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About the Texas Bluebonnet Award

A unique program that encourages reading for pleasure for students in grades 3 - 6.

Collection Development Statement
The Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List includes titles for grades 3 – 6 and is not designed to support any particular curriculum. Librarians are not required or expected to purchase every book on the list to participate in the voting program. Due to the diversity in age range and topics, librarians should follow their collection development policies and guidelines when considering which titles to purchase for their library.

Congratulations to the 2024 Texas Bluebonnet Award winner!

The Legend of Gravity: A Tall Basketball Tale, written and illustrated by Charly Palmer
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New Texas Bluebonnet Award list is here!
Here is the 2024-2025 Master List announcement.

Downloadable PDF of new list.


The Texas Bluebonnet Award is one of the most prestigious children’s choice literary awards in the United States. 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 wins the Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) which is presented at the Texas Bluebonnet Award presentation held during the TLA Annual Conference in the spring. In 2024, students will vote on the following list:

The 2024-2025 Texas Bluebonnet Master List, alphabetized by author:
  1. Applegate, Katherine. Odder
  2. Arango, Andrea Beatriz. Something Like Home.
  3. Armand, Glenda, and Kim Freeman; illustrated by Keith Mallet. Ice Cream Man: How
    Augustus Jackson Made a Sweet Treat Better.
  4. Beckerman, Nell Cross. Caves.
  5. Bowen Cohen, Emily. Two Tribes.
  6. Bradley, Fleur. Daybreak on Raven Island.
  7. Cervantes, Angela. The Cursed Moon.
  8. Larson, Kirby. Shermy and Shake, the Not So Nice Neighbor.
  9. Magoon, Kekla. Ketanji: Justice Jackson’s Journey to the U. S. Supreme Court.
  10. Mancusi, Mari. New Dragon City.
  11. Oh, Ellen, editor. You Are Here Connecting Flights.
  12. Pla, Sally J. The Fire, The Water, and Maudie McGinn.
  13. Rosenstock, Barb. The Mystery of the Monarchs: How Kids, Teachers, and Butterfly Fans Helped Fred and Norah Urquhart Track the Great Monarch Migration.
  14. Rudd, Maggie C. How to Stay Invisible.
  15. Salazar, Aida. Jovita Wore Pants: The Story of a Mexican Freedom Fighter.
  16. Soontornvat, Christina. The Guardian Test (Legends of Lotus Island #1).
  17. Stelson, Caren. Stars of the Night: The Courageous Children of the Czech Kindertransport.
  18. Tandon, Nancy. The Ghost of Spruce Point.
  19. Warga, Jasmine. A Rover’s Story.
  20. Yolen, Jane and Heidi E.Y. Stemple. Yuck, You Suck! Poems about Animals That SIP,


Downloadable version of list

2024-2025 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List Bibliography

Apply to have your student be a Texas Bluebonnet Award ceremony student presenter!

Every year, a total of ten schools or public libraries statewide, one from each of the ten Texas Library Association districts, will be
selected by random drawing for participation in the Texas Bluebonnet Award ceremony. This year the Texas Library Association (TLA)
Annual Conference will be held April 1-4, 2025 in Dallas, TX.

More details and application here.

Deadline to apply is November 1.

Need a pack of Texas Bluebonnet Award pencils? Or this year’s TBA bookmark? Order below.

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For free resources, including printable certificates, go to our Resources page.


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