We have the Illinois Book award selections which are
published by the Illinois School Library Media Association.
The Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Readers' Choice Award
The Monarch Award is designed to encourage children to read critically and become familiar with children's books, authors and illustrators. The these books intended for Kindergardners through 3rd graders.
The Bluestem Award: Illinois' Grades 3-5 Readers' Choice Award
The 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. The award may include both timeless classics and current titles, as well as books that have appeared on Monarch and Rebecca Caudill lists.
The Rebecca Caudill Award: Illinois' Grades 5-8 Readers' Choice 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. A list of 20 books are published in the Spring and the final award winner is chosen from this list.
The Abraham Lincoln Award: Illinois' Grades 9-12 Readers' Choice Award
This program is designed to encourage high school students to read for pleasure and to become lifelong readers. The Abraham Lincoln Readers' Choice Award winner is awarded to the book from that year's master list that earns the highest number of student votes.
Check out this list from Amazon of the Best Kids Books of 2014