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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 2014 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Winners are. . .

  • K-2: This Is Not My Hat (Candlewick) by Jon Klassen
  • 3-5: Wonder (Knopf) by R. J. Palacio
  • 6-8: The Ghost of Graylock (Scholastic) by Dan Poblocki
  • 9-12: I Hunt Killers (Little, Brown) by Barry Lyga

2014 KBA Luncheon

Plan now to attend the Kentucky Bluegrass Award Luncheon during the KLA/KASL Joint Conference September 17-20, 2014 at the Galt House in Louisville. The featured author for the luncheon will be Mary Amato author of the 2014 KBA nominee Guitar Notes and the 2010 KBA nominee The Chicken of the Family. Additional information about Mary Amato is available on her website.

Preschool Master List

The formation of the new Kentucky Bluegrass Award Preschool Master List committee is now underway. The charge for this group is to create an annual Master List of ten books for preschool readers (ages 2-5). For the foreseeable future, this will not be a voting list. The list is to be used as a recommendation and acquisition list for those working with this age group. The committee will follow similar selection criteria and organization as the other KBA Master Lists. If you are interested in reading and suggesting books for this age group, and wish to serve on the KBA Preschool Master List, please contact Abby McCurry at the Lexington Public Library who will serve as the chair of the committee.

The Kentucky Bluegrass Award program is graciously supported by the Kentucky Reading Association, the Kentucky Association of School Librarians, and the Kentucky Department of Library and Archives.