Texas Bluebonnet List

Here in Texas, the state library association creates an annual reading list for 3rd-6th graders called the Bluebonnet Reading List.  The best part about the Bluebonnet list is that any student who reads five or more of the books gets to vote for their favorite.  The book that receives the most votes state-wide receives the annual Texas Bluebonnet Award.

Check out my 2011 Bluebonnet promotional prezi.

If you haven't tried prezi yet, do it. It just takes a little while to get used to the functions, but then you have lots of exciting new options to help your presentations get and hold viewers' attention.

The most recent winner was The Uglified Ducky by Willy Claflin.  The modern retelling of The Ugly Duckling earned 43,146 votes from Texas students.  If you're looking for a well-rounded list of new books, the Bluebonnet list is usually a good place to check.  Last year, my students and I enjoyed picks like Squirrel's World by Lisa Moser and The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino.

This year, I am especially looking forward to reading Imogene's Last Stand by Candace Fleming, The Extraordinary Mark Twain by Barbara Kerley, and Black Elk's Vision by S.D. Nelson.

If you live in Texas, which Bluebonnet books are you excited about this year?  If you live in another place, which lists to do you turn to for interesting new books?

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