This is the post where I usually list the new nominees, but the re-vamped Rebecca Caudill website is so cool, you should click here and look at it there instead. The list is plain, but the website itself is wonderful. The site is still all dressed up for the 2016 award, as voting will take place from today until 2/28, but the new list, resources, etc. will make their appearance on April 1st.
For those of you new to the Rebecca Caudill Award, it is Illinois’ children’s choice award for 4th-8th graders. The award is in its 28th year and going strong. Especially notable is the diversity of this year’s list, which developed naturally from a strong pool of books originally nominated by young people (mostly) and their teachers and librarians.
In 2014, I posted about a 2015 nominee every week with my Rebecca Caudill Roundup series. I had intended to do the same last year, but life got in the way, so they say. So this is my official pledge that I will bring back the Roundup for the 2017 list. Like the Caudill website, it will debut in April. Hold me to it folks!