2022 Texas Great Read

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

by Meghan P. Browne and illustrated by Carlynn Whitt

Meet the Author | Meet the Illustrator | Educator's Guide
 

The Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission has chosen Indelible Ann: The Larger-Than-Life Story of Governor Ann Richards by Meghan P. Browne, illustrated by Carlynn Whitt, as the Texas Great Read for 2022. Every year, the Library of Congress asks each state Center for the Book to select a title that represents the state’s literary landscape to highlight at the National Book Festival. The event showcases the importance of books and reading. The 22nd Library of Congress National Book Festival will take place on September 3 in Washington, DC, with varied offerings online. Check out the Library of Congress website for details.

 

Cover of "Indelible Ann: The Larger-than-Life Story of Governor Ann Richards" by Meghan P. Browne, illustrated by Carlynn Whitt

Indelible Ann: The Larger-Than-Life Story of Governor Ann Richards by Meghan P. Browne, illustrated by Carlynn Whitt

A folksy, larger-than-life picture book biography about Ann Richards, the late governor of Texas who has inspired countless women in politics today.

Dorothy Ann Willis hailed from a small Texas town, but early on she found her voice and the guts to use it. During her childhood in San Diego and her high school years back in Texas (when she dropped the "Dorothy"), Ann discovered a spark and passion for civic duty. It led her all the way to Washington, DC, where she, along with other girls from around the country, learned about the business of politics.

Fast forward to Ann taking on the political boys' club: she became county commissioner, then state treasurer, and finally Governor of Texas. In this stunning picture book biography, full of vim, vigor, and folksy charm, two Texan creators take us through the life of the legendary "big mouth, big hair" governor, a woman who was inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt and in turn became an inspiration to countless others.

 

 

Photograph of author Meghan P. Browne




About the Author

Meghan P. Browne grew up in Austin during the time Governor Ann Richards was at the helm of Texas government. Meghan is also the author of Dorothy the Brave, the picture book biography of WWII Aviator Dorothy Lucas, and the forthcoming The Bees of Notre Dame. She currently lives in far south Austin with her family and their goats, chickens, honeybees, barn kitty, and blue heeler. For more information about Meghan, please visit www.meghanpbrowne.com.

 

 

 

 

Photograph of Illustrator Carlynn Whitt




About the Illustrator

Award-winning illustrator Carlynn Whitt grew up in East Texas and counts Ann Richards as the first Texas governor she remembers. A graduate of UT Austin, Harvard Divinity School, and RISD, Carlynn is the illustrator of several children’s picture books, including There’s a Baby in There! and Ballpark. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

 

Educator Resources

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Past Texas "Great Read" Titles

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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 Cover of the book With His Pistol In His Hand: A Border Ballad and Its Hero Cover of the book The Time It Never Rained Cover of the book Old Yeller
Marfa for the Perplexed 

by 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,

Carmen Lomas Garza

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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