And the winner is...Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson! The Texas Library Association is proud to announce Roller Girl was chosen as the winner of the 2017 Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA). Every January, over one hundred thousand young readers in grades 3-6 statewide vote for their favorite book from a master list of twenty nominees for the annual Texas Bluebonnet Award. The TBA Master List is considered one of the most prestigious children's literature lists in the country.
The goal of the TBA reading program, which began in 1979, is to encourage Texas children to read for pleasure. TBA's motto of "Read Five and then Decide!" encourages students to read five books from the list, determine which books they do and do not enjoy, and finally, vote for their favorite.
Every fall, teachers, librarians, parents, and most importantly, young readers across Texas, eagerly await the yearly release of a new master list. Each spring, although students must read five books in order to vote, they are not limited to reading only five. Reading requirements often vary by grade and schools. In fact, older students are often required to read all twenty titles.
Spring is the time of year when Abilene Public Library receives numerous requests for the titles on the latest master list. Many parents and students prefer to get an early start reading the following school year's selections. Likewise, teachers and school librarians are eager to explore the new titles. All twenty titles on the 2017-2018 Master List are on the shelves of Abilene Public Library, with several copies of each title available at all three APL locations. Now is the time to start reading and find your favorite.
2017-2018 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List
- "Ada's Violin" by Susan Hood, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport
- "The Best Man" by Richard Peck
- "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
- "The Girl Who Drank the Moon" by Kelly Barnhill
- "The Great Pet Escape (Pets on the Loose)" by Victoria Jamieson
- "The Great Shelby Holmes" by Elizabeth Eulberg
- "In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse" by Joseph Marshall, illustrated by James Mark
- "The Key to Extraordinary" by Natalie Lloyd
- "The Last Kids on Earth" by Max Brallier, illustrated by Douglas Holgate
- "Little Cat's Luck" by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
- "Lola Levine: Drama Queen" by Monica Brown, illustrated by Angela Dominguez
- "The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown" by Crystal Allen
- "Maybe a Fox" by Kathi Appelt and Allison McGhee
- "The Princess and the Warrior" by Duncan Tonatiuh
- "Soar" by Joan Bauer
- "Some Kind of Courage" by Dan Gemeinhart
- "The Storyteller" by Evan Turk
- "Towers Falling" by Jewell Parker Rhodes
- "Unidentified Suburban Object" by Mike Jung
- "Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions" by Chris Barton, illustrated by Don Tate
According to Sharon Lawler, TBA coordinator, "The books on the list are chosen to enable the young readers of Texas to identify with at least one of the stories, whether it is through authorship, plot, or characters." She continues, "With several genres represented, we feel there is something for everyone." And we at Abilene Public Library agree.
Article Contributed by Darla Casella, Mockingbird Branch Children's Librarian