Illinois has several book award lists. Each year hundreds of books are nominated, and 20 are selected to each list. The awards are separated into age groups so kids are able to read within their level.
Monarch Award - Grades K-2
Bluestem Award - Grades 3-5
Rebecca Caudill Award - Grades 6-8
Abraham Lincoln Award - High School
The books on the above lists are usually my "go to" books when suggesting a good read to one of the students. Each February the students are able to vote for their favorite book from their list. It's fun for the kids to see if their favorite was chosen as a favorite throughout the state.I would highly recommend checking out these lists.