By Debra Lau Whelan -- School Library Journal, 5/3/2010 2:00:00 PM
Debra begins her memorial with "Rose Zertuche-Treviño, a librarian who devoted her career to helping improve the lives of children, died on April 30 in Houston, TX. She was 58.
Treviño spent her last seven years as the youth services coordinator for the Houston Public Library, a system that serves one of the biggest Spanish-speaking populations in the country. She retired in October 2009 and moved back to San Antonio, where she was born and raised.
"How fitting that Rose died on April 30th, El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/ Book Day)," says her friend and colleague Oralia Garza de Cortes, a Latino children's literature consultant. "She loved her work and devoted her life to making sure all children had access to great literature and particularly to programs where children could enjoy and connect to the literature." Read more at
YTR notes that in his time at the Houston Public Library Rose was indeed unfailingly kind and helpful. What more could be celebrated.
News from UT San Antonio:
By Kris Rodriguez , UTSA Public Affairs Specialist
(April 19, 2010)--Carmen Tafolla, visiting assistant professor in the UTSA Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies Mexican-American Studies' program, was awarded the 2010 Charlotte Zolotow Award for Outstanding Writing in a Picture Book and the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award.
The Zolotow award from the Cooperative Children's Book Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is given annually for outstanding writing in a picture book for children in the birth through age seven range, published in the United States in the preceding year. Established in 1998, the award honors the work of Charlotte Zolotow, a distinguished children's book editor for 38 years with Harper Junior Books, and author of more than 70 picture books. The Cooperative Children's Book Center is a noncirculating library for adults with a professional, career or academic interest in children's and young adult literature.
The Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, established at Texas State University in 1995, encourages authors, illustrators and publishers to produce books that authentically reflect the lives of Mexican-American children and young adults in the United States." Read more about it:
Inquiring minds may wish to follow UTEP's
"The state of Texas is currently revising its K-12 social studies Texas curriculum. The process begins with the standards--known as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)--and will then move on to textbooks, testing, and educator certification.
TEKSWatch exists to educate citizens--in Texas and the nation--and encourage them to participate in the conversation."
Texas Wildflowers by slight clutter
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Slight Clutter's original caption: "Took off on a hunt for wildflowers yesterday. My search took me to Brenham, Texas. This photo was taken alongside the road near an overpass.
JOE BAX, rancher, lawyer, author
A few months ago I was browsing a B&N bookstore and saw an interesting book. It was short so I picked it up and began reading its 168 pages. Finished it before I left the store. Reconstruction period Texas with the old man and his family patching things together until racial strife emerges. The story reveals a portion of Texas not often revealed - many in Texas besides the previous slaves really didn't like the degradation of the institution and the lingering virulence. The story is tight and moves well. It's good for the young reader as well as adults. Get a copy.
Do you know of a historic school in need of preservation funding? The National Trust for Historic Preservation, in partnership with the Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, is currently seeking applications for a new pilot grant program that will fund the stabilization or rehabilitation of historic school buildings by providing funding for construction expenses. Once construction is complete, these buildings must be open to the public for use by the community.
Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, government agencies, and school districts/school boards are eligible to apply. Religious organizations are not eligible for funding. The maximum grant amount will be $50,000.
Grant application must be postmarked by April 30, 2010. To read the complete guidelines and eligibility requirements, and to download an application form, visit the National Trust's web site, and scroll down to
the section titled "Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation Preservation Fund."
PLEASE DIRECT ALL INQUIRIES TO:
Southwest Field Office / National Trust for Historic Preservation
500 Main Street, Suite 1030 / Fort Worth, Texas 76102 / Phone: 817-332-4398 / Fax: 817-332-4512
The Houston Public Library offers this news release.
The design of the new 21,500 square-foot state-of-the-art archival wing harmonizes with the Spanish Plateresque architecture, with its matching masonry, a clay tile parapet, arched windows, and sculptural decoration. The construction includes an extremely energy-efficient and weather-resistant exterior envelope to protect the archival collection.
HMRC closed to public access at the end of 2009 while it moved its collections to the recently-completed new wing of the Julia Ideson Building (JIB). The collections are now in the new wing which includes a spacious research/reference room on the first floor and three floors of high-density shelving for the valuable holdings of the HMRC. The wing is complemented by a new south loggia and adjacent palm-shaded public garden, also called the outdoor reading room. The two-story loggia, like the wing, was a part of the original plan for the 1926 building but never constructed. It provides open-air seating on both levels and a gracious transition from the first floor of the original building to the outdoor reading room.
Currently, the new wing is the only portion of JIB open to the public while the renovation on the rest of the building is completed. The building is now undergoing hazardous materials abatement and selective demolition of non-historic elements to prepare for new mechanical and electrical infrastructure, new elevators, and restoration of the historical interior materials. The renovation will take about a year, after which the Houston Public Library will spend several months moving the architectural archives and photo lab into the restored building and preparing to reopen in early Summer 2011."
