Texas Bluebonnet Book Nominees

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Each summer I read the 20 books that Texas librarians pick for the coming school year. Students in grades 3 – 6 who read at least 5 of the books may vote for their favorite sometime around the end of January. Last summer I created several vocabulary units to go with a few of the shortest books. This turned out to be a difficult plan, because the novels/chapter books had too much vocabulary for preteaching – the book would never get read!

This year I am writing a reading comprehension test to go with each book as I finish it. I completed my first one this morning. I plan to add all 20 throughout this next month. I will offer the set for a discounted price, although each test is currently only $1.00.

Each year I spend the first 20 days of school introducing the books during read aloud. For the younger books I do a book walk. We look through the illustrations and maybe read a page or two here and there. With poetry books I read aloud a couple of my favorite poems. For the chapter books I read aloud the first chapter or enough to completely capture their interest. After 20 days we vote on one for reading together as a class. I limit the voting to the more difficult books.

It is difficult at times that our books in Texas go from grades 3 – 6. Books that stretch sixth graders are, of course, too difficult and the content is at times too mature, for third graders. And, obviously, books for struggling third graders would be much too young for sixth graders.

Many of the students have a hard time waiting the whole 20 days to get their hands on the book of their choice. Luckily for them, I buy a complete set and our librarian buys several sets for the school.

Do other states do this? I know that Ohio has the Buckeye Book Award, but my class never participated in that when I taught in Ohio. Apparently in Ohio it is open to kids in grades K-12 with different books for several levels.

Sunday I read the book Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood. It is about a young girl’s struggles through a summer of adjustments, changes, and growth. It is set in Mississippi in 1964 and much of the struggles revolve around racial issues and the community’s pool. This was a good book. The ending is appropriate as all the issue are not resolved in one summer.


See you soon,



  1. Love it! And yes, here in Florida we have the Sunshine State Readers and there are actually two categories- one for 3-6 and one for 7+. Thanks for sharing the Texas list…I know I’ve gotten some of my favorites off of the Sunshine State Readers lists and the kids look forward to it with great anticipation each year!

    • Thanks for responding. I will need to look into the Sunshine State Readers.

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