As an educator, I love to encourage reading and hunting for new, fun books to read. At the Texas Book Festival on November 5, 2016 children’s authors Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg and students announced the 2017-2018 Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) Master List. This list is considered one of the most prestigious children’s literature lists in the country. I still remember that Bluebonnet seal on books in elementary school. Each year, more than 100,000 students from third grade to 6 grade vote on their favorite book from the list generated by librarians on the TBA Committee.
This is a huge deal for students, teachers, librarians, authors, and booksellers. The books on the TBA list are chosen based on quality and appeal in order to encourage reading for pleasure.
Each January, students who have read at least five of the books on the list, can vote for their favorite. Then, in February the winner is announced and the award given at the Texas Library Association (TLA) Annual Conference in San Antonio in April.
If you are looking for more great books, check out the Newbery Award Winners 2017 List.
Here is the 2017-2018 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List of Books
- Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
- The Best Man by Richard Peck (Penguin/Dial)
- Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Meilo So (Chronicle)
- The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Young Readers/Workman Publishing)
- The Great Pet Escape (Pets on the Loose) by Victoria Jamieson (Macmillan/Henry Holt)
- The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg (Bloomsbury)
- In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall, illustrated by James Mark Yellowhawk (Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS)
- The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd (Scholastic Inc.)
- The Last Kids on Earth by Max Braillier, illustrated by Douglas Holgate (Penguin/Viking)
- Little Cat’s Luck by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
- Lola Levine: Drama Queen by Monica Brown, illustrated by Angela Dominguez (Little, Brown)
- The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown by Crystal Allen (HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray)
- Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Allison McGhee (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)
- The Princess and the Warrior by Duncan Tonatiuh (Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS)
- Soar by Joan Bauer (Penguin/Viking)
- Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart (Scholastic Inc.)
- The Storyteller by Evan Turk (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum)
- Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little, Brown)
- Unidentified Suburban Objects by Mike Jung (Scholastic Inc.)
- Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate (Charlesbridge)
Have you read any of these? What was your favorite among the Texas Bluebonnet Awards master list for 2017-2018?
Here is the list of Texas Bluebonnet Books for 2016.
The winner of the 2016 Texas Bluebonnet Award was:
Past Winners of the Texas Bluebonnet Award – Award Winning Childrens Books List
Previous Bluebonnet Award Books:
2009: One Potato, Two Potato by Cynthia DeFelice & Andrea U’Ren (illustrator)
2005: Togo by Robert Blake
1999: Verdi by Janell Cannon
1998: Tornado by Betsy Byars
1997: Math Curse by Jon Scieszka
1996: Time For Andrew: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn
1995: The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka
1994: Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
1993: The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick
1992: Snot Stew by Bill Wallace
1991: Aliens for Breakfast by Jonathan Etra & Stephanie Spinner
1990: There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom by Louis Sachar
1989: Wait ‘Til Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn
1988: Christina’s Ghost by Betty Ren Wright
1987: The Hot and Cold Summer by Johanna Hurwitz
1986: The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright
1985: Skinnybones by Barbara Park
1984: Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade by Barthe DeClements
1983: A Dog Called Kitty by Bill Wallace
1982: Superfudge by Judy Blume
1981: Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary
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