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Children's Collection: Bluebonnet Award

Bluebonnet Literature

The TBA selection committee is responsible for selection of the books on each year's master list. Suggestions are solicited from librarians, teachers, parents, students and other interested persons. A new list of twenty books is released each year at the Texas Book Festival in October. In selecting titles, the committee considers student interests, relevant content, reputable reviews, and literary quality. Both fiction and nonfiction books are represented. The author must be a living U.S. citizen or an author who resides and publishes in the United States. Books considered for the master list must have been published in the United States. Only titles published within the three years prior to the master list release date are considered. Textbooks and new editions of existing titles are not eligible. 

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2018-2019 Master List:

Texas Bluebonnet Award
2018-2019 Master List:

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan (Salaam Reads, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)  

Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López (Godwin Books/Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)

Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough (Scholastic Press)

Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee, illustrated by Man One (Readers to Eaters)

Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes (Wordsong, an imprint of Highlights Press)

Grand Canyon by Jason Chin (Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)

Grandpa’s Hal-La-Loo-Ya Hambone by Joe Hayes, illustrated by Antonio Castro L.  (Cinco Puntos Press)

Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley (Scholastic Press)

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly, illustrated by Isabel Roxas (Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers) 

How to Avoid Extinction by Paul Acampora (Scholastic Press)

Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Kay A. Haring, illustrated by Robert Neubecker (Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group)

Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King (Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Press)

Refugee by Alan Gratz (Scholastic Press)

Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero by Patricia McCormick, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno (Balzer & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

Slider by Pete Hautman (Candlewick Press)

Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres (Little, Brown and Company)

Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness by Donna Bowman, illustrated by

Daniel Minter (Lee and Low Books)

Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13 by Honest Lee and Matthew J. Gilbert, illustrated by Joelle Dreidemy (Little, Brown and Company)               

Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors, illustrated by Barbara Fisinger (Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

2017 Award Winners

Bluebonnet 2017-2018 Resource List

Texas Library Association

Bluebonnet Award
2017-2018 Resources

Best Man
Richard Peck

Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles
Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson

Great Pet Escape (Pets on the Loose
Victoria Jamieson

Great Shelby Holmes
Elizabeth Eulberg

Key to Extraordinary  
Natalie Lloyd

Last Kids on Earth
Max Brallier

Little Cat’s Luck
Marion Dane Bauer

Lola Levine: Drama Queen
Monica Brown

Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown
Crystal Allen

Maybe a Fox
Kathi Appelt and Allison McGhee

Joan Bauer

Some Kind of Courage
Dan Gemeinhart

Evan Turk

Towers Falling
Jewell Parker Rhodes

Unidentified Suburban Object
Mike Jung

Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
Chris Barton