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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.



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



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

2nd Place: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

3rd Place: Sidekicks by Dan Santat



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

2nd Place: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

3rd Place: Frindle by Andrew Clements



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



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



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



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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