Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools.   The award is named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois, for nearly 50 years.

Winners | Nominees


1988 Banks, Lynne Reid The Indian in the Cupboard.
1989 Wright, Betty Ren The Dollhouse Murders.
1990 Hahn, Mary Downing Wait Till Helen Comes: A Ghost Story.
1991 Dahl, Roald Matilda.
1992 Lowry, Lois Number the Stars.
1993 Spinelli, Jerry Maniac Magee: A Novel.
1994 Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Shiloh.
1995 Cooney, Caroline Flight #116 is Down.
1996 Lowry, Lois The Giver.
1997 Robinson, Barbara The Best [Worst] School Year Ever.
1998 Park, Barbara Mick Harte Was Here.
1999 Clements, Andrew Frindle.
2000 Levine, Gail Carson Ella Enchanted.
2001 Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
2002 Sachar, Louis Holes.
2003 Anderson, Laurie Halse Fever, 1793.
2004 Horowitz, Anthony Stormbreaker.
2005 Hiaasen, Carl Hoot.
2006 Paolini, Christopher Eragon.
2007 Weeks, Sarah So B. It: A Novel.
2008 Sonnenblick, Jordan Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie.
2009 Riordan, Rick The Lightning Thief.
2010 Hahn, Mary Downing All the Lovely Bad Ones: A Ghost Story.
2011 Collins, Suzanne The Hunger Games.
2012 Cody, Matthew Powerless.
2013 Telgemeier, Raina Smile.
2014 Palacio, R.J. Wonder.

2015 Nominees

Applegate, Katherine The One and Only Ivan.
Barrow, Randi Saving Zasha.
Bauer, Joan Almost Home.
Close, Chuck Face Book.
Fitzmaurice, Kathryn A Diamond in the Desert.
George, Jessica Day Tuesdays at the Castle.
Green, Tim Unstoppable.
Greenwald, Tommy Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading.
Hobbs, Will Never Say Die.
Hunt, Lynda Mullaly One for the Murphys.
Kirby, Matthew J. The Clockwork Three.
Korman, Gordon Ungifted.
Lu, Marie Legend.
Nielsen, Jennifer A. The False Prince.
Park, Linda Sue A Long Walk to Water.
Patent, Dorothy Hinshaw Dogs on Duty: Soldiers' Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond.
Potter, Ellen Slob.
Rocklin, Joanne The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook.
Sheinkin, Steve Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon.
Vanderpool, Clare Navigating Early.