What is the Texas Bluebonnet Award?
Each year, 20 books are chosen for the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. Third Graders through Sixth Graders in 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 Luncheon held during the TLA Annual Conference in the spring.
Get a headstart in reading the 2022-2023 Bluebonnet Books!
The 2022-2023 Bluebonnet Books!
Here is the list, alphabetized by title:
- Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston, illustrated by Godwin Akpan. (Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2021).
- Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna by Alda P. Dobbs. (Sourcebooks Young Reader, 2021).
- 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).
- Becoming Muhammad Ali: A Novel by James Patterson & Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile. (Jimmy Patterson Books, an imprint of Little Brown & Company, 2020).
- Billy Miller Makes a Wish by Kevin Henkes. (Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2021).
- The Hungry Place by Jessie Haas. (Astra Young Readers, an imprint of Astra Books for Young Readers, 2020).
- J.D. and the Great Barber Battle by J. Dillard, illustrated by Akeem S. Roberts. (Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Random House/Penguin, 2021).
- The Lion of Mars by Jennifer Holm. (Random House, an imprint of Penguin Random House Publishers, 2021).
- Long Lost by Jacqueline West. (Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2021).
- Memoirs of a Tortoise by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Tim Bowers. (Sleeping Bear Press, 2020).
- Nightingale by Deva Fagan (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2021).
- No Place for Monsters by Kory Merritt (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, 2020).
- Once Upon a Camel by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by Eric Rohmann. (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2021).
- The One Thing You’d Save by Linda Sue Park, illustrated by Robert Sae-Heng. (Clarion, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishing, 2021).
- 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).
- Stella by McCall Hoyle. (Shadow Mountain Publishing, 2021).
- Swish! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters by Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Don Tate. (Little Brown & Company, 2020).
- Twins by Varian Johnson, illustrated by Shannon Wright. (Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic, 2020).
- Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper. (Carolrhoda, an imprint of Lerner Publications, 2021).
- Willodeen by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by Charles Santoso. (Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, 2021).