Readers Advisory

2019 Award Book Lists

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2020 Monarch Award Master List

Alfie: (The Turtle That Disappeared) / Thyra Heder

Alma and How She Got Her Name / Juana Martinez-Neal
Baby Monkey Private Eye / Brian Selznick
The Bad Guys / Aaron Blabey
A Big Mooncake for Little Star / Grace Lin
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut / Derrick D. Barnes
The Day You Begin / Jacqueline Woodson
Do Not Lick This Book / Idan Ben-Barak
Her Right Foot / Dave Eggers
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles / Patricia Valdez
The Little Red Fort / Brenda Maier
Malala’s Magic Pencil / Malala Yousafzai
Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability / Shane Burcaw
Perfectly Norman / Tom Percival
The Rabbit Listened / Cori Doerrfeld
Rescue & Jessica: a Life-changing Friendship / Jessica Kensky
Saving Fiona: the Story of the World’s Most Famous Baby Hippo / Thane Maynard
The Truth About Bears: Seriously Funny Facts About Your Favorite Animals / Maxwell Eaton III
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates / Ryan T. Higgins
Yasmin the Explorer / Saadia Faruqi

2020 Rebecca Caudill
Young Readers’ Book Award Master List


42 Is Not Just a Number: the Odyssey of Jackie Robinson, American Hero / Doreen Rappaport
All’s Faire in Middle School / Victoria Jamieson
As Brave As You / Jason Reynolds
The Blackthorn Key / Kevin Sands
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora / Pablo Cartaya
The First Rule of Punk / Celia C. Perez
Fred Korematsu Speaks Up / Laura Atkins & Stan Yogi
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus / Dusti Bowling
The Night Diary / Veera Hiranandani
Piecing Me Together / Renee Watson
The Prince and the Dressmaker / Jen Wang
Refugee / Alan Gratz
Restart / Gordon Korman
Scythe / Neil Shusterman
Serafina and the Black Cloak / Robert Beatty
Slider / Pete Hautman
Space Case /. Stuart Gibbs
The Stars Beneath Our Feet / David Barclay Moore
The Truth as Told By Mason Buttle / Leslie Connor
Wild Bird / Wendelyn Van Draanen


2020 Bluestem Master List

The Bad Guys / Aaron Blabey
Ban This Book / Alan Gratz
Beauty and the Beak / Deborah Lee Rose
Between the Lines: How Ernie Barnes Went from the Football Field to the Art Gallery / Sandra Neil Wallace
A Boy Called Bat / Elana K. Arnold
Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion / Chris Barton
Grace Hopper, Queen of Computer Code / Laurie Wallmark
The Great Tree House War / Lisa Graff
Her Right Foot / Dave Eggers
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus / Dusti Bowling
Last Kids on Earth / Max Brallier
Lesser Spotted Animals: The Coolest Creatures You’ve Never Heard Of / Martin Brown
Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess / Shari Green
The Magic Misfits / Neil Patrick Harris
Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having a Disability / Shane Burcaw
One Dead Spy: the Life, Times, and the Last Words of Nathan Hale, America’s Most Famous Spy / Nathan Hale
Real Friends / Shannon Hale
Wet Cement: a Mix of Concrete Poems / Bob Raczka
Wishtree / Katherine Applegate
You Go First / Erin Entrada Kelly


2020 Lincoln Award:
Illinois Teen Readers’ Choice



The 57 Bus: A Tue Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives / Dashka Slater
The Astonishing Color of After / Emily X. R. Pan
Children of Blood and Bone / Tomi Adeyemi
Dear Martin / Nic Stone
Don’t Get Caught / Kurt Dinan
Far From the Tree / Robin Benway
The Female of the Species* / Mindy McGinnis
Hooper / Geoff Herbach
How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child / Sandra Uwiringiyimana
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter / Erika L. Sanchez
Long Way Down / Jason Reynolds
Monday’s Not Coming * / Tiffany D. Jackson
Nyxia / Scott Reintgen
Only Child* / Rhiannon Navin
The Poet X / Elizabeth Acevedo
Sadie / Courtney Summers
The Sun is Also a Star / Nicola Yoon
They Both Die at the End / Adam Silvera
Turtles All the Way Down* / John Green 
Words in Deep Blue / Cath Crowley

* Student Reader Selections