Bluestem Nominees           2012-2013                  Powerpoint created by             Michelle Johnson and Brian Wilson...
Illinois Bluestem Award3rd year of this awardNamed after a common prairiegrass in IllinoisMust read 4 books to vote
How Tía Lola Came to Stay                     by Julia AlvarezCheerful Tía Lola movesfrom the DominicanRepublic to a small...
The Day-Glo Brothers                 by Chris Barton                           This colorful non-fiction                  ...
The Name of This Book is Secret             by Pseudonymous BoschWarning! Do not openthis book! OK, goahead, but beware, t...
Because of Mr. Terupt      by Rob Buyea               Seven fifth-graders each               take turns telling stories   ...
The Story of Snow                by Mark CassinoWhat is the story ofsnow? How does a speckbecome the center of asnow cryst...
Redwoods                by Jason Chin                         In this imaginative non-                         fiction pic...
Love That Dog                by Sharon CreechJack thinks that writingand reading poetry isnot for him. He doesnot like it ...
The Miraculous Journey of     Edward Tulane      by Kate DiCamillo                 A girl named Abilene                 pa...
Out of My Mind              By Sharon M. DraperMelody has cerebralpalsy and cannot speak.She also has an amazingphotograph...
The FamiliarsBy Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson                        Aldwyn, an ordinary alley                       ...
Brendan Buckley’s Universe         and Everything In It                by Sundee FrazierBrendan Buckley is justa normal ki...
The Thing About Georgie       by Lisa Graff                 Georgie has the typical                 worries of a fourth   ...
Honus & Me                     by Dan GutmanJoe Stoshack loves baseballexcept he is always strikingout. One day while help...
Touch Blue                     by Cynthia Lord                                Tess Brooks lives with                      ...
War Horse               by Michael MorpurgoAlbert loves his horseJoey very much but it iswar time and everyhorse is needed...
Captain Nobody by Dean Pitchford       When Newt’s brother is       injured during a football       game and ends up in a ...
Guyku                    by Bob Raczka     The wind and I playtug-of-war with my new kite.    The wind is winning.So begin...
Ruth and the Green Book       by Calvin Alexander Ramsey                       It is 1950 when Ruth                       ...
Mirror, Mirror                 by Marilyn SingerRead the poem downthe page, then read thepoem up. It makessense each way a...
The Shadows                     by Jacqueline West                           When eleven-year-old Olive                   ...
Which book will you read first? Be sure to read at least four      so you can vote!
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  1. 1. Bluestem Nominees 2012-2013 Powerpoint created by Michelle Johnson and Brian Wilson Bluestem Steering CommitteeThis work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution- ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/or send a letter to Creative Commons, 444 Castro Street, Suite 900, Mountain View, California, 94041, USA.
  2. 2. Illinois Bluestem Award3rd year of this awardNamed after a common prairiegrass in IllinoisMust read 4 books to vote
  3. 3. How Tía Lola Came to Stay by Julia AlvarezCheerful Tía Lola movesfrom the DominicanRepublic to a smallVermont town to helpout Miguel and hisMami. She fills theirlives withcolor, music, and fun.But why is Miguel soembarrassed by hisAunts actions? (147pages) Spanish words appear in the story
  4. 4. The Day-Glo Brothers by Chris Barton This colorful non-fiction picture book introduces Bob and Joe Switzer, brothers who invented Day-Glo paint. Cool retro illustrations and fun writing show how this fluorescent paint changed the world and brightenedA quick read  peoples lives. (40 pages)
  5. 5. The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous BoschWarning! Do not openthis book! OK, goahead, but beware, thiswild tale tells how braveheroes Cass and Max-Ernest encounter evilvillains and (smelly)adventure while tryingto solve a mystery. (360pages) First in a series 
  6. 6. Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea Seven fifth-graders each take turns telling stories about their new teacher Mr. Terupt. He not only teaches them about science and math, but about friendship and respect. What will happen to them after a tragic accident changes everything? (269 pages)
  7. 7. The Story of Snow by Mark CassinoWhat is the story ofsnow? How does a speckbecome the center of asnow crystal? Can youcollect and study snowcrystals? Packed withphotos andillustrations, this non-fiction picture bookanswers these questions Non-fiction and more. (33 pages)
