2023-2024 Tejas Star List

The Tejas Star Reading list is a list of recommended Spanish and bilingual titles designed to encourage children ages 5 to 12 to explore Spanish, bilingual, and multicultural books and to discover the cognitive and economic benefits of bilingualism and multilingualism.

Updated July 5, 2023
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Change Sings: A Children's Anthem
Gorman, Amanda
Paper Book
A lyrical picture book debut from #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman and #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long   "I can hear change humming In its loudest, proudest song....
Change Sings: A Children's Anthem
Gorman, Amanda
Paper Book
A lyrical picture book debut from #1 New York Times bestselling author and presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman and #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long   "I can hear change humming In its loudest, proudest song....
Latinitas : celebrating 40 big dreamers
Menéndez, Juliet
Paper Book
Dream big with the Latinitas in Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers. Discover how 40 influential Latinas became the women we celebrate today! In this collection of short biographies from all over Latin America and across the United States, Juliet Menéndez explores the...
Run, Little Chaski! : an Inka trail adventure
Llanos, Mariana
Paper Book
★ ''An appealing introduction to an important culture largely overlooked in children's literature in the United States'' - Kirkus In this tale set in the ancient Inka (sometimes spelled Inca) empire, Little Chaski has a big job: he is the Inka King's newest royal...
Run, Little Chaski! : an Inka trail adventure
Llanos, Mariana
Paper Book
★ ''An appealing introduction to an important culture largely overlooked in children's literature in the United States'' - Kirkus In this tale set in the ancient Inka (sometimes spelled Inca) empire, Little Chaski has a big job: he is the Inka King's newest royal...
Shark lady : the daring tale of how Eugenie Clark dove into history
Keating, Jess.
Paper Book
One of New York Times' Twelve Books for Feminist Boys and Girls! This is the story of a woman who dared to dive, defy, discover, and inspire. This is the story of Shark Lady. One of the best science picture books for children, Shark Lady is a must for both teachers and parents alike! ...
Latinitas : celebrating 40 big dreamers
Menéndez, Juliet
Paper Book
Dream big with the Latinitas in Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers. Discover how 40 influential Latinas became the women we celebrate today! In this collection of short biographies from all over Latin America and across the United States, Juliet Menéndez explores the...
My Town / Mi Pueblo
Solis, Nicholas
Paper Book
In this bilingual picture book, cousins from opposite sides of the border visit each other's towns and delight in their similarities and differences. Two cousins live in two towns, separated by a river. But there is also a bigger divide-the US-Mexico border-which means they live...
Tia Fortuna's New Home: A Jewish Cuban Journey
Behar, Ruth
Paper Book
A poignant multicultural ode to family and what it means to create a home as one girl helps her Tia move away from her beloved Miami apartment. When Estrella's Tia Fortuna has to say goodbye to her longtime Miami apartment building, The Seaway, to move to an assisted living...
Yefferson, actually = en realidad es Yefferson
Martin-Rowe, Scott
Paper Book
Introduce your little ones to standing up for themselves (and their roots) in both English and Spanish! On his first day as the new kid in school, shy Yefferson's name is consistently mispronounced to his discomfort and embarrassment. With his family's support, Yefferson finds...
Soldier for equality : José de la Luz Saénz and the Great War
Tonatiuh, Duncan
Paper Book
Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War is the incredible story of one man's fight for Mexican American civil rights, from award-winning picture book creator Duncan Tonatiuh. A 2020 Pura Belpré Award Author Honor Book
Soldier for equality : José de la Luz Saénz and the Great War
Tonatiuh, Duncan
Paper Book
Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War is the incredible story of one man's fight for Mexican American civil rights, from award-winning picture book creator Duncan Tonatiuh. A 2020 Pura Belpré Award Author Honor Book
Vamonos: Mexican Folk Art Transport in English and Spanish
Weill, Cynthia
Paper Book
Young readers will enjoy this fun and vibrant bilingual introduction to different forms of transportation. This installment in author Cynthia Weill's acclaimed Mexican Folk Art series is a colorful adventure in English and Spanish, illustrated with handmade painted sculptures. You...
Un verano especial con la Abuela
De Regil, Tania
Paper Book
On a first solo visit with her grandmother outside Mexico City, a young girl discovers what makes Grandma so special in this enchanting and personal picture book. Julia va a pasar el verano en casa de su abuela -será su primera vez lejos de papá y mamá. En la casa de la abuela,...

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