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The 2018-2019 Texas Bluebonnet Award winner Announcement

Each year, 20 books are chosen for the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. Schools and libraries around the state participate in the program, encouraging students to read a minimum of five books from the list. In January, students vote for their favorite title. The author of the book receiving the most votes is the winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) which is presented at the Texas Bluebonnet Award Luncheon held during the TLA Annual Conference in the spring.

2018-2019 Texas Bluebonnet Award Winner

The votes are in and 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 Pubishers, 2017) is the winner of the 2019 Texas Bluebonnet Award! Read more

Register online to participate in the Texas Bluebonnet Award. You can print and mail the registration form and check if you prefer. Can’t remember if you’ve registered yet? Check your institution’s registration status.

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2019 – 2020 Master Resources posted HERE and on the Resources page.

The Master List for the upcoming school year is announced each year at the Texas Book Festival in Austin. Students from around Texas attend and introduce the new list.

2019- 2020 Master List

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2018-2019 Final Voting Results

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Texas Bluebonnet Award Luncheon at the TLA Annual Conference

Texas Bluebonnet Award Author Session 2019

Patricia McCormick, author of Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero the winner of the 2018 – 2019 Texas Bluebonnet Award, shared insights on her writing and accepted the award from student representatives. McCormick is a former journalist and a two-time National Book Award finalist whose books include Cut, Sold, Never Fall Down, The Plot to Kill Hitler and the young readers edition of I Am Malala. Patricia lives in New York. You can visit her online at

The book’s illustrator, Iacopo Bruno, illustrator of the acclaimed books Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France and Anything But Ordinary Addie, both by Mara Rockliff, was not able to attend but provided a heartfelt video message. He lives and works in Milan, Italy, with his wife, Francesca. Learn more about Iacopo at and

Every year, attendees have the opportunity to participate in a drawing for two very special items which celebrate the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List: a set of signed books, courtesy of the publishers with books on the list; and a beautiful quilt depicting the year’s 20 books on the list courtesy of Bound to Stay Bound staff. Tickets are $5 each, check or cash only, and will be sold in the line to enter the luncheon and at a specific time during the luncheon. The drawing takes place at the conclusion of the luncheon each year.

BTSB Quilt

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