Readers’ Choice Award Grant

LBSS is proud to announce the 2023-2024 Readers’ Choice Award Grant Recipients. Click here to see the list of recipients.

Congratulations to all that won! Your books will be arriving at your school in August.  Make sure to take a picture of your book set and tag #LBSSFund and @AISLEd_org.

Application (will open Spring 2024)

Feed Your Need Grant

Applications for the 2024-2025 Feed Your Need Grants open on August 1st. Visit the Feed Your Need Grant page for all of the information. It is never too early to start planning your application.

LBSS is proud to announce the 2023-2024 Feed Your Need Grant Recipients. Click here to see the list of recipients. 

Application (will open Fall 2024)

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The Library Book Selection Service provides quality literature for the children of Illinois and has for many years. School libraries across the state had used LBSS resources and funds to purchase books for their collections. When the decision was made to close the doors of LBSS, their assets were assumed by ISLMA (now AISLE), and in 2007 the LBSS Endowment Fund was established. The fund trustees are dedicated to carrying on the tradition and spirit of LBSS which is to “provide the very best books to youth in Illinois.”

The first grants from the LBSS Endowment Fund were awarded in 2008. School or public library participants who are registered for a specific Illinois Readers’ Choice Award program – Monarch, Bluestem, Rebecca Caudill, or Abraham Lincoln Award – may apply for a complete set of those titles.

A second grant opportunity, Read for Information, which was started in 2012, provided nonfiction materials. That grant was replaced by the Feed Your Need grant in 2020.

Here are just a few of the amazing new science books at @EvansJrHigh. Thank you, @AISLEd_org and LBSS for offering the Feed Your Need grant to make this possible.

So excited and grateful to @AISLEd_org for awarding the #lzmss library with a Feed Your Need Grant for the 2022-2023 school year. Looking forward to improving our collection and continuing to meet the needs of our ever evolving patrons. #lzmss #Bettertogetherd95

THANK YOU, @AISLEd_org and LBSS for the full set of 2023 @RCYRBA nominees! Your Readers’ Choice Grant means that even more @EvansJrHigh students have the opportunity to read these amazing stories!

As the lucky recipient of the LBSS Grant, a new set of 2023 IL Monarch Award books have arrived! All processed & ready for KG readers! @monarchaward @AISLEd_org #kingsley58 #dg58pride #dg58libraries

That exciting moment when you open your #LBSSgrant box of #BluestemAward nominees! Can’t wait to get them into students’ hands! Thanks @AISLEd_org for sponsoring these children’s choice awards and the resources to promote them! #62learns #62reads