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Hello!! I have the best job in the world!
In 1995, I graduated from Texas A&M University- College Station (GIG'EM AGS! WHOOP!) with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies K-8. I taught in Houston for 11 years as a Reading, Math, and Social Studies teacher at Spring Oaks Middle School. I moved to Victoria in 2006 and married my wonderful husband in 2007. I have taught at Crain Middle, Stoman, as well as Howell, as a Reading teacher. In 2014, I changed gears and became the librarian here at Torres. In 2015, I received my Masters in Library Science from Sam Houston State. This year I will begin my 25th year (wow! time sure does fly!) in education and my 6th year here at Torres. When not at school with my fellow books lovers, I enjoy traveling, reading, and hanging out with my husband, step daughter, and my fur babies.

2019-2020 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List Bibliography


Every year, students in grades 3 – 6 read at least five of the books on the TBA Master List and vote on their favorite. Last year, 1,400 schools and libraries participated with 141,141 students voting. The winning book and author are announced in late February, and celebrated at a joyous event at the TLA Annual Conference featuring students, librarians, teachers and authors.


The TBA reading program is one of several developed by the TLA for readers of all ages.

For more information about these lists, including book titles, visit:


  • The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle by Christina Uss (Margaret Ferguson Books, an imprint of Holiday House, 2018)
  • The Boo-Boos That Changed the World: A True Story About an Accidental Invention (Really!) by Barry Wittenstein, illustrated by Chris Hsu (Charlesbridge, 2018)
  • Captain Superlative by J.S. Puller (Disney Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, 2018)
  • The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, 2018)
  • Crown: An Ode to a Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James (Bolden, an imprint of Agate, 2017)
  • The Dragon Slayer: Folktales From Latin America by Jaime Hernandez (TOON Graphics, 2018)
  • El Chupacabras by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Crash McCreery (Dial Books For Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, 2018)
  • Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome (A Paula Wiseman Book, an imprint of Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2018)
  • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little Brown and Company, 2018)
  • Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, 2018)
  • The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris and Alex Azam (Little Brown and Company, 2017)
  • Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes (Scholastic, 2018)
  • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, by Stacy McAnulty (Random House Children’s Books, 2018)
  • Gedrick and Me by Patrick Carman (Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2017)
  • Rebound by Kwame Alexander (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018)
  • Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech (HarperCollins Publishers, 2018)
  • Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2018)
  • Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School by Julie Falatko, illustrated by Colin Jack (Scholastic, 2018)
  • Watchdog by Will McIntosh (Delacorte Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, 2017)
  • Wishtree by Katherine Applegate ( Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, 2017)