The Texas Library Association sponsors the Bluebonnet Award Master List to encourage free voluntary reading among children. Each year 20 titles are selected based on recommendations from librarians, teachers, parents, and students. Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 must read 5 of the 20 current titles to be able to vote for their favorite Bluebonnet Book in January. Voting results from schools all over the state of Texas are sent to the Texas Library Association for tabulation to determine which book received the most votes. The book is awared the Texas Bluebonnet Award at the annual conference of the Texas Library Association.
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.