The Bluestem Award is an Illinois Readers Choice award for students in grades 3-5. The nominee list is created by librarians and educators from across the state and I have been fortunate to serve on this committee for the last three years. Any SFX 3rd-5th grade student who reads all of the 20 Bluestem nominees by May 1st and turns in this Bluestem Reading Challenge form to me on or before May 1st will get to attend a special pizza party in the library at the end of the school year. If we are still in a pandemic, they will receive a special gift for completing the challenge in lieu of a pizza party. This challenge is completely optional. Each student has been given a Bluesteam Reading List that lists all 20 of the nominees. The books are available in the school library, as well as at local public libraries.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. While the library offerings certainly look different this year, Mrs. Clohisy and I will continue to work to connect our students with quality and enjoyable literature to continue to flame their enthusiasm for reading and learning.