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Bluestem Award Winners 2022

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.

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I Love You, Phillip Morris

Scott says,

No, not the cigarette manufacturer. Jim Carrey has one of his best parts in one of the funniest LGBTQ love stories around – & it’s all true! Co-starring Ewan McGregor.

Home before Dark
by Riley Sager

Melissa says,

Maggie grew up in the shadow of her father’s book about living in a haunted house. Will she finally learn the truth after returning to rehab and sell the house? What secrets will she uncover about the town, her parents, and herself?

Rot, the Cutest in the World
by Ben Clanton

Amanda says,

Rot is a mutant potato who enters a “cutest in the world” competition. That’s really all that needs to be said about this subtly sweet and funny read aloud. One of my all-time favorites!

by Daphne du Maurier

Mary says,

A gray, stone mansion on the Cornish Coast is the backdrop for the young bride, Mrs. Maxin de Winter; the sinister house keeper, Mrs. Danvers; and the late and beautiful Rebecca. Delve into the shattering truth of Rebecca…and Maxin de Winter.

Lincoln Award Winners 2021

The Abe Lincoln Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades nine through twelve in participating Illinois schools.

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An Outsider’s Guide to Humans: What Science Taught Me About What We Do and Who We Are
by Camilla Pang

Jill says,

A unique take on life’s big questions from a scientist who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder at age eight.

Me & Mama
by Cozbi A. Cabrera

Anny says,

A heartwarming tale of quiet moments shared between a mother and daughter during a rainy morning while the rest of the family members sleep in. Told from the little girl’s point of view, it’s a great read to be shared by mother and daughter.

Fuss-Free Vegan
by Sam Turnbull

Monica says,

If you are trying to eat healthier this year or reduce your cholesterol consumption from animal products, this book is for you! All the recipes are simple, easy, use common ingredients, and are SUPER tasty. (more…)

No Country For Old Men

Scott says,

The Coen Brothers’ best is this modern day Western, with drug cartel angel of death Javier Bardem relentlessly chasing down money-grabber Josh Brolin through the Tex-Mex badlands; from the novel by Cormac McCarthy.