Announcing the 2018-2019 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List

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For Immediate Release          
November 4, 2017

– Students from the central Texas area took part in announcing the Texas Library Association’s (TLA) 2018-2019 Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) Master List on November 4 at the 2017 Texas Book Festival. The TBA Master List is considered one of the most prestigious children’s literature lists in the country. Every year, over one hundred thousand children in grades 3-6 vote on their favorite book from a list of 20 titles curated by librarians around the state serving on TLA’s TBA Committee. 

Students, teachers, librarians, and booksellers statewide eagerly await the yearly release of a new TBA Master List. “Since its introduction in 1980, the Texas Bluebonnet Award—a children's choice award—has grown from 661 participating libraries with 28,742 student voters to 2,014 libraries with 150,093 voters,” attests TBA Coordinator Sharon Lawler. “Each list is carefully curated, and hundreds of books are considered. The lists from the last 37 years reflect not only the trends in children's literature, but the preferences of our readers.”

Presenting the 2018-2019 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List:

  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan (Salaam Reads, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)   
  • Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael López (Godwin Books/Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
  • The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough (Scholastic Press)
  • Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacqueline Briggs Martin and June Jo Lee, illustrated by Man One (Readers to Eaters)
  • Garvey’s Choice by Nikki Grimes (Wordsong, an imprint of Highlights Press)
  • Grand Canyon by Jason Chin (Neal Porter Books/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
  • Grandpa’s Hal-La-Loo-Ya Hambone by Joe Hayes, illustrated by Antonio Castro L.  (Cinco Puntos Press)
  • The Harlem Charade by Natasha Tarpley (Scholastic Press)
  • Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly, illustrated by Isabel Roxas (Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)  
  • How to Avoid Extinction by Paul Acampora (Scholastic Press)
  • Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Kay A. Haring, illustrated by Robert Neubecker (Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group)
  • Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King (Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Press)
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz (Scholastic Press)
  • Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Hero by Patricia McCormick, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno (Balzer & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Slider by Pete Hautman (Candlewick Press)
  • Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
  • Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres (Little, Brown and Company)
  • Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness by Donna Bowman, illustrated by Daniel Minter (Lee and Low Books)
  • The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13 by Honest Lee and Matthew J. Gilbert, illustrated by Joelle Dreidemy (Little, Brown and Company)                
  • Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors, illustrated by Barbara Fisinger (Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)

The TBA program’s goal is to encourage reading for pleasure. Titles are chosen for both quality and appeal to children. In order to vote, children must read at least five of the books on the list. 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 2018-2019 TBA winner will be announced in February (2019) and the award will be presented at the 2019 Texas Library Association (TLA) Annual Conference in Austin in April.

The TBA reading program is one of several developed by the TLA for readers of all ages. For more information about these lists, including book titles, visit:     

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

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Created on Nov 3, 2017 | Last updated November 08, 2017