Kentucky Bluegrass AwardGrades 6-8

Given by Kentucky Association of School Librarians (KASL)

303 Works 0 Books

How does the Kentucky Bluegrass Award program work?

Each year, a KBA committee for each grade band chooses the books for each of the five voting Nominee Lists (Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12) in a

vis mere year-long process. These committees are made up of volunteers and include school librarians, public librarians, and classroom teachers from across the state. Students should read books from a Nominee List before voting for their favorite title on that list. The specific voting process is determined at the individual school/library level. All the ballots are counted by an on-site coordinator (usually a teacher or librarian) and the results are transferred to an online tally sheet made available on the KASL website in March of the contest year. Votes are counted after the cutoff date (April 1st) and a winner is declared for each level during the first week of April.

The Kentucky Bluegrass Award is a program designed to encourage students to read widely from lists of current, well-reviewed literature that reflects a variety of experiences and points of view. Students are not restricted in their reading in any way in the KBA program. Schools, libraries, parents, and community organizations participating in the KBA should select books from these lists for inclusion in collections and programs that they feel are appropriate for the needs and interests of their patrons or students. These groups may provide some or all of the titles and develop local initiatives to promote the Kentucky Bluegrass Award.

Books on the Nominee Lists can be purchased as a set from several vendors or individually from bookstores, catalogs, and online sources. All titles on a current year's Nominee List have been published within the last 3 years.

Who can participate?

Students from Preschool - 12th grade can read and rate the books on the Nominee Lists.

Each Nominee List has a grade level recommendation, but students may read/vote from multiple Nominee Lists. If a student has read two books from a list, they are eligible to vote.​​

​Adults can nominate books for inclusion on the Nominee Lists, serve on KBA Committees, and encourage participation by students.​

Schools, libraries, bookstores, literacy groups, and individuals can help promote the program and help students participate in this program.

When does KBA take place?

Students can begin reading as soon as the Nominee Lists are released and submit ballots throughout the year.

​Some schools and districts incorporate KBA books into Summer Reading promotions.

All tallied votes must be submitted by April 1 of each year. Winners are announced in April.

Books for upcoming Nominee Lists can be nominated by adults through the KASL website.

New Nominee Lists are finalized in mid-February of each year.

In September, one of the winning authors is invited to come to Kentucky and speak at the KLA/KASL Joint Conference.

Why participate in KBA?

The Kentucky Bluegrass Award program promotes student reading and critical thinking.

It offers students a chance to give feedback and express their thoughts and opinions.

The KBA program is designed to provide a wide range of new reading materials to students and it should be implemented in a way that is simple and fun for students, parents, and schools.

