Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2019-2020
Captain Superlativeby Puller, J.S. Year Published: 2018
- Janey Silverman prefers to remain in the social shadows, but when a classmates arrives at their middle school dressed as a superhero, calling herself Captain Superlative, Janey finds herself pulled into the spotlight.
Crown: An Ode to a Fresh Cutby Barnes, Derrick Year Published: 2017
- Celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly-cut hair.
El Chupacabrasby Rubin, Adam Year Published: 2018
A long time ago, a girl named Carla lived on a goat farm with her father, Hector. One night, a goat disappeared from the farm and turned up flat as a pancake. Only one creature could do that--El Chupacabras, the goatsucker! Legend has it that El Chupacabras is a fearsome beast, but you can't believe everything you hear . . . and sometimes the truth is even more interesting. Told in equal parts English and Spanish . . . this lighthearted take on a modern legend is not told in the traditional bilingual style
Game Changers: The Story of Venus and Serena Williamsby Cline-Ransome, Lesa Year Published: 2018
Shares the story of the sisters and tennis stars, including their special relationship as sisters and best friends, their constant training as children, and their incredible success in professional tennis
Gedrick and Meby Carman, Patrick Year Published: 2017
Stanley Darrow isn't sure what to expect when the mysterious Mr. Gedrick appears on his doorstep. He is certain, however, that his family could use Mr. Gedrick's help: Their lives and their house have been a mess since Stanley's dad died
Ghost Boysby Parker Rhodes, Jewell Year Published: 2018
After seventh-grader Jerome is shot by a white police officer, he observes the aftermath of his death and meets the ghosts of other fallen black boys including historical figure Emmett Till
Harbor Meby Woodson, Jacqueline Year Published: 2018
- When six students are chosen to participate in a weekly talk with no adults allowed, they discover that when they're together, it's safe to share the hopes and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world.
Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ringby Cervantes, Angela Year Published: 2018
Paloma Marquez is traveling to Mexico City, birthplace of her deceased father, for the very first time. She's hoping that spending time in Mexico will help her unlock memories of the too-brief time they spent together. While in Mexico, Paloma meets Lizzie and Gael, who present her with an irresistible challenge: The siblings want her to help them find a valuable ring that once belonged to beloved Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Finding the ring means a big reward -- and the thanks of all Mexico. What better way to honor her father than returning a priceless piece of jewelry that once belonged to his favorite artist!
Reboundby Alexander, Kwame Year Published: 2018
- In the summer of 1988, twelve-year-old Chuck Bell is sent to stay with his grandparents, where he discovers jazz and basketball and learns more about his family's past.
Saving Winslowby Creech, Sharon Year Published: 2018
- When his father brings home an ailing, newborn donkey, Louie names the animal Winslow and takes care of him, but everyone, including Louie's quirky friend Nora, thinks Winslow is not going to survive.
Shadow Weaverby Connolly, MarcyKate Year Published: 2018
Twelve-year-old Emmeline possesses the unique ability to manipulate shadows, but when her magical powers are threatened by a noble family she desperately turns to Dar, her shadow friend, who offers to save her if Emmeline makes Dar flesh again, but this bargain only puts Emmeline's life in further jeopardy
The Adventures of a Girl Called Bicycleby Uss, Christina Year Published: 2018
- Left at the Mostly Silent Monastery as a toddler and home-schooled by a retired nun, twelve-year-old Bicycle rides cross-country to meet a famous cyclist who she hopes will be her first friend.
The Boo-Boos That Changed the World: A True Story About an Accidental Invention (Really!)by Wittenstein, Barry Year Published: 2018
Earle Dickson and his new bride Josephine begin their lives together. The end. (Not really. There's more.) Josephine has a proclivity for injuring herself. Earle attaches cotton to long strips of adhesive tape, telling Josephine to cut off a length when she needs one. Since Earle works as a cotton buyer at Johnson & Johnson, he shares his idea. They're a big hit. The end. (Again, not really!) After a few false starts (much like the hilarious "the end"s in this story), the Band-Aid is developed and becomes a massive hit. The end. (Really.)
The Cardboard Kingdomby Sell, Chad Year Published: 2018
- Follows the adventures of a group of neighborhood children who create costumes from cardboard and use their imagination in adventures with knights, robots, and monsters.
