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


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