Book and Reading Suggestions


Suggestions for read-alikes from Anniston Library in Alabama

What’s Next

The “What’s Next” site has fiction series listed in order of the series. It is great for a person who wants to read a series of books in order and can’t remember which book comes next.

Lexile Help

Need a book based on your Lexile Score? Enter in your Lexile Measure and get Lexile Range and book recommendations or use the Quick Book Search to find a specific title’s Lexile Score.

Bluestem Award

The award is designed for students in grades 3-5 who are ready for longer titles than found on the Monarch list, but not quite ready for the sophistication of some of Rebecca Caudill titles. Named in Honor of Big Bluestem which is the state prairie grass, the ward may include both timeless classics and current titles, as well as books that have appeared on Monarch and Rebecca Caudill lists. 

Monarch Award

The name Monarch was chosen because of its familiarity to K-3 children and to symbolize the growth, change and freedom that becoming a reader brings. The Monarch is designed to encourage children to read critically and become familiar with children’s books, authors and illustrators. The program is open to all K-3 age children in Illinois.

Rebecca Caudill Award

Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools. The award is named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois, for nearly 50 years. The award is given in recognition for her literary talent and the universal appeal of her books which have touched the hearts of many children and young adults.

Abraham Lincoln Award

The award is named for Abraham Lincoln, one of Illinois’ most famous residents and himself an avid reader and noted author. The Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA) sponsors the award. The Abraham Lincoln Award is designed to encourage high school students to read for personal satisfaction and become familiar with authors of young adult and adult books.