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Welcome to the Rebecca Caudill Young
Readers' Book Award

Illinois' Children's Choice Award,
Grades 4-8

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The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools. 

The award is named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois, for nearly 50 years. The award is given in recognition for her literary talent and the universal appeal of her books which have touched the hearts of many children and young adults.

Any school in Illinois with students enrolled in any of the grades four through eight and agreeing to meet the requirements may participate in the program. Any public library in Illinois serving students in grades four through eight (from schools that are not registered to participate) and agreeing to meet the requirements, may participate in the program.  

Please browse our website for more information about this exciting award!

Supporting Organizations

  • Illinois Association of Teachers of English
  • Illinois Reading Council
  • Illinois School Library Media Association


“The first essential in any book is that it have something significant to say --a book that leaves the reader with bigger ideas than when he began reading - that stimulates his thinking, stretches his mind, deepens his feelings. A good book sticks to your ribs.” 

– Rebecca Caudill

Cummulative Master List: 1988-2015

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