Monarch Award List 2019

monarch-logoTo participate in the Monarch Award Reading Club, you must be in grades K-3. Before registering, read or listen to one book from the list. Bring your initialed log to the library after 7/31 to register for the Club and get a caterpillar to hang on the board. Collect prizes as you read. Read 5 books and you can vote for the 2019 Monarch Award. Earn prizes for reading up to 20 books before 1/31/19.

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After the Fall written and illustrated by Dan Santat (2017) After falling off the wall, Humpty Dumpty is very afraid of climbing up again, but is determined not to let fear stop him from being close to the birds.

Bob, Not Bob! written by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey Vernick and illustrated by Matthew Cordell (2017) When a young boy gets a cold, he just wants his mommy. But his stuffy nose makes it difficult for him to call out to his mom–not ‘Bob,’ who happens to be the family dog.

Claymates written by Dev Petty and illustrated by Lauren Eldridge (2017) Two balls of clay have a great time shaping themselves into various animals and objects until their sculptor comes back and discovers the mess they’ve made of her work.

Coyote Moon written by Maria Gianferrari and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline  (2016) A book about coyotes hunting in suburban neighborhoods at night.

Creepy Pair of Underwear! written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown (2017) A young rabbit is frightened by his underwear.

A Different Pond written by Bao Phi and illustrated by Thi Bui (2017) As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father’s long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between hope-filled casts, Bao’s father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam.

Emmanuel’s Dream written by Laurie Ann Thompson and illustrated by Sean Qualls (2015) Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people–but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, learned to play soccer, left home at age thirteen to provide for his family, and, eventually, became a cyclist. He rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability. Today, Emmanuel continues to work on behalf of the disabled.

If You Plant a Seed written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson (2015) While planting seeds in their garden, two animals learn the value of kindness.

The Infamous Ratsos written by Kara LaReau and illustrated by Matt Myers (2016) Rat brothers Louie and Ralphie Ratso try to prove they can be as rough and tough as their father in the Big City, but every time they try to show how tough they are, they end up accidentally doing good deeds instead.

Jabari Jumps written by Gaia Cornwall and illustrated by Gaia Cornwall (2017) Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He’s finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he’s a great jumper, so he’s not scared at all. “Looks easy,” says Jabari, watching the other kids take their turns. But when his dad squeezes his hand, Jabari squeezes back. He needs to figure out what kind of special jump to do anyway, and he should probably do some stretches before climbing up onto the diving board. In a sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, newcomer Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can’t help but root for.”–Amazon.com

John Deere, That’s Who! written byTracy Nelson Maurer and illustrated by Tim Zeltner (2017)  Back in the 1830s, who was a young blacksmith from Vermont, about to make his mark on American history? John Deere, that’s who! Who moved to Illinois, where farmers were struggling to plow through the thick, rich soil they called gumbo? Who tinkered and tweaked and tested until he invented a steel plow that sliced into the prairie easy as you please? Long before the first tractor, who changed farming forever? John Deere, that’s who! The life and accomplishments of the blacksmith who invented a steel plow to help till the thick Illinois soil and changed American farming forever.

The Marigold Mess written by Jacqueline Jules and illustrated by Kim Smith (2016) Sofia’s adventures and disasters continue in this compilation of three previously published books.

The Night Gardener written and illustrated by Terry Fan & Eric Fan (2016)  Everyone on Grimloch Lane enjoys the trees and shrubs clipped into animal masterpieces after dark by the Night Gardener, but William, a lonely boy, spots the artist, follows him, and helps with his special work.

Six Dots written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Boris Kulikov (2016) Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone else, and what he wanted more than anything was to be able to read. Even at the school for the blind in Paris, there were no books for him. And so he invented his own alphabet–a whole new system for writing that could be read by touch. A system so ingenious that it is still used by the blind community today.

Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List written by Kate Klise and illustrated by M. Sarah Klise (2017)  Eli the dog has been with Astrid since she was a baby, and now that Eli is getting older and slowing down, Astrid wants to make fun memories with him, but knows what is most important to Eli is the time he spends with Astrid.

Tooth by Tooth: Comparing Fangs, Tusks, and Chompers written by Sara Levine and illustrated by T.S. Spookytooth (2016) A playful picture book that will keep readers guessing as they find out how human teeth are like and unlike those of other animals.

The Water Princess written by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds (2018)  “The story of one young girl’s quest to bring clean drinking water to her African village”– Provided by publisher.

We Are Growing written and illustrated by Laurie Keller (2016) “Walt is not the tallest or the curliest or the pointiest or even the crunchiest. A confounded blade of grass searches for his ‘est’ in this hilarious story about growing up”– Provided by publisher.

When Green Becomes Tomatoes written by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Julie Morstad (2016) A book of poetry moving through the seasons.

Zoey & Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows written by Asia Citro and illustrated by Marion Lindsay (2017) A girl, Zoey, and her cat, Sassafras, use science experiments to help a dragon with a problem.


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