Kentucky Bluegrass AwardGrades K-2

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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Nominee 271

The Three Billy Goats Gruff de Mac Barnett2024
Little Red Riding Hood and the Dragon de Ying Chang Compestine2024
Rick the Rock of Room 214 de Julie Falatko2024
First Day of Unicorn School de Jess Hernandez2024
I Can't Draw de Stephen W. Martin2024
How Old Is Mr. Tortoise? de Dev Petty2024
Pizza!: A Slice of History de Greg Pizzoli2024
Take a Breath de Sujean Rim2024
Chickadee: Criminal Mastermind de Monica Silvie2024
Sallie Bee Writes a Thank-You Note de Susan Verde2024
Chez Bob de Bob Shea2023
Invasion of the Unicorns de David Biedrzycki2023
Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals de Katy S. Duffield2023
Jack Horner: Dinosaur Hunter de Sophia Gholz2023
Change Sings: A Children's Anthem de Amanda Gorman2023
Room for Everyone de Naaz Khan2023
Redlocks and the Three Bears de Claudia Rueda2023
The Chicken Who Couldn't de Jan Thomas2023
The Elephants Come Home: A True Story of Seven Elephants, Two People, and One Extraordinary Friendship de Kim Tomsic2023
The Year We Learned to Fly de Jacqueline Woodson2023
Honey, the Dog Who Saved Abe Lincoln de Shari Swanson2022
My Bed: Enchanting Ways to Fall Asleep Around the World de Rebecca Bond2022
In the Woods de David Elliott2022
Cubs in the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo's First Woman Zookeeper de Candace Fleming2022
Federico and the Wolf de Rebecca J. Gomez2022
Eyes That Kiss in the Corners de Joanna Ho2022
Lift de Minh Lê2022
On Account of the Gum de Adam Rex2022
Skulls! de Blair Thornburgh2022
Nana Akua Goes to School de Tricia Elam Walker2022
Zombies Don't Eat Veggies! de Megan Lacera2021
Nobody Hugs a Cactus de Carter Goodrich2021
Greta the Great Horned Owl: A True Story of Rescue and Rehabilitation (Wildlife Rescue Stories) de Christie Gove-Berg2021
Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner de Jessie Hartland2021
Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins de Michelle Meadows2021
The Remember Balloons de Jessie Oliveros2021
Poetree de Shauna LaVoy Reynolds2021
Once Upon a Goat de Dan Richards2021
No Room for a Pup! de Elizabeth Suneby2021
The Panda Problem de Deborah Underwood2021
We Don't Eat Our Classmates de Ryan T. Higgins2020
What If... de Samantha Berger2020
Misunderstood Shark de Ame Dyckman2020
Giraffe Problems de Jory John2020
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist de Jess Keating2020
What Do They Do with All That Poo? de Jane Kurtz2020
Natsumi! de Susan Lendroth2020
Thank You, Omu! de Oge Mora2020
The Itchy Book! de LeUyen Pham2020
Different? Same! de Heather Tekavec2020
Escargot de Dashka Slater2019
Super Manny Stands Up! de Kelly DiPucchio2019
Prince Ribbit de Jonathan Emmett2019
A Pig, a Fox, and Stinky Socks (Penguin Young Readers, Level 2) de Jonathan Fenske2019
Tidy de Emily Gravett2019
Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire de Amy Guglielmo2019
Cricket in the Thicket: Poems about Bugs de Carol Murray2019
Niko Draws a Feeling de Robert Raczka2019
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) de Dan Santat2019
I Want That Nut! de Madeline Valentine2019
Madeline Finn and the Library Dog de Lisa Papp2018
The Lion Inside de Rachel Bright2018
Slickety Quick: Poems about Sharks de Skila Brown2018
Lift Your Light a Little Higher: The Story of Stephen Bishop: Slave-Explorer de Heather Henson2018
More-igami de Dori Kleber2018
The Summer Nick Taught His Cats to Read de Curtis Manley2018
Hare and Tortoise de Alison Murray2018
The Water Princess de Susan Verde2018
A Piece of Home de Jeri Watts2018
Nanette's Baguette de Mo Willems2018
I'm Trying to Love Spiders de Bethany Barton2017
Wolfie the Bunny de Ame Dyckman2017
Stick and Stone de Beth Ferry2017
The Night World de Mordicai Gerstein2017
The Bear Report de Thyra Heder2017
Little Tree de Loren Long2017
The Way to School de Rosemary McCarney2017
If You Plant a Seed de Kadir Nelson2017
Two Friends : Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass de Dean Robbins2017
Sing a Season Song de Jane Yolen2017
The Monkey Goes Bananas de C. P. Bloom2016
Flashlight de Lizi Boyd2016
This book just ate my dog! de Richard Byrne2016
Dear Mr. Washington de Lynn Cullen2016
Last Stop on Market Street de Matt de la Peña2016
Gaston de Kelly DiPucchio2016
Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do de Steve Jenkins2016
