Hickory Creek Middle School sixth-graders Lindsay LaDere, Caitlin Ferrari and Sophie Corso get ready to vote at the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award voting party in Frankfort. | Supplied photo
Updated: April 18, 2013 6:04AM
Students at Hickory Creek Middle School in Frankfort marked the ninth year of voting for their favorite book through the state’s Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award program.
The annual award is given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by fourth- through eighth-graders in participating Illinois schools.
The program was created to encourage children and young adults to read for personal satisfaction and was named for author Rebecca Caudill, who lived and wrote in Urbana for nearly 50 years.
Program coordinators Marybeth Raynes, the school librarian, and teacher Renee Grady challenged students to read as many books as possible from a master list.
Students qualified as official judges by reading three or more of the 20 nominated titles. All judges had the opportunity to vote for their favorite title.
A Rebecca Caudill voting party with lunch and prizes marked the occasion. A special treat for the judges prior to the voting was the opportunity to meet Matthew Cody, the author of last year’s first-place book, “Powerless.”
For information and a list of book titles, visit www.rcyrba.org.
Thirty-two students read all 20 of the Caudill-nominated titles: Weston Dell, Madison Dockweiler, Jane Eaton, Gemma Fazekas, Kristen Ferracuti, Kayla Gardner, Ellie Greg, Ben Herbst, Danny Hudziak, Diamond Jackson, Helena Jozwik, Collin Kavanaugh, Sebastian Khattabi, Paul Malito, Zach Martin, Vona McAllister, Brendon McCray, Isabella McKenna, Dylan Murphy, Patrick O’Halloran, Anna Ostmann, Madison Parnello, Zoe Randolph, Mackenzie Rhode, Allie Ritz, Paige Sackman, Lauren Sandberg, Miranda Schor, Tessa Sellentin, Milan Singh, Audrey Vanderpool and Ashley Williams.