KATY (Covering Katy News) – Each year 10 Texas library districts are represented at the Texas Library Association’s (TLA) annual conference and this year Katy Independent School District librarian Diane Austin, as well as 4th grader Charlotte Baker, will be representing District 8 in addition to Katy ISD’s Wolman Elementary School. Charlotte will be a part of a student group who will be announcing the grand winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award.
“I love the Texas Bluebonnet Program because not only are children motivated to read books but students have the opportunity to choose the winner unlike many other publishing awards,” said Diana Austin, library media specialist at Wolman Elementary.
Twenty books are chosen each year for the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. Schools and libraries around the state participate in the program, encouraging students in grades 3rd – 6th to read a minimum of five books from the list. In January, participating students all over the state of Texas cast their vote for their favorite title. The author of the book receiving the most votes is the winner and is given their award at the Texas Bluebonnet Luncheon. This year the TLA Annual Conference will take place on Wednesday, April 17 in Austin, Texas.
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