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About the Texas Bluebonnet Award

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

Registration is open for 2024 TBA voting!
Register your school or public library for 2024 Texas Bluebonnet Award voting:


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2024 TBA Registration Form

The winner of the 2023 Texas Bluebonnet Award is Memoirs of a Tortoise, written by Devin Scillian and illustrated by Tim Bowers. More than 70,000 students voted in this year’s contest. Learn more about the winning book here. See the video announcement here.

Here are the 2023 vote totals.

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.

The 2023-2024 Texas Bluebonnet Master List (announced at Texas Book Festival on 11/5/22):

  1.  Black Boy Joy edited by K. Mbalia.
  2. Blue by N. E. Brew-Hammond, illustrated by D. Minter.
  3.  Gladys the Magic Chicken by A. Rubin, illustrated by A. Rex.
  4.  Haven: A Small Cat’s Big Adventure by M. Lloyd.
  5.  Indelible Ann by M. P. Browne, illustrated by C. Whitt.
  6. Invisible by C. Gonzalez & G. Epstein.
  7.  Leave It To Plum! by M. Phelan.
  8.  Once Upon a Tim by S. Gibbs, illustrated by S. Curtis.
  9.  Solimar by P. M. Ryan.
  10.  Tales to Keep You Up At Night by D. Poblocki, illustrated by M. Bergeron.
  11.  The Beatryce Prophecy by K. DiCamillo.
  12.  The Dirt Book: Poems About Animals That Live Beneath Our Feet by D. L. Harrison, illustrated by K. Cosgrove.
  13.  The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza by M. Barnett, illustrated by S. Harris.
  14.  The Last Beekeeper by P. Cartaya, illustrated by C. V. Aguilera.
  15.  The Last Mapmaker by C. Soontornvat.
  16.  The Legend of Gravity by C. Palmer.
  17.  The Marvellers by D. Clayton.
  18.  The Polter-Ghost Problem by B. Uhrig.
  19.  Thirst by V. Bajaj.
  20.  Unbound: The Life + Art of Judith Scott by J. Scott with B. Spangler, illustrated by M. Sweet.

2023-2024 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List Annotations

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