  8. 8. Redwoods by Jason Chin In this imaginative non- fiction picture book, a boy steps off a subway train and finds himself magically transported to a redwood forest. He starts climbing these towering trees, learning about what makes them so amazing. The illustrations capture the epic beauty of the redwoods. (36 pages)Non-fiction 
  9. 9. Love That Dog by Sharon CreechJack thinks that writingand reading poetry isnot for him. He doesnot like it when histeacher MissStretchberry asks him tocreate his very ownpoems. Will he changehis mind after hediscovers that poemscan come in all shapes Told through poemsand sizes? (86 pages)
  10. 10. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo A girl named Abilene pampers vain toy rabbit Edward, who is made of the very finest china. After an accident, he suddenly finds himself lost. Will he ever find Abilene again? And will he learn to be kinder to others? (198 pages)
  11. 11. Out of My Mind By Sharon M. DraperMelody has cerebralpalsy and cannot speak.She also has an amazingphotographic memoryand extremeintelligence. How canshe express to herfamily, friends, andclassmates what is goingon inside her incrediblemind? (295 pages)
  12. 12. The FamiliarsBy Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson Aldwyn, an ordinary alley cat, pretends to have magic powers after boy wizard Jack chooses him to be his familiar. After a witch kidnaps Jack and two of his peers, it is up to Aldwyn and his animal peers to save them. How long can Aldwyn keep lying about being magical? (360 pages)First in a series 
  13. 13. Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything In It by Sundee FrazierBrendan Buckley is justa normal kid. He takesTae Kwon Do lessonsand is fascinated byrocks. One day hemeets an expert rockcollector and it turnsout to be thegrandfather that hismother refuses to talkabout! (208 pgs) Has a sequel 
  14. 14. The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff Georgie has the typical worries of a fourth grader. Will he and his best friend Andy make up? Does he really have to do the class project with Jeanie the Meanie? When will his mom have the new baby? However George also has some other things to worry about, because he is a dwarf. (224 pgs)
  15. 15. Honus & Me by Dan GutmanJoe Stoshack loves baseballexcept he is always strikingout. One day while helping aneighbor clean out his atticStosh finds a little piece ofcardboard that takes hisbreath away. His heart isracing. His brain is racing. Hecan hardly believe his eyes. Hehas stumbled upon the mostvaluable baseball card in theworld! And hes about to findout that its worth a lot more There are many other books in thethan money.... (144 pgs) Baseball Card Adventure series
  16. 16. Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord Tess Brooks lives with her family on an island off the coast of Maine. Unfortunately the island school is going to be shut down unless more students move to the island. Can the school be saved before it is too late? (192 pgs)Cynthia Lord also wrote Rules
  17. 17. War Horse by Michael MorpurgoAlbert loves his horseJoey very much but it iswar time and everyhorse is needed. Joeyhas quite an adventureduring the war butalways misses Albert.Will Albert and Joeyever be able to findeach other again? (176pgs)
  18. 18. Captain Nobody by Dean Pitchford When Newt’s brother is injured during a football game and ends up in a coma, Newt decides to dress up as Captain Nobody. While in his costume Newt is able to stop a robbery and save a plane full of people. Will Newt’s brother ever get better? And will anybody actually notice who is behind the Captain Nobody mask? (208 pgs)
  19. 19. Guyku by Bob Raczka The wind and I playtug-of-war with my new kite. The wind is winning.So begins this haiku poetryjourney through the seasonsfrom a boy’s perspective. (48pgs) A quick read 
  20. 20. Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey It is 1950 when Ruth and her family head south on a trip. On the way, they learn about the Green Book which tells them the best hotels, restaurants and gas stations for black people. It is Ruth’s job to figure out the next stop in their Green Book (32 pgs)A quick read 
  21. 21. Mirror, Mirror by Marilyn SingerRead the poem downthe page, then read thepoem up. It makessense each way andreally changes themeaning. All of themare based on fairy tales.After reading these, canyou write your own?(32 pgs) A quick read 
  22. 22. The Shadows by Jacqueline West When eleven-year-old Olive moves into a crumbling old mansion with her parents, she knows theres something strange about the house - especially the odd paintings. And when she puts on a pair of old glasses, she discovers that she can travel inside the paintings, to a spooky world thats full of dark shadows. CanFirst book in the series Olive save the the house fromThe Books of Elsewhere the dark shadows, before the lights go out for good? (272 pgs)
  23. 23. Which book will you read first? Be sure to read at least four so you can vote!

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