2013 IL Awards

Every year, Illinois releases lists of recommended books for various age groups. At the Dunlap Library, we have sections devoted to each of these awards to make finding them easier for you! For your convenience, I will list the nominated books here as well. As a personal goal, I intend to read each of the nominated books and review it on this site. Once they are reviewed, I will link the book title to my review. Happy reading!

Monarch Award
Illinois' K-3 Reader's Choice Award

Night Flight: Amelia Earhart Crosses the Atlantic by Robert Burleigh
Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
Ant and Grasshopper by Luli Gray
The Big Fat Cow that Goes Kapow by Andy Griffiths
How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills
That Cat Can't Stay! by Thad Krasnesky
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin
Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott
Lousy Rotten Stinkin' Grapes by Margie Palatini
Clemente! by Willie Perdomo
Blackout by Jon Rocco
Where in the Wild?: Camouflaged Creatures Concealed & Revealed by David M. Schwartz
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Christian Stead
The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen
Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst
Art & Max by David Wiesner
We Are in a Book by Mo Willems

Bluestem Award
Illinois' Grades 3-5 Readers' Choice Award

How Tia Lola Came to Stay by Julia Alvarez
The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton
The Name of this Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch
Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
The Story of Snow by Mark Cassino
Redwoods by Jason Chin
Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
The Familiars by Adam Epstein and Andrew Jacobson
Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything In It by Sundee T. Frazier
Honus and Me by Dan Gutman
Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
Captain Nobody by Dean Pitchford
Guyku by Bob Raczka
Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin A. Ramsey
Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer
The Shadows by Jacqueline West

Rebecca Caudill Award
Illinois' Grades 4-8 Young Reader's Choice Award

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Anything but Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
Dark Life by Kat Falls
Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari
Bounce by Natasha Friend
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
How to Survive Middle School by Donna Gephart
The Year Money Grew on Trees by Aaron Hawkins
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Black Radishes by Susan Lynn Meyer
Trash by Andy Mulligan
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Shooting Kabul by N. H. Senzai
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Countdown by Deborah Wiles
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Abraham Lincoln Award
Illinois' Grade 9-12 Readers' Choice Award

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Dark Song by Gail Giles
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Lockdown: Escape from Furnace by Alexander G. Smith
Matched by Ally Condie
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Rickers High by Paul Volponi
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
War by Sebastian Junger
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan