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 AISLE website.



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

Alfie: (The Turtle That Disappeared), Written and Illustrated by Thyra Heder

Alma and How She Got Her Name, Written and Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Baby Monkey Private Eye, Written and Illustrated by Brian Selznick

The Bad Guys, Written and Illustrated by Aaron Blabey

A Big Mooncake for Little Star, Written and Illustrated by Grace Lin

Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, Written by Derrick D. Barnes, Illustrated by Gordon C. James

The Day You Begin, Written by Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated by Rafael Lopez

Do Not Lick This Book, Written by Idan Ben-Barak, Illustrated by Julian Frost

Her Right Foot, Written by Dave Eggers, Illustrated by Shawn Harris

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles, Written by Patricia Valdez, Illustrated by Felicita Sala

The Little Red Fort, Written by Brenda Maier, Illustrated by Sonia Sanchez

Malala’s Magic Pencil, Written by Malala Yousafzai, Illustrated by Kerascoët

Not So Different: What You Really Want to Ask About Having A Disability, Written by Shane Burcaw, Illustrated by Matt Carr

Perfectly Norman, Written and Illustrated by Tom Percival

The Rabbit Listened, Written and Illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld

Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship, Written by Jessica Kensky, Illustrated by Scott Magoon

Saving Fiona: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Baby Hippo, Written and Illustrated by Thane Maynard

The Truth About Bears: Seriously Funny Facts About Your Favorite Animals, Written and Illustrated by Maxwell Eaton III

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates, Written and Illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins

Yasmin The Explorer, Written by Saadia Faruqi, Illustrated by Hatem Aly