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1 The Bluestem Award: Illinois' Grades 3-5 Readers' Choice Award

2 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. Students must read, or have read to them 4 of the 20 books. Bluestem Brochure

3 Bean likes stomping in puddles, climbing fences into neighbors' backyards, and playing tricks on her older sister, Nancy. Bean wasn't interested in making friends with Ivy, the new girl across the street, until she plays a trick on her sister and needs a place to hide out. Ivy and Bean By Annie Barrows

4 Nic Bishop Frogs By Nic Bishop Some jump. Some glide. Some burrow. Full-color, illustrated photographs describing the characteristics and behaviors of a variety of frogs around the world.

5 No Talking By Andrew Clements The noisy fifth grade boys of Laketon Elementary School challenge the equally loud fifth grade girls to a "no talking" contest. Who will win that contest??? Nancy Keane - No Talking

6 What is a BFG? Why a Big, Friendly Giant, of course! Kidsnatched from her orphanage by a BFG, who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants. Follow Sophies adventures as she befriends the BFG, meets the Queen of England and matches wits with the other Big, not-so-friendly Giants!) The BFG By Roald Dahl

7 Nancy Keane book talk Kenny & the Dragon By Tony DiTerlizzi Kenny Rabbit tries to save his friend, the dragon, after he is labeled a community nuisance by the simple people of Roundbrook village, who arrange for the creature to be fought by St. George.

8 Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building By Deborah Hopkinson & James E. Ransome Have you ever wondered how a sky scraper is made? In 1931, a boy and his father watch as the world's tallest building, the Empire State Building, is constructed, step-by-step, near their Manhattan home. To this day, it ranks among the most amazing accomplishments of American Architecture. Using new building techniques, records were set for the incredible speed and efficiency of the building.

9 Emma and the Incredible Shrinking Rat by Lynne Jonell Emmy was a good girl…she really was a little too good... which is why she liked to sit by the Rat. The Rat was not good at all… So begins the fascinating story of a girl who found she could communicate with the class Rat. When Emmy discovers that she and her formerly loving parents are being drugged by their evil nanny with rodent potions that can change people in frightening ways, she and some new friends must try everything possible to return things to normal. Could her very intrusive nanny, Miss Barmy, really be as evil as it now appeared?

10 Henrys Freedom Box By Ellen Levine How old is Henry? Henry doesnt even know. No one keeps records of slaves birthdays. This is a fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.

11 The Year of the Dog By Grace Lin Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life.

12 Nancy Keane book talk Being Teddy R. Being Teddy Roosevelt By Claudia Mills When he is assigned Teddy Roosevelt as his biography project in school, fourth-grader Riley finds himself inspired by Roosevelt's tenacity and perseverance and resolves to find a way to get what he most wants--a saxophone and music lessons. Will he succeed?

13 Professor Ueno's loyal Akita, Hachiko, waits for him at the train station every afternoon, and even after the professor has a fatal heart attack while at work, Hachiko faithfully continues to await his return. Based on a true story. How long would you wait? Hachiko Waits By Leslea Newman

14 Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman by Marc Tyler Nobleman Jerry Siegelman and Joe Shuster, two misfit teens in Depression-era Cleveland, were more like Clark Kentmeek, mild, and myopicthan his secret identity, Superman. Both boys escaped into the worlds of science fiction and pulp magazine adventure tales. Jerry wrote stories, and Joe illustrated them. In 1934, they created a superhero who was everything they were not. SUPERMAN

15 How to Steal a Dog By Barbara OConnor "The day I decided to steal a dog is the same day my best friend, Luanne Godfrey, found out I lived in a car. A reward poster for a lost dog gives Gerogina the seriously unfortunate idea to steal a dog and then return it for the reward. The plan doesn't work quite like she planned though because her conscience makes itself heard loud and clear. Homelessness??

16 Nancy Keane audio book talk Houdini Box The Houdini Box By Brian Selznick Young Victor dreams of being a great magician someday. Just like his idol Harry Houdini. He practices over and over again. When he gets to actually meet his hero, imagine his delight when Houdini gives him a magic box. (Mysterious box--one that might hold the secrets to the greatest magic tricks ever performed) When he turned it over, he saw that the initials E.W. were on the bottom. He was so disappointed. This wasn't Houdini's box after all. How could Houdini been so cruel?

17 Dodger and Me By Jordan Sonnenblick Do you believe in Genies? Miserable because his only friend moved away and he has once again caused his baseball team to lose a game, fifth-grader Willy Ryan's life suddenly becomes a lot more interesting when he finds Dodger, a furry, blue chimpanzee that only he can see, and he has to decide what he really wishes for in life.

18 Where I Live By Eileen Spinelli Diana loves where she lives. She loves the astronomy charts on her walls and the fact that she can wave to her best friend, Rose, from her very own window. And best of all, a wren has recently made its home right by her front door! When her family is forced to move, Diana wonders if shell ever find that same grounded and happy feeling again. Loosing a friend and a home!! Eileen Spinelli Website

19 Stand Tall Abe Lincoln By Judith St. George Abraham Lincoln grew up poor and without schooling in a Kentucky wilderness and lost his mother before he was ten. It was sparkplug Sally Bush Johnston who married his father, brought a library of books to their log cabin home, and believed in Abe from the beginning. She was an inspiring turning point for young Abe, who went on to become Americas sixteenth and most popular and respected president.

20 Secret Identity By Wendelin Van Draanen Fifth-grader Nolan Byrd, tired of being called names by the class bully, has a secret identity--Shredderman!

21 Nancy Keane audio booktalk Oggie Oggie Cooder By Sarah Weeks Fourth-grader Oggie Cooder calls the calming activity of chewing and carving cheese charving. When a TV show about unique talents wants to send him to Hollywood, Oggie has to decide if he's willing to change and put up with his fame-crazed neighbor, Donnica.

22 The Aurora County All-Stars By Deborah Wiles In his small Mississippi town, twelve-year-old House Jackson has been sidelined for a whole sorry year with a broken elbow. He's finally ready to play, but wouldn't you know that the team's only game of the year has been scheduled for the exact same time as the town's 200th-anniversary pageant. Will he play ball or do the pageant? He just inherited a dog named Eudora Welty!!!

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