Texas Bluebonnet Award 2016-2017 Nominees

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.

crenshaw Katherine Applegate. Crenshaw.
When Jackson and his family face living in their minivan, Jackson's imaginary cat Crenshaw returns to help him.
terrible two Mac Barnett and Jory John. The Terrible Two.
When master prankster Miles Murphy moves to sleepy Yawnee Valley, he challenges the local mystery prankster in an epic battle of tricks, but soon the two join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen.
amazing age of john roy lynch Chris Barton. The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch.
A picture book biography of John Roy Lynch, one of the first African-Americans elected into the United States Congress.
circus mirandus Cassie Beasley. Circus Mirandus.
When he realizes that his grandfather's stories of an enchanted circus are true, Micah Tuttle sets out to find the mysterious Circus Mirandus--and to use its magic to save his grandfather's life.
lowriders in space Cathy Camper. Lowriders in Space.
Lupe, Flapjack, Elirio customize their car into a low rider for the Universal Car Competition to win the cash prize that will enable them to buy their own garage.
the chicken squad Doreen Cronin. The Chicken Squad.
When the squirrel Tail comes barreling into the chicken coop ranting about a round, shiny, green, big, scary thing in the yard, Dirt, Sweetie, Poppy, and Sugar investigate this strange object.
space case Stuart Gibbs. Space Case.
Dashiell Gibson, who lives on Moon Base Alpha, has to solve a murder of one of the moon's most prominent doctors.
  Nikki Grimes. Poems in the Attic.
A young girl learns much about her mother as she reads a collection of poems written before she was born that capture her mother's memories of living around the world and growing up as a child of an Air Force serviceperson. Includes author's note, list of select U.S. Air Force bases, and explanation of the free verse and tanka poetry forms used.
roller girl Victoria Jamieson. Roller Girl.
A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart.
a fine dessert Emily Jenkins. A Fine Dessert.
Depicts families, from England to California and from 1710 to 2010, preparing and enjoying the dessert called blackberry fool. Includes a recipe and historical notes.
unusual chickens for the exceptional poultry farmer Kelly Jones. Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer.
Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family's move to her Great Uncle Jim's farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends.
ratscalibur Josh Lieb. Ratscalibur.
When Joey is bitten by a rat, he goes from aspiring seventh-grader to three-inch tall rodent, and unwittingly unlocks the sword Ratscalibur.
a handful of stars Cynthia Lord. A Handful of Stars.
When her blind dog slips his collar, twelve-year old Lily meets Salma Santiago, a young Hispanic girl whose migrant family are in Maine for the blueberry-picking season, and, based partly on their mutual love of dogs, the two forge a friendship while painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather--but as the Blueberry Queen pageant approaches Lily and Selma are confronted with some of the hard truths of prejudice and migrant life.
woof Spencer Quinn. Woof.
Bowser is a mutt, just adopted by eleven-year-old Birdie Gaux and her grandmother, but when they all get home to Grammy's bait and tackle shop in the bayou they discover that their prize stuffed marlin has been stolen--so Bowser decides to investigate, and things quickly become complicated and dangerous.
hiawatha and the peacemaker Robbie Robertson. Hiawatha and the Peacemaker.
Hiawatha, a Mohawk, is plotting revenge for the murder of his wife and daughters by the evil Onondaga Chief, Tadodaho, when he meets the Great Peacemaker, who enlists his help in bringing the nations together to share his vision of a new way of life marked by peace, love, and unity rather than war, hate, and fear.
mesmerized Mara Rockliff. Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France.
Discover how Benjamin Franklin's scientific method challenged a certain Dr. Mesmer's mysterious powers in a whimsical look at a true moment in history.
the fog diver Joel N. Ross. The Fog Diver.
In this futuristic high-stakes adventure, humanity clings to cities on the highest mountain peaks above the deadly Fog, and airships transport the pirates of the skies. Daring 13-year-old tether boy Chess and his salvage crew must face the dark plans of Lord Kodoc and work to save their beloved Mrs. E.
echo Pam Muñoz Ryan. Echo.
Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later, as the second World War approaches, the lives of three children -- Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California -- become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. Pulled by the invisible thread of destiny, their solo stories converge.
nightmares! Jason Segel and Kristen Miller. Nightmares!
Twelve-year-old Charlie and his friends must stop nightmares from taking over their town before it's too late.
hamster princess: harriet the invincible Ursula Vernon. Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible.
Never a conventional princess, Harriet becomes an adventurer after learning she is cursed to fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday, but after two years of slaying ogres, cliff-diving, and more with her riding quail, Mumfrey, things go awry at home and she must seek a prince to set things right.