I Pledge Allegiance de Pat Mora2016
Noodle Magic de Roseanne Greenfield Thong2016
Mama Built a Little Nest de Jennifer Ward2016
Trouper de Meg Kearney2015
Ribbit! de Rodrigo Folgueira2015
A Good Trade de Alma Fullerton2015
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever de H. Joseph Hopkins2015
Flight of the Honey Bee de Raymond Huber2015
The Invisible Boy de Trudy Ludwig2015
Tap the magic tree de Christie Matheson2015
Hi, Koo!: A Year of Seasons de Jon J. Muth2015
The Watermelon Seed de Greg Pizzoli2015
This Is the Rope: A Story from the Great Migration de Jacqueline Woodson2015
This Is Not My Hat de Jon Klassen2014
Oh, No! de Candace Fleming2014
And Then It's Spring de Julie Fogliano2014
Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building de Christy Hale2014
Oh No, George! de Chris Haughton2014
Penny and Her Doll de Kevin Henkes2014
Looking at Lincoln de Maira Kalman2014
Hornbooks and Inkwells de Verla Kay2014
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs de Mo Willems2014
Each Kindness de Jacqueline Woodson2014
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes de Eric Litwin2013
Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet de Kelly DiPucchio2013
Planting the Wild Garden de Kathryn O. Galbraith2013
Three Hens and a Peacock de Lester L. Laminack2013
Otis and the Tornado de Loren Long2013
All the Water in the World de George Ella Lyon2013
Me . . . Jane de Patrick McDonnell2013
The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School de Laura Murray2013
The Bear Who Shared de Catherine Rayner2013
Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku de Lee Wardlaw2013
Chalk de Bill Thomson2012
LMNO Peas de Keith Baker2012
Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don't) de Barbara Bottner2012
Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales de Lucy Cousins2012
Orangutans Are Ticklish: Fun Facts from an Animal Photographer de Jill Davis2012
Bink and Gollie de Kate DiCamillo2012
Bridget's Beret de Tom Lichtenheld2012
GUYKU: A Year of Haiku for Boys de Bob Raczka2012
Rain School de James Rumford2012
Interrupting Chicken de David Ezra Stein2012
Rhyming Dust Bunnies de Jan Thomas2011
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 de Brian Floca2011
Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings de Douglas Florian2011
Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale (Introducing His Forgotten Frontier Friend) de Deborah Hopkinson2011
Otis de Loren Long2011
Lousy Rotten Stinkin' Grapes de Margie Palatini2011
Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride de Andrea Pinkney2011
Duck! Rabbit! de Amy Krouse Rosenthal2011
Panda Kindergarten de Joanne Ryder2011
Maggie's Monkeys de Linda Sanders-Wells2011
Peter Spit a Seed at Sue de Jackie French Koller2010
There's a Wolf at the Door de Zoe B. Alley2010
The Chicken of the Family de Mary Amato2010
A Visitor for Bear de Bonny Becker2010
The Lost-and-Found Tooth de Louise Borden2010
Tadpole Rex de Kurt Cyrus2010
Baby Dragon de Amy Ehrlich2010
On the Farm de David Elliott2010
Bees, Snails, & Peacock Tails: Patterns & Shapes . . . Naturally de Betsy Franco2010
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever de Marla Frazee2010
How to Heal a Broken Wing de Bob Graham2010
Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time de James Howe2010
Bats at the Library de Brian Lies2010
Dogku de Andrew Clements2009
When Dinosaurs Came with Everything de Elise Broach2009
Toy Boat de Randall De Sève2009
Beetle Bop de Denise Fleming2009
Badger's Fancy Meal de Keiko Kasza2009
Rainstorm de Barbara Lehman2009
How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin? de Margaret McNamara2009
Pssst! de Adam Rex2009
First the Egg de Laura Vaccaro Seeger2009
New Socks de Bob Shea2009
I'm The Biggest Thing in the Ocean de Kevin Sherry2009
Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf de Judy Sierra2009
Good Boy, Fergus! de David Shannon2008
Recess at 20 Below de Cindy Aillaud2008
Max's Words de Kate Banks2008
The Perfect Nest de Catherine Friend2008
Wolves de Emily Gravett2008
Sky Boys de Deborah Hopkinson2008
Library Lion de Michelle Knudsen2008
Henry's Freedom Box de Ellen Levine2008
Big Alaska: Journey Across America's Most Amazing State de Debbie S. Miller2008
Night Boat to Freedom de Margot Theis Raven2008
Thelonius Monster's Sky-High Fly-Pie de Judy Sierra2008
John, Paul, George & Ben de Lane Smith2008
Mammoths on the Move de Lisa Wheeler2008
