HENNEPIN — The fourth- and fifth-grade students participating in the Bluestem Book Award Program, sponsored by the Association of Illinois School Library Educators, voted for their favorite book on March 11.
This is the ninth year for the Bluestem Book Award Program at Putnam County Elementary School in Hennepin. The 39 students who read at least four of the 20 books on the list were eligible to vote for their favorite book. Students also had to discuss the book with Media Paraprofessional Lori Mertel and complete a worksheet on the book.
Fifteen of the 20 books received votes with two books in first place: “Fish in a Tree” by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and “Moo” by Sharon Creech. The second-place winner was “Diamond Willow” by Helen Frost. All votes were submitted to the state Association of Illinois School Library Educators website, and an overall favorite within the state of Illinois will be announced.
Fourth-grade students who were eligible to participate were Bryson Brown, Marley DeWolfe, McKenna Jagg, Peyton Barto, Wyatt Benjamin, Hailie Bickers, Itaty Castro, Max Chiado, Justin Murphy, Sydney Placher, Adrian Rivera-Story, Paige Tonioni, Yesenia Avila, Brooklin Brown, Miley Dolder, Jacob Furar, Julian Guadiana, Veronika Mack, Isaac Mucu, Rudy Villagomez and Alyvia Wachowiak.
Fifth-grade students who read four or more books to participate were Ashley Cano, Ella Pyszka, Teaghan Sarver, Beau Stoner, Emmalee Waclaw, Nolan Bence, Collin Borio, Cayden Bouxsein, Angel Foshie, Zach Husser, Traxton Mattingly, Jamie Sylvester, Eric Vipond, Madison Ahlstrom, Bodyn Burash, Alan Castro, Johana DelAbra and Ella Irwin.
The Putnam County Educational Foundation provided grant funding to purchase the books, treats and medals. Students and staff had cookies that were made by Hennepin Foods, and they also enjoyed juice and ice cream with toppings.
Students who read all 20 nominees will receive a medal. Students have until April 30 to read all the titles if they choose to do so.