Visit our TLA 2021 Virtual Booth!

Greetings, TLA librarians! We missed seeing your friendly faces in Texas this year, but you don’t have to miss out on the resources available in our virtual booth. Enter for your chance to win books, request digital ARCs, view our full schedule of TLA author programs, discover our Texas State Reading List books, and more.

★ Don’t miss these author programs
at the TLA Virtual Conference! ★

View the TLA virtual conference program and the Authors Area page for a full list of author programs. Click below to see a full list of MCPG author events!

Click to expand: View our full schedule of MCPG author events here!
Thursday, April 22nd

10:15-11:15 AM CT
Tackling Tough Topics in Middle Grade – Author Panel
Speaker: Barbara O’Connor (Halfway to Harmony)

1:45 – 2:45pm CT
Black Caucus Round Table Author Session
Speakers: Tiffany D. Jackson and Ilyasah Shabazz (The Awakening of Malcolm X)

3:00 – 4:00pm CT
Read with Pride: LGBTQ+ YA Lit – Author Panel

Speakers: Aiden Thomas (Cemetery Boys), Mike Curato (Flamer)

4:15 – 5:15pm CT
The Creative Pen: YA Authors Who Chat About the CraftAuthor Panel
Speaker: Marissa Meyer (Instant Karma)

Friday, April 23rd

10:15 – 11:15am CT
Coming Soon to a Shelf Near You: Star-studded Middle Grade Fiction – Author Panel
Speakers: Kimberly Willis Holt (The Ambassador of Nowhere, Texas), Angela Dominguez (Stella Díaz Dreams Big)

12:00 – 1:00pm CT
LIbrary Friends, Trustees, and Advocates (LiFTA) Author Session – Keynote

Speaker: Gary Paulsen (Gone to the Woods)

1:45 – 2:45pm CT
Lone Star Reading List – Author Panel

Speakers: Steve Sheinkin (Fallout), April Henry (Eyes of the Forest)

1:45 – 2:45pm CT
The Suspense is Killing Me – Author Panel

Speakers: Angeline Boulley (Firekeeper’s Daughter), June Hur (The Forest of Stolen Girls)

3:00 – 4:00pm CT
Through Space & Time: YA Sci-Fi – Author Panel

Speaker: Joan He (The Ones We’re Meant to Find)

3:00 – 4:00pm CT
YA Lit: Speaking Truth to Power – Author Panel

Speakers: Tiffany D. Jackson and Ilyasah Shabazz (The Awakening of Malcolm X)

4:00 – 5:00pm CT
Go, Graphic Novels, Go! – Author Panel

Speakers: Johnathan Stutzman and Heather Fox (Fitz and Cleo)

4:00 – 5:00pm CT
Sometimes, You Just Gotta Laugh: Humor – Author Panel
Speakers: Aaron Reynolds (Fart Quest), Vera Brosgol (Memory Jars)

4:00 – 5:00pm CT
This is My Story: #OwnVoices for Children – Author Panel 
Speakers: Nidhi Chanani (Jukebox and Pashmina)

Saturday, April 24th

10:15 – 11:15am CT
Move Over Dick and Jane: Connecting Beginning Readers to Fun Reads – Author Panel

Speaker: Katherine Applegate (Doggo and Pupper)

10:15 – 11:15am CT
A Beautiful Darkness (YA Dark Fantasy) – Author Panel
Speakers: Leigh Bardugo (Rule of Wolves), A.M. Strickland (In the Ravenous Dark)

1:45 – 2:45pm CT
Thrills & Chills for Kids – Author Panel
Speaker: Christian McKay Heidicker (Ghosts of Weirdwood and Scary Stories for Young Foxes: The City)

1:45 – 2:45pm CT
A Tale as Old as Time: Fairy Tale Retellings
Speakers: Anna-Marie McLemore (The Mirror Season), L.L. McKinney (A Crown So Cursed)

Browse the best-reviewed books of 2021 (so far!)

Build your 2021 reading list with these top-reviewed books!

Nominate your favorite librarian
for our #DearLibrarian Contest!

Learn more about the Dear Librarian picture book here!

Request digital ARCs on NetGalley!

Be the first to read some of 2021’s most-anticipated books.

Enter for a chance to win must-read books!

Enter for your chance to win a stack of books from authors
participating in this year’s TLA programs!

★ Browse our TLA State Reading List selections!

Click to expand: View all of our Texas State Reading list books here!

Texas Bluebonnet Award 2021-2022 Master List

Scary Stories for Young Foxes by Christian McKay Heidicker, illustrated by Junyi Wu

The goal of the TBA program is to encourage reading for pleasure. The titles are chosen for both quality and appeal to children. In order to vote, children must read at least five titles on the list throughout 2021. In January 2022, students will vote for their favorite title on the list, thus using critical thinking skills in selecting their choice. The winner will be announced in February 2022 and the award will be presented at the 2022 Texas Library Association (TLA) Annual Conference. Close to 180,000 students vote each year. View the full master list here.

2021 Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List

The Phantom Twin by Lisa Brown
One Year at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks   
*Snapdragon by Kat Leyh
*Go With the Flow by Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann, illustrated by Lily Williams
*Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang  
The Daughters of Ys by M.T. Anderson, illustrated by Jo Rioux
Open Borders by Bryan Caplan and Zach Weinersmith
*Flamer by Mike Curato
*Truckus Maximus by Scott Peterson; illustrated by José García

The Texas Maverick Graphic Novels Reading List  is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians. The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 6-12 to explore a variety of current graphic novels. The full list can be found here. 
*Titles received a unanimous vote from the selection committee   

2021 Little Maverick Graphic Novel List   

Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks  
History Comics: The Great Chicago Fire by Kate Hannigan & Alex Graudins
History Comics: The Roanoke Colony by Chris Schweizer 
InvestiGators by John Patrick Green
Kitten Construction Company: A Bridge Too Fur by John Patrick Green 
My Pencil and Me by Sara Varon
Nico Bravo and the Cellar Dwellers by Mike Cavallaro 
*One Year at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks 
Peter and Ernesto: Sloths in the Night by Graham Annable 
Science Comics: Wild Weather by MK Reed & Jonathan Hill 

The Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List is a recommended reading list designed for children in grades K-5. The purpose of the list is to encourage students to explore a variety of current graphic novels. The full list can be found here.
*Titles received a unanimous vote from the selection committee   

2021 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List 

*All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
Brave Ballerina by Michelle Meadows, illustrated by Ebony Glenn
*Jane Against the World by Karen Blumenthal
Torpedoed by Deborah Heiligman 

The purpose of the Texas Topaz Reading List is to provide children and adults with recommended nonfiction titles that stimulate reading for pleasure and personal learning. The full list can be found here.
*Titles received a unanimous vote from the selection committee   

2021 TAYSHAS List

Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller
Bloom by Kevin Panetta, illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau
The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang  

The goal of the TAYSHAS reading list is to motivate young adults to become lifelong readers. Students in grades 9 – 12 are encouraged to read books for pleasure from the list which includes fiction and nonfiction titles. The full list can be found here.

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