The Bluestem Award is a Readers Choice Award for Illinois students in grades 3-5. It's meant to serve as a bridge between the Monarch Award, which 1st and 2nd grade students at King participate in and the Rebecca Caudill Award, which is for 5th-8th grade students. The books on the Bluestem list are selected by Illinois librarians and teachers and reflect both classic children's literature and new works.
This week, I'll be sharing with 4th and 5th grade students the 2012 Bluestem Award nominees and the way our Bluestem program will work at King School. Here's a quick rundown:
- There are 20 titles on the Bluestem Award list. At King School, we have at least 4 copies of each book. You can check the online catalog to see what we have currently available in the library.
- Students who read at least 4 nominees from the list will be eligible to vote for their favorite in March.
- Students who read at least 6 of the nominees from the list will be invited to a voting pizza party in the library.
- Students will complete an "I Read a Bluestem!" form for every nominee they read in order to be entered in a monthly free book raffle.
- I will mark off each student's reading progress on a Bluestem Bingo card. If a student reads 4 books in a row on their Bingo card, they will receive an extra entry in the free book raffle.
- The student who reads the most Bluestem nominees will receive a special prize!
I'm so excited to start sharing these books with students tomorrow!