A book for children that relates the story of a young boy trying to get out of doing household chores -- sounds like a winner and it was!

“No Time for Monsters/No Hay Tiempo Para Monstruos,” is described by Amazon.com as an “entertaining picture book about a boy's creative attempts to avoid doing chores around the house, first-time children's book author Spelile Rivas creates an amusing scenario to illustrate how working together to complete tasks can be productive and fun.” 

The plot must have hit home with children statewide because they selected it as the recipient of this year’s Region One Tejas Star Book Award. 

The Tejas Star Book Award honors a children’s book written in dual language English/Spanish format or in Spanish.  The award was created in 2007-2008 by the Region One ESC Library Advisory Committee to promote reading and allows readers the opportunity to discover the cognitive and economic benefits of bilingualism and multilingualism, explains Maria Elena Ovalle, Region One ESC Library Media Services Coordinator.

Winners of the book award are selected by the readers themselves; children statewide reviewed a list of nominated books and voted during the month of February for their favorite.

To be eligible for the award books must have met the following criteria: be authentic in portraying the Hispanic/Latino culture; have been published originally in Spanish or in full Spanish/English bilingual format (not English with a few Spanish words); be appropriate for children in grades K-6; be of high literary quality; must have received a positive review in one of the major reviewing sources or by the Tejas Star committee; and if published outside of the United States the book must of interest to children in Texas schools; and must have a publication date between 2008 and 2011. Textbooks and translations of books originally published in English or a language other than Spanish were not eligible for the award.