Texas Bluebonnet Award Winners

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.

Winners from past years:

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Laban Carrick Hill & Theodore Taylor III. When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop

Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc. On a hot day at the end of summer in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks the musical interludes between verses longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc and this is When the Beat Was Born. From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, Laban Carrick Hill's book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world.

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Drew Daywalt. The Day the Crayons Quit

When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.

John Grandits. Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus

Before Kyle rides a school bus for the first time, his older brother gives him a list of rules he must follow but after breaking every single one the first day, Kyle discovers the rule his brother left out.

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Simms Taback. Postcards from camp

Follows Michael's summer at sleep-away camp through a series of postcards sent between him and his father.

Tom Angleberger. The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda

Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future.

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Willy Claflin. The Uglified Duckling

Resets Hans Christian Andersen's tale The ugly duckling in the Northern Piney Woods of Alaska, where a baby moose is raised by a family of ducks who try to teach him to waddle, quack, and fly, but can't see his true beauty

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.

Cynthia DeFelice. One Potato, Two Potato

A very poor, humble couple live so simple a life they share everything, until the husband discovers a pot with magical powers buried under the very last potato in the garden.

Lucy Nolan.  Down Girl and Sit:  On the Road

A dog who thinks her name is Down Girl goes on a car ride to the beach, goes camping in the woods, and reluctantly pays a visit to the vet with her master, Rruff.

Joe Hayes.  Ghost Fever/Mal de Fantasma

In the 1950s, fourteen-year-old Elena Padilla and her father move into a haunted house in Duston, Arizona, where only Elena can see and help the ghost of the young girl who died there.

Lisa Wheeler.  Seadogs:  An Epic Ocean Operetta

A motley crew of dogs presents a rhyming tale of seagoing adventure.

Robert J. Blake.  Togo

In 1925, Togo, a Siberian husky who loves being a sled dog, leads a team that rushes to bring diphtheria antitoxin from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.

Phil Bildner.  Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy

Shoeless Joe Jackson, said by some to be the greatest baseball player ever, goes into a hitting slump just before he is to start his minor league career, so he asks his friend to make him a special bat to help him hit.

Ruth Sanderson.  The Golden Mare, the Firebird, and the Magic Ring

A young huntsman is helped by a golden mare when he tries to perform the seemingly impossible feats commanded by the Tsar.

Kate DiCamillo. Because of Winn-Dixie

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.

Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel. Cook-A-Doodle-Doo!

With the questionable help of his friends, Big Brown Rooster manages to bake a strawberry shortcake which would have pleased his great-grandmother, Little Red Hen.

Cynthia DeFelice. The Ghost of Fossil Glen

Allie knows it's not her imagination when she hears a voice and sees in her mind's eye the face of a girl who seems to be seeking Allie's help.

Janell Cannon. Verdi

A young python does not want to grow slow and boring like the older snakes he sees in the tropical jungle where he lives.

Betsy Byars. Tornado

As they wait out a tornado in their storm cellar, a family listens to their farmhand tell stories about the dog that was blown into his life by another tornado when he was a boy.

Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Math Curse

When the teacher tells her class that they can think of almost everything as a math problem, one student acquires a math anxiety which becomes a real curse.

Mary Downing Hahn. Time For Andrew: A Ghost Story

When he goes to spend the summer with his great-aunt in the family's old house, eleven-year-old Drew is drawn eighty years into the past to trade places with his great-great-uncle who is dying of diptheria.

Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other

Fairly Stupid TalesMadcap revisions of familiar fairy tales.

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Shiloh

When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

Brian Selznick. The Houdini Box

A chance encounter with Harry Houdini leaves a small boy in possession of a mysterious box--one that might hold the secrets to the greatest magic tricks ever performed.

Bill Wallace. Snot Stew

Brother and sister cats are taken in by a family and learn the pleasures and dangers of living alongside humans.


Jonathan Etra and Stephanie Spinner. Aliens for Breakfast

Finding an intergalactic special agent in his cereal box, Richard joins the extraterrestrial in a fight to save Earth from the Dranes, one of whom is masquerading as a student in Richard's class.

Louis Sachar. There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom

An unmanageable, but lovable, eleven-year-old misfit learns to believe in himself when he gets to know the new school counselor, who is a sort of misfit too.

Mary Downing Hahn. Wait Till Helen Comes

Molly and Michael dislike their spooky new stepsister Heather but realize that they must try to save her when she seems ready to follow a ghost child to her doom.

Betty Ren Wright. Christina's Ghost

Christina's summer in a spooky, isolated Victorian house with her grumpy uncle turns into a ghostly adventure.

Johanna Hurwitz. The Hot and Cold Summer

Two inseparable ten-year-old boys discover there is room in their friendship for another person and it really doesn't matter that she is a girl.

Betty Ren Wright. The Dollhouse Murders

A dollhouse filled with a ghostly light in the middle of the night and dolls that have moved from where she left them, lead Amy and her retarded sister to unravel the mystery surrounding grisly murders that took place years ago.

Barbara Park. Skinnybones

Alex's active sense of humor helps him get along with the school braggart, make the most of his athletic talents, and simply get by in a hectic world.

Barthe DeClements. Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade

A fifth grade class, repelled by the overweight new student who has serious home problems, finally learns to accept her.

Bill Wallace. A Dog Called Kitty

Afraid of dogs since he was attacked by a mad one, Ricky resists taking in a homeless pup that shows up at the farm.

Judy Blume. Superfudge

Peter describes the highs and lows of life with his younger brother Fudge.

Beverly Cleary. Ramona and Her Father

The family routine is upset during Ramona's year in second grade when her father unexpectedly loses his job.