Friday, March 30, 2012

Read Any Good Books Lately?

Every year, books are published - some good, some extremely good... and every year, there are four Illinois book awards that recognize those books that go above and beyond and make it as an exceptionally great title; the Monarch Award, for books for kids in Kindergarten through 3rd grade, the Bluestem Award, for books for kids in 3rd to 5th grades, the Caudill Award, for books for kids in 4th to 8th grades, and the Abraham Lincoln Award for books for kids in high school.  These awards are given out in March, and are voted on by children in the appropriate age ranges that have read some of the titles on the nominations list.

Each award has its own nominations list, and those books go on display here at the library.  The books are voted on in February and the winner announced in March.  Did you know that your child can help create the list of nominations?  After reading a book they thing was great, you can go online to nominate it for the award.  All of the nominees are read and then the best 20 of them are presented to the public for voting.  Help your child become a part of this fun process - see if their favorite book wins!  For more information on each award, click on the links below.

Monarch Award

Bluestem Award

Caudill Award

Abraham Lincoln Award

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