By all means, feel free to make this program broadly inclusive! vis mindre

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The In-Between af Rebecca K. S. Ansari2024
Violets Are Blue af Barbara Dee2024
Invisible af Christina Diaz Gonzalez2024
The Fort af Gordon Korman2024
We Were the Fire: Birmingham 1963 af Shelia P. Moses2024
Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood af Gary Paulsen2024
The Unforgettable Logan Foster af Shawn Peters2024
Daughter of the Deep af Rick Riordan2024
The Last Mapmaker af Christina Soontornvat2024
We Were Kings af Court Stevens2024
Black Brother, Black Brother af Jewell Parker Rhodes2023
Amari and the Night Brothers af B. B. Alston2023
Fighting Words af Kimberly Brubaker Bradley2023
Starfish af Lisa Fipps2023
Dress Coded af Carrie Firestone2023
Final Season af Tim Green2023
The Last Cuentista af Donna Barba Higuera2023
Linked af Gordon Korman2023
Whispering Pines af Heidi Lang2023
City Spies af James Ponti2023
When Stars Are Scattered af Victoria Jamieson2022
Out to Get You: 13 Tales of Weirdness and Woe af Josh Allen2022
The Inheritance Games af Jennifer Lynn Barnes2022
The Blackbird Girls af Anne Blankman2022
Maybe He Just Likes You af Barbara Dee2022
Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation af Stuart Gibbs2022
Wink af Rob Harrell2022
Skyhunter af Marie Lu2022
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky af Kwame Mbalia2022
Genesis Begins Again af Alicia D. Williams2022
City of Ghosts af V. E. Schwab2021
The Benefits of Being an Octopus af Ann Braden2021
Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows af Ryan Calejo2021
Stepsister af Jennifer Donnelly2021
The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise af Dan Gemeinhart2021
The Unteachables af Gordon Korman2021
Unsinkable: From Russian Orphan to Paralympic Swimming World Champion af Jessica Long2021
Ali Cross (Ali Cross, 1) af James Patterson2021
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks af Jason Reynolds2021
The Bridge Home af Padma Venkatraman2021
Game Changer af Tommy Greenwald2020
Greetings from Witness Protection! af Jake Burt2020
Everless af Sara Holland2020
Mars One af Jonathan Maberry2020
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl af Stacy McAnulty2020
Resistance af Jennifer A. Nielsen2020
Spirit Hunters af Ellen Oh2020
Ghost Boys af Jewell Parker Rhodes2020
Last Pick af Jason Walz2020
Front Desk af Kelly Yang2020
The Thing About Leftovers af C. C. Payne2019
Rebound af Kwame Alexander2019
Free Verse af Sarah Dooley2019
The Gallery af Laura Marx Fitzgerald2019
Refugee af Alan Gratz2019
When Friendship Followed Me Home af Paul Griffin2019
OCDaniel af Wesley King2019
Restart af Gordon Korman2019
Scythe af Neal Shusterman2019
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow af Jessica Townsend2019
Ghost af Jason Reynolds2018
Ms. Bixby's Last Day af John David Anderson2018
Soar af Joan Bauer2018
The Forgetting af Sharon Cameron2018
Stella by Starlight af Sharon M. Draper2018
Paper Things af Jennifer Richard Jacobson2018
Terror at Bottle Creek af Watt Key2018
Orbiting Jupiter af Gary D. Schmidt2018
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War af Steve Sheinkin2018
The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever af Jeff Strand2018
The Honest Truth af Dan Gemeinhart2017
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans af Don Brown2017
Lost in the Sun af Lisa Graff2017
Rhyme Schemer af K. A. Holt2017
Losers Take All af David Klass2017
Masterminds af Gordon Korman2017
The Nest af Kenneth Oppel2017
Echo af Pam Muñoz Ryan2017
Goodbye Stranger af Rebecca Stead2017
Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek af Maya Van Wagenen2017
The Crossover af Kwame Alexander2016
I Kill the Mockingbird af Paul Acampora2016
The Night Gardener af Jonathan Auxier2016
The Iron Trial af Holly Black2016
Skink--No Surrender af Carl Hiaasen2016
The Secret Hum of a Daisy af Tracy Holczer2016
Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii af Vicky Alvear Shecter2016
Unfriended af Rachel Vail2016
Wildflower af Alecia Whitaker2016
Brown Girl Dreaming af Jacqueline Woodson2016
Steelheart af Brandon Sanderson2015
Soldier Dog af Sam Angus2015
Doll Bones af Holly Black2015
Foul Trouble af John Feinstein2015
Sure Signs of Crazy af Karen Harrington2015
The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel af Deborah Hopkinson2015
The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler's List af Leon Leyson2015
Rump: The True Story of Rumplestiltskin af Liesl Shurtliff2015
Counting by 7s af Holly Goldberg Sloan2015