The Dragon Slayer: folktales from Latin Americaby Hernandez, Jaime Year Published: 2017
- Retells three Latin American folk tales in graphic novel format, including the title story, in which a servant girl faces a seven-headed dragon.
The Magic Misfitsby Patrick Harris, Neil Year Published: 2017
Six young magicians and illusionists team up to save their small town from a crooked carnival owner and his goons.
The miscalculations of Lightning Girlby McAnulty, Stacy Year Published: 2018
- A lightning strike made Lucy, twelve, a math genius but, after years of homeschooling, her grandmother enrolls her in middle school and she learns that life is more than numbers.
Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to Schoolby Falatko, Julie Year Published: 2018
- Sassy and Waldo are good dogs, who keep their house safe (from squirrels, mostly), and worry about their boy, Stewart, who always comes home from school smelling of anxiety; so the two dogs come up with a plan to help him--they will dress up in a trench coat and attend school, posing as a new student, to find out just what is bothering Stewart.
Watchdogby McIntosh, Will Year Published: 2017
- Orphaned and homeless, fourteen-year-old twins Vick and Tara, who is autistic, go up against a crime lord and her four-legged robotic army, with help from their robotic dog, Daisy.
Wishtreeby Applegate, Katherine Year Published: 2017
- An old red oak tree tells how he and his crow friend, Bongo, help their human neighbors get along after a threat against an immigrant family is carved into the tree's trunk.
Past Bluebonnet lists. Still good reads!
Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2018-2019
Stef Soto, Taco Queenby Torres, Jennifer Year Published: 2017
Mexican-American Stef Soto is hoping to break free from her overprotective parents and embarrassing reputation from her family's taco truck business, but she soon learns that family, friendship, and the taco truck are important and wonderful parts of her life.
The Harlem Charadeby Tarpley, Natasha Year Published: 2017
Jin, Alex, and Elvin, three strangers, join forces after Elvin's grandfather is attacked, seeking to find out why. They discover an enigmatic artist whose missing masterpieces may be the key to saving their beloved neighborhood of Harlem from being bulldozed and developed into a ludicrous historic theme park called Harlem World.
Wedgie and Gizmoby Selfors, Suzanne Year Published: 2017
The dog Wedgie and guinea pig Gizmo are moving into the same house. But while Wedgie is very excited about having a guinea pig brother, Gizmo has other, more nefarious plans.
Spirit Huntersby Oh, Ellen Year Published: 2017
Harper doesn't trust her new home from the moment she steps inside, and the rumors are that the Raine family's new house is haunted. Harper isn't sure she believes those rumors, until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely. The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of deja vu, but she can't remember why. She knows that the memories she's blocking will help make sense of her brother's behavior and the strange and threatening sensations she feels in this house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?
The Bicycle Spyby McDonough, Yona Zeldis Year Published: 2016
Twelve-year-old Marcel loves riding his bicycle, and dreams of competing in the Tour de France, but it is 1942 and German soldiers are everywhere, stopping him as he delivers bread from his parents' bakery around Aucoin--then one day he discovers that it is not just bread he is delivering, and suddenly he finds himself in possession of dangerous secrets about his parents and his new friend from Paris, Delphine.
Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Became a Heroby McCormick, Patricia Year Published: 2017
The inspiring true story of the brave little mare who became a marine in the Korean War.
Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remixby Martin, Jacqueline Briggs and June Jo Lee Year Published: 2017
The story of the Korean American chef in Los Angeles who inspired new methods for the food truck movement and works to create a better community through food.
Me and Marvin Gardensby King, Amy Sarig Year Published: 2017
Obe Devlin spends a lot of his time cleaning up the creek that runs through what little is left of his family's once extensive farmland, and worrying about what the developers are doing nearby, and the pollution it is causing--but one day he finds a strange creature by his creek that eats plastic, and soon the animal he calls Marvin Gardens becomes his personal secret, which he believes needs to be protected from pretty much everybody.
Hello, Universeby Kelly, Erin Entrada Year Published: 2017
The lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.
Grandpa’s Hal-La-Loo-Ya Hamboneby Hayes, Joe Year Published: 2016
When Grandpa's false teeth fall down a well, a recycled hambone which has flavored the bean dinners of many families in his poor farm community, is used to retrieve his dentures.
