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Where do we get the materials?

This program is modeled after Cal Humanities and California Center for the Book’s War Comes Home initiative. Regardless of the book or program you choose, we highly recommend checking the excellent resource materials developed for that program. Each of our recommended books has available study guides. It is up to the library/organization to decide which resources fit its needs. Please see our resource guide For links to additional resources.

How did you choose the books?

We started with the books considered by Cal Humanities and California Center for the Book’s War Comes Home initiative. Staff members from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission read the titles and discussed them with members of the veteran community. Each book was reviewed with the goal of providing selections that were critically acclaimed and offered diverse and realistic portrayals (i.e. graphic novel, a compilation of shorts stories, a nonfiction book and a realistic, fictional satire). It’s important to remember that truths are subjective, however,  and can vary, and veterans often state their experience is unique from even those they served alongside.

Where do we register? Why?

Please use this link to register for Read Across Texas. Once we receive your registration, we will put your organization on the Google map. This way, the rest of Texas may see your programs and community members may easily connect with their local, participating organizations.

Do we have to use the recommended books?

With so many great resources, please do not feel limited by our list—creativity is encouraged.  At least one participating organization is planning a program around a veteran author. They are using his book and he is leading the discussion. Please use the best resources, selections, films, etc. that fit you and your community.

Will there be books given away?

Applications for books are closed. We have administered all the grants available for Read Across Texas 2017.

We encourage libraries to register and utilize the resources available at anytime. The Read Across Texas: The Veteran Experience page will stay up to support programming.

I want to donate to this cause.

All donations and support for the Texas Center for the Book and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission may be directed to our Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas (FLAT) group. Please visit their site at  and mark your donation with Read Across Texas.

Are the books suitable for children?

Each of these books contains adult content, and they are not recommended for younger teens or children.

Do you have suggested reads for schools, families, and libraries that would like to have discussions with children?

Yes. Please see this list. As with our other selected titles, there are many excellent titles that are not listed.

Can we see what libraries around the state are participating? And can we RSVP/Register?

Yes, please register your program to be included on the Google map showing particpant locations. We will also be providing updates on the Texas Center for the Book’s Facebook page.

I am an individual that wants to participate

Excellent. Please check out the Google map and reach out to your local library and see if they have anything planned.


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Page last modified: March 18, 2019