2017 Bluestem Award Master List


The Bluestem Award is an Illinois readers' choice award for grades three through five. The 2017 nominees were released earlier in the week. 

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.
I put together a Pinterest board that includes book trailers, interviews, and more about the 2017 nominees.  
Click here to view the board. 


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