novels--Carrollton has over 1000 graphic novels/manga for teens between our two libraries-- but it's a good list of series that are either new or noteworthy. Many, like Maus & Laika, have won awards and are heart-wrenching historical reads. Others, like QQ Sweeper & Another Castle: Grimoire, are new books. Still others, like Mouse Guard or Foiled! are just excellent series that tend to fall under the radar since they a ...
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Two Thumbs Up

Over time there have been many outstanding contributions to teen literature, but it can be difficult to find a book as a teen that contains both quality material and teen appeal. These books meet both these needs and have been given two thumbs up by teens!



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Silver Reading Challenge: Historical Fiction

Need a book for the silver reading challenge? Or are you just a fan of historical fiction? Either way, this is the list for you. Historical fiction, historical fiction with alternate timelines, and fantasy historical fiction are here for you!



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Silver Reading Challenge: Non-Human Characters/Nar

Need a book for the silver reading challenge? These books are generally adventure, fantasy, and/or supernatural, but historical fiction, graphic novels, and science fiction also make an appearance. Narrators, main characters, or secondary main characters are non-human in some way, whether animals, robots, vampires, mermaids, or even Death itself. 



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Gold Reading Challenge: Books Translated to Englis

Need ideas for the gold reading challenge? Here you go. Books in our collection that have been translated from another language! 



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Platinum Reading Challenge: Authors Under 30

These books were all written when their author was under 30 years old. Check it out!

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