Schools and libraries in Illinois promote the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award. It is a children's choice program for readers in grades four through eight. The 2012 Rebecca Caudill nominees were announced earlier today.
The purposes of the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award are:
To encourage children and young adults to read for personal satisfaction.
To develop a statewide awareness of outstanding literature for children and young people and to promote a desire for literacy.
To encourage cooperation among Illinois agencies providing educational and library service to young people. (http://www.rcyrba.org/)