Kentucky Bluegrass AwardGrades 9-12

Given by Kentucky Association of School Librarians (KASL)

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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

Alle, Winner (129), Nominee (1,981)
Alle, Grades 3-5 (332), Grades 3-8 (39), Grades 4-8 (342), Grades 6-8 (303), Grades 9-12 (276), Grades K-2 (273), Grades K-3 (351), Preschool (70)
Alle, 2024 (10), 2023 (10), 2022 (10), 2021 (10), 2020 (10), 2019 (10), 2018 (10), 2017 (10), 2016 (10), 2015 (10), 2014 (10), 2013 (10), 2012 (10), 2011 (10), 2010 (13), 2009 (15), 2008 (15), 2007 (15), 2006 (16), 2005 (15), 2004 (16), 2003 (1), 2002 (18), 2001 (12)

Winner 23

Nominee 275

Hollow Fires af Samira Ahmed2024
What We Harvest af Ann Fraistat2024
The Silence that Binds Us af Joanna Ho2024
Five Survive af Holly Jackson2024
As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow af Zoulfa Katouh2024
Me (Moth) af Amber McBride2024
Victory. Stand! Raising My Fist for Justice af Tommie Smith2024
All My Rage af Sabaa Tahir2024
Hotel Magnifique af Emily J. Taylor2024
Nothing Burns as Bright as You af Ashley Woodfolk2024
I Must Betray You af Ruta Sepetys2023
Firekeeper's Daughter af Angeline Boulley2023
Blackout af Dhonielle Clayton2023
If These Wings Could Fly af Kyrie McCauley2023
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning af Jason Reynolds2023
Roxy af Neal Shusterman2023
We Are Not from Here af Jenny Torres Sanchez2023
Dragon Hoops af Gene Luen Yang2023
Instructions for Dancing af Nicola Yoon2023
In the Wild Light af Jeff Zentner2023
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder af Holly Jackson2022
Legendborn af Tracy Deonn2022
Golden Arm af Carl Deuker2022
Raybearer af Jordan Ifueko2022
Grown af Tiffany D. Jackson2022
What I Carry af Jennifer Longo2022
How to Build a Heart af Maria Padian2022
Meet Me at Midnight af Jessica Pennington2022
Hard Wired af Len Vlahos2022
Punching the Air af Ibi Zoboi2022
Paul, Big, and Small af David Glen Robb2021
With the Fire on High af Elizabeth Acevedo2021
The Lovely and the Lost af Jennifer Lynn Barnes2021
Cracking the Bell af Geoff Herbach2021
Heroine af Mindy McGinnis2021
The Athena Protocol af Shamim Sarif2021
Bloodleaf af Crystal Smith2021
Field Notes on Love af Jennifer E. Smith2021
Price of Duty af Todd Strasser2021
They Called Us Enemy af George Takei2021
Bonnie and Clyde: The Making of a Legend af Karen Blumenthal2020
The Poet X af Elizabeth Acevedo2020
Hide with Me af Sorboni Banerjee2020
The History of Jane Doe af Michael Belanger2020
Losers Bracket af Chris Crutcher2020
Orphan Monster Spy af Matt Killeen2020
I Am Still Alive af Kate Alice Marshall2020
Seafire af Natalie C. Parker2020
Dry af Neal Shusterman2020
Sadie af Courtney Summers2020
The Hate U Give af Angie Thomas2019
The Traitor's Kiss af Erin Beaty2019
Far from the Tree af Robin Benway2019
Allegedly af Tiffany D. Jackson2019
Night Witches: A Novel of World War Two af Kathryn Lasky2019
Warcross af Marie Lu2019
The Free af Lauren McLaughlin2019
A Short History of the Girl Next Door af Jared Reck2019
Long Way Down af Jason Reynolds2019
Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin af James L. Swanson2019
The Sun is Also a Star af Nicola Yoon2018
Meet Me Here af Bryan Bliss2018
The Reader af Traci Chee2018
The Distance from Me to You af Marina Gessner2018
Rebel of the Sands af Alwyn Hamilton2018
The Skeleton Tree af Iain Lawrence2018
Stalking Jack the Ripper af Kerri Maniscalco2018
A List of Cages af Robin Roe2018
Desert Dark af Sonja Stone2018
The Memory of Light af Francisco X. Stork2018
Red Queen af Victoria Aveyard2017
Mosquitoland af David Arnold2017
NEED af Joelle Charbonneau2017
The Rig af Joe Ducie2017
None of the Above af I. W. Gregorio2017
Not After Everything af Michelle Levy2017
All the Bright Places af Jennifer Niven2017
All American Boys af Jason Reynolds2017
Jackaby af William Ritter2017
Salt to the Sea af Ruta Sepetys2017
Faking Normal af Courtney C. Stevens2016
The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi af Neal Bascomb2016
I'll Meet You There af Heather Demetrios2016
Inhuman af Kat Falls2016
