An Annual Award for the Best Book as Chosen by the Students of Kentucky

The Kentucky Bluegrass Award is a student choice program. The KBA promotes and encourages Kentucky students in kindergarten through grade 12 to read a variety of quality literature. All Kentucky public and private schools, as well as public libraries, are welcome to participate in the program.

And the 2016 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Winners are. . .

  • K-2: The Monkey Goes Bananas by C.P. Bloom; Peter Raymundo, ill. Abrams, 2014.
  • 3-5: Duke by Kirby Larson. Scholastic Press, 2013.
  • 6-8: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
  • 9-12: Faking Normal by Courtney Stevens. Harper Teen, 2014.

KBA Under New Leadership

After 33 years of being involved with the Kentucky Bluegrass Award on some level, I am stepping away from the leadership responsibilities of the program. The Kentucky Association of School Librarians (KASL) has taken on the responsibility of the program, and I look forward to witnessing the positive growth of the KBA that surely will occur under their direction.

I want to encourage librarians, teachers, and other educators to remain involved with the KBA by promoting the Master List books to your students and participating in the voting each year. Thank you to the various organizations and publishers that have partnered with the KBA over the years. I encourage your continued involvement in the KBA through your generous support of the KBA book grants, the provision of publicity for the program in your newsletters and other sources, and the use of the KBA Master List books in your programming.

Thanks to everyone for supporting the Kentucky Bluegrass Award. It is a program that I care for very much and in which I have been deeply invested. My hope is that it will continue to flourish in the years to come.

All my very best wishes.

Happy Reading!


New Website and Coordinator

As the gradual transition of leadership occurs, the most current information about the KBA will be available on its new website: http://www.kasl.us/about-kba.html

KASL has appointed Janet Wells janet.wells@rockcastle.kyschools.us as the KBA Coordinator. Please contact her with questions or concerns.