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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.

New Texas Bluebonnet Award list is here!
Here is the 2024-2025 Master List announcement.

Downloadable PDF of new list.

Register your school or public library for 2024 Texas Bluebonnet Award voting:


Or you can print and mail this form with a check:

2024 TBA Registration Form


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 2023-2024 Texas Bluebonnet Master List, alphabetized by author:
  1. Bajaj, Varsha. Thirst.
  2. Barnett, Mac. The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza.
  3. Brew-Hammond, Nanua Ekua, & Minter, Daniel. (illustrator). Blue.
  4. Browne, Meghan P., & Whitt, Carlynn. (illustrator). Indelible Ann.
  5. Cartaya, Pablo. The Last Beekeeper.
  6. Clayton, Dhonielle. The Marvellers.
  7. DiCamillo, Kate. The Beatryce Prophecy.
  8. Gibbs, Stuart, & Curtis, Stacy (illustrator). Once Upon a Tim.
  9. Gonzalez, Christina Diaz and Gabriela Epstein. Invisible.
  10.  Harrison, David L. The Dirt Book: Poems About Animals That Live Beneath Our Feet.
  11. Lloyd, Megan. Haven: A Small Cat’s Big Adventure.
  12.  Mbalia, K., Black Boy Joy.
  13.  Palmer, Charly. The Legend of Gravity.
  14.  Phelan, Matt. Leave it to Plum!
  15.  Poblocki, Dan. Tales to Keep You Up at Night
  16.  Rubin, Adam & Rex, Adam. Gladys the Magic Chicken.
  17.  Ryan, Pam Munoz. Solimar The Sword of the Monarchs.
  18.  Scott, J., Spangler, B. & Sweet, M. (illustrator). Unbound: The Life + Art of Judith Scott.
  19.  Soontornvat, Christina. The Last Mapmaker.
  20.  Uhrig, Betsy. The Polter-Ghost Problem.

Downloadable version of list

2023-2024 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 16-19, 2024 in San Antonio, 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.

Order Supplies from the TBA Online Store

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


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