Being a librarian in the Kid's Department, I am always being asked to find award books for the kids to read. A new award has been created and the books are awesome.
The Bluestem Book Award is a new award that was created by the Illinois School Library Media Association.
“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, as well as books that have appeared on Monarch and Rebecca Caudill lists.”
The Manhattan-Elwood Public Library has a great (visual) list on their blog with more info on each of the books.