2014 Monarch Award List

Monarch-LogoThe Monarch Award is a state-wide reading club sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association. The Monarch was chosen to symbolize the growth, change and freedom that becoming a reader brings. The club is for readers in K through 3rd grades and is designed to encourage children to read critically and become familiar with children’s books, authors and illustrators. Signup begins on Saturday, September 21 at the Youth Services desk.

One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo: Elliot, a very proper young man, feels a kinship with the penguins at the aquarium and wants to take one home with him.

The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin: A hard-bitten former search-and-rescue dog helps solve a complicated missing chicken case.

Clever Jack Takes the Cake by Candance Fleming: A poor boy named Jack struggles to deliver a birthday present worthy of the princess.

Say Hello to Zorro by Carter Goodrich: Mister Bud, the family dog, has a satisfying routine to his life, but when another dog joins the family and disrupts his schedule, Mister Bud must learn to adapt.

Chicken Big! by Keith Graves: A giant chicken hatches from an enormous egg, but the other chickens cannot accept that he is one of them.

Perfect Square by Michael Hall: A perfect square that is perfectly happy is torn into pieces, punched with holes, crumpled, and otherwise changed but finds in each transformation that it can be something new, and just as happy.

Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz: An account of the lives of four dogs who live at Bedlam Farm.

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen: A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.

Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw: Pen pals Elliott and Kailash discover that even though they live in different countries (America and India) they both love to climb trees, own pets, and ride school buses.

The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray: A gingerbread man searches all over the school for the group of children that made him and then left him behind.

11 Experiments that Failed by Jenny Offill: A young child tries a series of wacky experiments, such as seeing if a piece of bologna will fly like a Frisbee and determining whether seedlings will grow if watered with expensive perfume, and then must suffer the consequences of experiments gone awry.

I Wanna New Room by Karen Kaufman Orloff:  Through a series of brief letters to his parents, Alex presents all the reasons why he should not have to share a room with his younger brother.

One by Kathryn Otoshi: A number/color book reminding us that it just takes one to make everyone count.

The Camping Trip that Changed America by Barbara Rosenstock:  Experience the majestic redwoods of Yosemite in this little-known but important story from our nation’s history. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt joined naturalist John Muir on a trip to Yosemite. Camping by themselves in the uncharted woods, the two men saw sights and held discussions that would ultimately lead to the establishment of our National Parks

Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider:  A father tells outlandish stories while trying to get his young son, who is a very picky eater, to eat foods he thinks he will not like.

The One and Only Stuey Lewis by Jan Schoenberg:  Stuey Lewis makes his way through second grade facing reading problems, pulling off a great Halloween caper, joining a soccer team, and more with the help of family, friends, and a special teacher.

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman:  Celebrate the beauty and value of spirals. What makes the tiny snail shell so beautiful? Why does that shape occur in nature over and over again-in rushing rivers, in a flower bud, even inside your ear? This book reveals the many spirals in nature, from fiddleheads to elephant tusks, from crashing waves to spiraling galaxies, while celebrating the beauty and usefulness of this fascinating shape.

Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet:  Meet Tony Sarg, puppeteer extraordinaire! Everyone’s a New Yorker on Thanksgiving Day, when young and old rise early to see what giant new balloons will fill the skies for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Meet the man who first invented these upside-down puppets.

Brothers at Bat by Audrey Vernick: This true story of the Baseball Hall of Fame honorees, traces how the Acerra family of New Jersey formed their own semi-pro baseball team in the 1930’s and became the longest-running all-brother team in history.

Biblioburro – a True Story from Colombia by Jeanette Winter:  After amassing piles of books, Luis, a voracious reader, dreams up a way to share his collection with ‘faraway villages.’ He starts with two burros (one for himself, one for books) and heads off.  Tough terrain and menacing bandits challenge him along the way, but at last he reaches a remote town, where he holds a story hour and loans titles to eager kids before returning home to his wife and reading late into the night.