New Bluebonnet Books Are Here!

Article by marycatherine

A new school year is here, and with it comes a new list of Bluebonnet Books! Chosen by Texas librarians each year, the Bluebonnet List features twenty fiction and nonfiction books recommended for elementary-aged readers! These books are often assigned in school, and Brazos is happy to stock all twenty titles in their very own section at the beginning of the Children’s Literature shelves. Come in and peruse the list, or order online and pick up a bundle! 

Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School Cover Image
By Kim Baker, Tim Probert (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250044273
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Square Fish - May 6th, 2014

Tales of the League of Picklemakers, Fountain Point Middle School’s anonymous master prank club. Hopefully your young pranksters won’t get too many ideas reading this one!


Lester's Dreadful Sweaters Cover Image
By Keith Campbell, Keith Campbell (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781554537709
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Kids Can Press - September 1st, 2012

A silly picture book about the perils of a well-meaning cousin who knits truly terrible sweaters, and Lester, who has to wear them all.


The Year of the Book Cover Image
By Andrea Cheng, Abigail Halpin (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780544022638
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 7th, 2013

Ana’s best friends are all in books! Read along as she learns how to make new friends and embrace her culture, while still loving her book companions.


The Day the Crayons Quit Cover Image
By Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399255373
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Philomel Books - June 27th, 2013

A Brazos favorite! A group of crayons go on strike because they are sick of being typecast! Red crayons can be more than apples, thank you very much. An instant classic, and essential for every kid’s library.


Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, K. G. Campbell (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763660406
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 24th, 2013

The 2014 Newberry Winner from all-star Kate DiCamillo tells the charming story of a young girl and her best friend--who also happens to be a squirrel with super powers! It’s a chapter book-graphic novel hybrid that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.


The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780062118912
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 24th, 2013

Laurie and Bud have to solve the Tutweiler Treasure mystery before the school board tears down Tuckernuck Hall! Full of twists aplenty, kids will love this humorous take on a hard-boiled mystery.


Spy Camp Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781442457546
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 8th, 2014

Even spies go to summer camp! Though thankfully, most normal camps don’t feature survival classes and death threats from enemy spy networks. A fun companion to SPY SCHOOL.


Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781419703966
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - August 1st, 2012

A fun and informative graphic novel about one of American history’s most unfortunate and infamous spies. If you love this one, check out the other novels in the HAZARDOUS TALES collection: DONNER DINNER PARTY; TREATIES, TRENCHES, MUD, AND BLOOD; and BIG BAD IRONCLAD.


The Neptune Project Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781423159797
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney Press - April 1st, 2014

The daughter of oceanographers overcomes obstacles, predators, and enemies on a quest to save the world alongside her friends. Great for budding marine biologists and environmental activists.


The Frog Who Croaked Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062071644
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Walden Pond Press - May 7th, 2013

The title says it all! A new detective is eager to prove his worth when a local teacher goes missing. Parents will appreciate the parody and kids will be thrilled by--what else?--platypus police officers.


Face Bug Cover Image
By J. Patrick Lewis, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator), Fred Siskind (Photographer)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781590789254
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Wordsong - March 1st, 2013

Poetry and close-up photography of bug faces! This book has everything.


Odette's Secrets Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781599907505
Availability: Backordered
Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - February 26th, 2013

A novel in free verse, Odette is a Jewish girl who must keep a secret in order to save her life during the Nazi invasion of Paris.


Athlete vs. Mathlete Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781599908588
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - February 5th, 2013

When fraternal twin brothers discover they don’t live up to their life-long mathlete/athlete stereotypes, each tries to adjust to a new set of friends and expectations.


Dead City Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781442441309
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - September 3rd, 2013

Molly Bigelow’s mom secretly trained her with all the abilities necessary to survive a zombie attack. What happens when these skills are tested?


Rebel McKenzie Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781423163886
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Disney Press - December 3rd, 2013

An aspiring paleontologist participates in a beauty pageant to raise money for the archaeologist summer camp she’s dying to attend. But the world of beauty pageants is more than she bargained for. Can she find a way to adapt in the midst of makeup, hairspray, and gowns?


Monsieur Marceau Cover Image
By Leda Schubert, Gerard DuBois (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596435292
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Flash Point - September 4th, 2012

A stunning picture book biography about the most famous mime of all time! Find out the story behind the silent man’s life and achievements. Plus, the illustrations are a dream!


Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780307977960
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Yearling Books - April 22nd, 2014

If you thought you knew the story of Rumpelstiltskin, this book will turn it on its head! Rump was bullied as a child because of his name, and goes on a journey of self-discovery to break his magical curse.


Counting by 7s Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142422861
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Puffin Books - September 16th, 2014

Already a huge hit! Willow is a twelve year old prodigy, who isn’t interested in the things the other middle schoolers seem to be. Fall in love with Willow’s voice and family in this heartwarming tale of being yourself...even when yourself is a bit eccentric.


Liar & Spy Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780375850875
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Yearling Books - August 6th, 2013

Georges is intrigued when he sees a sign for a spy club meeting, and starts to follow the clues. Join him as he explores his family’s new apartment building and his new life as a kid spy.


The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man's Canyon Cover Image
By S. S. Taylor, Katherine Roy (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781938073717
Availability: Backordered
Published: McSweeney's - December 3rd, 2013

When their father goes missing, siblings Kit, Zander, and M.K. go on an adventure to find him and the missing half of his map. Told in an alternate-steampunk-reality, this book is the first in an exciting new series that blends engineering, cartography, anthropology, and geology!


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