It is an annual literary battle between students in grades 3-6. The Mission Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) Battle of the Bluebonnet Books was held recently. The quiz-show style contest pits teams of students from the district’s elementary and junior high schools against each other.

This year’s winning team is from Alton Elementary School. The team members are: Cael Hernandez, Alec Hernandez, Heizander Narvaez, Erika Faz. Their librarian is Yoni Martinez.

Second place went to Alton Memorial Jr. High School Their team consisted of: Juan Perez, Ronaldo Maldonado, Bianca Cienega, Diego Garza, Delaney Careres. Their librarian is Lilia Barrera.

K. White Jr. High School took the third place trophy. Team members are: Jordan Hernandez, Ivan Garcia, Damian Rodriguez, Jorge Gonzalez, David Olguin. Their librarian is Lupita Munoz.

For several years, Mission CISD librarians have used the Texas Library Association’s Bluebonnet Book Awards program to help encourage elementary and junior high school students to read a wide variety of books. The Bluebonnet Books consist of 20 different books, selected by a committee of librarians from the Texas Library Association.

This year, student contestants had an extra treat. They got to share a meal with award winning author, David Bowles, who also spent some time sharing with the students.

The annual Mission CISD Battle of the Bluebonnet Books contest challenges the campus teams of five with answering several questions about each of the 20 books on the Bluebonnet list in a quiz show style format. The concept was first introduced by, then Bryan Elementary School librarian, Charlyn Trussell, eight years ago.