2020 Texas Great Read Selection Butterfly Yellow Available Statewide as an e-Book

Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Austin, TX

""Austin, TX – The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) and the Texas Center for the Book announced today that any resident of Texas will be able to read the 2020 Texas Great Read, Thanhhà Lại’s award-winning young adult novel Butterfly Yellow, online through E-Read Texas from Nov. 16 – Jan. 16. 

Every year the Library of Congress asks each state Center for the Book to select a title that represents the state’s literary landscape. These titles are highlighted at the National Book Festival in September and serve to kick off reading activities through the fall. As part of this effort. Butterfly Yellow was selected as the 2020 Texas Great Read.

“We are very happy to make this engaging book available statewide as a celebration of the literary culture of Texas and to foster a love of reading,” said Rebekah Manley, coordinator for the Texas Center for the Book for TSLAC. “We are thrilled to make this e-book available and hope to raise awareness of our statewide electronic resources as we promote Butterfly Yellow, our 2020 Texas Great Read.”  

In addition to the full text of the e-book, readers and teachers across Texas will be able to access multimedia support materials, including interviews with the author, teaching guides, and other resources from Book Connections by visiting www.tsl.texas.gov/greatreadtexas. Libraries looking to promote the availability of the e-book to their patrons can also visit the Texas Great Read webpage to download promotional graphics and blurbs to help in marketing.

About the Book
In the final days of the Việt Nam War, Hằng takes her little brother, Linh, to the airport, determined to find a way to safety in America. In a split second, Linh is ripped from her arms—and Hằng is left behind in the war-torn country.

Six years later, Hằng has made the brutal journey from Việt Nam and is now in Texas as a refugee. She doesn’t know how she will find the little brother who was taken from her until she meets LeeRoy, a city boy with big rodeo dreams, who decides to help her.

Hằng is overjoyed when she reunites with Linh. But when she realizes he doesn’t remember her, their family, or Việt Nam, her heart is crushed. Though the distance between them feels greater than ever, Hằng has come so far that she will do anything to bridge the gap.

About the Author
Thanhhà Lại
is also the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Inside Out & Back Again, her debut novel in verse, winner of the National Book Award and a Newbery Honor, and Listen, Slowly, honored with inclusion on numerous “book of the year” lists. Lại was born in Viêt Nam and lives in New York with her family. Lại is also the founder of Viet Kids Inc., a non-profit that changes the lives of Vietnamese students through the purchase of bicycles, tuition, uniforms, and rice. For information about Lại and her work, visit www.thanhhalai.com.

Texans can also enjoy many other free online resources, including electronic journals and magazines through TSLAC’s TexShare program and many e-books through E-Read Texas. E-Read Texas is a recently launched statewide e-book program made available to public libraries in Texas. The collection currently includes more than 5,000 high-quality e-books from top publishers. While many of the e-books in the collection have limits on the number of simultaneous users, more than half the e-books are available for simultaneous use with no wait lists or holds. These titles are available to any resident of Texas via geolocation; for more information, see www.tsl.texas.gov/ldn/ebooks. Public libraries participating in E-Read Texas can also access the entire collection of e-books via SimplyE, a free library app. Individuals are encouraged to visit their local library’s website to learn more about available digital resources.


The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information they need to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information, visit www.tsl.texas.gov.

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Susan Floyd
Communications Officer
Page last modified: November 12, 2020