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Texas Bluebonnet Award 2009-2010

The Bluebonnet Award is a project of the Texas Library Association and is co-sponsored by the Children's Roundtable and the Texas Association of School Librarians, both of the Texas Library Association from suggestions from librarians, teachers, parents, students, and others. Students in grades 3-6 vote in January for the winner.

List of Bluebonnet Winners 1981 - present

Jeane Birdsall.  The Penderwicks on Gardam Street

The four Penderwick sisters are faced with the unimaginable prospect of their widowed father dating, and they hatch a plot to stop him.

Betty G. Birney.  Surprises According to Humphrey

While continuing to help his classmates solve their problems, Humphrey, pet hamster of Longfellow School's Room 26, faces many surprises, like rolling in a hamster ball, a substitute janitor who might be an alien, and the possibility of Mrs. Brisbane retiring.

Nic Bishop.  Nic Bishop Frogs

Nic Bishop's photographs show all different kinds of frogs, big ones, very tiny ones, frogs with beautiful colors of skin, and one frog you can see inside of.

Carmen Agra Deedy.  Martina the Beautiful Cockroach:  A Cuban

Folktale  In this humorous retelling of a Cuban folktale, a cockroach interviews her suitors in order to decide whom to marry.  Also available in Spanish.

Jody Feldman.  The Gollywhopper Games

Twelve-year-old Gil Goodson competes against thousands of other children at extraordinary puzzles, stunts, and more in hopes of a fresh start for his family, which has been ostracized since his father was falsely accused of embezzling from Golly Toy and Game Company.

A. W. Flaherty.  The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster:  A Tale of

Picky Eating  A young American girl's picky eating habits transform a small worm into the famous Loch Ness monster. Includes facts about the biology of pickiness.

Kimberly Willis Holt.  Piper Reed:  Navy Brat

Piper is sad about leaving her home and friends behind when her father, a Navy aircraft mechanic, is transferred yet again, but with help from her often-annoying sisters and a surprise from their parents, she finds happiness in their new home in Pensacola, Florida.

Barbara Kerley.  What to Do About Alice?:  How Alice Roosevelt

Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy!   A brief biography in pictures and simple text of Alice Roosevelt, the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt and his first wife.

Ingrid Law.  Savvy

Recounts the adventures of Mibs Beaumont, whose thirteenth birthday has revealed her "savvy"--a magical power unique to each member of her family--just as her father is injured in a terrible accident.

Lenore Look.  Alvin Ho:  Allergic to Girls, School, and Other

Scary Things   A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything.

Mike Lupica.  Two-Minute Drill

Brainy Scott, a great kicker who otherwise struggles with football, and star quarterback Chris, who has dyslexia, team up to help each other succeed in both football and school.

Pat Mora.  Yum!  MmMm!  Que Rico!:  America's Sproutings

This collection of haiku focuses on 14 foods native to the Americas and celebrates the fun of these foods as well as their origins.  Also available in Spanish.

Henry H. Neff.  The Hound of Rowan

After glimpsing a hint of his destiny in a mysterious tapestry, twelve-year-old Max McDaniels becomes a student at Rowan Academy, where he trains in "mystics and combat" in preparation for war with an ancient enemy that has been kidnapping children like him.

Kadir Nelson.  We Are the Ship:  The Story of Negro League

Baseball   Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson.

Doreen Rappapport.  Lady Liberty:  A Biography

In this powerfully moving, authentic portrait of the Statue of Liberty, told through the eyes of those who created her, Rappaport's historically accurate, poetic vignettes and Tavares's magnificent images remind us of the true origins of a national symbol.

Janet Schulman.  Pale Male:  Citizen Hawk of New York City

A red tail hawk and his mate build their nest near the top of a Fifth Avenue apartment building and bird watchers gather hoping to see the chicks in the nest.

Katie Speck.  Maybelle in the Soup

When Mr. and Mrs. Peabody invite a guest to dinner, Maybelle the cockroach, who lives under their refrigerator, ignores the warnings of Henry the flea to be sensible and ends up "splashing" into a big adventure.

Eileen Spinelli.  Where I Live

In a series of poems, Diana writes about her life, both before and after her father loses his job and she and her family move far away to live with Grandpa Joe.

Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel.  Help Me, Mr. Mutt!

Dogs across the United States write to Mr. Mutt, a people expert, for help with their humans.

Joan M. Wolf.  Someone Named Eva

From her home in Lidice, Czechoslovakia, in 1942, eleven-year-old Milada is taken with other blond, blue-eyed children to a school in Poland to be trained as "proper Germans" for adoption by German families, but all the while she remembers her true name and history.