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KY Bluegrass Award

Each year, KBA committees choose ten books that will be featured on each Nominee List (Preschool, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12) through a year-long review. These committees include school, public, and academic librarians, as well as classroom teachers from across the state.

Students who read at least two books from any list can vote on their favorite in March.

And the nominees are...

 Kindergarten through 2nd Grade KBA List

Bears are Best by Joan Holub 

Carina Felina by Carmen Agra Deedy 

Destiny Finds Her Way by Margarita Engle 

Gold! by David Shannon 

I'm From by Gary Gray 

Kaboom! A Volcano Erupts by Jessica Kulekjian 

Mr. S: A First Day of School Book         by Monica Arnaldo 

Too Many Pigs and One Big Bad Wolf         by Davide Cali 

Try a Bite, Trilobite! by Jonathan Fenske 

3rd through 5th Grade KBA List

Cress Watercress by Gregory Maguire 

Dogtown by Katherine Applegate

Golden Ticket by Kate Egan 

Growing Pangs by Kathryn Ormsbee 

How Do Meerkats Order Pizza? Wild Facts About Animals and the Scientists Who Study Them           by Brooke Barker 

The Lost Library         by Rebecca Stead and Wendy Mass 

Penny Draws a Best Friend by Sara Shepard 

Starring Steven Spielberg: The Making of a Young Filmmaker  by Gene Barretta 

The Superteacher Project by Gordon Korman 

Trex by Christyne Morrell 

 Middle School KBA List

A First Time for Everything by Dan Santat

Bite Risk by S.J. Will 

Bomb, graphic novel : the race to build--and steal--the world's most dangerous weapon                         by Steve Sheinkin 

Iceberg by Jennifer Nielsen 

Mascot by Charles Waters and Traci Sorell 

Once There Was by Kiyash Monsef

Remember Me Gone by Stacy Stokes 

Simon Sort of Says by Erin Bow 

Two Degrees by Alan Gratz 

A Work in Progress by Jarrett Lerner 

High School KBA List

Chaos Theory by Nic Stone 

Divine Rivals by Rebecca Ross 

Gather by Kenneth Cadow 

Give Me a Sign by Anna Sortino 

Imogen, Obviously by Becky Albertalli 

Impossible Escape: A True Story of Survival and Heroism in Nazi Europe by Steve Sheinkin 

Last Girl Breathing by Court Stevens 

Pieces of Me by Kate McLaughlin 

Star Splitter by Matthew Kirby 

Throwback by Maureen Goo 


The American Library Association's 2024 Newbery Medal, awarded to the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year, went to The Eyes and the Impossible by Dave Eggers.  Johannes, a free dog, lives in an urban park by the sea.  His job is to be the Eyes - to see everything that happens within the park and report back to the park's elders, three ancient Bison. But changes are afoot.  More humans, including Trouble Travelers, arrive in the park.  A new building goes up.  And then there are the goats... 

The 2024 Randolph Caldecott Medal, awarded to the most distinguished American picture book for children was awarded to Big, by Vashti Harrison. Big is about fitting in, standing out, and the beauty of joyful acceptance.  It traces a child's journey to self-love and shows the power of words to both hurt and heal.

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