Illinois Readers’ Choice Awards
Each year students across Illinois get to vote for their favorite books from lists of selected nominees. Voting typically takes place in schools, and the winners are announced in the spring. The Monarch Award is voted on by students in kindergarten through 3rd grade. The Bluestem Award is voted on by students in 3rd through 5th grade. The Caudill Award is voted on by students in 4th through 8th grade. The Lincoln Award is voted on by students in 9th through 12th grade. You can find out more about the Illinois Readers’ Choice awards on the Association of Illinois School Library Educators website.