Click on the spot to find books from each region By Wendy HowkMap source: http://www.lonestarcalendar.com/Portals/68cd30b4-0d50-4dd5-bb8a-9954946f324c/Regional%20Map.gif
Big Bend Country • Author Pat Mora – grew up in El Paso – Yum! !MmMm! !Qué rico! –native foods – The Rainbow Tulip - immigrants – Tomás and the Library Lady – migrant workers – Pablo’s Tree – celebrating family & traditions – Delicious Hullabaloo – animal life in desert – The Gift of the Poinsettia – traditions & legends – Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart – Tall tales, foods, people Click for morehttp://www.patmora.com/
Big Bend Country • Sherry Garland – “fifth generation Texan, born in the Rio Grand Valley” – raised on a dairy farm in central Texas and Weatherford, TX – Indio – Native Americans along Rio Grande, arrival of Spaniards in 1500’s – young adult • David Rice – – Crazy Loco –“Loosely based on the author’s own Mexican American childhood in South Texas” http://www.asu.edu/brp/dist/young_adult/Rice-Crazy_Loco.html Click for morehttp://sherrygarland.swiftsite.com/
Big Bend Country• Claudia Guadalupe Martinez – raised in El Paso – The Smell of Old Lady Perfume – “straddling two borders, the figurative one between childhood and adolescence and the real one between Ciudad Juarez from El Paso” http://www.cincopuntos.com/products_detail.sstg?id=137 • Xavier Garza – native of Rio Grande valley – Charro Claus & the Tejas Kid: The story of Santa’s primo and his little sidekick – bilingual, mariachis, sombreros, and flying burritos http://www.cincopuntos.com/products_detail.sstg?id=144 Back to Map
Panhandle Plains• John Erickson – Perryton, Texas – Hank the Cowdog series (16 books) – Hank the Cowdog is the head of ranch security on a ranch in the Texas Panhandle. http://www.hankthecowdog.com/books/01.htm• Carolee Dean – young adult years in Lubbock and Happy, TX – Comfort – small town life –young adult http://www.caroleedean.com/ Click for more
Panhandle Plains • Holly Bea – grew up in Arlington and attended Texas Tech in Lubbock – Lucy Goose Goes to Texas - fictional migration of Canadian geese to Texas • Anne Bustard – taught, owned a bookstore, and professor in Austin, TX – Buddy: The Story of Buddy Holly – rock ‘n’ roll star from Lubbock, TX – T is for Texas – photographs of TX symbolshttp://www.hollybea.com/mainstream_books.htm Click for morehttp://www.annebustard.com/
Panhandle Plains• Kimberly Willis Holt – Amarillo – Piper Reed series – military family (common to many Texas authors and families) – When Zachary Beaver Came to Town – rural, small town life Back to Map
Texas Hill Country • Tom (illustrator) & Janice (author) Shefelman – Austin – A Paradise Called Texas – history , immigrant from Germany to Texas Frontier, Fredericksburg – Willow Creek Home – sequel, Comanche territory – Spirit of Iron – sequel, Texas Rangers, Lipan Apache – Comanche Song – Native Americans in Texas – Sophie’s War – Texas during Civil War, German Texans Click for morehttp://www.shefelmanbooks.com/aboutbooks.htm
Texas Hill Country • Kathi Appelt – Miss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers – history of Piney Woods and Hill Country • Susan Stevens Crummel – family history in the Hill Country – Tumbleweed Stew – takes place on a Texas ranch in the Hill Country • Cynthia Leitich Smith – now makes her home in Austin – Tantalize – a gothic thriller set Austin - YAhttp://kathiappelt.com/articles/books_for_older_readershttp://www.susanstevenscrummel.com/books.htm Back to Maphttp://www.cynthialeitichsmith.com/index.html
Prairies and Lakes • Susan Stevens Crummel – lived in Dallas, Corpus Christi, Kerrville, Austin, and Ft. Worth “The people, the language, flora, and fauna are in your blood.” – Ten-Gallon Bart series– fun-paced wild west adventures – Jackalope – jackrabbits, cranky coyotes, and horns! – The Great Fuzz Frenzy - prairie dogs Click for morehttp://www.susanstevenscrummel.com/books.htm"Library Student Project." Message to Susan Stevens Crummel. 13 Apr. 2010. E-mail.
Prairies and Lakes • Debbie Leland – author and librarian from Bryan-College Station – The Jalapeño Man – a Texas twist to the Gingerbread Man, complete with plenty of wildflowers – The Little Prairie Hen – Attwater’s Prairie Chicken, pecan pie, prairie dogs, buffalo, and horned toads at the Coastal County Fair – Aggie Goose Rhymes – self-explanatory “Texas has such great pride and traditions that I could draw on these for my books.”http://www.debbie-leland.com/booksns.html Click for more"Texas Author Study." Message to Debbie Leland. 13 May 2010. E-mail.
