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All school libraries, public libraries, and home school associations are encouraged to participate in Texas Bluebonnet Award. The program is aimed at students in grades 3–6. Participating students must read a minimum of five books from the current master list before they may vote for their favorite title. Teachers and parents are encouraged to read some of the books aloud. The author of the book receiving the most votes statewide is declared the winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award. At the TLA annual conference, ten children, selected randomly, who participated in the reading and voting present the author with the Bluebonnet Award.

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      by Bobbie Pyron

      Nov 2019

      Intermediate Readers

      2020-2021
      Piper’s life is turned upside down when her family moves into a shelter in a whole new city. She misses her house, her friends, and her privacy—and she hates being labeled the homeless girl at her new school. But while the shelter, Hope House, offers her new challenges, it also brings new friendships, like the girls in Firefly Girls Troop 423 and a sweet street dog named Baby. So when Baby’s person goes missing, Piper knows she has to help. But helping means finding the courage to trust herself and her new friends, no matter what anyone says about them—before Baby gets taken away for good.

      Told in the alternating perspectives of Piper and Baby, this uplifting friendship tale celebrates the importance of hope, the power of story, and the true meaning of home.

      The Strangers: Greystone Secrets

      by Margaret Peterson Haddix

      Jul 2019

      Mystery Middle Plus

      2020-2021
      The Greystone kids thought they knew. Chess has always been the protector over his younger siblings, Emma loves math, and Finn does what Finn does best—acting silly and being adored. They’ve been a happy family, just the three of them and their mom. But everything changes when reports of three kidnapped children—who share the same first and middle names, ages, and exact birth dates as the Greystone kids—reach the Greystone family. This bizarre coincidence makes them wonder: Who exactly are these strangers?

      A Wolf Called Wander

      by Rosanne Parry

      Jul 2019

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      2020-2021
      Swift, a young wolf cub, lives with his pack in the mountains learning to hunt, competing with his brothers and sisters for hierarchy, and watching over a new litter of cubs. Then a rival pack attacks, and Swift and his family scatter. Alone and scared, Swift must flee and find a new home. His journey takes him a remarkable 1000 miles across the Pacific Northwest. The trip is full of peril, and Swift encounters forest fires, hunters, highways, and hunger before he finds his new home. “The Real Wolf Behind the Story.” Further information about wolves, and about flora and fauna of the Pacific Northwest. Author’s note. Black-and-white illustrations.

      Rocket to the Moon!: Big Ideas That Changed the World

      by Don Brown

      Jun 2019

      Graphic Novels Middle Plus

      2020-2021
      On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” when the Apollo 11 landed on the moon. But it wasn’t just one man who got us to the moon. The Moon Landing explores the people and technology that made the moon landing possible. Instead of examining one person’s life, it focuses on the moon landing itself, showing the events leading up to it and how it changed the world.

      Time line. Further information about Rodman Law. Source notes. Bibliography. Author’s note. Index. Full-color illustrations.

      Caterpillar Summer

      by Gillian McDunn

      May 2019

      Upper Elementary & Junior High

      2020-2021
      Cat and her brother Chicken have always had a very special bond. When Chicken has a "meltdown", Cat’s the one who scratches his back and reads his favorite story. She’s always knows what he needs. Since their mom has had to work double-hard to keep their family afloat after their father passed away, Cat is the glue holding her family together. When a summer trip doesn’t go as planned, Cat and Chicken end up spending three weeks with grandparents they’ve never met. With their help, Cat can be a kid again for the first time in years, and the journey she takes shows that even the most broken relationships can be healed if people take the time to walk in one another’s shoes.

      The Bridge Home

      by Padma Venkatraman

      Apr 2019

      Realistic Fiction Middle Plus

      2020-2021
      Runaway sisters Viji and Ruku befriend Muthi and Arul on the streets of Chennai, India. Together, they build a shelter, and find comfort in laughter and play as they scavenge the city’s trash. Then illness threatens their survival.
      Glossary. Author’s note.

      Saving Winslow

      by Sharon Creech

      Feb 2019

      Intermediate Readers

      2019-2020
      Louie doesn’t have the best luck when it comes to nurturing small creatures—not even lightning bugs, worms, or goldfish. So when his father brings him a sickly, newborn mini donkey, he’s determined to save him and gives him the name Winslow. And somehow, taking care of him helps Louie feel closer to his brother, Gus, who is far, far away in the army.
      Everyone worries that Winslow won’t survive, especially Louie’s quirky new friend, Nora, who has experienced loss of her own. But as Louie’s bond with Winslow grows, surprising and life-altering events prove that this fragile donkey is stronger than anyone could have imagined.

      Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williams

      by Lesa Cline-Ransome

      Oct 2018

      Sports Elementary Plus

      2019-2020
      As children in Compton, California, Venus and Serena Williams had to sweep the courts before they could practice. Sisters, competitors, friends—they became two of the greatest tennis players of all time. Afterword. Source notes. Selected bibliography. Further reading. Full-color illustrations rendered in cut paper, pencil, and acrylic paints.

      Pass Go and Collect $200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented

      by Tanya Lee Stone

      Sep 2018

      Nonfiction Elementary Plus

      2020-2021
      A nonfiction picture book history of Monopoly, one of the world's most famous games.
      In the late 1800s lived Lizzie Magie, a clever and charismatic woman with a strong sense of justice. Waves of urban migration drew Lizzie’s attention to rising financial inequality. Suddenly she had an idea: create a game about the landlord-tenant relationship. But Lizzie’s initial game vilified the monopolist. Enter Charles Darrow—a marketer and salesman with a keen eye for what Lizzie’s creation could become: an enticing board game, and a staple of family entertainment in households across America.
      Boldness, imagination, and ruthless competition combine in this riveting story that sets the record straight on the history of Monopoly's origins. Features back matter that includes "Monopoly Math" word problems and equations. Excellent STEM connections and resources.
      Monopoly trivia. Monopoly math. Author’s note. Sources. Full-color illustrations were created with crayon, ink, gouache, and pastel, then scanned and finished digitally in Adobe Photoshop.

      The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycle

      by Christina Uss

      Sep 2018

      Upper Elementary & Junior High

      2019-2020
      Introverted Bicycle has lived most of her life at the Mostly Silent Monastery in Washington, D.C. When her guardian, Sister Wanda, announces that Bicycle is going to attend a camp where she will learn to make friends, Bicycle says no way and sets off on her bike for San Francisco to meet her idol, a famous cyclist, certain he will be her first true friend.
      Who knew that a ghost would haunt her handlebars and that she would have to contend with bike-hating dogs, a bike-loving horse, bike-crushing pigs, and a mysterious lady dressed in black. Over the uphills and downhills of her journey, Bicycle discovers that friends are not such a bad thing to have after all, and that a dozen cookies really can solve most problems.
      Author’s note. Black-and-white map.

      El Chupacabras

      by Adam Rubin

      Jul 2018

      Primary Spanish

      2019-2020
      $16.99  $12.75  Member Price
      This whimsical, cinematically illustrated version of the Latin American chupacabra folktale is told half in English and half in Spanish.
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