Kentucky Bluegrass Award Winner's Circle


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


  • K-2: Trouper (Scholastic Press) by Meg Kearney; E. B. Lewis, illustrator.
  • 3-5: Giants Beware (First Second Books) by Jorge Aguirre; Rafael Rosado, illustrator.
  • 6-8: Steelheart (Delacorte) by Brandon Sanderson.
  • 9-12: I Am the Weapon (Little, Brown) by Allen Zadoff.


  • 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.


  • K-2: Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes (Harper) by Eric Litwin; James Dean, ill.
  • 3-5: Smile (Graphix) by Raina Telgemeier.
  • 6-8: Legend (G. P. Putnam's Sons) by Marie Lu.
  • 9-12: Divergent (Katherine Tegen Books) by Veronica Roth.


  • K-2: Chalk (Marshall Cavendish) by Bill Thomson.
  • 3-5: Big Nate: In a Class by Himself (Harper) by Lincoln Peirce.
  • 6-8: A Tale Dark and Grimm (Dutton) by Adam Gidwitz.
  • 9-12: Room (Little Brown) by Emma Donoghue.


  • K-2: Rhyming Dust Bunnies (Atheneum) by Jan Thomas.
  • 3-5: Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle (Little Brown Books for Young Readers) by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson, and Mary Nethery.
  • 6-8: Million-Dollar Throw (Philomel Books) by Mike Lupica.
  • 9-12: Maze Runner (Delecorte) by James Dashner.


  • K-2: Peter Spit a Seed at Sue (Houghton Mifflin) by Jackie French Koller; Johan Manders, illustrator.
  • 3-5: Swindle (Scholastic) by Gordon Korman.
  • 6-8: The Graveyard Book (HarperCollins) by Neil Gaiman.
  • 9-12: The Hunger Games (Scholastic) by Suzanne Collins


  • K-2: Dogku (Simon & Schuster) by Andrew Clements; Tim Bowers, ill.
  • 3-5: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Abrams) by Jeff Kinney
  • 6-8: Call Me Hope (Little, Brown) by Gretchen Olson
  • 9-12: Thirteen Reasons Why (Razorbill) by Jay Asher


  • K-2: Good Boy, Fergus (Scholastic) by David Shannon
  • 3-5: The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Scholastic) by Brian Selznick
  • 6-8: Rules (Scholastic) by Cynthia Lord
  • 9-12: Impulse (Margaret K. McElderry) by Ellen Hopkins


  • K-2: I Ain't Gonna Paint No More (Harcourt) by Karen Beaumont
  • 3-5: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Candlewick) by Kate DiCamillo
  • 6-8: Avalon High (HarperCollins) by Meg Cabot
  • 9-12: Twilight (Little, Brown) by Stephenie Meyer


  • K-2: Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (Hyperion) by Mo Willems
  • 3-5: The Report Card (Simon & Schuster) by Andrew Clements
  • 6-8: So B. It (HarperCollins) by Sarah Weeks
  • 9-12: Looking for Alaska (Penguin) by John Green


  • K-2: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (Hyperion) by Mo Willems
  • 3-5: The Tale of Despereaux (Candlewick) by Kate DiCamillo
  • 6-8: Surviving the Applewhites (HarperCollins) by Stephanie S. Tolan
  • 9-12: Son of the Mob (Hyperion) by Gordon Korman


  • K-2: Hungry Hen (HarperCollins) by Richard Waring; Caroline Jayne Church, illustrator
  • 3-5: Scranimals (Greenwillow) by Jack Prelutsky; Peter Sis, illustrator
  • 6-8: A Corner of the Universe (Scholastic) by Ann M. Martin
  • 9-12: The Lovely Bones: A Novel (Little Brown) by Alice Sebold


  • K-2: Hoodwinked (Harcourt) by Arthur Howard
  • 3-5: Albert (Harcourt) by Donna Jo Napoli
  • 6-8: Knocked Out by Nunga- Nungas: Further, Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (Harper Collins) by Louise Rennison
  • 9-12: The Brimstone Journals (Candlewick) by Ron Koertge


