Book Award Nominees
by Illinois School Library Media Association - islma.org Year Published: 2020-2021The Bluestem 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. by Illinois School Library Media Association - islma.org Year Published: 2020-2021
The Monarch Award is designed to encourage Illinois children to read critically and to become familiar with children’s books, authors and illustrators.
The award is named for the Monarch Butterfly and symbolizes the growth, change and freedom that characterize the emergent reader. The Monarch Award is given annually to an author and/or illustrator of a book voted as their favorite by participating K-3 children in Illinois.