Kentucky Bluegrass AwardGrades 6-8

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


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