2012-2013 REBECCA CAUDILL YOUNG READERS’ BOOK AWARD (RCYRBA) BOOK CLUB
Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the 2012-2013 RCYRBA Book Club at Inter-
American Magnet School (IAMS)!
What is the RCYRBA?
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. The award is named
in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois, for nearly 50 years.
What are the purposes of the RCYRBA?
The purposes of the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award are:
To encourage children and young adults to read for personal satisfaction.
To develop a statewide awareness of outstanding literature for children and
young people and to promote a desire for literacy.
To encourage cooperation among Illinois agencies providing educational and
library service to young people.
How is the RCYRBA Master List created?
Registered participants including students, teachers, and librarians may nominate outstanding books for
children and young people. The RCYRBA Evaluator’s Committee selects 20 titles to form a Master List.
How does Book Club at IAMS work?
The RCYRBA Book Club at Inter-American Magnet School is made possible by a partnership with Chicago
Public Library (CPL). It is supported by the efforts of Ms. Andy Cross, the Children’s Librarian at the John
Merlo Branch of CPL and Mr. Fran Feeley, the School Library Media Specialist at IAMS.
Early in the school year book club members meet to hear about the 20 titles on the RCYRBA Master List and
to vote for their favorites. Five titles are selected for discussion throughout the school year and a monthly
schedule of meetings is distributed. Meetings are scheduled from September through March.
Each month the Chicago Public Library gathers multiple copies of the selected title from CPL’s system-wide
holdings. One copy is loaned to each participating child at IAMS using his/her Chicago Public Library card.
Students must read the book before the next monthly meeting at which the selected title is discussed and
books are returned. For example, each participating student will receive a book at the September meeting and
will read that book prior to the meeting in October. The book will be discussed and must also be returned at
the October meeting.
How is the RCYRBA winner chosen?
During February’s Book Club meetings, participating students will vote for the book they feel should win the
2013 RCYRBA. Participants must read (or hear) at least three of the titles from the Master List to be eligible to
vote for a winner. Mr. Feeley will tabulate all IAMS votes and submit the official numbers with RCYRBA
officials no later than February 28, 2013.
Is Book Club right for you?
The RCYRBA book club requires a commitment from each participant in order to make it run smoothly and
successfully. Participants will give up either their lunch/recess period or 40 minutes of class time or homeroom
time once per month to attend meetings. Each participant will have to use his/her personal time to complete
the readings, and must also keep their CPL account in good standing throughout the school year.
In return, RCYRBA Book Club members will have the opportunity to hear about great books, discuss
interesting topics with their peers, socialize, and influence the world of children’s book publishing.
RCYRBA BOOK CLUB CONTRACT
I agree to:
Obtain a Chicago Public Library card.
My Chicago Public Library card number is: _______________________________________________
Check my Chicago Public Library account at http://www.chipublib.org/mycpl/login/ to make sure my
status is good (no overdues, no delinquencies, card renewal date is no earlier than April 2012).
My card renewal date is: _____________________________________________________________
My status is: _______________________________________________________________________
Keep my Chicago Public Library account in good standing throughout the school year.
Bring a copy of my Chicago Public Library card to Mr. Feeley or provide my library card number to Mr.
Feeley by Friday, September 29, 2012.
Take good care of my book club library books.
Do my best to read each selected title before book club discussions.
Return my book club library books on time at each book club meeting.
Attend all book club meetings on days when I am not absent from school.
Name (please print): _______________________________________________________________________