Sliderby Hautman, Pete Year Published: 2017
Hoping to win a cash prize in a pizza eating contest after racking up a tab on his mother's credit card, David must juggle his competitive eating training with the responsibility of looking after his autistic younger brother.
Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawingby Haring, Kay A. Year Published: 2017
Explores the life and art of Keith Haring from his childhood through his meteoric rise to fame. It sheds light on this important artist's great humanity, his concern for children, and his disregard for the establishment art world. Reproductions of Keith's signature artwork appear in scenes boldly rendered by Robert Neubecker.
Garvey’s Choiceby Grimes, Nikki Year Published: 2016
Garvey is a bookworm, an inventor of jokes, a loyal friend. He loves music and math and learning about outer space. But Dad wants Garvey to be a jock. He wants to talk sports with Garvey, to roughhouse with him, to play football together. Garvey tries to fill the father-sized hole in his heart with food. Now his classmates can't see who he really is either. All they see is an overweight, awkward kid who doesn't fit in anywhere. Garvey has an important choice to make, one that could be the key to getting people - including his father - to see and accept the real Garvey.
Refugeeby Gratz, Alan Year Published: 2017
This powerful novel tells the story of three different children seeking refuge: Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany, Isabel, a Cuban girl in 1994, and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015.
The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13by Gilbert, Matthew J. and Honest Lee Year Published: 2017
Unlucky teacher Ms. Linda LaCrosse wins the lottery and shares her winnings with her class. The students fulfill their dreams with their newfound wealth, but they soon learn that winning the lottery is not all that lucky.
Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanicsby Engle, Margarita Year Published: 2017
Bold, graphic portraits and beautiful poems present famous and lesser-known Latinos from varied backgrounds who have faced life's challenges in creative ways.
Grand Canyonby Chin, Jason Year Published: 2017
An exploration of the Grand Canyon on a grand scale, as only Jason Chin can illustrate and explain.
Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindnessby Bowman, Donna Janell Year Published: 2016
A picture book biography of Dr. William Key, a former slave and self-trained veterinarian who taught his horse, Jim, to read and write and who together with Jim became one of the most famous traveling performance acts around the turn of the twentieth century.
How to Avoid Extinctionby Acampora, Paul Year Published: 2016
Leo's grandfather died a year ago, and ever since Leo has been tasked with tracking his grandmother down whenever she wanders away from their home in Allentown, Pennsylvania--but when she abruptly decides to take the trip to Utah that her husband was planning, Leo finds himself on the way to visit dinosaurs, in an old Buick with his grandmother, his seventeen-year-old cousin Abby, and Abby's old, smelly Golden retriever, Kermit, without telling his mother.
Amina’s Voiceby Khan, Hena Year Published: 2017
- Amina, a Pakistani American Muslim, has entered middle school. She is happy hanging with her friend, Soojin, a Korean American, but things have started changing, especially when Soojin starts hanging out with popular Emily. When Soojin says she might change her name to something more American, Amina starts to wonder if she will have to change to fit in, too. However, when her local mosque is vandalized, Amina realizes that it is better to be herself.
Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2017-2018
Ada's Violinby Hood, Susan Year Published: 2016
The Recycled Orchestra, comprising of children from Cateura, Paraguay, playing instruments made from recycled trash, performs concerts all over the world to sold-out audiences. Here's the story of how it began.
The Best Manby Peck, Richard Year Published: 2016
Archer has four important role models in his life: his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer's sixth-grade year becomes one he'll never forget.
Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred Sea Turtlesby Cousteau, Philippe and Hopkinson, Deborah Year Published: 2016
A book about loggerhead sea turtles, and a girl's attempts to help save their babies from man-made light.
The Girl Who Drank the Moonby Barnhill, Kelly Year Published: 2016
An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her.
The Great Pet Escapeby Jamieson, Victoria Year Published: 2016
A young graphic novel chapter book about the escape escapades of class pets at Daisy P. Flugelhorn Elementary School.
The Great Shelby Holmesby Eulberg, Elizabeth Year Published: 2016
Nine-year-old Shelby Holmes, the best detective in her Harlem neighborhood, and her new easy-going friend from downstairs, eleven-year-old John Watson, become partners in a dog-napping case.