See also: http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/hmrc/
See Mike at http://www.mikekearby.com
The volumes have not been reviewed for their having Texana content, but some are likely to apply. The Tejas Star Book Award Committee selected the following books for the 2009-2010 Tejas Star Book Award.
Alire Sáenz, Benjamin. (2008). A Perfect Season for Dreaming/Un tiempo perfecto para soñar. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos. Esau Andrade Valencia (illus.). Lluis Humberto Crosthwaite (trans.). ISBN: 978-1-933693-01-9. Gr. 1-5.
Anaya, Rudolfo. (2007). The First Tortilla: A Bilingual Story. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. Amy Córdova (illus.). Enrique R. Lamadrid (trans.) ISBN: 978-0-8263-4214-0. Gr. 3+.
Brown, Monica. (2007). My Name is Gabito/Me llamo Gabito. Flagstaff, AZ: Luna Rising. Raúl Colón (illus.). ISBN: 978-0-87358-908-6. Gr. K-3.
Costales, Amy. (2007). Abuelita Full of Life/Abuelita llena de vida. Flagstaff, AZ: Luna Rising. Martha Avilés (illus.) ISBN: 978-0-87358-914-7. Gr. K-2.
Garza, Xavier. (2008). Charro Claus and the Tejas Kid. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos. ISBN: 978-1-933693-24-8. Gr. 2-5.
Gonzalez Bertrand, Diane. (2007). We Are Cousins/Somos primos. Houston: Piñata Books. Christina E. Rodriguez (illus.). ISBN: 978-1-55885-486-4. Gr. K-3.
Yes, Angela's got a zit. Add to that the impending divorce, the move from
Before the dance contest, the Kitty Kats get that jerk Leroy to "attack" her for which Angela flips him and sends him the hospital for which the principal suspends her of all things. Her mother pulls a Corleone and gets her right back in. And the story goes on from there.
In the short 16 chapters, author David Bedford relates in a fasting moving narrative proving life's troubles can be overcome and one can even come to enjoy Corpus as a new home by the sea.
The volume may be most readable by YA honors students in high school or even middle school. Good work,
Self-described as "
(UT Org)- The Heart of Texas Writing Project- UT Austin
What is The Heart of Texas Writing Project?
The Heart of Texas Writing Project is a site of the National Writing Project promoted by the United States Government to respond to the literacy education needs of the country. This project seeks to improve the teaching and learning of reading, writing and 21st century literacy skills by providing in-service professional development to schools and districts, hosting one day workshops for teachers throughout the school year, hosting an intensive four week summer institute, sponsoring child and teen summer writing camps, and maintaining a dedicated group of literacy professionals in the community. Teachers also meet in different study groups around the Austin area to discuss student work and books they have read. The workshops and summer institute have two main focuses: firstly, to learn how to better teach reading and writing and secondly, to work on your own reading and writing. The Heart of Texas Writing Project mainly works with Austin Independent School District (AISD), Round Rock ISD, Taylor ISD, Leander ISD, Lake Travis ISD, and Del Valle ISD.
The mission of The Heart of Texas Writing Project is to improve the teaching and student experience in the areas of literacy, reading and writing in the greater Austin area. The Heart of Texas Writing Project also believes that teachers learn best from other teachers and utilize this belief in facilitating all of their professional development pieces. "
Read more at http://www.heartoftexaswritingproject.org/index.html
The Cattlemen'sTexas Longhorn Conservancy, headquartered over in Gonzales, a place where Spanish cattle have roamed for a couple of centuries or better, is pretty serious about their self-assigned task:
"Founded in 2005 as a not-for-profit corporation and bestowed the tax exempt status of a 501(c)3 public charity, the mission of the Cattlemen's Texas Longhorn Conservancy is to engage in scientific and historical research, education and other charitable purposes associated with Texas Longhorn cattle.
Imported to the Western Hemisphere more than five hundred years ago by the earliest Spanish explorers, the Texas Longhorn played a significant role in the history of the Americas and became recognized as North America's original bovine. Nearly cross-bred into extinction following the great Western trail drives, the Texas Longhorn was acknowledged as a national treasure by the U.S. Congress, which in 1927 established a protected herd on the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma.
The Cattlemen's Texas Longhorn Conservancy recognizes the value of this national treasure in its original phenotype (appearance) and genotype (genetics) and is intended to provide ongoing resources toward research and education pertaining to this naturally evolved, historic breed."
The calendar hangs on the wall with its pre-punched hole. When opened it's 11 x 17. squarely. Of course, each month has a special color photograph of and quotation about the breed - and by that the CTLC means the unique breed that emerged from the early Spanish stock and formed the basis of millions of cattle first run up the great cattle trails after the Civil War. They weed out the cross-breeds. Only $15.
