New TBA List Released

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Press Release
October 17, 2015

Sara Ortiz | Communications & Marketing Specialist | 512-328-1518

Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List Announced

AUSTIN – October 17, 2015 –The Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) reading program is considered one of the most prestigious children’s literature awards in the nation. Every year over one hundred thousand children in grades 3-6 vote on their favorite book from a list of 20 titles selected by the Texas Bluebonnet Award Committee.

Students, teachers, and librarians statewide eagerly await the yearly release of a new master list. The 2016-2017 Master List was officially announced at the Texas Book Festival by students from the central Texas area.

“Our master list this year is rich in diversity, from content to genre to author/illustrator,” says Mary Jo Humphreys, TBA Coordinator. “From a Native American author to a Latin illustrated graphic novel, from poetry to magical realism and science fiction; this list is preparing students to be lifelong readers.”

These titles make up the 2016-2017 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List:

Applegate, Katherine. Crenshaw. Feiwel and Friends / Macmillan, 2015.

Barnett, Mac and Jory John. The Terrible Two. Illustrated by Kevin Cornell. Amulet / Abrams, 2015.

Barton, Chris. The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch. Illustrated by Don Tate. Eerdmans, 2015.

Beasley, Cassie. Circus Mirandus. Illustrations by Diana Sudyka. Dial / Penguin, 2015.

Camper, Cathy. Lowriders in Space. Illustrated by Raúl The Third. Chronicle, 2014.

Cronin, Doreen. The Chicken Squad. Illustrated by Kevin Cornell. Atheneum / Simon & Schuster, 2014.

Gibbs, Stuart. Space Case. Simon & Schuster, 2014.

Grimes, Nikki. Poems in the Attic. Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. Lee & Low, 2015.

Jamieson, Victoria. Roller Girl. Dial / Penguin, 2015.

Jenkins, Emily. A Fine Dessert. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Schwartz & Wade / Random House, 2015.  

Jones, Kelly. Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer. Illustrated by Katie Kath. Knopf / Random House, 2015.

Lieb, Josh. Ratscalibur. Illustrated by Tom Lintern. Razorbill / Penguin, 2015.

Lord, Cynthia. A Handful of Stars. Scholastic, 2015.

Quinn, Spencer. Woof. Scholastic, 2015.

Robertson, Robbie. Hiawatha and the Peacemaker. Illustrated by David Shannon. Abrams, 2015.

Rockliff, Mara. Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France. Illustrated by Iacopo Bruno. Candlewick, 2015.

Ross, Joel N. The Fog Diver. HarperCollins, 2015.

Ryan, Pam Muñoz. Echo. Scholastic, 2015.

Segel, Jason and Miller, Kirsten. Nightmares! Illustrated by Karl Kwasny. Delacorte / Random House, 2014.

Vernon, Ursula. Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible. Dial / Penguin, 2015.


The goal of the TBA program is to encourage reading for pleasure. The titles are chosen for both quality and appeal to children. In order to vote, children must read at least five of the titles on the list. Reading the entire list is not required as the titles are chosen to be appropriate for a wide age range. In January each year, students vote for their favorite of the 20 titles on the list, thus using critical thinking skills in selecting their choice.  The winner is announced in February and the award presented at TLA’s annual conference in the spring.

The TBA reading program is one of several developed by the Texas Library Association for readers of all ages. For more information about these lists, including book titles, go to:     

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Created on Oct 16, 2015 | Last updated November 30, 2015