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horseby Marshall, Joseph Year Published: 2015
Teased for his fair coloring, eleven-year-old Jimmy McClean travels with his maternal grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, to learn about his Lakota heritage while visiting places significant in the life of Crazy Horse, the nineteenth-century Lakota leader and warrior, in a tale that weaves the past with the present. Includes historical note and glossary.
The Key to Extraordinaryby Lloyd, Natalie Year Published: 2016
Twelve-year old orphan Emma Casey lives by a haunted graveyard in her Tennessee town, giving tours, helping her brother and Granny Blue with the family bakery, and waiting for the Destiny Dream of her ancestors--but when it comes it shows her only a key, and she finds that she must solve a ghostly mystery that has haunted her town for generations.
The Last Kids on Earthby Brallier, Max Year Published: 2015
After a monster apocalypse hits town, average thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg.
Little Cat's Luckby Bauer, Marion Dane Year Published: 2016
A little cat named Patches manages to push out a window screen and leave her house, chasing a falling leaf, and sets out to find a special place to call her own.
Lola Levine Drama Queenby Brown, Monica Year Published: 2016
Lola Levine is given a non-speaking part after getting stage fright during her class play audition. She saves the play from a couple of obstacles with the help of her grandmother.
The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdownby Allen, Crystal Year Published: 2016
Nine-year-old Mya is excited about participating in School Spirit Week, even making a pinky promise with her best friend Naomi to be her partner, but when she accidentally gets paired with the biggest bully in school, Mean Connie, Naomi is mad at Mya for breaking her promise, so she must learn to work with Mean Connie and try and get her friend back.
Maybe a Foxby Appelt, Kathi and McGhee, Allison Year Published: 2016
When her sister Sylvie goes missing on a snowy morning and is never seen again, Jules refuses to believe she is gone forever; meanwhile, in the shadow world, a shadow fox is born.
The Princess and the Warriorby Tonatiuh, Duncan Year Published: 2016
Princess Izta had many wealthy suitors but dismissed them all. When a mere warrior, Popoca, promised to be true to her and stay always by her side, Izta fell in love. The emperor promised Popoca if he could defeat their enemy Jaguar Claw, then Popoca and Izta could wed. When Popoca was near to defeating Jaguar Claw, his opponent sent a messenger to Izta saying Popoca was dead. Izta fell into a deep sleep and, upon his return, even Popoca could not wake her. As promised, Popoca stayed by her side.
Soarby Bauer, Joan Year Published: 2016
Moving to Hillcrest, Ohio, when his adoptive father accepts a temporary job, twelve-year-old Jeremiah, a heart transplant recipient, has sixty days to find a baseball team to coach.
Some Kind of Courageby Gemeinhart, Dan Year Published: 2016
In 1890 Washington the only family Joseph Johnson has left is his half-wild Indian pony, Sarah, so when she is sold by a man who has no right to do so, he sets out to get her back--and he plans to let nothing stop him in his quest.
The Storytellerby Turk, Evan Year Published: 2016
In a time of drought in the Kingdom of Morocco, a storyteller and a boy weave a tale to thwart a Djinn and his sandstorm from destroying their city.
Towers Fallingby Rhodes, Jewell Parker Year Published: 2016
While learning about September 11th, fifth grader Dèja (born after the attacks) realizes how much the events still color her world.
Unidentified Suburban Objectby Jung, Mike Year Published: 2016
Chloe Cho is a Korean American seventh-grader who would like to get in touch with many of the aspects of her heritage, but her parents are unwilling to talk about it--then when a class assignment forces Chloe to confront them directly, they finally tell her the truth about her family, which may just be too much for one girl to handle.
Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventionsby Barton, Chris Year Published: 2016
A biography of Lonnie Johnson, an engineer at NASA who is best know for inventing the Super Soaker water gun.
Texas Bluebonnet Master List 2016-2017
The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynchby Barton, Chris Year Published: 2015A picture book biography of John Roy Lynch, one of the first African-Americans elected into the United States Congress
The Chicken Squadby Cronin, Doreen Year Published: 2014When the squirrel Tail comes barreling into the chicken coop ranting about a round, shiny, green, big, scary thing in the yard, Dirt, Sweetie, Poppy, and Sugar investigate this strange object.
