The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award (Grades 4-8)

The Rebeccarcyrbalogo Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades 4-8 in participating Illinois schools. For more information on this award, visit the Rebecca Caudill website.




Click on the titles below to view the primary source pairings:

Booked, Written by Kwame Alexander

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day, Written by John David Anderson

The Iron Trial, Written by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Unbound, Written by Ann Burg

Moo, Written by Sharon Creech

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel, Written by Firoozeh Dumas

Better Nate Than Ever, Written by Tim Federle

We Will Not Be Silent, Written by Russell Freedman

Lily and Dunkin, Written by Donna Gephart

The Inquisitor’s Tale, Written by Adam Gidwitz

One Half From the East, Written by Nadia Hashimi

Paper Things, Written by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Me and Marvin Gardens, Written by Amy Sarig King

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere, Written by Julie Lamana

March, Book 1, Written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, Illustrated by Nate Powell

Ghost, Written by Jason Reynolds

Undefeated, Written by Steve Sheinkin

Falling Over Sideways, Written by Jordan Sonnenblick

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story, Written by Caren Stelson

The Goldfish Boy, Written by Lisa Thompson