2012 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

The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler
A Birthday for Bear by Bonny Becker
Butterflies and Moths by Nic Bishop
Panda Kindergarten by Joanne Ryder
The Mitten by Jim Aylesworth
Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton
Dogku by Andrew Clements
Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio
Imogene's Last Stand by Candace Fleming
Let's Do Nothing! by Tony Fucile
Bridget's Beret by Tom Lichtenheld
Otis by Loren Long
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krause Rosenthal
Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
Duck at the Door by Jackie Urbanovic

Final Thoughts

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

14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy
Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise
Extra Credit by Andrew Clements
Faith, Hope and Ivy June by Phyllis Naylor
Flight of the Phoenix by R. L. LaFevers
Just Grace by Charise Harper
Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan
Rules by Cynthia Lord
Swindle by Gordon Korman

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

One-Handed Catch by M. J. Auch
Masterpiece by Elise Broach
All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg
Wild Things by Clay Carmichael
Extra Credit by Andrew Clements
Powerless by Matthew Cody
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon
Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass
Greetings from Nowhere by Barbara O'Connor
Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry
Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen
The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas
Peak by Roland Smith
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Final Thoughts

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

After by Amy Efaw
Beastly by Alex Finn
Before I Die by Jenny Downham
Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford
Columbine by Dave Cullen
The Compound by S.A. Bodeen
Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan
Ghosts of War by Ryan Smithson
Going Bovine by Libba Bray
How to Build a House by Dana Reinhardt
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Mexican White Boy by Matt de la Pena
Reality Check by Peter Abrahams
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr
Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines by Nic Sheff
Why I Fight by J. Adams Oaks
Wish You Were Dead by Todd Strasser
World War Z by Max Brooks

Final Thoughts