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:

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, written and illustrated by Dan Santat

Ballet Cat: The Total Secret Secret, written and illustrated by Bob Shea

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas, written by Lynne Cox, illustrated by Brian Floca

Families, Families, Families, written by Suzanne Lang, illustrated by Max Lang

Gaston, written by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Going Places, written by Peter Reynolds and Paul Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Reynolds

Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas, written by Natasha Yim, illustrated by Grace Zong

How Did That Get In My Lunchbox? The Story of Food, written by Chris Butterworth, illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti

The Invisible Boy, written by Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Patrice Barton

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla, written by Katherine Applegate, illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel, written by Kathryn Gibbs Davis, illustrated by Gilbert Ford

New Shoes, written by Susan Lynn Meyer, illustrated by Eric Velasquez

One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia, written by Miranda Paul, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon

The Princess in Black, written by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Rosie Revere, Engineer, written by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts

This Book Just Ate My Dog!, written and illustrated by Richard Byrne

Trapped! A Whale’s Rescue, written by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Wendell Minor

Waiting Is Not Easy!, written and illustrated by Mo Willems

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh, written by Sally M. Walker, illustrated by Jonathan D. Voss

Wolfie The Bunny, written by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah OHora