The Monarch Award:
Illinois’ K-3 Readers’ Choice Award
Students across the state of Illinois read or hear five or more and vote for their favorite
Check out the 2017 nominees here!
2016 Monarch Awards:
2015 Monarch Awards:
The 2015 Monarch Award Nominated Books
Creepy Carrots - Jasper loves carrots and picks a few every day, until he suddenly feels like they are creeping after him, and following him everywhere! Is it his imagination or could it be true?
Dear Primo -Carlitos and Charlie are in the same family, but they live worlds apart. One lives in Mexico while the other lives in a big city in America. The cousins write to each other back and forth about their lives. How different are they?
Video of Book
Frog and Fly -Frog likes to eat flies. In each story, he meets and interacts with a fly before eating it. He even tricks a few of them. Then when it gets dark, he thinks he is meeting another fly. Read to find out what happens next!
Jimmy the Joey,The True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue- is a nonfiction account of a joey that was rescued after falling from his mother’s pouch and onto the side of the road. The joey was taken to a Koala hospital, and there he was nursed back to health by a woman named Barb.
Koala photo album
Nic Bishop Snakes- Nic Bishop takes the reader through every stage of a snake‟s life, with interesting, detailed facts about snakes, and incredible photographs of over twenty different snakes taken by Nic Bishop himself!
Quiz yourself - a snake quiz!
Prudence Wants a Pet - Prudence has one big wish. She wants a pet. Since her parents keep saying no, she starts finding her own pets. First it is a branch. She names it Branch and takes it for walks, but her dad keeps tripping on it, so it has to go. Then she finds Twig (which is a twig) but he gets lost in the wash. What will be next? Will her parents finally see that Prudence is ready for a real pet?
Jack designs a house that has all the special things he would love a house to have. Which ones are possible? Which would you want?
Video of Building a House
A little girl skiing discovers all the animals hiding beneath the snow as well as animals above the snow in winter.
Each Kindness - When a new girl, Maya, is introduced to the class, Chloe sees she is poor. Because of how she looks, whenever Maya asked Chloe and her friends to play, they say no. What will Chloe learn about kindness and will it be in time?
Find out what the author says about the book
Helen's Big World - This book tells the amazing story of Helen Keller’s life using text that young readers can independently read, beautiful pictures, and real quotations from Helen Keller.
Online Museum of Helen Keller's Life
Like Bug Juice on a Burger -
Eleanor goes to camp for the first time pretty excited because it was the same camp her mom went to and her mom loved it. But camp does not begin well. She trips, fails a swim test and hates the food! Will camp get better? or will Eleanor beg her parents to bring her home!
Activities for Bug Juice on a Burger
Take Me Out to the Yakyu- A boy goes to two baseball games: one in America and one in Japan. See the American game on one page and the Japanese game on the next, learning how similar they are and the Japanese words that go with a baseball game!
Japan vs. USA - 7th Inning Stretch