Greetings to those attending the 2024 TASLA summer workshop as Perma-Bound‘s Lex Anne Seifert, my fellow author Cynthia Levinson, and I discuss how to connect with Texas creators of books for young readers — and why you should.

Below, you’ll find some of the resources we recommend for discovering some of the many (many, many, MANY!) accomplished Texas authors and illustrators of children’s books and young adult literature.

Introducing your students to these active writers and artists here in Texas can be an inspiring experience for everyone involved and — crucially — a vital part of sustaining a culture of literature in the Lone Star State.

And now, those resources:

1. Young-reader-focused members of the Texas Institute of Letters honor society as well as recent recipients of the Brigid Erin Flynn Award for Best Picture Book, Deirdre Siobhan FlynnBass Award for Best Middle Grade Book, and Jean Flynn Award for Best Young Adult Book:

2. Authors of picture books, middle grade, and YA literature honored by the annual Writers’ League of Texas Book Awards, including the winners and honorees for books published in 2022 and in previous years dating back to 2015.

3. Texas authors and illustrators represented by booking agents specializing in school visits, including How Now Booking (see Region: South), The Booking Biz, The Author Village, and Authors and More.

4. Members of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators chapters in Austin, the Brazos Valley, Houston, North Texas, and Southwest Texas.

5. Texas authors and illustrators recommended by booksellers collected on Lone Star Literary Life’s list of Texas Bookstores, which may not only be familiar with these creators’ work but might also have hosted them for in-store events.

6. The Texas Education Agency’s 20 regional Education Service Centers may have staff members or consultants who are focused on providing library, literacy, and/or language arts services and who might be acquainted with nearby authors and illustrators of books for young readers.

7. And perhaps the best resource of all: Texas librarians! (We especially recommend using the community engagement tools available to members of the Texas Library Association.) Who better to ask for recommendations of Texas authors and illustrators than the librarians who have bought and displayed their books and invited these creators themselves into their libraries?

If there’s an avenue that we’ve overlooked, please just let me know in the comments, and I’ll consider including that when I update this list. Thank you for supporting Texas authors and illustrators!