Prairies and Lakes • Helen Ketteman – lived 9 years in Dallas, writes many fractured fairy tales – Waynetta and the Cornstalk – Bubba the Cowboy Prince – Armadilly Chili & Armadillo Tattletale http://helenketteman.com/sample-the-books/ • Ray Villareal – Dallas native – Alamo Wars – students put on a play to commemorate their deceased teacher – My Father the Angle of Death – tween fiction for reluctant male readers - WWF Back to Maphttp://app1.kuhf.org/houston_public_radio-news-display.php?articles_id=1219145999
Piney Woods • Kathi Appelt – The Underneath – set in East Texas • Jill Alexander – grew up in rural East Texas – The Sweetheart of Prosper County – small town politics, roosters, Future Farmers of America (for young adult readers) • Helen Ketteman – The Three Little Gator – set in an east Texan swamp, fractured fairy tale of the three little pigs Click for morehttp://kathiappelt.com/articles/books_for_older_readershttp://helenketteman.com/book-three-little-gators/ http://www.jillsalexander.com/
Piney Woods • Tom Townsend – – The Ballad of Ol’ Hook - rodeo, bull-riding, and growing up in a small Texas town – young adult – The Ghost Flyers – UFO sightings in East Texas – historical fiction – tween/young adult Back to maphttp://www.tomtownsend-toyland.com/
South Texas Plains • Carmen Tafolla – native of San Antonio “I believe in a sense of place, that you carry your place with you, that those who came before you, and the dirt on which they stood, seeps into your life even before you are born.” – What Can You Do With a Rebozo? – Mexican- American child, native clothing – What Can You Do with a Paleta? – sights , sounds and tastes – That’s Not Fair!: Emma Tenayuca’s Struggle for Justice - pecan shellers strike 1930’s – Baby Coyote and the Old Woman – ecology (looks more like Arizona than Texas )http://www.carmentafolla.com/childrens.html"Texas Author Study." Message to Carmen Tafolla. 12 May 2010. E-mail. Click for more
South Texas Plains• Diane Gonzales Bertrand – native of San Antonio – The Empanadas that Abuela Made – The Last Doll – rites of quincenera – My Pal Victor – – We Are Cousins – Family, Familia – family reunion in San Antonio, traditions Click for more http://www.cynthialeitichsmith.com/lit_resources/authors/interviews/DianeGonzalesBertrand.html
South Texas Plains• Sherry Garland – In the Shadow of the Alamo – story of a young Mexican soldier – A Line in the Sand: The Alamo Diary of Lucinda Lawrence – Gonzales, TX 1836 – Voices of the Alamo – from ancient to present day • Jacqueline Kelly – El Paso, Galveston, Austin – Evolution of Calpurnia Tate – historical fiction, 1899,rural Texas Click for more http://sherrygarland.swiftsite.com/ http://www.jacquelinekelly.com/index.html
South Texas Plains• Viola Canales – grew up in McAllen – Tequila Worm – Latina traditions and coming of age• Naomi Shihab Nye – San Antonio – Is This Forever, or What?: Poems and Paintings from Texas – poetry and images of Texas – Going Going – changes in hometown San Antonio “Both roots and sense of place are major themes in her body of work.” http://www.americanpoems.com/poets/Naomi-Shihab-Nye Click for more
South Texas Plains• Manuel Luis Martinez – born & raised in San Antonio – novels for young adults – Crossing – immigration from Mexico – Drift – a “troubled” son left in San Antonio with his grandmother, decides to run away to L.A. “My work is dedicated to bringing the voices of the rarely- heard, out into the public sphere. My stories come from my past, the westside barrio of my youth, the tales my abuelitos and abuelitas told about their migrant lives, the music my father played, the faith of my mother.” http://www.manuelmarinez.info/Site/About_Me.html Back to Map
“I like the landscape and the warmth. I like the Gulf Coast gentle lilt of the language. Its easy on my ears.” "Library Student Project." Message to Kathi Appelt. 13 Apr. 2010. E-mail. • Kathi Appelt – grew up in Houston, also lived in Pasadena, Bridge City, Nacogdoches, Dallas, Richmond, Bryan and now College Station. – The Best Kind of Gift – historical, country house warming – Bubba and Beau Meet the Relatives – series, funny language, images, and idioms of Texas – Cowboy Dreams – cowboy lullaby – Piggies in a Polka – German influence in Texas – Kissing Tennessee – small town life Click for morehttp://kathiappelt.com/articles/picture_books
Gulf Coast • Mary Dodson Wade – Houston, former librarian, historian, and author – I Am Houston – biography Sam Houston – Austin, The Son Becomes Father – biography of Stephen F. Austin – Jane Long’s Journey - biography – I’m Going to Texas – cowboys & much much more to do in Texas – Opa’s Stories – German influence Click for morehttp://www.wadeco.com/author.htm
“NASA Johnson Space Center and the Lunar and Planetary Science Institute have had the most impact by providing Gulf Coast constant stimulation to my imagination and an endless list of fascinating people to interview for articles, stories, and books.” Marianne J. Dyson • Marianne J. Dyson –graduate school at Rice University, former NASA flight controller, now lives in Houston – Home on the Moon – Space Station Science • Dottie Enderle –lived in Houston, Austin, Waco, Belton, Temple, Kyle, and Killeen – The Fat Stock Stampede at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – The Cotton Candy Catastrophe at the Texas State Fair – Man in the Moon – rural Texas – Crosswire – 13-year-old boy in fence-cutting war of 1883http://www.mariannedyson.com/ "Texas Author Study." Message to Marianne Click for morehttp://www.dottienderle.com/index.html J. Dyson. 18 May 2010. E-mail.
Gulf Coast • Rosemary Clement-Moore – – Highway to Hell – spring break at South Padre Island, Chupacabras & trouble! (young adult readers) • Sherry Garland – – The Silent Storm– Galveston Island hurricane – young adults – My Father’s Boat – Vietnamese shrimp boat, gulf coast – The Summer Sands- sand dunes along gulf coasthttp://www.rosemaryclementmoore.com/readrosemary/Home/Home.html Click for morehttp://sherrygarland.swiftsite.com/
Gulf Coast • Gwendolyn Zepeda – Houston native – Lone Star Legend – young adult, fighting Latino stereotypes and the legend of Chupacabra – Sunflowers, Sunflowers – gardening with Abuela – Growing Up with Tamales – Christmas traditions Back to Maphttp://www.gwendolynzepeda.com/index.html