The Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) reading program was established in 1979 to encourage Texas children to read more books, explore a variety of current books, develop powers of discrimination, and identify their favorite books. The award process provides librarians, teachers, parents, and writers with insight into young students' reading preferences. It further affords an opportunity to honor and encourage imaginative authors who create books with high appeal to children.
I enjoy the variety and breadth of the Bluebonnet selections. Left to myself, I read history, mystery and fantasy. The Texas Bluebonnet list encourages me to read in other areas and I am always glad I did.
Two of my favorite books this year are on the list:
Balliett, Blue. Chasing Vermeer. Illustrated by Brett Helquist, 2004.
Collins, Suzanne. Gregor the Overlander, 2003.