The 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, 9/27 at the Youth Services desk.
The Day the Crayons Quit by Aaron Reynolds
When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them.
Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin by Duncan Tonatiuh
Two cousins, one in Mexico and one in New York City, write to each other and learn that even though their daily lives differ, at heart the boys are very similar.
Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson
When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson on kindness, Chloe realizes that she and her friends have been wrong in making fun of new student Maya’s shabby clothes and refusing to play with her.
Helen’s Big World: the Life of Helen Keller by Doreen Rappaport
An illustrated biography of Helen Keller, introducing young readers to her life and legacy, and including quotations by Keller.
If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen
Imaginative Jack describes the kind of house he would build–one with a racetrack, a flying room, and a gigantic slide.
Jimmy the Joey: The True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue by Deborah Lee Rose and Susan Kelly
Follows the story of an endangered baby koala who is rescued and cared for at Koala Hospital and raised by loving human caregivers among other injured koalas.
Like Bug Juice on a Burger by Julie Sternberg
Eleanor is off to summer camp. At first she’s excited to carry on the family tradition at Camp Wallumwahpuck, but when she gets there she finds icky bugs, terrible food, and worst of all: swim class.
A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke
Hang around just like a sloth and get to know the delightful residents of the Avarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, the world’s largest sloth orphanage.
Look Out, Jeremy Bean! by Alice Schertle
Jeremy Bean has a problem. Several, in fact. But a kid like Jeremy Bean can come up with some pretty unusual solutions, such as putting a bug in his pocket, wearing a lamp shade on his head, hiding in the school janitor’s closet, and collecting everyone’s shoes.
Me….Jane by Patrick McDonnell
The story of the young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee named Jubilee.
Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud That Changed Baseball by David A. Kelly
The story of Lena Blackburne and his Baseball Rubbing Mud, which major league teams (and many other teams) use to take the shine off brand-new baseballs.
Mo Willems Presents That Is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems
Inspired by the evil villains and innocent damsels of silent movies, Willems tells the tale of a hungry fox who invites a plump goose to dinner.
Nic Bishop Snakes by Nic Bishop
YIKES!!! Join naturalist Nic Bishop for a closer look at scaly, scary snakes!
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow is a secret world of squirrels and snowshoe hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals who live through the winter, safe and warm under the snow.
Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes
Penny finds a beautiful marble on her neighbor’s lawn and must decide whether or not to keep it.
The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett
There’s been a terrible mix-up in the royal nursery. Priscilla the princess has accidentally switched places with Pigmella, the farmer’s new piglet.
Prudence Wants a Pet by Cathleen Daly
Prudence wants a pet. Desperately. “No,” says Dad, “pets cost too much to keep.” “No,” says Mom, “pets make noise.” But Prudence is determined. She finds her own pet. It is a…branch.
Take Me Out to the Yakyu by Aaron Meshon
Come along with one little boy and his grandfathers, one in America and one in Japan, as he learns about baseball and its rich, varying cultural traditions.
Click here for the 2014 Monarch Award List.