What is the Texas Bluebonnet Award?
The Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) reading program was established in 1979 to encourage Texas children to read more books, explore a variety of current books and genres,develop the ability to analyze and evaluate literature, and identify their favorite books.
All the books on the master list are not intended to be read by all children. There are vast differences among the reading interests of third, fourth, and fifth grade students, and between boys and girls. Since the program is intended to promote voluntary reading, students are encouraged to select the books they want to read rather than all the books on the list.
Who is eligible to vote?
Only children in grades 3 though 6 are eligible to vote for their favorite nominated book at the end of January. To be eligible to vote, students need to have read or listened to 5 of the 20 titles on the current nominated list. (Though I hope they are motivated to read more of the nominees.) Students keep track of the books they have read on their Individual Tracking Chart and bring it with them to vote in the library.
Students who read all 20 Bluebonnet titles by March 1st, will receive a free book and a Bluebonnet Spirit Stick!
Voting this year will be on Thursday, January 30 and Friday, January 31st in the library.