The 2013 Bluestem AwardIllinois’ Grades 3-5 Readers’ Choice Award      Sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Asso...
Because of Mr. Terupt            by Rob Buyea                            Seven fifth-graders at                           ...
     Brendan Buckley’s Universe and           Everything In It          by Sundee T. Frazier                              ...
Captain Nobody by Dean PitchfordWhen Newton dresses upas an unusual superhero forHalloween, he decides tokeep wearing the ...
The Day-Glo Brothers: the True Story of Bob   and Joe Switzer’s Bright Ideas and Brand-New                                ...
The Familiarsby Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson                                 Three young wizards-in-training        ...
Guyku: a Year of Haiku for           Boys       By Bob RaczkaA collection of haikupoetry for boys thatfeatures poems about...
Honus & Me                                      by Dan Gutman                              Joey, who loves baseball but is...
How Tia Lola Came to Stay                by Julia AlvarezAlthough Miguel is at firstembarrassed by his colorful aunt, TiaL...
Love that Dog                               by Sharon Creech                         A young student, who comes           ...
The Miraculous Journey of Edward        TulaneEdwardKate DiCamillo   by Tulane, a cold-heartedand proud toy rabbit, loves ...
Mirror Mirror      by Marilyn Singer                                  A collection of short poems                         ...
Out of My Mindby Sharon M. Draper                       Melody is not like most people.                       She cannot w...
The Name of this Book is                        Secret                 by Pseudonymous Bosch                Cassandra and ...
Redwoods     by Jason ChinWhile reading a book aboutredwood trees on the subway, ayoung boy travels as he learns,all the w...
Ruth and the Green         Book by Calvin A. RamseyWhen Ruth and her parents take amotor trip from Chicago toAlabama to vi...
The Shadows                            (The Books of                              Elsewhere)                           by ...
The Story of Snow: the Science of Winter ’s                Wonder                        by Louis SacharText and photograp...
The Thing about Georgie      by Lisa Graff                          Georgies dwarfism causes                          prob...
Touch Blue      by Cynthia Lord                        When the state of Maine                        threatens to shut do...
War Horse                            by Michael Morpurgo                        Joey the horse recalls his                ...
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2013 Illinois Bluestem Award

  1. 1. The 2013 Bluestem AwardIllinois’ Grades 3-5 Readers’ Choice Award Sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association Naomi Mellendorf Library Information Specialist Robert Crown Elementary School Wauconda, Illinois
  2. 2. Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by "rookie teacher" Mr. Terupt. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  3. 3.   Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything In It by Sundee T. Frazier Brendan Buckley, a biracial ten- year-old, applies his scientific problem-solving ability and newfound interest in rocks and minerals to connect with his white grandfather, the president of Puyallup Rock Club, and to learn why he and Brendans mother are estranged. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  4. 4. Captain Nobody by Dean PitchfordWhen Newton dresses upas an unusual superhero forHalloween, he decides tokeep wearing the costumeafter the holiday to helpsave townspeople andeventually his injuredbrother. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  5. 5. The Day-Glo Brothers: the True Story of Bob and Joe Switzer’s Bright Ideas and Brand-New colors by Chris BartonIllustrations and easy-to-followtext describe how brothers Boband Joe Switzer inventedfluorescent paint and colors;and explains how fluorescenceworks. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  6. 6. The Familiarsby Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson Three young wizards-in-training are kidnapped by an evil queen and their familiars--Aldwyn the alley cat, Skylar, a know-it-all blue jay, and Gilbert a tree frog who can see the future--set out on a dangerous journey to rescue the boys. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  7. 7. Guyku: a Year of Haiku for Boys By Bob RaczkaA collection of haikupoetry for boys thatfeatures poems abouttree-climbing, kite-flying,and other related topics. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  8. 8. Honus & Me by Dan Gutman Joey, who loves baseball but is not very good at it, finds a valuable 1909 Honus Wagner card and travels back in time to meet Honus.Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  9. 9. How Tia Lola Came to Stay by Julia AlvarezAlthough Miguel is at firstembarrassed by his colorful aunt, TiaLola, when she comes to Vermontfrom the Dominican Republic to staywith his mother, his sister, and himafter his parents divorce, he learnsto love her. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  10. 10. Love that Dog by Sharon Creech A young student, who comes to love poetry through a personal understanding of what different famous poems mean to him, surprises himself by writing his own inspired poem.Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  11. 11. The Miraculous Journey of Edward TulaneEdwardKate DiCamillo by Tulane, a cold-heartedand proud toy rabbit, loves onlyhimself until he is separated fromthe little girl who adores him andtravels across the country,acquiring new owners andlistening to their hopes, dreams,and histories. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  12. 12. Mirror Mirror by Marilyn Singer A collection of short poems which, when reversed, provide new perspectives on the fairy tale characters they feature.Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  13. 13. Out of My Mindby Sharon M. Draper Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory and can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she’s determined to let everyone know it…somehow.Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  14. 14. The Name of this Book is Secret   by Pseudonymous Bosch Cassandra and Max find a missing magicians notebook and start to investigate the fire which burnt down his house and his mysterious "symphony of smells."Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  15. 15. Redwoods by Jason ChinWhile reading a book aboutredwood trees on the subway, ayoung boy travels as he learns,all the way to the forests ofCalifornia. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  16. 16. Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin A. RamseyWhen Ruth and her parents take amotor trip from Chicago toAlabama to visit her grandma,they rely on a pamphlet called"The Negro Motorist Green Book"to find places that will serve them.Includes facts about "The GreenBook." Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  17. 17. The Shadows (The Books of Elsewhere) by Jacqueline West When Olive and her distracted parents move into an old Victorian mansion, Olive finds herself ensnared in a dark plan involving some mysterious paintings, a trapped and angry boy, and three talking cats.Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  18. 18. The Story of Snow: the Science of Winter ’s Wonder by Louis SacharText and photographs answer a variety of questions aboutsnow, discussing how itforms, shapes of snowcrystals, why no two flakesare alike, and more. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  19. 19. The Thing about Georgie by Lisa Graff Georgies dwarfism causes problems, but he could always rely on his parents, his best friend, and classmate Jeanie the Meanies teasing, until a surprising announcement, a new boy in school, and a class project shake things up. Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  20. 20. Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord When the state of Maine threatens to shut down their islands one-room schoolhouse because of dwindling enrollment, Tess, a strong believer in luck, and her family take in a trumpet- playing foster child, to increase the schools population.Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012
  21. 21. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo Joey the horse recalls his experiences growing up on an English farm, his struggle for survival as a cavalry horse during World War I, and his reunion with his beloved master.Naomi Mellendorf, District #118, December 2012

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