Texas Bluebonnet Award 2023-2024 Master List

The Texas Bluebonnet Award is one of the most prestigious children’s choice literary awards in the United States. Each year, 20 books are chosen for the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. 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 presentation held during the Texas Library Association Annual Conference in the spring.

These books will be read by students in grades 3 – 6 during the fall and then voted on in January.

Updated January 5, 2023
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The Beatryce prophecy
DiCamillo, Kate
A #1 New York Times bestseller From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo and two-time Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall comes a fantastical meditation on fate, love, and the power of words to spell the world. We shall all, in the end, be led to...
The Beatryce Prophecy
DiCamillo, Kate.
From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo and two-time Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall comes a fantastical meditation on fate, love, and the power of words to spell the world. We shall all, in the end, be led to where we belong. We shall all, in the end, find our way...
Black boy joy
Mbalia, Kwame
THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. FIVE STARRED REVIEWS Celebrate the joys of Black boyhood with stories from seventeen bestselling, critically acclaimed Black authors-including Jason Reynolds, Jerry Craft, and Kwame Mbalia. ★"Pick up Black Boy Joy...
Blue : a history of the color as deep as the sea and as wide as the sky
Brew-Hammond, Nana Ekua
Discover a world of creativity and tradition in this fascinating picture book that explores the history and cultural significance of the color blue. From a critically acclaimed author and an award-winning illustrator comes a vivid, gorgeous book for readers of all ages. NAMED...
Blue: A History of the Color As Deep As the Sea and As Wide As the Sky
Brew-Hammond, Nana Ekua
Discover a world of creativity and tradition in this fascinating picture book that explores the history and cultural significance of the color blue. From a critically acclaimed author and an award-winning illustrator comes a vivid, gorgeous book for readers of all ages. NAMED...
The dirt book : poems about animals that live beneath our feet
Harrison, David L.
15 fun and fact-filled poems about soil--what makes it and who lives in it! This book unearths some of the glorious mysteries that lie beneath our feet! A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year Spectacular vertical panoramas illustrating life underground...
The first cat in space ate pizza
Barnett, Mac
As seen on The TODAY Show! New York Times bestselling Mac Barnett and Caldecott Honor award-winning illustrator Shawn Harris turn their massively popular The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza live cartoon into an action-packed and hysterical graphic novel series--perfect for fans of Dav...
Gladys the magic chicken
Rubin, Adam
From the mega-bestselling author of Dragons Love Tacos and the mega-bestselling illustrator of The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, comes this hilarious new picture book about an irresistible chicken who unexpectedly finds herself on an epic journey during Ancient Times.
Haven : a small cat's big adventure
Lloyd, Megan Wagner
When her cherished Ma Millie falls ill, a timid housecat ventures into the wild to seek help in this adventure about love, loss, and finding the truest version of ourselves. A warm, cozy lap. The toasty smell of baking bread. Tasty food served in a bright-blue bowl. These make...
Indelible Ann : the larger-than-life story of Governor Ann Richards
Browne, Meghan P.
A folksy, larger-than-life picture book biography about Ann Richards, the late governor of Texas who has inspired countless women in politics today. Dorothy Ann Willis hailed from a small Texas town, but early on she found her voice and the guts to use it. During her...
Invisible
Gonzalez, Christina Diaz
For fans of New Kid and Allergic, a must-have graphic novel about five very different students who are forced together by their school to complete community service... and may just have more in common than they thought. Can five overlooked kids make one big...
The last beekeeper
Cartaya, Pablo
Facing a world dually altered by climate change and those who profit from it, Yolanda Cicerón will have to fight to save the last known beehive from extinction in this stirring new adventure by award-winning author Pablo Cartaya. In a future shaken by climate disasters,...
The Last Beekeeper
Cartaya, Pablo
The last mapmaker
Soontornvat, Christina
A Newbery Honor Book A Walter Dean Myers Honor Book  From Christina Soontornvat, the visionary and versatile author of three Newbery Honor Books, comes a high-seas adventure set in a Thai-inspired fantasy world. In a fantasy adventure every bit as...
Leave it to Plum!
Phelan, Matt
"An instant hit."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "A splendid hullabaloo at the zoo."--Booklist "A buoyant tale."--School Library Journal When a small mammal with an oversized ego tries to take over the zoo, just leave it to the big-hearted peacock Plum to save...
The legend of Gravity : a tall basketball tale
Palmer, Charly
In his author-illustrator debut, Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe-and Africana Book Award-winning illustrator Charly Palmer spins a tall tale about a neighborhood basketball hero. Have you ever heard of Gravity? No, not gravity, the centrifugal force pulling us to the...
The Marvellers
Clayton, Dhonielle
Dhonielle Clayton makes her middle-grade debut with a fantasy adventure set in a global magic school in the sky --an instant New York Times and #1 Indie Bestseller! "The Marvellers deserves the highest compliment I can give a book: I want to live...
Once upon a Tim
Gibbs, Stuart
Join New York Times bestselling author Stuart Gibbs in this first book in a hilarious, highly illustrated new middle grade series about a peasant boy who wants to be a knight, perfect for fans of Max & the Midknights. Tim is just a peasant, but he dreams big. He wants more...
The polter-ghost problem
Uhrig, Betsy
Three best friends discover a haunted orphanage and get swept up in ghoulish shenanigans in this "laugh-out-loud, high-action read" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) for fans of Best Nerds Forever and the Fear Street series. One haunted orphanage + two types...
Solimar : the sword of the Monarchs
Ryan, Pam Mun?oz
Ever since Solimar was a little girl, she has gone to the ouamel forest bordering her kingdom to observe the monarch butterflies during their migration, but always from a safe distance. Now, on the brink of her quinceanera and her official coronation, Solimar crosses the dangerous creek to sit among...
Tales to keep you up at night
Poblocki, Dan
From the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Magic Misfits comes a spectacularly creepy novel that will keep you up way past bedtime. Perfect for fans of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark! "Grab a flashlight and a blanket-this lives up to its...
Thirst
Bajaj, Varsha
A New York Times Bestseller The riveting story of a heroic girl who fights for her belief that water should be for everyone. Minni lives in the poorest part of Mumbai, where access to water is limited to a few hours a day and the communal taps have long lines....
Unbound : the life and art of Judith Scott
Scott, Joyce
A moving and powerful introduction to the life and art of renowned artist, Judith Scott, as told by her twin sister, Joyce Scott and illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist, Melissa Sweet. Judith Scott was born with Down syndrome. She was deaf, and never learned to speak. She was...

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