Kentucky Bluegrass AwardNomineePreschool

Given by Kentucky Association of School Librarians (KASL)

70 Works 14,639 Books 690 Reviews 4.2
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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All, Winner (129), Nominee (1,981)
All, Preschool (70)
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Nominee 70

A Bear, a Bee, and a Honey Tree by Daniel Bernstrom2024
Where Is Bina Bear? by Mike Curato2024
Knight Owl by Christopher Denise2024
Dress-Up Day by Blanca Gomez2024
Indigo Dreaming by Dinah Johnson2024
Time to Fly by George Ella Lyon2024
How to Say Hello to a Worm: A First Guide to Outside by Kari Percival2024
A seed grows by Antoinette Portis2024
Build! by Red Nose Studio2024
I'm Terrified of Bath Time by Simon Rich2024
Sheepish (Wolf Under Cover) by Helen Yoon2023
Little Grump Truck by Amanda Driscoll2023
Have You Ever Seen a Flower? by Shawn Harris2023
Maybe... by Chris Haughton2023
A House by Kevin Henkes2023
Patrick's Polka-dot Tights by Kristen McCurry2023
The Fastest Girl on Earth! Meet Kitty O'Neil, Daredevil Driver! by Dean Robbins2023
Animals!: Here We Grow by Shelley Rotner2023
The Universe and You by Suzanne Slade2023
Bear Is a Bear by Jonathan Stutzman2023
Find Fergus by Mike Boldt2022
A Polar Bear in the Snow by Mac Barnett2022
Heads and Tails: Insects by John Canty2022
Swashby and the Sea by Beth Ferry2022
Bear Is Awake!: An Alphabet Story by Hannah E. Harrison2022
Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour2022
Saturday by Oge Mora2022
Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o2022
Don't Feed the Coos! by Jonathan Stutzman2022
Green on Green by Dianne White2022
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry2021
Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! by Cori Doerrfeld2021
Skyscraper by Jorey Hurley2021
The Only Way Is Badger by Stella J Jones2021
Harold Loves His Woolly Hat by Vern Kousky2021
I Can Only Draw Worms by Will Mabbitt2021
Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris2021
I Am a Tiger by Karl Newson2021
Pinky Got Out! by Michael Portis2021
Fly! by Mark Teague2021
A Lion Is a Lion by Polly Dunbar2020
The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld2020
Old Hat by Emily Gravett2020
Builders and Breakers by Steve Light2020
Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love2020
Trains Run! by George Ella Lyon2020
If I Had a Horse by Gianna Marino2020
Red and Lulu by Matt Tavares2020
Shake the Tree!: a minibombo book by Chiara Vignocchi2020
Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel2020
Cookiesaurus Rex by Amy Fellner Dominy2019
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom2019
Owl Bat Bat Owl by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick2019
Little i by Michael Hall2019
On the Night of the Shooting Star by Amy Hest2019
Once Upon a Jungle by Laura Knowles2019
Whose Moon Is That? by Kim Krans2019
Mama Lion Wins the Race by Jon J. Muth2019
Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima2019
The Blue Hour by Isabelle Simler2019
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins2018
Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow2018
There's a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins2018
Wally Does Not Want a Haircut by Amanda Driscoll2018
We Are Growing! by Laurie Keller2018
Hank's Big Day: The Story of a Bug by Evan Kuhlman2018
The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah OHora2018
Dog on Board: The True Story of Eclipse, the Bus-Riding Dog by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent2018
School's First Day of School by Adam Rex2018
Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T. Smith2018


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