The Bluestem Award 2014

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Illinois' Grades 3-5 Readers' Choice Award

Not quite ready for Monarch List and Rebecca Caudill titles!

The Bluestem Award is designed for students in grades 3-5; named in honor of Big Bluestem which is the state prairie grass. The titles includes classics and current titles, as well as books that have appeared on Monarch and Rebecca Caudill lists.

2014 Nominees


First Place

Out of my mind

by Sharon M. Draper.

Second Place

Because of Mr. Terupt

by Rob Buyea

Third Place

Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
By Kate DiCamillo