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Independent Reading

EASY
Alamo Across Texas
by Jill Stover. Lothrop, 1993
An alligator searches Texas for a new place to live after a drought dries up his home.
Bluebonnet at Dinosaur Valley State Park
by Mary Brooke Casad. Pelican, 1990
Bluebonnet the armadillo meets his ancestor, a glyptodont, in a central Texas state park.
The Critters of Gazink
by Grace Roberson Hicks. Eakin Press, 1991
A rhyming story introduces the animal inhabitants of a Texas town.
Dinosaur Days in Texas
by Tom and Jane Allen with Savannah Walker. Hendrick-Long, 1989
A young person's guide to the sixteen species of dinosaurs that roamed what is today Texas.
The Great Monarch Butterfly Chase
by R. W. N. Prior. Bradbury Press, 1993
Two boys follow a monarch butterfly on its annual migration across the South into Mexico via Texas.
Tag-Along Timothy Tours Texas
by Jean Richardson. Eakin Press, 1991
A rabbit accompanies a family as it tours Texas by car.
Texas
by Kathy Pelta. Lerner, 1994 (Series: Hello U.S.A.)
An overview of Texas and its people, geography, history, and economy.
Texas Wildflowers: A Children's Field Guide to the State's Most Common Flowers
by Beverly Magley. Falcon Press, 1993
An illustrated guide to help children appreciate the wildflowers found in each region of Texas.
AVERAGE
The Big Storm
by Bruce Hiscock. Atheneum Books, 1993
Engrossing account for young readers of the 1982 storm that swept across the country, bringing heavy rains and hail to the Southwest.
O Ye Legendary Texas Horned Frog
by June Rayfield Welch. Yellow Rose Press, 1993
True tales and folklore about this famed Texas animal.
Texas
by Dennis Fradin. Spanish version by Aida Marcuse. Childrens Press, 1992 (Series: From sea to shining sea)
An introduction to the geography, climate, history, cities, and famous people of Texas.
Texas Hot-Air Balloon Mystery!
by Carole Marsh. Gallopade Publishing Group, 1994
An adventure story in which the characters and the reader are stuck in a hot-air balloon and must figure out their location in Texas from topographical and other clues.
The Tree That Would Not Die
by Ellen Levine. Scholastic, 1995
An overview of Texas history as “told” by the 500-year-old Treaty Oak in Austin.
Trees, Shrubs & Cacti of South Texas
by James H. Everitt and D. Lynn Drawe. Texas Tech University Press, 1993
Field guide to the unique and spectacular flora of south Texas.
CHALLENGING
Coyote/Roadrunner
by Wyman Meinzer. Texas Tech University Press. 1995, 1993.
Poignant observations and photographs of the coyote and the roadrunner as observed by the author/photographer on the Texas plains.
The Desert Is My Mother/El desierto es mi madre
by Pat Mora. Piñata Books, a division of Arte Público Press, 1994
A poem in Spanish and English about the spirit of life found in the desert.
Legends and Lore of Texas Wildflowers
by Elizabeth Silverthorne. Texas A&M University Press, 1996
Legends, historical uses, name origins, and settings of forty-four of Texas' wildflowers.
Roadside Geology of Texas
by Darwin Spearing. Mountain Press, 1991
Young reader's guide to the dramatic geologic formations of Texas (divided into seven regions).
Unique Texas: A Guide to the State's Quirks, Charisma, and Character
by Sarah Lovett. John Muir Publications, 1993
A romping guide to the state's most intriguing natural and historic sites.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
The Armadillo from Amarillo
by Lynne Cherry. Gulliver Books/Harcourt Brace, 1994
A rhyming picture book in which a wandering armadillo takes the reader on a trip through Texas.
I'm Going to Texas/Yo voy a Tejas
by Mary Dodson Wade, translated by Guadalupe C. Quintanilla. Colophon House, 1995
Bilingual rhyming story of a child's preparations for a trip to Texas.
Legend of the Bluebonnet/La leyenda de la flor “El Conejo”: una antigua leyenda de Texas
by Tommie De Paola; translated into Spanish by Clarita Kohen. Putnam, 1993, 1983
New Spanish edition of the Comanche legend recounting the bluebonnet's introduction to Texas.
Twelve Days in Texas
by Donna D. Cooner. Hendrick-Long, 1994
A holiday story in rhyme in which gifts of Texas plants and animals are presented.
REFERENCE BOOKS
Geo-Texas: A Guide to the Earth Sciences
by Eric R. Swanson. Texas A&M University Press, 1995
An informative guide to the sky above and the earth below the Lone Star State.
Gone for the Day: Family fun in Central Texas
by Deborah Douglas. Texas A&M University Press, 1995
Eighteen day-long trips centered from San Antonio that highlight the area's geographic features.
Introducing Mammals to Young Naturalists
by Ilo Hiller/Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, 1990
Examines species such as the prairie dog, beaver, armadillo, and porcupine.