To 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 2017 Monarch Award. Earn prizes for reading up to 20 books before 1/31/17.
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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend written and illustrated by Dan Santat (2014)
An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name, and finally does the unimaginable–he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world.
Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret written and illustrated by Bob Shea (2015)
While Ballet Cat and Sparkles the Pony are trying to decide what to play, they each share an important secret.
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas written by Lynne Cox and illustrated by Brian Floca (2014)
Here is the incredible story of Elizabeth, a real-life elephant seal who made her home in the Avon River in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. When Elizabeth decides to stretch out across a two-lane road, the citizens worry she might get hurt or cause traffic accidents, so a group of volunteers tows her out to sea. But Elizabeth swims all the way back to Christchurch. The volunteers catch her again and again–each time towing her farther, even hundreds of miles away–but, still, Elizabeth finds her way back home.
Families, Families, Families! written by Suzanne Lang and illustrated by Max Lang (2015)
A story presented as a series of framed portraits features animals in dozens of combinations that represent and celebrate all kinds of non-traditional families.
Gaston written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Christian Robinson (2014)
A proper bulldog raised in a poodle family and a tough poodle raised in a bulldog family meet one day in the park.
Going Places written by Peter H. Reynolds & Paul A. Reynolds and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds (2014)
Rafael has looked forward to the Going Places contest and builds his go-cart from a kit in record time, but his neighbor, Maya, has a much more interesting and creative idea for her entry and Rafael decides to help.
Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas written by Natasha Yim and illustrated by Grace Zong (2014)
One Chinese New Year, her mother sends Goldy Luck to the pandas next door with a plate of turnip cakes, but the pandas are out and disaster follows. Includes a recipe for turnip cakes and an explanation of Chinese New Year.
How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? written by Christine Butterworth and illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti (2011)
From planting wheat to mixing flour into dough, climbing trees to machine-squeezing fruit, picking cocoa pods to stirring a vat of melted bliss, here is a clear, engaging look at the steps involved in producing some common foods. Healthy tips and a peek at basic food groups complete the menu.
The Invisible Boy written by Trudy Ludwig and illustrated by Patrice Barton (2013)
Brian has always felt invisible at school, but when a new student, Justin, arrives, everything changes.
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla written by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by G. Brian Karas (2014)
The true story of Ivan, known as the Shopping Mall Gorilla, who lived alone in a small cage for almost 30 years before being relocated to the gorilla habitat at ZooAtlanta.
Mr. Ferris and His Wheel written by Kathryn Gibbs Davis and illustrated by Gilbert Ford (2014)
Capturing an engineer’s creative vision and mind for detail, this fully illustrated picture book biography sheds light on how the American inventor George Ferris defied gravity and seemingly impossible odds to invent the world’s most iconic amusement park attraction, the Ferris wheel.
New Shoes written by Susan Meyer and illustrated by Eric Velasquez(2015)
In this historical fiction picture book, Ella Mae and her cousin Charlotte, both African American, start their own shoe store when they learn that they cannot try on shoes at the shoe store.
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon (2015)
Tells the story of a Gambian woman who came up with a way to recycle the plastic bags that had littered the landscape in her nation, an act that saved the environment and transformed her community.
The Princess In Black written by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale and illustrated by LeUven Pham (2014)
Who says princesses don’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!
Rosie Revere, Engineer written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts (2013)
A young aspiring engineer must first conquer her fear of failure.
This Book Just Ate My Dog written and illustrated by Richard Byrne (2014)
When her dog disappears into the gutter of the book, Bella calls for help. But when the helpers disappear too, Bella realizes it will take more than a tug on the leash to put things right.
Trapped!: A Whale’s Rescue written by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Wendell Minor (2015)
The true story of a large humpback whale that is trapped in a fishing net and must be rescued by a diving team.
Waiting Is Not Easy! written and illustrated by Mo Willems (2014)
Piggie tells Gerald she has a surprise for him, but it is not there yet so Gerald must be patient.
Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the Pooh written by Sally M. Walker and illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss (2015)
When Harry Colebourn saw a baby bear at a train station, he knew he could care for it. Harry was a veterinarian. But he was also a soldier in training during World War I. Harry named the bear Winnie, short for Winnipeg, his company’s home town, and he brought her along to the military camp in England. Winnie followed Harry everywhere and slept under his cot every night. Before long, she became the regiment’s much-loved mascot. But who could care for the bear when Harry went to battle? Harry found just the right place for Winnie–the London Zoo. There a boy named Christopher Robin played with Winnie–he could care for this bear too!
Wolfie the Bunny written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora (2015)
When her parents find a baby wolf on their doorstep and decide to raise him as their own, Dot is certain he will eat them all up until a surprising encounter with a bear brings them closer together.