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The 2024 Texas Bluebonnet Award Winner Is…

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More than 63,000 students across Texas voted and the results are in! The winner of the 2024 Texas Bluebonnet Award is The Legend of Gravity: A Tall Basketball Tale, written and illustrated by Charly Palmer.

Watch the announcement.

In this buoyant and colorful book, readers are introduced to Gravity:

Have you ever heard of Gravity? No, not gravity, the centripetal force pulling us to the Earth. I’m talking about GRAVITY – the greatest ball player to ever lace up a pair of sneakers.

We had always been good, but we had never won a championship. We thought Gravity would be our missing link. Truth be told, he was often a one-man show. Gravity once jumped so high that we were able to go out for ice cream before he came down.

Gravity is the new kid on the Hillside Projects basketball team, the Eagles. With Gravity on their side, the Eagles feel unstoppable. They’re ready to win “The Best of the Best,” Milwaukee’s biggest basketball tournament. But when they face off with the Flyers in the final round, they realize that it may take more than Gravity to bring them to victory.

(View the Texas Bluebonnet award book trailer for The Legend of Gravity here. You can hear an interview with the author in this video.)

The Texas Bluebonnet Award is one of the oldest and most prestigious children’s choice literary awards in the country.

A total of 63,236 students, all in third through sixth grade, voted. Each student had to read at least five books from the 2023-2024 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master list in order to vote.

More than 1,100 schools, public libraries and homeschool groups registered to participate in this year’s contest.

Students representing 10 Texas school districts will present the award to  Palmer at the Texas Bluebonnet Award Author Session on Thursday April 18 from 11:45 am – 1:45 pm, during the TLA 2024 Annual Conference in San Antonio. Register for conference and purchase tickets to the TBA Author Session today (tickets must be purchased by April 5.)

You can also show your support for the Texas Bluebonnet Award by purchasing one of our TBA T-shirts. Order online (men’s, women’s and children’s sizes available; women’s sizes run small) and have it shipped to your home. Proceeds go to the Texas Bluebonnet Award program.