  • K-2: One Lucky Girl (Dorling Kindersley) by George Ella Lyon; Irene Trivas, illustrator
  • 3-5: So You Want to be President? (Philomel) by Judith St. George; David Small, illustrator
  • 6-8: Stuck in Neutral (HarperCollins) by Terry Trueman
  • 9-12: Monster (HarperCollins) by Walter Dean Myers


  • K-2: Don't Need Friends (Doubleday) by Carolyn Crimi; Lynn Munsinger, illustrator
  • 3-5: The Babe and I (Gulliver) by David A. Adler; Terry Widener, illustrator
  • 6-8: Secrets of the Mummies (Hyperion) by Shelley Tankaka; Greg Ruhl, illustrator
  • 9-12: Speak (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) by Laurie Halse Anderson


  • K-3: Hooway for Wodney Wat (Houghton Mifflin) by Helen Lester; Lynn Munsinger, illustrator
  • 4-8: Smoky Mountain Rose (Dial) by Alan Schroeder; Brad Sneed, illustrator


  • K-3: A Perfect Pork Stew (Orchard) by Paul B. Johnson
  • 4-8: Christopher Changes His Name (Firefly) by Itah Sadu; Roy Condy, illustrator


  • K-3: Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse (Greenwillow) by Kevin Henkes
  • 4-8: Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman (Dial) by Alan Schroeder; Jerry Pinkney, illustrator


  • K-3: Officer Buckle and Gloria (Putnam) by Peggy Rathmann
  • 4-8: Piggie Pie! (Clarion) by Margie Palatini; Howard Fine, illustrator


  • K-3: Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm (Mulberry) by Jerdine Nolan; Mark Buehner, illustrator
  • 4-8: The Christmas of the Reddle Moon (Dial) by J. Patrick Lewis; Gary Kelley, illustrator


  • K-3: The Cow Who Wouldn't Come Down (Orchard) by Paul B. Johnson
  • 4-8: The Hero of Bremen (Holiday House) retold by Margaret Hodges; Charles Mikolaycak, illustrator


  • K-3: Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! (Puffin) by David McPhail
  • 4-8: Bob and Jack: A Boy and His Yak (Bantam) by Jeff Moss; Chris Demarest, illustrator


  • K-3: Tuesday (Clarion) by David Wiesner
  • 4-8: Brother Eagle, Sister Sky (Dial) illustrated by Susan Jeffers


  • K-3: Basket (Orchard) by George Ella Lyon; Mary Szilagyi, illustrator
  • 4-8: Something Big Has Been Here (Greenwillow) by Jack Prelutsky; James Stevenson, illustrator


  • K-3: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Simon & Schuster) by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault; Lois Ehlert, illustrator
  • 4-8: The Butterfly Jar (Bantam) by Jeff Moss; Chris Demarest, illustrator


  • K-3: The Lady With the Alligator Purse (Little, Brown) illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott
  • 4-8: The Stranger (Houghton Mifflin) by Chris Van Allsburg


  • K-3: The Wolf's Chicken Stew (Putnam) by Keiko Kasza
  • 4-8: Class Clown (Morrow) by Johanna Hurwitz


  • K-3: Hey Al! (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) by Arthur Yorinks; Richard Egielski, illustrator
  • 4-8: Who Needs a Bratty Brother (Lodestar) by Linda Gondosch; Helen Cogancherry, illustrator


  • Polar Express (Houghton Mifflin) by Chris Van Allsburg


  • Badger's Parting Gifts (Lothrop) by Susan Varley


  • Angelina Ballerina (Crown) by Katherine Holabird; Helen Craig, illustrator


  • Move Over Twerp (Dial) by Martha Alexander


  • Jumanji (Houghton Mifflin) by Chris Van Allsburg