Circus Mirandusby Beasley, Cassie Year Published: 2015When he realizes that his grandfather's stories of an enchanted circus are true, Micah Tuttle sets out to find the mysterious Circus Mirandus--and to use its magic to save his grandfather's life.
Crenshawby Applegate, Katherine Year Published: 2015A story about a homeless boy and his imaginary friend that proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary
Echoby Ryan, Pam Muñoz Year Published: 2015Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica--and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.
A Fine Dessertby Jenkins, Emily Year Published: 2015Depicts families, from England to California and from 1710 to 2010, preparing and enjoying the dessert called blackberry fool. Includes a recipe and historical notes.
The Fog Diverby Ross, Joel N. Year Published: 2015In this futuristic high-stakes adventure, humanity clings to cities on the highest mountain peaks above the deadly Fog, and airships transport the pirates of the skies. Daring 13-year-old tetherboy Chess and his salvage crew must face the dark plans of Lord Kodoc and work to save their beloved Mrs. E
A handful of starsby Lord, Cynthia Year Published: 2015When her blind dog slips his collar, twelve-year old Lily meets Salma Santiago, a young Hispanic girl whose migrant family are in Maine for the blueberry-picking season, and, based partly on their mutual love of dogs, the two forge a friendship while painting bee boxes for Lily's grandfather--but as the Blueberry Queen pageant approaches, Lily and Selma are confronted with some of the hard truths of prejudice and migrant life.
Hiawatha and the Peacemakerby Robertson, Robbie Year Published: 2015Hiawatha, a Mohawk, is plotting revenge for the murder of his wife and daughters by the evil Onondaga Chief, Tadodaho, when he meets the Great Peacemaker, who enlists his help in bringing the nations together to share his vision of a new way of life marked by peace, love, and unity rather than war, hate, and fear.
Lowriders in Spaceby Camper, Cathy Year Published: 2015Lupe, Flapjack, and Elirio customize their car into a low rider for the Universal Car Competition to win the cash prize that will enable them to buy their own garage.
Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of Franceby Rockliff, Mara Year Published: 2015Relates the story of Benjamin Franklin's involvement in the early development of the scientific method during a visit to France during the American Revolution to drum up support for the colonists. When asked to determine if the invisible force that Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer claimed he was using to cure patients was genuine, Franklin devised a series of tests that provided the answer in clear results.
Nightmares!by Segel, Jason Year Published: 2015Twelve-year-old Charlie and his friends must stop nightmares from taking over their town before it's too late
Poems in the Atticby Grimes, Nikki Year Published: 2015A young girl learns much about her mother as she reads a collection of poems written before she was born that capture her mother's memories of living around the world and growing up as a child of an Air Force serviceperson. Includes author's note, list of Air Force bases, and explanation of the free verse and tanka poetry forms used.
Ratscaliburby Lieb, Josh Year Published: 2015When Joey is bitten by a rat, he goes from aspiring seventh-grader to three-inch tall rodent, and unwittingly unlocks the sword Ratscalibur
Roller Girlby Jamieson, Victoria Year Published: 2015Astrid signs up for roller derby camp, but her best friend Nicole chooses dance. While making new friends and struggling with a new sport, Astrid fears she is losing Nicole.
Space Caseby Gibbs, Stuart Year Published: 2014Dashiell Gibson, who lives on Moon Base Alpha, has to solve the murder of one of the moon's most prominent doctors.
The Terrible Twoby Barnett, Mac Year Published: 2015When master prankster Miles Murphy moves to sleepy Yawnee Valley, he challenges the local, mystery prankster in an epic battle of tricks but soon the two join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen.
Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmerby Jones, Kelly Year Published: 2015Through a series of letters, Sophie Brown, age twelve, tells of her family's move to her Great Uncle Jim's farm, where she begins taking care of some unusual chickens with help from neighbors and friends.
Woofby Quinn, Spencer Year Published: 2015Bowser is a mutt, just adopted by eleven-year-old Birdie Gaux and her grandmother, but when they all get home to Grammy's bait and tackle shop in the bayou they discover that their prize stuffed marlin has been stolen--so Bowser decides to investigate, and things quickly become complicated and dangerous.Last Modified on August 1, 2020