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The Texas Bluebonnet Award Program is a state-wide reading program for students in grades 3-6. The Texas Bluebonnet Award and Reading List has been sponsored by a division of the Texas State Library Association since 1981 when Beverly Cleary accepted the first Texas Bluebonnet Award for Ramona and Her Father.

Texas librarians, teachers, parents, and students may nominate books each year from different genres for possible inclusion on the Bluebonnet Reading List. The list’s purpose is to promote free-choice reading and to expose students to a variety of quality literature.

20 books that meet all selection criteria are chosen for the annual reading list from the many nominees. A new list of twenty books for the next school year is announced annually at the Texas Book Festival in November.

Read 5, then Decide:  Students who read 5 or more of the twenty reading list books are eligible to vote for their favorite book in January. State-wide votes decide the Texas Bluebonnet Award winning book and author. Locally, students at participating elementary schools may vote on their campus.

Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominees 2022-2023 List

To Vote at the Library:  Students in grades 3-6 who do not attend a participating school may track their Bluebonnet reading and vote in January here at the Dripping Springs Community Library.

Reading Chart for Tracking: Print your own reading chart and check the Bluebonnet books as you read. Copies of the reading chart are also available for pick up in the Children’s Room.

Add Name to DSCL Participation List: Please email childrenslibrarian@dscl.org to place a reader’s name on the DSCL Texas Bluebonnet list of readers for January’s voting. Include name, grade level, parent’s name, phone, and email.