Do you want a tip on great pleasure reads for your elementary-age child? Ask another kid, or better yet, ask many kids! That's exactly what the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List is all about - a short list of 20 books elementary age students are now reading and voting on for the best book of the year.
The goal of the Bluebonnet list is to eventually select one book which the broadest number of kids will want to read for pleasure. The master list below is filled with literary-focused books, fun books, adventure books, and thought provoking books too.
Irving Public Library now has these books available for you to check out. Click on the links in the titles below to read about each book from our catalog. Because many students in the area are assigned to read Bluebonnet books, only two Texas Bluebonnet books can be checked out at a time.
Presenting the 2017-2018 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List:
Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Also available in Spanish language.
The Best Man by Richard Peck (Penguin/Dial)
Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtles by Philippe Cousteau and Deborah Hopkinson, illustrated by Meilo So (Chronicle)
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Young Readers/Workman Publishing)
Also available through Hoopla Digital.
The Great Pet Escape (Pets on the Loose series) by Victoria Jamieson (Macmillan/Henry Holt)
The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg (Bloomsbury)
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall, illustrated by James Mark Yellowhawk (Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS)
The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd (Scholastic Inc.)
Also available as an eBook through AXIS 360.
The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Holgate (Penguin/Viking)
Little Cat’s Luck by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Lola Levine: Drama Queen by Monica Brown, illustrated by Angela Dominguez (Little, Brown)
The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown by Crystal Allen (HarperCollins/Balzer & Bray)
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Allison McGhee (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)
The Princess and the Warrior by Duncan Tonatiuh (Amulet Books, an imprint of ABRAMS)
Soar by Joan Bauer (Penguin/Viking)
Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart (Scholastic Inc.)
The Storyteller by Evan Turk (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum)
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little, Brown)
Unidentified Suburban Object by Mike Jung (Scholastic Inc.)
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate (Charlesbridge)
Please see the press release from the Texas Library Association for details about this year's list.