The Texas Bluebonnet Award

  • texas bluebonnet awardA program that originated in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, the Texas Bluebonnet Award, was established in 1979 after several years of planning by a Texas Association of School Librarians and Children's Round Table joint committee. 

    The Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) reading program was established to encourage Texas children to read more books, explore a variety of current books, develop powers of discrimination, and identify their favorite titles. The award process provides librarians, teachers, parents, and writers with an insight to young students' reading preferences. It affords an opportunity to honor and encourage imaginative authors who create books with high child appeal. The award program is sponsored by the Texas Association of School Librarians and the Children's Round Table, two units within the Texas Library Association.  A committee of seven media specialists (composed of three school and three public media specialists and a library educator) are charged with the responsibility of administering the TBA reading program. The committee members are appointed by the chairs of the sponsoring units.

    Students entering the reading program must each read a minimum of five books from the current master list before they can vote for their favorite title. Teachers and parents are urged to build interest by reading some of the books aloud.  The author receiving the most votes across the state is declared the winner of the TBA and is honored at the Texas Library Association spring conference.  At this time, two children who participated in the reading and voting are selected to present the author with the award medallion. For information about  registration  and  promotional  materials, visit the Texas Library Association at


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