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Abraham Lincoln and Rebecca Caudill Library Series

posted Nov 20, 2015, 7:27 AM by School Publications   [ updated Nov 20, 2015, 7:27 AM ]
      

In the Brownstown High School library our librarian Mrs. Reed orders special books each year to place in dedicated sections for two famous reading lists. The Abraham Lincoln and Rebecca Caudill books are recommended reading lists that cover various topics and genres.  These include the top twenty picks for the year in new young adult fiction. This list changes year by year to accommodate new favorites that will soon be on library shelves across the nation.  

    The books win the Rebecca Caudill and Abraham Lincoln Awards by earning the most votes.  These books are placed on the list by the Illinois Library Association and the Illinois School Library Association.  The Illinois Library Association and the Illinois School Library choose these books.  At the end of the school year students vote on their favorite book from these categories, hoping that their favorite book wins the award for the best book of the year.

    Students who participate receive rewards for reading these novels.  At the elementary they receive milk and donuts as their reward for reading at least four of these books.  In the high school they have to read four of these books too.  They receive a pizza party and they get to vote on their favorite book to send in to the Illinois Library Association and the Illinois School Library Association.  These students also are recognized at the end of the year at the academic awards ceremony.  In addition to those awards, the First National Bank of Brownstown also donates gift cards to the top readers in the high school and elementary school. Students who read the most books at the junior and senior high levels receive $50 check cards for earning the most AR points in their respective schools.

    With so many reading programs and incentives, students at BHS strive to meet the goals of reading four of these books.  Students push themselves to earn the rewards and recognition for these accomplishments.  Every year when we receive the new books students look forward to the new additions to the library and to their reading list.

by Alicia Wilburn
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