Texas Great Read 2024

2024 Texas Great Read Adult Selection
The Which Way Tree by Elizabeth Crook

 

Cover of the book The Which Way Tree showing a drawing of a black panther on a yellow background with white text over it of the title and author

We’re so excited for you to read these books! The Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission has chosen The Mystery of the Monarchs, written by Barb Rosenstock and illustrated by Erika Meza, as the 2024 Texas Great Read Youth Selection and The Which Way Tree by Elizabeth Crook as the 2024 Texas Great Read Adult Selection.

Every year, the Library of Congress asks each state Center for the Book to select titles that represent the state’s literary landscape to highlight at the National Book Festival, an event showcasing the importance of books and reading. This year’s festival will be held August 24 in Washington, DC, and online. Check out the Library of Congress website for details.

This summer, TSLAC will hold two video webinars, one for each book, including a video interview with each author and the opportunity for readers to ask questions. These events are free and available on TSLAC’s YouTube channel after airing.

Register for The Mystery of the Monarchs interview with the author and illustrator, with Q and A. On Tuesday, July 16 at 10 AM Central Time, we'll host a webinar interview with author Barb Rosenstock and illustrator Erika Meza. Participants will have a chance to ask questions at the conclusion of the interview. Register here.

Watch our interview with Elizabeth Crook, author of The Which Way Tree:

Reading the Books
Many libraries across Texas carry copies of The Which Way Tree and The Mystery of the Monarchs; we encourage you to check them out! In addition, both books are available through E-Read Texas. E-Read Texas is a statewide program that provides e-books to small and medium-sized public libraries statewide; if your local library is part of this network, you can access the books this way. For our Talking Book Program patrons, The Which Way Tree is currently available, and The Mystery of the Monarchs will be available soon.

Past Texas Great Read Selections

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Cover of the book "Nell Plants a Tree" by Anne Wynter, illustrated by Daniel Miyares, showing a girl up in a large tree branch reading a book with a two story house in the background Cover of the book "West with Giraffes" by Lynda Rutledge, showing the back of a man wearing over all walking towards a large map of the western United States Cover of the book "Indelible Ann: The Larger-Than-Life Story of Governor Ann Richards" by Meghan P. Browne, illustrated by Carlynn Whitt  Cover of the book Marfa for the Perplexed Cover of the book "Butterfly Yellow" Cover of the book "What Do You Do with a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan" Cover of the book "Shame the Stars" Cover of the book "News of the World" Cover of the book Wish Girl Cover of the book Family Pictures/Cuadros de Familia
Nell Plants a Tree

 Anne Wynter,
illustrated by Daniel Miyares
West with Giraffes

Lynda Rutledge
Indelible Ann: The Larger-Than-Life Story of Governor Ann Richards

Meghan P. Browne, illustrated by Carlynn Whitt 
Marfa for the Perplexed 

Lonn Taylor
Butterfly Yellow 

Thanhhà Lại
What Do You
Do with a Voice
Like That? The Story of Extraordinary
Congresswoman
Barbara Jordan
 

Chris Barton, illustrated
by Ekua Holmes
Shame the Stars 

Guadalupe 
García
McCall
News of the World 

Paulette Jiles
Wish Girl 

Nikki Loftin
Family Pictures/
Cuadros de Familia


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With His Pistol In His
Hand: A Border Ballad
and Its Hero


Americo Paredes
The Time It
Never Rained


Elmer Kelton
Old Yeller

Fred Gipson
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