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About the Texas Bluebonnet Award

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

Registering your school or public library for 2021-2022 Texas Bluebonnet Award voting? Go here. Submitting your registration by mail? Download a registration form here.
Extended Bluebonnet voting until February 12, 2022

Voting extended through February 12, 2022

Voting opens January 4, 2022 and ends at midnight, February 12, 2022.

The 2022-2023 Texas Bluebonnet Master List has been released! Watch the announcement at the Texas Book Festival YouTube Channel.
  1.  Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston, illustrated by Godwin Akpan. (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2021).
  2.  Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna by Alda P. Dobbs. (Sourcebooks Young Reader, 2021).
  3.  Bartali’s Bicycle: The True Story of Gino Bartali, Italy’s Secret Hero by Megan Hoyt, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno. (Quill Tree Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2021).
  4.  Becoming Muhammad Ali: A Novel by James Patterson & Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile. (Jimmy Patterson Books, an imprint of Little Brown & Company, 2020).
  5.  Billy Miller Makes a Wish by Kevin Henkes. (​​Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2021).
  6.  The Hungry Place by Jessie Haas. (Astra Young Readers, an imprint of Astra Books for Young Readers, 2020).
  7.  J.D. and the Great Barber Battle by J. Dillard, illustrated by Akeem S. Roberts. (Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Random House/Penguin, 2021).
  8.  The Lion of Mars by Jennifer Holm. (Random House, an imprint of Penguin Random House Publishers, 2021).
  9.  Long Lost by Jacqueline West. (Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2021).
  10.  Memoirs of a Tortoise by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Tim Bowers. (Sleeping Bear Press, 2020).
  11.  Nightingale by Deva Fagan (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2021).
  12.  No Place for Monsters by Kory Merritt (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, 2020).
  13.  Once Upon a Camel by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by Eric Rohmann. (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2021).
  14.  The One Thing You’d Save by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Robert Sae-Heng. (Clarion, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing, 2021).
  15.  Rock by Rock: The Fantastical Garden of Nek Chand by Jennifer Bradbury, illustrated by Sam Boughton. (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2021).
  16.  Stella by McCall Hoyle. (Shadow Mountain Publishing, 2021).
  17.  Swish! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters by Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Don Tate. (Little Brown & Company, 2020).
  18.  Twins by Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright. (Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2020).
  19.  Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper. (Carolrhoda, an imprint of Lerner Publications, 2021).
  20.  Willodeen by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Charles Santoso. (Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, 2021).


Want your students to participate in the Texas Bluebonnet Award ceremony to be held in Ft. Worth during the Texas Library Association Annual Conference, April 25-28? Download this form, complete, and either mail or email the form to Andrea Cardon .

Want to be part of the Texas Bluebonnet Award Committee? Fill out the application to become part of the #bestbookclubever! Deadline for applications November 1st.

2021 TBA Committee Members

Congratulations to the new members of the Texas Bluebonnet Award Committee:

On the Program Committee:

  • Jennifer Marks – Milam Magnet Elementary, Ector County ISD
  • Anna Baker – Polly Ann McRoberts Elementary Library, Katy ISD
  • Julie Crisafulli – Mansfield Public Library
  • Christina Salazar – Achziger Elementary Library, Mesquite I.S.D.

On the Selection Committee:

  • Carrie Bresnehen – Larkspur Elementary, Leander ISD
  • Susan Wedding – Euless Public Library
  • Selma Flores  – Robertson Elementary, Round Rock ISD
  • Astreia Yates – Wimbish World Languages Academy, Arlington ISD

The TBA 2021-2022 Resources website is here!

Click on the image link below for resources for the 2021-2022 Master List! You will find author interviews, tracking charts, book trailers, discussions questions, read alikes, related activities, and as always, our fantastic Readers Theater scripts, sponsored by BOUND TO STAY BOUND BOOKS. We are so grateful for the continued support of BTSB!

*Please note that some districts might block students from visiting sites/drives outside of your school district. All videos (book trailers and author/illustrator interviews) are also available on the TBA YouTube channel.

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


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

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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.


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