The books listed below may be available through publishers, distributors such as bookstores or online retailers, or library systems.

Independent Reading

EASY
Discover Dallas: A Child's Guide, 1995-96
by Elaine Velvin. Hendrick-Long,1995
Updated children's guide to Dallas that is geared to children's needs, interests, and sense of fun.
Friends From the Other Side/Amigos del otro lado
by Gloria Anzaldua. Children's Book Press, 1993
Two Mexican American children become friends when one comes to Texas with his mother to start a new life.
Judy Ford: World Champion Cowgirl
by Greg Reeves. State House Press, 1992
Delightful story of a young cowgirl who loves rodeos, written by the son of country singer Jim Reeves.
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.
Pepita Talks Twice/Pepita habla dos veces
by Ofelia Dumas Lachtman. Pinata Books/division of Arte Publico Press, 1995
A young girl discovers the value of speaking Spanish and English in a multicultural world.
What! No Chili! Meet Hot Shot, the Cuisinie Genie, and Visit Food Festivals All Across Texas
by Rose-Mary Rumbley. Eakin Press, 1994
Opening a cafe provides the fictional base for visiting annual food festivals in Texas.
AVERAGE
Kacy and the Space Shuttle Secret
by Sharon Kahn. Eakin Press, 1996
A science project leads eleven-year-old Kacy to a space mystery -- and friendship with an astronaut.
Lady: The Story of Claudia Alta (Lady Bird) Johnson
by Jean Flynn. Eakin Press, 1991
Young reader's biography of Texan “Lady Bird” Johnson who became the nation's First Lady in 1963.
Remembering Selena
by Himilce Novas and Rosemary Silva. St. Martin's Press, 1995
A tribute to the beloved Tejano singer who was murdered in 1995.
Sam and the Speaker's Chair: The Story of Sam Rayburn
by Maurine Walpole Liles. Eakin Press, 1994
Biography of Sam Rayburn, one of the most renowned speakers of the U.S. House of Representatives.
San Antonio; Houston
by Sally Lee, 1992; by Charles Peifer, Jr., 1988; Dillon Press/Macmillan Children's Group
Tour of two major Texas cities.
State Governments
by Barbara Silberdick Feinberg. Franklin Watts, 1993
A helpful introduction for young citizens to the variety of ways in which states govern themselves.
CHALLENGING
Barbara Bush: First Lady; Barbara Bush
by Rose Blue and Corinne J. Naden. Enslow, 1991; by Arleen M. Heiss. Chelsea House, 1992
Children's biographies of the First Lady in the 1980s, wife of President George Bush.
Henry Cisneros; Henry Cisneros: Building a Better America
by Christopher Henry. Chelsea House, 1995; by Carmen Bredeson. Enslow, 1995
Young readers' biographies of the Hispanic government leader, former mayor of San Antonio, and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Clinton.
H. Ross Perot: Texas Billionaire
by Gene Brown. Rourke, 1993
A young reader's biography of the Texas businessman-turned-political activist.
The Lyndon Johnsons
by Cass R. Sandak. Crestwood House, 1993
Children's biography of “LBJ” and “Lady Bird” who became President and First Lady in the 1960s.
Texas Festivals
by Dawn Albright. Palmetto Press, 1991
A guide to more than 300 annual events in Texas.
Texas Women: Legends in Their Own Time
by Joanne Claudia Dee Seligman. Hendrick-Long, 1989
Eight contemporary Texas women tell their life stories through interviews and photographs.

Read Aloud and Reference Books

READ ALOUD BOOKS
Aplauso! Hispanic Children's Theater
edited by Joe Rosenberg, Arte Público Press, 1995
A collection of plays with Hispanic themes to be read or performed by elementary school children.
Cowboy Stories From East Texas
by John Lash. Hendrick-Long, 1991
Eight amusing cowboy stories that take place in present-day East Texas.
Radio Man: A Story in English and Spanish/ Don Radio: Un Cuento en Ingles y Espanol
by Arthur Dorros; translated into Spanish by Sandra Marulanda Dorros. Harper Collins, 1993
Bilingual story of a Mexican American boy who travels with his migrant worker family and learns English from his radio.
REFERENCE BOOKS
1996/1997 Texas Almanac
Dallas Morning News, 1996
58th edition of this fact-filled sourcebook on Texas culture, politics, history, and current issues.
Bienvenidos: A Bilingual/Bicultural Teacher Resource Guide
by Cynthia Downs. Denison, 1991
Guide to Mexican and Hispanic culture, organized monthly with activities for elementary students.
The Impact of Global Warming on Texas
Ed. by Gerald North, Jurgen Schmandt, and Judith Clarkson. University of Texas Press, 1995
Discussion of the possible effects of global warming on Texas climate, water resources, agriculture, economy, and urban areas.
Texas Humoresque: Lone Star Humorists From Then Till Now
by C. L. Sonnichsen. Texas Christian University Press, 1990
Humor -- Texas style -- from a broad selection of Lone Star writers.