1. To be eligible for nomination a book must meet the following criteria:
a. Nominator must have read the book.b. Book must be in print at time of nomination.c. Book must be of interest and appeal to students in grades 3-5.d. Book must have literary merit and lasting appeal.e. Book may be fiction or non-fiction.f. Book may not be a textbook, anthology, formula fiction, toy, puzzle, or pop up.g. No winning title or series may appear more than once.h. No book may be included on the list twice in a 3 year period.i. Book may have been included on previous Monarch or Caudill lists.
Consider titles such as:
Picture books for older readersTimeless classicsAward winning titlesNonfictionBiographyVariety of genresVariety of reading levels.Books reflective of the diverse Illinois student populationCurrent favorites
2. Nominations must be submitted on the ISLMA/Bluestem website. 3. Books may be nominated by students but should be submitted by a LMS or teacher.4. Include author, title, publisher, copyright date, and the genre type you believe the material to be.5. Only titles with complete information will be considered for nomination.