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TAYSHAS 2016 Mackin Booktalk


TAYSHAS by Genre Chart

Links to booktrailers for the 2014 TAYSHAS list
Links to booktrailers for the 2015 TAYSHAS list

2015-2016 Texas Tayshas Award

Students: Rate the nominated titles!

History of the Tayshas Reading
Texas Library Association

The original idea for what would develop into the Tayshas Reading list came from Dallas area librarians, Gracelyn Shea, YART Chair, and Monta Skaggs, YART Chair-Elect. They knew they wanted a high school reading list for the State of Texas and they knew just the man to get the job done. In 1996, they approached San Antonio librarian, Jack Alton Strawn and asked him to bring their idea to life. Mr. Strawn was given just a couple of months to create the program, develop guidelines, design a logo, name the program, and find committee members. In fact, he was even given the daunting task of selecting the first list by himself so it would be ready to feature at that year’s conference.


The Tayshas Reading List was developed to motivate young adults, grades 9-12, to become lifelong readers and to participate in the community of young adult readers throughout Texas. 

If you'd like to participate in our TAYSHAS reading contest: 


Read 35 of the 62 chosen TAYSHAS titles by April 21st, 2015 and you will be invited to the TAYSHAS pizza party where one lucky winner will receive a gift card. Your TAYSHAS bookmark must be stamped each time you have completed a book. Good luck!