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Independent Reading

EASY
Black Texans: They Overcame
by Marian Barnes. Eakin Press, 1996
Sketches of famous African Americans from Texas from frontier days to the present.
Did You Ever Meet a Texas Hero? Vol. II, 1900 to 1950
by Marj Gurasich. Eakin Press, 1996
Concise, easy-to-read biographies of famous twentieth-century Texans.
The Hooligans
by Tom Townsend. Eakin Press, 1990
During World War II, several boys run away from an orphanage and join a patrol that is scouting for Nazi submarines.
Mike's Oil Patch
by Dorys Ward. Eakin Press, 1994
A young boy discovers the fascinating world of oil drilling as he spends a summer with his grandfather, a retired “boomer.”
Our Tejano Heroes: Outstanding Mexican-Americans in Texas
by Sammye Munson. Panda Books, 1989
Introductions to twenty historic Mexican Americans of Texas, from Jose Navarro to Henry Gonzalez.
Twenty-two Texas Women: Strong, Tough and Independent
by Michele and Barbara Bennett. Eakin Press, 1996
Biographical sketches of Texas women from settlement days to the present.
AVERAGE
Babe Didrikson Zaharias
by William R. Sanford and Carl R. Green. Crestwood House, 1993
Stirring biography of the Texas woman named by the Associated Press in 1949 as the “Greatest Woman Athlete of the Half Century.”
Blind Bess, Buddy, and Me
by Ruby C. Tolliver. Hendrick-Long, 1990
Two boys spend the summer on their grandfather's East Texas ranch in the early Depression.
Brave Bessie: Flying Free
by Lillian M. Fisher. Hendrick-Long, 1995
Biography of Texan Bessie Coleman, the first African American woman aviator, who performed as a “barnstormer” in the 1920s.
Miss Ima and the Hogg Family
by Gwen Cone Neeley. Hendrick-Long, 1992
Biography of the unforgettable woman who made her mark on Texas as a governor's daughter.
The Texas Orphans: A Story of the Orphan Train Children
by Rita Kerr. Sunbelt Media, 1994
True story of two young orphan boys from New York who build a new life on a Texas farm in the early 1900s.
When I Was Just Your Age: Remarkable Reflections of Growing Up in Another Era
by Robert Flynn and Susan Russell. University of North Texas Press, 1992
Thirteen reminiscences of life in Texas and the Southwest in the early 1900s.
CHALLENGING
Boomer's Kids
by Ruby C. Tolliver. Hendrick-Long, 1992
Adventures of two children whose father is an oil field worker in Spindletop during the 1901 oil boom.
Cedar Fever
by Marian L. Martinello. Corona, 1992
A young German American girl in Texas deals with neighbors' fear and prejudice during World War I.
My Fellow Texans: Governors of Texas in the 20th Century
by Dede W. Casad. Eakin Press, 1995
Sketches with fascinating anecdotes of the 22 governors of Texas in this century.
Texas Granite: The Story of First Lieutenant Jack Lummus, World War II Hero
by Mary Hartman. Hendrick-Long, 1995
Biography of Jack Lummus, a sports hero before the war and a war hero on Iwo Jima in the Pacific.
Whistle Punk
by Chapin Alice and Kent Ross. Chaparral Books/Texas Christian University Press, 1994
A twelve-year-old Texas boy meets and works with German POWs during World War II.
White Lilacs
by Carolyn Meyer. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1993
A twelve-year-old African American girl sees her community torn down and relocated in the early 1920s.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
Family Pictures/Cuadros de familia
by Carmen Lomas Garza. Children's Book Press, 1990
Childhood memories in Kingsville, Texas, from a Mexican American artist.
Ganzy Remembers
by Mary Grace Ketner. Atheneum, 1991
A woman tells her daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter stories of her childhood on a Texas farm.
Picking Peas for a Penny
by Angela Shelf Medearis. State House Press, 1990
Illustrated counting rhymes based on the author's farm experiences during the Depression.
REFERENCE BOOKS
My Remembers: A Black Sharecropper's Recollections of the Depression
by Eddie Stimpson, Jr. University of North Texas Press, 1995
First-person memoirs of “Sarge” Stimpson, born and raised near Plano, Texas, about his close-knit family and community life in the 1930s.
Texans: Oral Histories from the Lone Star State
by Ron Strickland. Paragon House, 1991
Fifty-four famous Texans, including “Shoelace Jim” Espy, Filiberto Nunez, and Callie Ross Bevill, tell their unique stories.
Women in Texas: Their Lives, Experiences, Their Accomplishments
by Ann Fears Crawford and Crystal Sasse Ragsdale. Rev. ed. State House Press, 1992
Profiles of Texas women.