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
Zahra hugs her cherished teddy bear and prays that Ramadan will bring her a longed-for sister. When her bear subsequently goes missing, Zahra finds herself grappling with intense feelings of loss. Over the next few weeks, as she volunteers with her mother at a local shelter for asylum seekers,...
La canción del cambio : himno para niños
Gorman, Amanda
Un lírico libro debut para niños por la poeta inaugural presidencial Amanda Gorman y el ilustrador #1 superventas del New York Times Loren Long. "Escucho el zumbido del cambio. Es una ruidosa y orgullosa canción. No temo la...
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...
El carnaval de mi bisabuela
Pastro, Joana
Discover the sights and sounds of Brazil through the eyes of a young girl and her great-grandmother as they share in the excitement of Carnaval! Llegó el carnaval y Clara está impaciente por celebrar su fiesta favorita con su familia, pero especialmente con su bisabuela. Aunque Bisa no...
¡Corre, pequeño Chaski! : una aventura en el camino Inka
Llanos, Mariana
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 along the way, causing him to nearly miss his sunset deadline. But the...
Run, Little Chaski! : an Inka trail adventure
Llanos, Mariana
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 along the way, causing him to nearly miss his sunset deadline. But the...
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.
This is the story of Eugenie Clark, a woman who dared to dive, defy, and discover. Through her accomplishments, she taught the world that sharks were to be admired rather than feared and that women can do anything they set their minds to. An inspiring story by critically-acclaimed zoologist Jess...
La guardiana de la libreta : una historia de bondad desde la frontera
Brisen?o, Stephen
Una edici n en espanol de LA GUARDIANA DE LA LIBRETA, la historia inspiradora de una mama y su hija que han sido negadas entrada en la frontera estadounidense y tienen que conseguir una refugiada a cargo de la libreta , un registro no oficial de todos aquellos que esperan a cruzar hacia los...
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...
El murciélago
Gravel, Elise
Bats are the flying mammals on earth, and contrary to popular believe, they prefer to eat flies rather than human blood! They are important to nature and we have to protect them so if you come across one, let it sleep easy! Los murciélagos son los únicos mamíferos que saben volar y...
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 live...
El nuevo hogar de Tía Fortuna
Behar, Ruth
Una conmovedora oda multicultural a la familia y a lo que significa crear un hogar cuando una nina ayuda a su tia a mudarse de su querido apartamento en Miami. Cuando Fortuna, la tia de Estrella, tiene que despedirse de su antiguo edificio de apartamentos en Miami, The...
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...
Yefferson, actually = En realidad, es Yefferson
Trejo, Katherine
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...
Serpiente Emplumada y Los Cinco Soles:: Un Mito Mesoamericano
Tonatiuh, Duncan
Long ago, the gods of Mesoamerica set out to create humans. They tried many times during each sun, or age. When all their attempts failed and the gods grew tired, only one did not give up: Quetzalcóatl-the Feathered Serpent-who embarked on the dangerous quest to create humankind.Award-winning author...
Soldado Por la Igualdad:: José de la Luz Sáenz y la Gran Guerra
Tonatiuh, Duncan
José de la Luz Sáenz (Luz) was born in the United States, and often faced prejudice because of his Mexican heritage. When World War I broke out, Luz joined the army, however, he found that prejudice followed him even to war. Upon his return to Texas, he joined forces with other Mexican American...
Soldier for equality : José de la Luz Saénz and the Great War
Tonatiuh, Duncan
Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh brings to life the story of a Mexican-American war hero José de la LuzSáenz(1888-1953)-or Luz-believed in fighting for what was right. Although he was born in the United States, he and his family experienced prejudice because of their Mexican heritage. When World...
Srta. Quinces
Fajardo, Kat.
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...
Srta. Quinces
Fajardo, Kat
Rising star Kat Fajardo's debut middle-grade graphic novel about a girl who would rather do anything other than celebrate her quinceañera! Sue solo quiere pasar el verano leyendo y haciendo cómics en el campamento con sus amigos, pero en lugar de eso se embarca con sus padres y sus dos hermanas...
Un verano especial con la abuela
De Regil, Tania
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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