Book Lists

  • Battle of the Books Battle of the Books 2020-2021  - 4th and 5th Grade Readers. 

    Naperville Public Library partners with School District 203 to keep fourth and fifth graders reading. The Battle of the Books list includes 40 titles, both fiction and non-fiction. Each year a new booklist is released at the beginning of the summer so that students can jump into reading them while enjoying their summer vacations. Some books are short and some stretch past the 200-page mark. District 203 fourth and fifth grade students read these titles and then compete against each other to see how carefully they read and can recall the contents. This list is provided courtesy of Naperville Public Library and includes a brief summary of each book.

    Teams are formed and each school sends their very best to district-wide finals always held the last week in April.  The Battle list provides an excellent summer reading enjoyment even if your child isn’t old enough to participate or doesn’t go to a District 203 school.
     

    Bluestem Award Books Bluestem Reading List -Suggested for 3rd through 5th Graders. 

    The award is designed for students in grades 3-5 who are ready for longer titles, but not quite ready for the sophistication of some of the Rebecca Caudill titles. The reading list may include both timeless classics and current titles, as well as books that have appeared on Monarch and Rebecca Caudill lists. This list is provided courtesy of Naperville Public Library and includes a brief summary of each book.
     
    Big Bluestem, the Illinois state prairie grass, symbolizes the entire Bluestem Award and the variety of titles on the Master List each year.  The deep roots of this dominant native grass of the tall grass prairie indicate the older titles with lasting appeal.  New yearly growth relates to the newer titles chosen.  Its changing colors are a reflection of the variety of literatures, and the three seed spikes represent the three grades of students for whom the program is intended: 3rd, 4th, and 5th. 
      

    Monarch Award Books Monarch Award List 2021 - Suggested for Kindergarten through 3rd Graders. 

    A collection of outstanding works of literature for children chosen annually by school library media specialists, public librarians, teachers, and students. A volunteer reading committee selects a Master List of 20 titles from the nominated books. These titles must include a range of interest and reading levels for grades K-3.  Every effort is made to include at least three of each of the following types of children's books in the final list of 20: picture books, easy readers, and chapter books. Nominees may be fiction and nonfiction.  The name Monarch was chosen as fitting the award since the works awarded for both content and illustrations embody the emergence of children as they move from non-readers to independent readers. This list is provided courtesy of Naperville Public Library and includes a brief summary of each book.
     

    Caudill Award Books Rebecca Caudill Reading List 

     The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools.  The award is named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois, for nearly 50 years. The award is given in recognition for her literary talent and the universal appeal of her books which have touched the hearts of many children and young adults. This list is provided courtesy of Naperville Public Library and includes a brief summary of each book.