The Walk On af John Feinstein2016
Complicit af Stephanie Kuehn2016
Above af Isla Morley2016
The Winner's Curse af Marie Rutkoski2016
The Geography of You and Me af Jennifer E. Smith2016
The Scar Boys af Len Vlahos2016
Boy Nobody af Allen Zadoff2015
The Impossible Knife of Memory af Laurie Halse Anderson2015
Thousand Words af Jennifer Brown2015
How to Love af Katie Cotugno2015
The Tragedy Paper af Elizabeth LaBan2015
If You Find Me af Emily Murdoch2015
The Rithmatist af Brandon Sanderson2015
The Beginning of Everything af Robyn Schneider2015
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea af April Genevieve Tucholke2015
The 5th Wave af Rick Yancey2015
I Hunt Killers af Barry Lyga2014
The Diviners af Libba Bray2014
Just One Day af Gayle Forman2014
Hver dag af David Levithan2014
Pushing the Limits af Katie McGarry2014
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard af Lesléa Newman2014
The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir af Gaby Rodriguez2014
The Final Four af Paul Volponi2014
Code Name Verity af Elizabeth Wein2014
Beneath a Meth Moon af Jacqueline Woodson2014
Divergent - Afvigeren af Veronica Roth2013
En flænge i himlen af John Green2013
The Name of the Star af Maureen Johnson2013
DJ Rising af Love Maia2013
Recovery Road af Blake Nelson2013
What can(t) wait af Ashley Hope Perez2013
Boy21 af Matthew Quick2013
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children af Ransom Riggs2013
Between Shades of Gray af Ruta Sepetys2013
Daughter of Smoke & Bone af Laini Taylor2013
Rum af Emma Donoghue2012
Split af Swati Avasthi2012
Ship Breaker af Paolo Bacigalupi2012
You af Charles Benoit2012
Leverage af Joshua C. Cohen2012
Incarceron (book 1) af Catherine Fisher2012
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer af Lish McBride2012
Dirty Little Secrets af C. J. Omololu2012
Anna and the French Kiss af Stephanie Perkins2012
Sorta Like a Rock Star af Matthew Quick2012
The Maze Runner af James Dashner2011
Hate List af Jennifer Brown2011
Because I am Furniture af Thalia Chaltas2011
Little Brother af Cory Doctorow2011
If I Stay af Gayle Forman2011
King of the Screwups af K. L. Going2011
Liar af Justine Larbalestier2011
In the Path of Falling Objects af Andrew Smith2011
If I Grow Up af Todd Strasser2011
Funny How Things Change af Melissa Wyatt2011
Dødsspillet af Suzanne Collins2010
Wintergirls af Laurie Halse Anderson2010
Shift af Jennifer Bradbury2010
Graceling af Kristin Cashore2010
Perfect Chemistry af Simone Elkeles2010
The Red Necklace af Sally Gardner2010
Ten Mile River af Paul Griffin2010
No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row af Susan Kuklin2010
The Adoration of Jenna Fox af Mary E. Pearson2010
Unwind af Neal Shusterman2010
Ghost Medicine af Andrew Smith2010
Artichoke's Heart af Suzanne Supplee2010
Impossible af Nancy Werlin2010
Thirteen Reasons Why af Jay Asher2009
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian af Sherman Alexie2009
Twisted af Laurie Halse Anderson2009
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier af Ishmael Beah2009
Gym Candy af Carl Deuker2009
Before I Die af Jenny Downham2009
Slam af Nick Hornby2009
Firestorm af David Klass2009
Buried af Robin Merrow MacCready2009
Red Glass af Laura Resau2009
General Winston's Daughter af Sharon Shinn2009
First Shot af Walter Sorrells2009
Ankomsten af Shaun Tan2009
Trigger af Susan Vaught2009
Story of a Girl af Sara Zarr2009
Impulse af Ellen Hopkins2008
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist af Rachel Cohn2008
Code Orange af Caroline B. Cooney2008
Saint Iggy af K. L. Going2008
La Linea af Ann Jaramillo2008
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl af Barry Lyga2008
Sold af Patricia McCormick2008
Dairy Queen af Catherine Gilbert Murdock2008
Nineteen Minutes af Jodi Picoult2008
A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl af Tanya Lee Stone2008
Knights of the Hill Country af Tim Tharp2008
Peeps af Scott Westerfeld2008
American Born Chinese af Gene Luen Yang2008
Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood af Koren Zailckas2008
