HENNEPIN — Three Putnam County Elementary School fifth graders gathered to vote for their favorite 2020 Rebecca Caudill title on Feb. 19.
Students have been participating in the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award this school year, selecting books to read from the 20 nominees. To be eligible to attend the party, students had to read at least three titles from the list, discuss the book with Lori Mertel and complete a worksheet detailing elements of the book. Students and staff enjoyed cookies, soda and ice cream with toppings.
Students liked many of the books and there was a three-way tie: “Restart” by Gordan Korman, “Space Case” by Stuart Gibbs and “The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle” by Leslie Connor. All votes were submitted to the state Rebecca Caudill website, and an overall favorite of all students in the state of Illinois will be announced in March.
The following fifth-grade students participated: 5A — Yesenia Avila; 5B — Evean Siegmann; and 5C — Kale Coleman.
So far, many Rebecca Caudill nominees have been read. Students have until April 30 to read all 20 if they choose to do so.
The Putnam County Educational Foundation funded a grant to help provide for the purchase of the books and treats.