Among its many thoughtfully compiled lists of books worth sharing and celebrating, the Texas Library Association (TLA) has an all-ages one that’s unlike any other that I’m aware of: Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List.
The 2024 list came out this week, and before I share the part(s) that I’m especially excited about, here’s how the Texas Topaz Committee describes its work:
The purpose of the Texas Topaz Reading List is to provide children, teens, and adults with recommended nonfiction titles that stimulate reading for pleasure and personal learning. It is intended for recreational reading and is not designed to support any particular curriculum.
Each year, the Texas Topaz Committee considers nonfiction books published three years prior to the release of the list. This year, the committee selected 57 titles recommended for young readers and 37 titles recommended for adults. All titles on the new list were published between 2021 and 2023.
This week’s announcement calls attention to “recommended titles from the new Texas Topaz Reading List with unanimous votes from the entire Committee.” And I’m so happy to say that not only do I have two books on this year’s Texas Topaz Reading List, but also that both books were unanimous selections:
- Glitter Everywhere!: Where It Came From, Where It’s Found & Where It’s Going by Chris Barton, illustrated by Chaaya Prabhat (Charlesbridge, 2023)
- How to Make a Book (About My Dog) by Chris Barton, illustrated by Sarah Horne (Millbrook Press, an imprint of Lerner Publishing Group, 2021)
Even better, at this April’s TLA conference in San Antonio, I’ll get to be on a panel with the terrific authors of two other unanimous selections — Traci Sorell and Carole Boston Weatherford! If you’ll be at the conference, I hope you’ll come join us for From Facts to Fascination: Nurturing Curiosity with Nonfiction in Libraries.
In the meantime, I suspect that you and I both have some nonfiction reading to catch up on…