Bogtyven af Markus Zusak2008
Twilight af Stephenie Meyer2007
Lovesick af Jake Coburn2007
Invisible af Pete Hautman2007
I Will Plant You a Lilac Tree: A Memoir of a Schindler's List Survivor af Laura Hillman2007
Letting Go of Bobby James: Or How I Found My Self of Steam af Valerie Hobbs2007
Crank af Ellen Hopkins2007
Strong at the Heart: How It Feels to Heal from Sexual Abuse af Carolyn Lehman2007
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie af David Lubar2007
Caught in the Act af Peter Moore2007
Eyes of the Emperor af Graham Salisbury2007
Finding Lubchenko af Michael Simmons2007
Black and White af Paul Volponi2007
Full Service af Will Weaver2007
A Certain Slant of Light af Laura Whitcomb2007
Poison af Chris Wooding2007
Looking for Alaska af John Green2006
Prom af Laurie Halse Anderson2006
Honey, Baby, Sweetheart af Deb Caletti2006
Last Shot af John Feinstein2006
Nothing to Lose af Alex Flinn2006
Playing in Traffic af Gail Giles2006
Godless af Pete Hautman2006
Saving Francesca af Melina Marchetta2006
The Hedge Knight af George R. R. Martin2006
The Hedge Knight - Second Edition [Graphic Novel] af George R. R. Martin2006
Gothic: Ten Original Dark Tales af Deborah Noyes2006
For min søsters skyld af Jodi Picoult2006
Can't Get There from Here af Todd Strasser2006
Inside Out af Terry Trueman2006
Double Helix af Nancy Werlin2006
The Messenger af Markus Zusak2006
Son of the Mob af Gordon Korman2005
Fars lille pige af Mary Higgins Clark2005
A Northern Light af Jennifer Donnelly2005
Breakout af Paul Fleischman2005
Breaking Point af Alex Flinn2005
America af E. R. Frank2005
Fat Kid Rules the World af K. L. Going2005
A Parchment of Leaves af Silas House2005
Out of Order af A. M. Jenkins2005
The First Part Last af Angela Johnson2005
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things af Carolyn Mackler2005
Acceleration af Graham McNamee2005
Bottled Up af Jaye Murray2005
Fault Line af Janet Tashjian2005
10th Grade af Joe Weisberg2005
Her fra min himmel : roman af Alice Sebold2004
Catalyst af Laurie Halse Anderson2004
Postkort fra ingenmandsland af Aidan Chambers2004
Whale Talk af Chris Crutcher2004
Breathing Underwater af Alex Flinn2004
Hole in My Life af Jack Gantos2004
Damage af A. M. Jenkins2004
Du kender mig ikke af David Klass2004
Stoner & Spaz af Ron Koertge2004
A Perfect Snow af Nora Martin2004
Blind Sighted af Peter Moore2004
Born Blue af Han Nolan2004
19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East af Naomi Shihab Nye2004
Big Mouth & Ugly Girl af Joyce Carol Oates2004
Every Time a Rainbow Dies af Rita Williams-Garcia2004
One Hot Second af Cathy Young2004
Monster af Walter Dean Myers2002
Fordelene ved at være en bænkevarmer af Stephen Chbosky2002
Many Stones af Carolyn Coman2002
You Hear Me?: Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys af Betsy Franco2002
On the Fringe: Stories af Donald Gallo2002
Conquering the Beast Within: How I Fought Depression and Won . . . and How You Can, Too af Cait Irwin2002
My Life, Take Two af Paul Many2002
Cut af Patricia McCormick2002
Night Flying af Rita Murphy2002
145th Street: Short Stories af Walter Dean Myers2002
The Beet Fields: Memories of a Sixteenth Summer af Gary Paulsen2002
The Body of Christopher Creed af Carol Plum-Ucci2002
Tidstunnelen af Susan Price2002
Head Above Water af S. L. Rottman2002
Dreamland af Sarah2002
Players af Joyce Sweeney2002
Affrilachia: Poems af Frank X. Walker2002
Playing Without the Ball af Rich Wallace2002
Speak af Laurie Halse Anderson2001
Violet & Claire af Francesca Lia Block2001
Burning Up af Caroline B. Cooney2001
Romiette and Julio af Sharon M. Draper2001
The Way Things Never Were: The Truth About the "Good Old Days" af Norman H. Finkelstein2001
Jason's Gold af Will Hobbs2001
Heaven af Angela Johnson2001
Gifttræets evangelium af Barbara Kingsolver2001
Pigen der elskede Tom Gordon af Stephen King2001
Good Night, Maman af Norma Fox Mazer2001
Witches and Witch-Hunts : A History of Persecution af Milton Meltzer2001
Stop Pretending: What Happened When My Big Sister Went Crazy af Sonya Sones2001


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