Are you familiar with the Texas Bluebonnet Award for books?
It’s like a Children’s Book of the Year award voted on by the kids who read them. Each year a list of about 20 books are nominated for the Texas Bluebonnet Award. Then students across the state in grades 3-6 are asked to read at least five of the books on the list and vote for their favorite. The book with the most votes wins the Texas Bluebonnet Award for the year.
The students vote in January for their favorite author. In order to participate in voting, the site (school, homeschool, public library, etc.) must be registered. The fee for registration is $15 a year. Voting can be done online once a site is registered. There are detailed instructions on the TBA website for registering, preparing for the vote and voting procedures. On this site, you can also find resources for use with the voting and promotion process (such as “I voted” sticker labels).
She Is Dallas: The Texas Bluebonnet Committee and the Texas Library Association sponsor the Texas Bluebonnet Award Reading List for Grades 3-6 solely to encourage free voluntary reading. For more information, please visit the Texas Library Association website or follow Texas Library Association on Facebook.
Texas Bluebonnet Award 2012-2013 Master List
Arnosky, Jim. 2011. Thunder Birds: Nature’s Flying Predators. New York: Sterling.
Cardillo, Margaret. 2011. Just Being Audrey. Illustrated by Julia Denos. New York: Balzer & Bray.
Deedy, Carmen Agra and Randall Wright. 2011. The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale. Illustrated by Barry Moser. Atlanta: Peachtree.
Durango, Julia. 2010. Under the Mambo Moon. Illustrated by Fabricio VandenBroeck. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
Fleming, Candace. 2010. Clever Jack Takes the Cake. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books.
Hatke, Ben. 2010. Zita the Spacegirl. New York: First Second.
Jonell, Lynne. 2010. Hamster Magic. Illustrated by Brandon Dorman. New York: Random House.
Kennedy, Kim. 2010. Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates. Illustrated by Greg Call. New York: Amulet Books.
Lupica, Mike. 2010. Hero. New York: Philomel Books.
McElligott, Matthew and Larry Tuxbury. 2010. Benjamin Franklinstein Lives! Illustrated by Matthew McElligott. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.
Ramsey, Calvin A. 2010. Ruth and the Green Book. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Minneapolis, MN: Carolrhoda Books.
Selznick, Brian. 2011. Wonderstruck. New York: Scholastic Press.
Smith, Clete Barrett. 2011. Aliens on Vacation. Illustrated by Christian Slade. New York: Disney Hyperion Books.
Sternberg, Julie. 2011. Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie. Illustrated by Matthew Cordell. New York: Amulet Books.
Swaim, Jessica. 2010. Scarum Fair. Illustrated by Carol Ashley. Honesdale, PA. Wordsong.
Sylver, Adrienne. 2010. Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog. Illustrated by Elwood H. Smith. New York: Dutton Children’s Books.
Taback, Simms. 2011. Postcards from Camp. New York: Nancy Paulsen Books.
Warner, Sally. 2011. EllRay Jakes is Not a Chicken. Illustrated by Jamie Harper. New York: Viking.
Weinstein, Muriel Harris. 2010. Play, Louis, Play: The True Story of a Boy and His Horn. Frank Morrison. New York: Bloomsbury.
Yohalem, Eve. 2009. Escape Under the Forever Sky. San Francisco: Chronicle