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Visit our newest Bluebonnet Book Club for 2011-2012.

This will take you to our NEW wiki.

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Welcome to the 2010-2011 Texas Bluebonnet Award Book Club

Purpose: This portion of the Kids Book Club wiki has been created for the purpose of introducing students to the Texas Bluebonnet Award nominated books for 2010-2011 and to support their learning opportunities through creative Bluebonnet Book activities, videos, and lessons.
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Welcome to a new year of our Bluebonnet Book Club. Once again we have a very exciting group of twenty tantalizing tales! Scroll down to see each book. You will also find some videos and fun activities that will help us to connect to each book. (Texas Bluebonnet Award lesson plans and learning activities are here for your teachers too!)
I hope you will enjoy these books as much as Ms. Murphy is enjoying them. We had so much fun enjoying all the great books from 2009-2010 and this year we will do even more activities because we are starting earlier. So get ready to join the fun...HERE WE GO!

Goal: To read as many of each of the TBA books as possible so that we may vote for our favorite book in January.
Each participant will need to read at least five of the nominated titles to be eligible to participate in Bluebonnet Voting.
After reading one of the TBA books, click on the discussion tab at the top of this page and enter your comments.

click here To view the 2010-2011 Master list of Texas Bluebonnet Award nominated books

Click here to visit the TBA homepage and find useful resources such as Reader's Theater and Read Aloud suggestions.

Mackin Book Talk for 2010-2011 Texas Bluebonnet Nominees. We love this! Great resources for every book!

Scroll past ECDC Bluebonnet Basics to locate Texas Bluebonnet Book activities.

ECDC Bluebonnet Basics: (applies to ECDC students and partnership schools)

How will my teacher know if I really read the book?

Suggestions:
  • Take an Accelerated Reader quiz and show it to your teacher or librarian.
  • Enter a comment under the discussion tab at the top of the page. First make a rough draft of what you would like to comment on and check your spelling. Discuss topics such as- offering a comment about the characters, or discuss the setting, bring up an issue that really made you think, offer an alternate solution to a problem a character faced, share information you discovered when did further research, or so on. Before you post a comment ask yourself if your choice of words are appropriate and do your words reflect what the book is about.
  • Keep a copy of your Bluebonnet map in your library folder for weekly checks by Ms. Murphy. I DO check and I will ask probing questions.
  • Create a BOOK AD such as an audio book talk, book trailer, or Wordle promoting your book.
  • Make a creative book project-ex: "movie type" poster, book box, or collage promoting your book; write a poem or song inspired by your book; create a portrait of, or costume for one of the characters, write a "spin off" story based on the book, etc.
  • Challenge your teacher to read the book to the whole class and reenact the story.
  • Come up with your own clever way to show you have read the book and understood it.

How can I comment on the Bluebonnet books I am reading?

Step 1- Click the discussion tab on the top of this page.
Step 2- Look for the title of the book in the subject column. Click on the link and read what has already been written or "posted" by Ms. Murphy or one of your classmates.
Step 3- Post a "reply" expressing your thoughts and opinion about your book. Ask questions or compare your book to other books you have read. Need help? See Ms. Murphy.
Step 4- What if my book is not listed? Yea! You get to start a discussion by "Posting" a message. In the subject area type in the title of your book. In the message area, give a short summary of the book in a sentence or two. Tell us your thoughts and opinions about the plot of the story or about the characters from the story. Ask questions that someone else might be able to answer or challenge your classmates to read the book. Need help? Ask Ms. Murphy

It will take some time for us to start the discussions. In the mean time, feel free to get started sharing your thoughts on whichever book you have read. Ms. Murphy has already read 18 out of 20 books on the list so you better get cracking too!

Texas Bluebonnet Award Book Nominees for 2010-2011


In this section, you will see book covers for the 20 Texas Bluebonnet Award nominated books. Click on a book cover to access literature resource, activities, book trailers, author interviews and more! ORclick on the wiki page links that are located to the left of this screen.
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That Book Woman by Heather Henson/ Illustrated by David Small


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14 Cows for America

by Carmen Agra Deedy in collaboration with Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah. Illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez.

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Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

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Blymy, the Pirate






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by David L. Harrison/ Illustrated by Dan Burr

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Click on me book cover to locate me Pirate Treasure!
Or look for the "Pirates" link on Port side (left) on this page.


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Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea by Steve Jenkins



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The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau written and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino


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Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet & Surfer of the Century!

These books make a great paired reading.


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Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet by Grahman Salisbury illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

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Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku by Ellie Crowe/ illustrated by Richard Waldrep

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The Hinky Pink
An old tale retold by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Brian Floca

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The Cabinet of Wonders: The Kronos Chronicles, Book 1 by Marie Rutkoski



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Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow by James Rollins
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All Stations! Distress! April 15, 1912: The Day the Titanic Sank by Don Brown

Click the book cover to take you to the All Stations! Distress! wiki page with teaching resources and videos.



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Click the book to take you to the Dying to Meet You wiki page with teaching resources and videos.
to Meet You: 43 Old Cemetery Road
by Kate Klise / illustrated by M. Sarah Klise


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Squirrel's World

by Lisa Moser and illustrated by Valeri Gorbechev



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The Uglified Ducky by Willy Clafin /illustrated by James Stimson

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Sparrow Girl by Sara Pennypacker/ illustrated by Yoko Tanaka

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11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass

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Mudshark by Gary Paulsen



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Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff



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Tap Dancing on the Roof Sijo (Poems)
by Linda Sue Park/ illustrated by Istvan Banyai

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