The Bluestem Reading Award program is for students in grade 3 - 5.  As they read titles from the list below, they may take brief quizzes in the school library for credit. Those reading at least three by the end of February 2019 get to vote in a statewide poll for their favorites. By the end of March all reading should be complete, making participants ready for the sub lunch and pizza lunch rewards. In addition, they will get to choose a free book and receive a special certificate at the awards assembly in June.

*Third graders will have a shortened list for prizes, though students are free to read all books. 

Getting a head start over the summer?




Click here to record your summer reading by answering a few questions about your book. You will need an email address to enter responses.

Not all books may be on the final SCCS-Oak Lawn list.  Students will get credit for all books that they read even if they are not on our list.

As always, students are encouraged to read with discernment and an eye out for God's revelation.

Click here for a printable list:


Susan Hood/ Sally Wern Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra Comport of Paraguay 

Hena Khan  Amina’s Voice 

 Jeanne DuPrau City of Ember

Melanie Conklin Counting Thyme 

Helen Frost Diamond Willow 

Lynda Mullaly Hunt Fish in a Tree

Duncan Tonatiuh  Funny Bones: Posada and his Day of the Dead Calaveras

John Coy/ Randy DuBurke Game Changer: John Mclendon and the Secret Game

Cynthia Lord  A Handful of Stars 

Debbie Levy/ Elizabeth Baddeley  I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes her mark

Sharon Creech Moo 

John David Anderson Ms. Bixby’s Last Day

Linda Sue Park Project Mulberry 

 Shana Corey/ Red Nose Studio The Secret Subway

Mo Willems/ Tony DiTerlizzi The Story of Diva and Flea

Lisa Graff  Tangle of Knots, A

Robert Hoge/ Keith Robinson   Ugly: a memoir

Janet B. Pascal/ Tim Foley What was the Great Chicago Fire? 

Chris Barton/ Don Tate  Whoosh! Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions 

Barbara O’Connor  Wish 

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Phone 708.636.8550


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