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Hachiko Waits by Lesléa Newman1st Place, 2011
The BFG by Roald Dahl2nd Place, 2011
How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor3rd Place, 2011
Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles Into Comics by James Sturm1st Place, 2012
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar2nd Place, 2012
The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney3rd Place, 2012
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper1st Place, 2013
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea2nd Place, 2013
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo3rd Place, 2013
Wonder by R. J. Palacio1st Place, 2014
Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Brian Dennis2nd Place, 2014
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo3rd Place, 2014
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate1st Place, 2015
Amulet, Book One: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi2nd Place, 2015
Frindle by Andrew Clements3rd Place, 2015

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The Bluestem Award: Illinois' Grades 3-5 Readers' Choice Award

In the spring of 2008, the ISLMA board approved establishing a committee to explore the possibility of a new book award that would fit between the Monarch and Rebecca Caudill Awards. Interested library media specialists met in June, and an outline of the proposed new award was presented to the board in August. In September, a survey about the new award was conducted, and 92% of respondents favored the creation of a new award. The ISLMA board approved the new award at their October meeting.

The 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.

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