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The Bluestem Award: Illinois’ Grades 3-5 Readers’ Choice Award


The award is designed for students in grades 3-5 who are ready for longer titles than found on the Monarch list, but not quite ready for the sophistication of some of the Rebecca Caudill titles. Named in honor of Big Bluestem which is the state prairie grass, the award may include both timeless classics and current titles, as well as books that have appeared on Monarch and Rebecca Caudill lists.

 

2020

1st Place Winner: Real Friends by Shannon Hale

2nd Place: Last Kids on Earth by Max Braillier

3rd Place: The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

 

2019

1st Place Winner: Wish by Barbara O'Connor

2nd Place: City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

3rd Place: Fish in a Tree by Lynda Hunt

 

2018

1st Place Winner: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

2nd Place: The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett

3rd Place: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

 

2017

1st Place Winner: El Deafo by Cece Bell

2nd Place: The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Bradley

3rd Place: Rain Reign by Ann Martin

 

2016

1st Place Winner: The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

2nd Place: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

3rd Place: Sidekicks by Dan Santat

 

2015

1st Place Winner: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

2nd Place: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

3rd Place: Frindle by Andrew Clements

 

2014

1st Place Winner: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

2nd Place: Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle by Brian Dennis

3rd Place: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

 

2013

1st Place Winner: Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

2nd Place: Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea

3rd Place: Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

 

2012

1st Place Winner: Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm

2nd Place: Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

3rd Place: World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney

 

2011

1st Place Winner: Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

2nd Place: Frogs by Nic Bishop

3rd Place: No Talking by Andrew Clements

 
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