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The Abe Books are Out!

This year, I was fortunate enough to help pick the Illinois High School Reader’s Choice Award nominees for 2017.  Even though I was on the round one committee, and many of my favorites were passed up, I couldn’t be happier with the list this year.

Here it is!  Click on the covers to go to the Amazon page for each title (they are affiliate links).

I’d love to know what you think of the list… let’s talk about it in the comments!


Happy Reading!



Rebecca Caudill and Abe Award Bookmarks – FREE PRINTABLES!

The Illinois Reader’s Choice Award for Middle School reaches all the way down to 4th grade as well, so I always offer both the Abe Award books and the Caudill books for my kids- the 8th graders DO NOT want to read the Caudills, typically.

Here’s the Abe list

and here’s the Caudill list.

I became aware of a great idea when I presented at the Kane/DuPage Librarian Institute Day in February… the Librarian at Batavia High School runs a promotion where they will buy lunch for students who read at least 5 Abe nominees (Read a Bunch for a Free Lunch!).  I’m mean, so I changed it to 10 Caudills or Abes for my school.  Bwa ha ha!

Abe_Caudill Poster

I created these bookmarks to promote the awards and our lunch promotion.  Please feel free to use them!

2015-16 Rebecca Caudill bookmarks

2015-16 Abe Award bookmarks

Happy Reading!