This new 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.
Illinois' K-3 Children's Choice Award is designed to encourage children to read critically and become familiar with children's books, authors and illustrators. The program was established by the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) and is open to all K-3 age children in Illinois.
The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award is an Illinois award for outstanding literature for young people and is sponsored by the Illinois Reading Council, the Illinois School Library Media Association, and the Illinois Association of Teachers of English. It is geared for children in grades 4-8.
Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books is a list of books chosen by a team of district teachers and staff members. It is used as a reading list for the literature club and then for Battle of the Books contest. Most of the elementary schools in the district participate in this program.