The downloadable educational video is about 15 minutes long and is professionally done. History, modern challenges, and efforts by themselves and others are spotlighted. It's available online or in a disk form. The website describes it as: "This 15-minute educational video was designed for use in public schools as introduction into Texas History, Social Studies and Science curricula as well as for use in Museums, Historic Sites, Libraries, State Parks and other public learning centers. A Longhorn Educational DVD will be mailed to anyone making a donation to the Conservancy or joining as a member."
Enrique Guerra, current president and one of the CTLC founders, Maudeen Marks, part of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Fayette Yates, longtime rancher, and others are interviewed and they speak well for those who wish to raise, perpetuate, and care for our official state large mammal, the true TEXAS LONGHORN.
Read more at http://www.texaslonghornconservancy.org/
The Texian Christian Writers organization has a collection of books demonstrating their self-description: "We, the Texian Christian Writers, do covenant with our Lord Jesus Christ and one another to become Christorians -- dedicated to remembering, researching, recording, and restoring the God of History to the people of Texas and the world.
The Houston City Hall Examiner comments in an articleew entitled "Houston's controversial true news story on slavery is out in a book" on the volume House Slave Next Door about child trafficking and slavery in the Houston and Sugarland areas, particularly the case of Celestina Ifeacho.
One of the review's paragraph's clearly understates the volume's contents
"This book is not a biography, but simply, a compilation of investigations and story pieces published in the International Guardian on a controversial alleged child-trafficking victim who eventually ended up in immigration jail somewhere in the North side of town, awaiting deportation amidst sloppy bureaucracy over official classification of her status as a victim of slavery."
Read more of the review at
To read this book, please visit https://www.createspace.com/3417904
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has developed an interactive exhibit on the New Deal for Texas Parks:
It's self-description begins:
"Welcome to a New Deal for Texas Parks - an online exhibit and education center for teachers and students of Texas history, made possible in part through the generous support of Humanities Texas' Linden Heck Howell Texas History Grant. Humanities Texas is a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Flip through the pages of the scrapbook to explore how individuals, communities and landscapes in Texas were impacted by the New Deal Era. Discover how the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed many of the state parks we enjoy today. Explore a variety of primary source documents such as photographs, oral histories, letters and music that help tell this American story through the eyes of Texas." Read more at
Open the Table of Contents or select a theme. Click on a page's corner and turn the page. The "My Keepsake" pdf on the left of each section's first page offers a type of lesson plan.
An international revival of Pecos Bill is accorded by its inclusion in the Voice of America's Special English series. The story is at the posting and an audio version is as well. The comments on the posting come from all over the globe demonstrating the story's continued universal appeal of Edward O'Rielly's 1920's popularization of Bill and Slue-Foot Sue.
See a summary of a 7-volume series at http://www.americanfolklore.net/pecosbill.html
The School Library Journal has made its selections for best books of 2009, and a Texas publisher's title in included.
"SÁENZ, Benjamin Alire. Last Night I Sang to the Monster. Cinco Puntos. Tr $19.95. ISBN 978-1-933693-58-3.
Gr 9 Up–Eighteen-year-old alcoholic Zach doesn't know how he got to rehab, but with the steadfast support of his therapist and his fatherly roommate, he gradually allows horrific memories to emerge. This is a wrenching and inspiring portrayal of loss, love, and the process of recovery."
See the whole list at http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6708210.html
|The School Library Journal has selected its best books of 2009 and a piece of Texana is among the best. SLJ briefly cites the title|
"KELLY, Jacqueline. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate. Holt.Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-0-8050-8841-0.
Gr 5-8–During the long, hot Texas summer and fall of 1899, a girl with six brothers and a disdain for the domestic arts hones her observational skills with the help of her unconventional naturalist granddaddy and a copy of Mr. Charles Darwin's Origin of Species."
|Texas author for young readers offers his opinion on Texas education testing|
University of Houston New Release
Texas History Academy links late Ron Stone, UHFoundation Gift Launches New Resource for Texas History TeachersIt begins: "June 3, 2009 -
The University of Houston Center for Public History has announced a $75,000 gift from the Ron Stone Foundation to begin the Ron Stone Academy for the Teaching of Texas History. The gift will be matched by a $75, 000 contribution by the university."
Read more at: http://www.uh.edu/news-events/stories/2009articles/june2009/06032009CPHRonStoneAcademyforTexasHistory.php
For more information about The Ron Stone Foundation, visit http://ronstonefoundation.org/.
Three Centuries on the Land: The Archives of the Texas General Land Office (The Story of Texas is told through the history of its public lands).