Animal Strike at the Zoo. It's True! de Karma Wilson2008
Ruby and Bubbles de Rosie Winstead2008
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! de Karen Beaumont2007
Chameleon, Chameleon de Joy Cowley2007
Leaf Man de Lois Ehlert2007
Fold Me a Poem de Kristine O'Connell George2007
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together de Mary Ann Hoberman2007
Beyond Old Macdonald: Funny Poems From Down On The Farm de Charles E. Hoce2007
Weaving the Rainbow de George Ella Lyon2007
Big Sister, Little Sister de LeUyen Pham2007
Emma Kate de Patricia Polacco2007
My Best Friend de Mary Ann Rodman2007
Clara and Asha de Eric Rohmann2007
Stars Beneath Your Bed: The Surprising Story of Dust de April Pulley Sayre2007
White is for Blueberry de George Shannon2007
The Great Fuzz Frenzy de Janet Stevens2007
Our Tree Named Steve de Alan Zweibel2007
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale de Mo Willems2006
Mister Seahorse de Eric Carle2006
Duck for President de Doreen Cronin2006
Sidewalk Circus de Paul Fleischman2006
Kitten's First Full Moon de Kevin Henkes2006
Actual Size de Steve Jenkins2006
Finklehopper Frog de Irene Livingston2006
I Wanna Iguana de Karen Kaufman Orloff2006
The Firekeeper's Son de Linda Sue Park2006
If Not for the Cat de Jack Prelutsky2006
Crazy Hair Day de Barney Saltzberg2006
Wild About Books de Judy Sierra2006
Drat That Fat Cat! de Pat Thomson2006
Falling for Rapunzel de Leah Wilcox2006
Bear Snores On de Karma Wilson2006
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! de Mo Willems2005
Beautiful Blackbird de Ashley Bryan2005
Diary of a Worm de Doreen Cronin2005
The Racecar Alphabet de Brian Floca2005
Yikes!!! de Robert Florczak2005
The Elves and the Shoemaker de Jacob Grimm2005
A Story for Bear de Dennis Haseley2005
The Teddy Bear de David McPhail2005
Hank and Fergus de Susin Nielsen-Fernlund2005
Bad Boys de Margie Palatini2005
What Did You Put in Your Pocket? de Beatrice Schenk de Regniers2005
Calabash Cat de James Rumford2005
One Is a Snail, Ten is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book de April Pulley Sayre2005
Old Cricket de Lisa Wheeler2005
A Frog in the Bog de Karma Wilson2005
Tracks in the Snow de Wong Herbert Yee2005
Hungry Hen de Richard Waring2004
Milo's Hat Trick de Jon Agee2004
Bubba and Beau, Best Friends de Kathi Appelt2004
Close Your Eyes de Kate Banks2004
Once Upon A Farm de Marie Bradby2004
The Real, True Dulcie Campbell de Cynthia DeFelice2004
Little Brown Hen's Shower de Pamela Duncan Edwards2004
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! de Candace Fleming2004
Alphabet Under Construction de Denise Fleming2004
The Magic Hat de Mem Fox2004
Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems de Kristine O'Connell George2004
The Bug Cemetery de Frances Hill2004
Do Like a Duck Does! de Judy Hindley2004
A Drop of Gold de Vlasta Kampen2004
Snow Day! de Patricia Lakin2004
I Stink! de Kate McMullan2004
The Recess Queen de Alexis O'Neill2004
Bob de Tracey Campbell Pearson2004
My Friend Rabbit de Eric Rohmann2004
The Great Gracie Chase: Stop That Dog! de Cynthia Rylant2004
Duck on a Bike de David Shannon2004
Wanda's Monster de Eileen Spinelli2004
Bertie Was a Watchdog de Rick Walton2004
Hoodwinked de Arthur Howard2003
Bats Around the Clock de Kathi Appelt2003
Minnie and Moo Go to Paris (Minnie and Moo (DK Paperback)) de Denys Cazet2003
Five Little Monkeys Wash the Car de Eileen Christelow2003
A Fine, Fine School de Sharon Creech2003
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type de Doreen Cronin2003
Firefighters A to Z de Chris L. Demarest2003
Olivia de Ian Falconer2003
Bark, George de Jules Feiffer2003
Pieces: A Year in Poems & Quilts de Anna Grossnickle Hines2003
The Seals on the Bus de Lenny Hort2003
Take Me Out of the Bathtub and Other Silly Dilly Songs de Alan Katz2003
Jabuti the Tortoise: A Trickster Tale from the Amazon de Gerald McDermott2003
Widget de Lyn Rossiter McFarland2003
Mrs. Spitzer's Garden de Edith Pattou2003
Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. de Doreen Rappaport2003
Rattletrap Car de Phyllis Root2003
Leola and the honeybears: An African-American retelling of Goldilocks and the Three Bears de Melodye Rosales2003
The Stray Dog de Marc Simont2003
And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon de Janet Stevens2003
Jubal's Wish de Audrey Wood2003
The Other Side de Jacqueline Woodson2003


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