Paperboy af Vince Vawter2015
The Ghost of Graylock af Dan Poblocki2014
Guitar Notes af Mary Amato2014
Shelter af Harlan Coben2014
Unstoppable af Tim Green2014
Chomp af Carl Hiaasen2014
One for the Murphys af Lynda Mullaly Hunt2014
The Lions of Little Rock af Kristin Levine2014
Cinder af Marissa Meyer2014
The False Prince af Jennifer A. Nielsen2014
Lincoln's Last Days: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever af Bill O'Reilly2014
Legend af Marie Lu2013
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different af Karen Blumenthal2013
The Prisoner of Cell 25 af Richard Paul Evans2013
True (. . . Sort Of) af Katherine Hannigan2013
Same Sun Here af Silas House2013
Addie on the Inside (The Misfits) af James Howe2013
The Apothecary af Maile Meloy2013
Monster af Patrick Ness2013
The Fourth Stall af Chris Rylander2013
Okay for Now af Gary D. Schmidt2013
A Tale Dark and Grimm af Adam Gidwitz2012
How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous af Georgia Bragg2012
The Line af Teri Hall2012
Leaving Gee's Bend af Irene Latham2012
Sean Griswold's Head af Lindsey Leavitt2012
Hero af Mike Lupica2012
A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story af Linda Sue Park2012
Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Deception af Gary Paulsen2012
Virals af Kathy Reichs2012
Scrawl af Mark Shulman2012
Million-Dollar Throw af Mike Lupica2011
Flawed Dogs: the Novel af Berkeley Breathed2011
All The Broken Pieces af Ann E. Burg2011
Jane In Bloom af Deborah Lytton2011
Faith, Hope, and Ivy June af Phyllis Reynolds Naylor2011
Woods Runner af Gary Paulsen2011
The Storm in the Barn af Matt Phelan2011
Slob af Ellen Potter2011
Bystander af James Preller2011
Leviathan af Scott Westerfeld2011
Nobody af Neil Gaiman2010
Waiting for Normal af Leslie Connor2010
The Trials of Kate Hope af Warwick Downing2010
The Great Wide Sea af M.H. Herlong2010
Scat af Carl Hiaasen2010
Savvy af Ingrid Law2010
Every Soul A Star af Wendy Mass2010
Game af Walter Dean Myers2010
Ways To Live Forever af Sally Nicholls2010
The Mostly True Adventures Of Homer P. Figg af Rodman Philbrick2010
Trouble af Gary D. Schmidt2010
Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka af Jon Scieszka2010
A Horse of Her Own af Annie Wedekind2010
Call Me Hope af Gretchen Olson2009
Beauty Shop for Rent: . . . fully equipped, inquire within af Laura Bowers2009
Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion af Loree Griffin Burns2009
Diamonds in the Shadow af Caroline B. Cooney2009
Elijah of Buxton af Christopher Paul Curtis2009
Shooting the Moon af Frances O'Roark Dowell2009
Hiroshima Dreams af Kelly Easton2009
Frannie in Pieces af Delia Ephron2009
Football Genius af Tim Green2009
Cracker!: The Best Dog in Vietnam af Cynthia Kadohata2009
Lawn Boy af Gary Paulsen2009
Night of the Howling Dogs af Graham Salisbury2009
The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel af Michael Scott2009
Peak af Roland Smith2009
Leepike Ridge af N. D. Wilson2009
Rules af Cynthia Lord2008
Blood on the River: James Town 1607 af Elisa Carbone2008
Runaway af Wendelin Van Draanen2008
Mysteries of the Mummy Kids af Kelly Milner Halls2008
Alabama Moon af Watt Key2008
The Green Glass Sea af Ellen Klages2008
Hattie Big Sky af Kirby Larson2008
The Miner's Daughter af Gretchen Moran Laskas2008
Skønnest af Gail Carson Levine2008
Semiprecious af D. Anne Love2008
Truth and Salsa af Linda Lowery2008
Archer's Quest af Linda Sue Park2008
Life as We Knew It af Susan Beth Pfeffer2008
The Trap af John Smelcer2008
Hard Hit af J. B. Turner2008
Avalon High af Meg Cabot2007
Not Exactly Normal af Devin Brown2007
Code Talker af Joseph Bruchac2007
Do You Know The Monkey Man? af Dori Hillestad Butler2007
Red Kayak af Priscilla Cummings2007
Flush af Carl Hiaasen2007
Defiance af Valerie Hobbs2007
Weedflower af Cynthia Kadohata2007
Where the Great Hawk Flies af Liza Ketchum2007
Bras & Broomsticks af Sarah Mlynowski2007
A Wreath for Emmett Till af Marilyn Nelson2007
Small Steps af Louis Sachar2007
Magik af Angie Sage2007
Death Mountain af Sherry Shahan2007
Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley af Sally M. Walker2007
So B. It af Sarah Weeks2006
Gotta Get Some Bish Bash Bosh af M. E. Allen2006
Al Capone Does My Shirts af Gennifer Choldenko2006
Me and Billy af James Lincoln Collier2006
Family Reunion af Caroline B. Cooney2006
Bucking the Sarge af Christopher Paul Curtis2006
Dragerytteren af Cornelia Funke2006
Walt Whitman: Words for America af Barbara Kerley2006
Travel Team af Mike Lupica2006
Sonny's House of Spies af George Ella Lyon2006
Here Today af Ann M. Martin2006
