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

The Monarch Award imonarch-logos designed to encourage children to read critically and become familiar with children’s books, authors, and illustrators. The program is open to all K-3 age children in Illinois. More information about this award can be found on the ISLMA website.



Click on the titles below to view the primary source pairings:

Ben Franklin’s Big Splash, Written by Barb Rosenstock, Illustrated by S.D. Schindler

Don’t Throw It To Mo!, Written by David Adler, Illustrated by Sam Ricks

Glow: Animals With Their Own Night-Lights, Written and Illustrated by W.H. Beck

Humphrey’s Playful Puppy Problem, Written by Betty Birney, Illustrated by Priscilla Burris

I’m Trying to Love Spiders, Written and Illustrated by Bethany Barton

Last Stop on Market Street, Written by Matt de la Peña, Illustrated by Christian Robinson

Lion Lessons, Written and Illustrated by Jon Agee

Mango, Abuela, and Me, Written by Meg Medina, Illustrated by Angela Dominguez

Maya’s Blanket, Written by Monica Brown, Illustrated by David Diaz

Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood, Written by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, Illustrated by Rafael Lopez

Moldylocks and the Three Beards, Written and Illustrated by Noah Jones

Mother Bruce, Written and Illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree, Written by Daniel Bernstrom, Illustrated by Brendan Wenzel

Pink is for Blobfish: Discovering the World’s Perfectly Pink Animals, Written by Jess Keating, Illustrated by David DeGrand

Red: A Crayon’s Story, Written and Illustrated by Michael Hall

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, Written by Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Take Away the A, Written by Michael Escoffier, Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo

Thunder Boy Jr., Written by Sherman Alexie, Illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Trombone Shorty, Written by Troy Andrews and Bill Taylor, Illustrated by Bryan Collier

William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game, Written by Nancy Churnin, Illustrated by Jez Tuya