Table of Contents
History of the
Texas General Land Office.............................................4
of Land Grants in Texas................................................10
Digital Preservation Project............................................16
The Campaign to Save Texas History…………………17
Commissioners of the General Land Office....................18
Sources for Further Reading..........................................19
This 20-page document is available online at
Self-described as "
Welcome to the
TEACHERS: Not sure what to expect with a content program? Click here to see a sample program from Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, or click here for a brief overview of Connect2Texas (these files will play in Windows MediaPlayer).
An interesting development worth checking out .
The Houston Chronicle blog Texas on the Potomac for last several months has been rather steady in adding 2, 3, or 4 entries a week to their Today in Texas History postings. Enough to keep regular tabs on, good reading. I've added it to my Yahoo homepage. You may want to try it.
Logan Head, a youngster in Bonham, led the posse that established the Quarter Horse (Steel Dust and all that) as the official Texas state horse. Logan's effort has been noted elsewhere, but here's the anticipatory news as reported in New Zealand. Good going Logan!
The American Quarter Horse Association is headdquartered in Amarillo, of course. Logan is a Youth member.
While eating a supper of the official state dish CHILI, seasoned by the official state peppers JALAPENO and CHILTIPEN official state vegetable SWEET ONION and the official state small mammal the ARMADILLO and the official large mammal the LONGHORN, prepared in the official state cooking implement the DUTCH OVEN, cowboys and cowgirls, dressed in their offiicial fabric COTTON shirts and blouses, can tether their quarterhorses to the offical state vehicle the CHUCKWAGON which is always among a field of the state flower the BLUEBONNETS and the official grass GAMMA and the official state plant the PRICKLEY PEAR CACTUS and the official native shrub the PURPLE SAGE. If the chili is quite ready, sing the official song TEXAS OUR TEXAS and snack on the official snacks TORTILLA CHIPS and SALSA. Along with the chili, you'll want the official state bread PAN DE CAMPO. Afterwards enjoy some official state dessert STEUDEL and SOPAIPILLA and the official health nut the PECAN. Relax under the official tree the PECAN, listen to the offiicial bird the MOCKINGBIRD and the official musical instrument the GUITAR supply music for the official folk dance the SQUARE DANCE, and watch your official dog the BLUE LACY snap at the official insect the MONARCH BUTTERLY, root around the gamma for the official reptile the HORNED TOAD and gaze in puzzle at the official flying mammal the MEXICAN FREE-TAILED BAT. Non-dancers can chat about the official sport the RODEO, their last sighting of the official fish the GUADALUPE BASS, whether a saddle blanket can be made from the official tartan the BLUEBONNET TARTAN and whether one prefers our current state artist, historian, or poet laureate.
Teachers may wish to consult the Tejana Pundit regarding profiles in Tejano history.
The Pundit also has a good list of Tejano blogs and self-describes her blog as ".
"It's all about finding strength from within. It's about learning from the past, persevering in the present and having the ganas, or desire, to flourish in the future. I'm an American, but I'm also Indigenous, Mexican, French and German and that's a wonderful thing. One can't be anything if one doesnt know who they are. For centuries people have been trying to break through barriers and I've gone and continue to go through them as if they dont exist."
The Texas Tribune is described by the Texas Community College Teachers Association:
The TCCTA description begins: "A new approach to Texas journalism is getting cranked up, and you may want to have a look. It's the Texas Tribune, calling itself a "non-profit, nonpartisan public media organization," with promises to "promote civic engagement and discourse on public policy, politics, government, and other matters of statewide concern."
So far it looks like the effort will devote considerable energy to legislative and education issues."
Or go to the new Texas Tribune, headed by the former head of Texas Monthly, Evan Smith
Check its parts
The invitation from TP&W reads: "Dear Educators,
We are excited to present to you "Keep Texas Wild" – a magazine section for kids.
Our kid-friendly, four-page sections include fun facts presented with a lively writing style, eye-popping photos and a creative, whimsical design. The topics are Texas- specific, with special attention to conservation issues.
"Keep Texas Wild" includes hands-on activities that cross the spectrum of curriculum (including art, math, science and social studies) and a call to action that encourages students to get outdoors and get involved."
Special issues of the KTW periodical is accompanied by teacher lesson plans.
The November issue:
'Half Broke Horses: A True Lfie Novel,' By Jeannette Walls
Book Review by Juanita Sherwood
The review begins:
""Half Broke Horses" is listed as a true-life novel. That designation is used because the book is based on experiences of the author's grandmother, which are true, but to tie them altogether, the author has added dialogue and information that she cannot substantiate. Thus, she has designated it as a novel.
Lily Casey Smith is the main character. She was raised in two locations: west Texas and New Mexico. Her father was a rancher; the ranch she first lived on was very isolated."
Read more at