Bound af Donna Jo Napoli2006
Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day af Gary Paulsen2006
The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts af Richard Peck2006
The Young Man And The Sea af Rodman Philbrick2006
The Schwa was Here af Neal Shusterman2006
Surviving the Applewhites af Stephanie S. Tolan2005
Kissing The Rain af Kevin Brooks2005
Spitting Image af Shutta Crum2005
Swear to Howdy af Wendelin Van Draanen2005
The Battle of Jericho af Sharon M. Draper2005
Dead Girls Don't Write Letters af Gail Giles2005
Olive's Ocean af Kevin Henkes2005
The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place af E. L. Konigsburg2005
The Silent Boy af Lois Lowry2005
The Beast af Walter Dean Myers2005
Ruby Electric af Theresa Nelson2005
Eragon af Christopher Paolini2005
Brian's Hunt af Gary Paulsen2005
The River Between Us af Richard Peck2005
Pirates! af Celia Rees2005
A Corner of the Universe af Ann M. Martin2004
Crispin: The Cross of Lead af Avi2004
Dolores: Seven Stories About Her af Bruce Brooks2004
Things Not Seen af Andrew Clements2004
12 Again af Sue Corbett2004
Mississippi Trial, 1955 af Chris Crowe2004
Double Dutch af Sharon M. Draper2004
The Breadwinner af Deborah Ellis2004
The House of the Scorpion af Nancy Farmer2004
Pictures of Hollis Woods af Patricia Reilly Giff2004
Hoot af Carl Hiaasen2004
A Hole in the World af Sid Hite2004
Touching Spirit Bear af Ben Mikaelsen2004
When My Name Was Keoko af Linda Sue Park2004
The Same Stuff as Stars af Katherine Paterson2004
How Angel Peterson Got His Name af Gary Paulsen2004
Dancing in My Nuddy-Pants: Even Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson af Louise Rennison2004
Numbering All the Bones af Ann Rinaldi2004
Lucy the Giant af Sherri L. Smith2004
The Gospel According to Larry af Janet Tashjian2004
Totalt desperados med kysseabstinenser af Louise Rennison2003
Burger Wuss af M. T. Anderson2003
Money Hungry af Sharon Flake2003
The Skin I'm In af Sharon Flake2003
Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement af Dennis Brindell Fradin2003
Dive af Adele Griffin2003
Dogbreath Victorious af Chad Henry2003
We Were There, Too!: Young People in U.S. History af Phillip M. Hoose2003
I'm Not Who You Think I Am af Peg Kehret2003
The Other Side of Truth af Beverley Naidoo2003
A Single Shard af Linda Sue Park2003
Framed in Fire af David Patneaude2003
All Alone in the Universe af Lynne Rae Perkins2003
Tribute to Another Dead Rock Star af Randy Powell2003
The Coffin Quilt: The Feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys af Ann Rinaldi2003
Rewind af William Sleator2003
Never Trust a Dead Man af Vivian Vande Velde2003
Pray Hard af Pamela Walker2003
The Beetle and Me: A Love Story af Karen Romano Young2003
Stuck in Neutral af Terry Trueman2002
Kit's Wilderness af David Almond2002
Fever 1793 af Laurie Halse Anderson2002
Aria of the Sea af Dia Calhoun2002
Dovey Coe af Frances O'Roark Dowell2002
Cinderella 2000: Looking Back . . . af Mavis Jukes2002
Silent to the Bone af E. L. Konigsburg2002
Jefferson's Children: The Story of One American Family af Shannon Lanier2002
Snail Mail, No More af Ann M. Martin2002
We've Got Spirit: The Life and Times of America's Greatest Cheerleading Team af James T. McElroy2002
Blizzard!: The Storm That Changed America af Jim Murphy2002
Perfect Family af Jerrie Oughton2002
A Long Way from Chicago af Richard Peck2002
A Year Down Yonder af Richard Peck2002
Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging af Louise Rennison2002
Frozen Stiff af Sherry Shahan2002
Stargirl af Jerry Spinelli2002
When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune af Lori Aurelia Williams2002
Pedro & Me: Friendship, Loss and What I Learned af Judd Winick2002
Miracle's Boys af Jacqueline Woodson2002
Secrets of the Mummies (DK Readers: Level 4) af Harriet Griffey2001
William Shakespeare & the Globe af Aliki2001
King of Shadows af Susan Cooper2001
Getting Near to Baby af Audrey Couloumbis2001
Francie af Karen English2001
Speaking of Journals: Children's Book Writers Talk About Their Diaries, Notebooks and Sketchbooks af Paula W. Graham2001
The Birthday Room af Kevin Henkes2001
A Time of Angels af Karen Hesse2001
Our Only May Amelia af Jennifer L. Holm2001
Eat Your Words: A Fascinating Look at the Language of Food af Charlotte Jones2001
Star Split af Kathryn Lasky2001
My Heroes, My People: African Americans and Native Americans in the West af Morgan Monceaux2001
Who Are You? af Joan Lowery Nixon2001
Don't Call It Paradise af Gayle Pearson2001
Silent Thunder af Andrea Davis Pinkney2001


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