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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La Bendición de Zahra: Una Historia de Ramadán
Shamsi, Shirin
"A young Muslim girl, cued as Pakistani American, prays for a blessing and ends up being one . . . A sweet story about the importance of sharing and caring that's embedded in Islamic traditions" - Kirkus Reviews Zahra hugs her cherished teddy bear and prays that Ramadan will...
La canción del cambio : himno para niños
Gorman, Amanda
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
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
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...
¡Corre, pequeño Chaski! : una aventura en el camino Inka
Llanos, Mariana
"Un singular periplo en los Andes" - El Comercio 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 messenger. On his first day delivering messages he stops to help several creatures in need...
Run, Little Chaski! : an Inka trail adventure
Llanos, Mariana
★ ''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...
Cultivando a un artista : la historia de un jardinero paisajista y su hijo
Parra, John
El galardonado artista John Parra nos trae un conmovedor y engañosamente simple cuento infantil ilustrado inspirado por su propia niñez, sobre el lazo entre padre e hijo, el valor de trabajar duro y los vínculos que existen entre la naturaleza, el arte y la creatividad. Hoy es el...
La dama de los tiburones : la historia verdadera de co?mo Eugenie Clard se convirtio? en la ma?s maliente cienti?fica del oce?no
Keating, Jess.
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 : una celebración de 40 soñadoras audaces
Menéndez, Juliet
In this Spanish edition of her author-illustrator debut Latinitas, Juliet Menéndez celebrates inspiring Latinas and Latin American women. Descubre cómo cuarenta latinas influyentes se convirtieron en las mujeres que hoy celebramos. En esta colección de biografías cortas...
My town = Mi pueblo
Solis, Nicholas
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...
Tía Fortuna's new home
Behar, Ruth
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...
Soldado Por la Igualdad:: José de la Luz Sáenz y la Gran Guerra
Tonatiuh, Duncan
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
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
Va?monos : Mexican folk art transport in English and Spanish
Weill, Cynthia
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...

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