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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.

 

2014

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 

 

2013

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 

 

2012

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

 

2011

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 

 

2010

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

 

2009

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 

 

2008

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

 

2007

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

 

2006

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

 

2005

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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