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Bluestem Award: Illinois' Grades 3-5 Reader's Choice Award

“This 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.” -

Click HERE to see a list of the 2024 Bluestem nominees!

Liberty Rules and Procedures:
  • All Liberty students are eligible to participate in the Bluestem program.
  • You must read at least 4 books off the 2024 nominee list in order to be eligible to vote in March - all students will read 4 books in library class!
  • To get credit for each Bluestem book you read, you must take and submit the quiz found on Destiny Discover.
  • You could have read the book from anywhere (public library, book store, book fair, teacher read it out loud, etc.) and anytime (today, last year, two years ago, etc.)!
Rotating pictures of Bluestem nominee book covers