• Texas Bluebonnet Program
    Document 10: Texas Bluebonnet Award Program Intro (English)


    In 1979, the Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) was established to encourage the children of  Texas to read for fun. Each year a committee of Texas librarians chooses 20 books for children to read and enjoy. This list of books is called the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. It is made up of different types of books such as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography and picture books. From these 20 books, it is our hope that each child in grades three, four, five or six will find five (5) titles that they will be able to read and enjoy.


    The most exciting part of the Texas Bluebonnet Award for children and librarians is the voting time in January. Each child who has read at least five of the Bluebonnet Master List books is allowed to vote for their favorite. All of the votes from all over Texas are tabulated and a winner is announced! Last year over 191,000 children voted in the Texas Bluebonnet Award election!


    Parents can help children participate in these ways:

    • Talk to the child’s school librarian to find the Texas Bluebonnet Award list of books each year.
    • Find the TBA books in the school library or in the local public library. Titles on the list are chosen for children in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6. A librarian can help find those of interest to your child.
    • Allow the child to choose the books that are of interest.
    • Find Bluebonnet Book clubs at public libraries, bookstores or in school libraries.
    • Listen to Bluebonnet Books on CD in the car as you ride.
    • Read the books together with your child. It also counts if the child listens to books being read by someone else.
    • Remember, this if for fun! Allow them to try several books in order to find their favorites.
    • Children may certainly read all 20 books, but they only need to read five (5) to vote.