The Peoria Public Library offers the following annual Reading Challenges for gradeschoolers:

The Caudill Club

The Caudill Club is for kids who want to read and vote on a winner for the Rebecca Caudill Award. The 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 and libraries. The award is named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Illinois for nearly 50 years. Pick up your reading log and instructions from any location or click the link below to print from home. Voting ballots may be turned in to any location. Grades 4th to 8th.

The main purposes of the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award are:
• To foster a love of reading for personal enjoyment and satisfaction in children and young adults.
• To promote outstanding literature for children and young adults throughout the state of Illinois.
• To foster cooperation between Illinois agencies that provide education and library services to children and young adults.

The Monarch Club 

The Monarch Club is for kids who want to read and vote on a winner for the Monarch Award. This award is designed to encourage Illinois students to read critically and to become familiar with children’s books, authors and illustrators.

The award is named in honor of the Illinois state insect. The winner of the Monarch Award is chosen by students who have voted for their favorite book after reading at least 3 of the books on that year’s nominated list.

Click the link below to print the current book list and reading log from home. Voting ballots may be turned in to any location. Grades K to 3rd.

Caudill Reading Log
Monarch Reading Log