Bluestem Award

It’s a new award for kids in grades 3 to 5! Illinois third, fourth, and fifth graders can vote for the Bluestem Award each year. Twenty books are nominated. Kids need to read (or listen to) four of those books before voting. The award goes to the author of the winning book.

The award is named in honor of Big Bluestem, the state prairie grass. Read more on the Illinois School Library Media Association website.

2013 Bluestem Award Winner Announced

Illinois students have selected Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper as the winner of this year’s contest.

Second place went to Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo came in third.

2014 Bluestem Award Nominees, PDF