Readers Advisory

2023 Monarch Award Master List


Doggo and Pupper – Katherine Applegate
Are You a Cheeseburger? – Monica Arnaldo
Milo Imagines the World – Matt de la Pena
The Magical Yeti – Angela Di’Terlizzi
Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals – Katy Duffield
Amira’s Picture Day – Reem Faruqi
Bodies Are Cool – Tyler Feder
Don’t Hug Doug – Carrie Finison
Friday Night Wrestlefest – J.F. Fox
I See Sea Food: Sea Creatures that Look Like Food – Jenna Grodzicki
What About Worms!? – Ryan Higgins
Eyes that Kiss in the Corners – Joanna Ho
What If, Pig? – Linzie Hunter
The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh – Supriya Kelkar
How to Apologize – David LaRochelle
Lift – Minh Lê
Saturday – Oge Mora
Bilal Cooks Daal – Aisha Saeed
Swish! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Opping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters – Suzanne Slade
Except Antarctica – Todd Sturgell

2023 Bluestem Master List


Eva Evergreen: Semi-Magical Witch – Julie Abe and Shan Jiang
The Spirit of Springer: The Real-Life Rescue of an Orphaned Orca – Amanda Abler and Levi Hastings
The Last Human – Lee Bacon
Mac B. Kid Spy: Mac Undercover – Mac Barnett and Mike Lowery
Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball – Jen Bryant and Frank Morrison
Winterbourne Home for Vengeance and Valor – Ally Carter
Shirley Chisholm is a Verb! – Veronica Chambers and Rachelle Baker
The Losers Club – Andrew Clements
A Thousand Questions – Saadia Faruqi
The Amelia Six: An Amelia Earhart Mystery – Kristin Gray
The Great Chicago Fire: Rising from the Ashes – Kate Hannigan and Alex Graudins
The Lion of Mars – Jennifer Holm
Twins – Varian Johnson and Shannon Wright
Song for a Whale – Lynne Kelly
Measuring Up – Lily LaMotte
Glitch – Laura Martin
Caterpillar Summer – Gillian McDunn
Becoming Muhammed Ali – James Patterson and Kwame Alexander
Tune It Out – Jamie Sumner
Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre – Carole Weatherford and Floyd Cooper

2023 Rebecca Caudill
Young Readers’ Book Award Master List


Amari and the Night Brothers – B.B. Alston
A High Five for Glenn Burke – Phil Bildner
The Blackbird Girls – Anne Blankman
The Benefits of Being an Octopus – Ann Braden
Fighting Words – Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish – Pablo Cartaya
Efrén Divided – Ernesto Cisneros
The Only Black Girls in Town – Brandy Colbert
The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez – Adrianna Cuevas
Scritch Scratch – Lindsay Currie
A Thousand Questions – Saadia Faruqi
Wink – Rob Harrell
When Stars Are Scattered – Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed
This is Your Brain on Stereotypes – Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Chirp – Kate Messner
The Best At It – Maulik Pancholy
Black Brother, Black Brother – Jewel Parker Rhodes
All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team – Christina Soontornvat
Katie the Catsitter – Colleen A.F. Venable and Stephanie Yue
Before the Ever After – Jacqueline Woodson

2023 Lincoln Award:
Illinois Teen Readers’ Choice


Ace of Spaces – Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
How It All Blew Up – Arvin Ahmadi*
Love from A to Z – S.K. Ali*
Firekeeper’s Daughter – Angeline Boulley
We Are Not Free – Traci Chee
Legendborn – Tracey Deonn
Not So Pure and Simple – Lamar Giles
Almost American Girl: An Ilustrated Memoir – Robin Ha
Grown – Tiffany Jackson
Tokyo Ever After – Emiko Jean
You Should See Me in a Crown – Leah Johnson
Gender Queer – Maia Kobabe*
Elatsoe – Darcie Little Badger
Last Night at the Telegraph Club – Malinda Lo
Furia – Yamile Saied Méndez
The Loop – Ben Oliver
Game Changer – Neal Shusterman*
Today Tonight Tomorrow – Rachel Lynn Solomon
Cemetery Boys – Aiden Thomas
Check, Please – Ngozi Ukazu

* Student Reader Selections