Votes were held in the school library for three reading awards: The Monarch Award, The Bluestem Award and the Rebecca Caudill Award. All of these programs are sponsored by Illinois School Library Media Association and include school and public libraries from all over the state of Illinois.
Students in grades 1-3 participated in the Monarch Award. All students heard 5 or more of the books that were on the Monarch list for this year. The students voted for their favorite one and we tallied the votes. Coming in 1st place was Winnie: The True Story of the Bear who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh. Two books tied for 2nd place and they were: Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla and This Book Just Ate My Dog. The state winner was announced and coming in 1st place was Gaston (which was our school’s 3rd place choice).
In grades 3-5, 35 students participated by voting for the Bluestem Book Award. These students read at least 4 books out of the 20 selected books. The book that received the most votes from these students was The Genius Files: Mission Unstoppable. Then we sent our votes to the state contest and the Bluestem winner for this year was El Deafo with Mission Unstoppable coming in 5th place in the state.
The Rebecca Caudill Award is for grades 4-8 and contains a list of 20 chapter books and students must read 3 or more on this list. 20 students participated this year. This year, there was not one book that had the majority of votes. One fourth of the students voted for the book Echo, and the state winner for the Rebecca Caudill Award was The Crossover.
Thank you to all who participated in these three programs. Students in grades 2-7 who want to participate in Bluestem or Rebecca Caudill for next year can get a start on reading some of the books now or over the summer. See Mrs. Crimmins for a list for next year’s nominees.