This is a year of challenges for me, all of them good and positive in their own way, for example I have challenged myself to run a 5K, grow a vegetable garden, and read more. Okay, that last one is not really a challenge since I already love to read. So I decided to truly make it a challenge and read all the 2014 award nominated in our state. In Illinois, we have four main award groups ranging from Kindergarten to high school grades including picture books, non-fiction, and YA novels. The Monarch books are for K-3 children books, the Bluestem comprises books for 3 through 5th grade, Rebecca Caudill books for Young readers (4-8th grade), and the Abraham Lincoln for high school students. Last year, I managed to read most of the Abe Lincoln , a good portion of the Monarch books, and a few Bluestem. Sadly, my Rebecca Caudill books list went untouched.
combined lists total 82 books! The good news is that I have already
read some of them- Yippee. I will update these lists as I read the books
and post short reviews and links to the our library catalog so you can
check them out.