Bluestem Book Awards

The Bluestem Book Award is designed for students in grades 3 - 5 who are ready for longer titles than thosse 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.

2011  Newman, Lesléa Hachiko Waits.
2012 Sturm, James Adventures in Cartooning.
2013 Draper, Sharon Out of My Mind.
2014 Palacio, R.J. Wonder.

2014 Nominees

Applegate, Katherine The One and Only Ivan.
  Clements, Andrew Frindle.
  Collins, Suzanne Gregor the Overlander.
  Fleischman, Paul The Dunderheads.
  Goodman, Susan E. Truth About Poop.
  >Grimes, Nikki Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel Book.
  Kehret, Peg Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio.
  Kelly, Lynne Chained.
  Kibuishi, Kazu The Stonekeeper.
  Krosoczka, Jarrett J. Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute.
  Laroche, Giles If You Lived Here: Houses of the World.
  Lean, Sarah A Dog Called Homeless.
  Lombard, Jenny Drita, My Homegirl.
  Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Shiloh.
  Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw Dogs on Duty: Soldiers’ Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond.
  Petersen, P.J. Wild River.
  Ruckman, Ivy Night of the Twisters.
  Selznick, Brian Wonder Struck: A Novel in Words and Pictures.
  Stead, Rebecca Liar & Spy.
  Winkler, Henry Niagara Falls, or Does It?