About the Texas Bluebonnet Award Program

Texas Bluebonnet Award
is a unique program that encourages reading for pleasure and is aimed at students in grades 3-6.

– 2009 Task Force Report on the Inclusion of 6th Grade in TBA (pdf)

- 2015 Task Force Report (pdf)

Each year, 20 books are chosen as the “Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List” by the TBA selection committee. If students read a minimum of five books from the current master list (or have the books read aloud to them), they have the opportunity to vote for their favorite title during the month of January each year. The author of the book receiving the most votes statewide is declared the winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award.  

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How the TBA Master List Is Selected

The TBA selection committee is responsible for selection of the books on each year's master list. Suggestions are solicited from librarians, teachers, parents, students and other interested persons. A new list of twenty books is released each year at the Texas Book Festival in October. In selecting titles, the committee considers student interests, relevant content, reputable reviews, and literary quality. Both fiction and nonfiction books are represented. The author must be a living U.S. citizen or an author who resides and publishes in the United States. Books considered for the master list must have been published in the United States. Only titles published within the three years prior to the master list release date are considered. Textbooks and new editions of existing titles are not eligible.  Read more about the TBA Policies & Procedures.

How to Participate

Those wanting to start a TBA program at their school or library must register their institution each year to participate. You may register online (if paying by credit card) or mail in the pdf registration form via US mail (if paying by check). Purchase orders are not accepted as payment. Registration may occur at any time during the year, prior to the beginning of voting on January 1. 

Many resources are available on TBA’s Word Press website to aid you in creating activities to promote the master list, including book reviews, videos, Reader’s Advisory, and Book Talk (activities vary). Additional resources are available on this website, including a student reading log and student reading chart for readers to chart their progress. 

Librarians, teachers, and parents may also develop their own original ideas to enrich the TBA reading program. To assist with various promotional activities, promotional supplies are available for purchase from TBA, such as pencils, spine labels, bookmarks, and certificates. You may place supply orders online (if paying by credit card) or mail in your order via US mail (if paying by check). Purchase orders are not an accepted form of payment. 

TBA Voting

Eligible readers will cast votes for their favorite TBA book anytime during the month of January. Eligible voters are readers in grades 3-6 who have read (or heard read aloud) at least 5 of the master list titles and are enrolled in a TBA-registered institution. All votes must be submitted by midnight on January 31 (CST). Each registered institution may choose either to conduct online voting or paper ballot voting.

Presentation of the TBA Award to the Winning Author

The author of the winning book is presented with the Texas Bluebonnet Award at the TLA Annual Conference in April. During the TBA luncheon, the author (and sometimes the illustrator, as well) shares insights on his/her writing and accepts the year’s award from the youth representatives. The representatives are chosen at random and have participated in the TBA program at their institution. 

TBA Committees

The Texas Bluebonnet Award Committee is comprised of two subcommittees: the selection committee and the program committee. The selection committee is charged with reading all suggested titles and selecting the final master list. The program committee is charged with publicity work, creating activities for each title, producing the TBA DVD, and selecting at random the children that present the award to the winning author.  For information on how you could become a committee member on the selection or program committee, please review the TBA committee charges.

Created on Apr 4, 2010 | Last updated May 28, 2016