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The Monarch Award: Illinois’ Grades K-3 Readers’ Choice Award

Illinois children in grades K-3 who have read or heard at least 5 of the nominees may vote for their favorite book. The book which receives the most votes throughout the state will win the Monarch Award. This award is sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association and is designed to encourage Illinois students to read critically and to become familiar with children’s books, authors, and illustrators. The award is named in honor of the Monarch Butterfly, Illinois’ state insect. The butterfly symbolizes growth, change, and freedom-qualities that also characterize the emergent reader.



1st Place Winner: Baby Monkey Private Eye by Brian Selznick

2nd Place: The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey

3rd Place: Do Not LIck This Book by Idan Ben-Barak



1st Place Winner: Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds

2nd Place: Claymates by Dev Petty

3rd Place: Bob, Not Bob! by Elizabeth Scanlon



1st Place Winner: Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio   

2nd Place: This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne

3rd Place: Princess in Black by Shannon Hale



1st Place Winner: Breaking News: Bear Alert by David Biedrzycki

2nd Place: The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

3rd Place: Lost Cat by C Roger Mader



1st Place Winner: The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

2nd Place: If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen

3rd Place: Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds



1st Place Winner: The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray   

2nd Place: Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm by Jon Katz

3rd Place: 11 Experiments that Failed by Jenny Offill 



1st Place Winner: Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin

2nd Place: We Are in a Book by Mo Willems

3rd Place: Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott 



1st Place Winner: Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton

2nd Place: Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Kraus Rosenthal

3rd Place: Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein



1st Place Winner: Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas 

2nd Place: Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina by Kirby Larson 

3rd Place: Bad Kitty Gets a Bath by Nick Bruel 



1st Place Winner: Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

2nd Place: Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia MacLachlan

3rd Place: The Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst



1st Place Winner: Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude by Kevin O’Malley

2nd Place: Skippyjon Jones by Judith Schachner

3rd Place: Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod 



1st Place Winner: If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen 

2nd Place: Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

3rd Place: Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor



1st Place Winner: Superdog: The Heart of a Hero by Caralyn Buehner

2nd Place: I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont

3rd Place: Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox



1st Place Winner: My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza

2nd Place: Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

3rd Place: Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland



1st Place Winner: David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon

2nd Place: Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester 

3rd Place: I Will Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child 


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