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


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