Kids Reading Lists

Read Alikes

Books for Young Readers

Please visit the Youth Department, on the first floor of the library, to see reading lists on many other topics for birth through eighth grade.

Lists of Illinois School Library Media Association Award nominees

Bluestem Award Nominees 2015


  • The Bluestem Award is designed for Illinois 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

Rebecca Caudill Award Nominees 2015


Monarch Award Nominees 2015


  • The Monarch Award is designed to encourage children to read critically and become familiar with children’s books, authors and illustrators. The program is open to all K-3 age children in Illinois.