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Mystery Reader Suggestions

You’ve been asked to be a Mystery Reader for your child’s class. The librarians at DPL have put together a helpful list of suggestions, broken up by grade level.

Mystery Reader Binder


The Monarch Award is the Illinois’ K-3 Readers’ Choice Award. The name Monarch was chosen because of its familiarity to K-3 children and to symbolize the growth, change and freedom that becoming a reader brings. The Monarch is designed to encourage children to read critically and become familiar with children’s books, authors and illustrators. The program is open to all K-3 age children in Illinois. Links to all of the 2024 nominees and a pdf of the full list are below!

Monarch PDF List


The Bluestem award is designed for students in grades 3-5 who are ready for longer titles than found on the Monarch list, but not quite ready for the sophistication of some of the Rebecca Caudill titles. Named in honor of Big Bluestem which is the state prairie grass, the award may include both timeless classics and current titles, as well as books that have appeared on Monarch and Rebecca Caudill lists. Links to all of the 2024 nominees and a pdf of the full list are below!

Bluestem PDF List


The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by children in grades 4-8 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. Links to all of the 2024 nominees and a pdf of the full list are below!

Caudill PDF List

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