The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award

  • Illinois students in grades 4 to 8 can nominate books and vote for the finalists in The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award competition.
  • A master list of 20 titles is sent to participating elementary and middle schools and public libraries.
  • Students read at least 3 books on the list and vote for their favorites in February; the winner is announced in March.
  • Rebecca Caudill wrote children’s books. She also lived in Urbana, Illinois, most of her life.

2014 Rebecca Caudill Award Winner

Wonder by P.J. Palacio

2015 Rebecca Caudill Nominees

Books by Rebecca Caudill


Meet Rebecca Caudill


Find out about the honest, simple life of Rebecca Caudill.

Meet Caudill’s Daughter


We learned more about Rebecca Caudill and her family by talking with her daughter, Becky Ayars Baker.

Learn More on the
Rebecca Caudill Website

This award highlights outstanding books for young people and encourages children and young adults to read for their own enjoyment.