Semicolon blog has a list of books at Reading through Texas.

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The Underneath by Kathi Appelt and illustrated by David Small - an ALA Notable Children's Book (2010)

Magical tale about a mother cat that befriends an old hound dog. Caution: contains certain elements that some readers may find offensive or not age appropriate.

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (January 5, 2010)
  • ISBN-10: 1416950591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416950592

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (2011)

Calpurnia Tate wants to be a scientist. But in rural Texas in 1899, her mother and society might not be quite ready for her career choice.

White Lilacs

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (January 1, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0152058516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152058517

Holes by Louis Sachar (2000)

Innocent Stanley gets sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention facility in Texas, where the boys are made to dig holes.

Keeper by Kathi Appelt and illustrated by August Hall (2012)

Set in Texas along the Gulf of Mexico, Keeper's mother has left her with Signe. Is that because Keeper's mother is a mermaid?

Armadillo Rodeo by Jan Brett (2004)

Bo the armadillo has a series of adventures in this picture book for young children set in Texas hill country.

The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie dePaola (1996)

In this picture book for 4 to 8 year olds, a little Comanche girl makes a sacrifice to help alleviate a life-threatening drought. Will it help?


Bloomin' Tales: Legends of Seven Favorite Texas Wildflowers by Cherie Foster Colburn and llustrated by Joy Fisher Hein (2012)

Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America by Kathi Appelt and illustrated by Joy Fisher Hein (2005)

Wonderful picture book biography that celebrates native Texan, Lady Bird Johnson.

L Is for Lone Star: A Texas Alphabet (Alphabet Series) by Carol Cane and illustrated by Alan Stacey


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Roberta Gibson 2020