Library Collection: Monarch Award Nominees

Kindergarten–3rd Grade

The Illinois School Library Media Association’s Monarch Award is designed to encourage children to read critically and become familiar with children’s books, authors and illustrators.

Return to our list of all Award-Winning Books.


Be kind / Pat Zietlow Miller ; illustrated by Jen Hill. cover

Be Kind
Pat Zietlow Miller; illustrated by Jen Hill

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Can I be your dog? / Troy Cummings. cover

Can I Be Your Dog?
Troy Cummings

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Cute as an axolotl : discovering the world's most adorable animals / by Jess Keating ; with illustrations by David DeGrand. cover

Cute as an Axolotl: Discovering the World's Most Adorable Animals
Jess Keating; illustrations by David DeGrand

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Douglas, you're a genius! / by Ged Adamson. cover

Douglas, You're a Genius!
Ged Adamson

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Drawn together / written by Minh L{u00EA} ; illustrated by Dan Santat. cover

Drawn Together
Minh Lê; illustrated by Dan Santat

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Dreamers / Yuyi Morales. cover

Dreamers
Yuyi Morales

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Dreamers text and illustration by Yuyi Morales. cover

Dreamers (Video)
Yuyi Morales

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The good egg / from the creators of The bad seed Jory John and Pete Oswald. cover

The Good Egg
Jory John and Pete Oswald

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How to give your cat a bath in five easy steps / Nicola Winstanley ; [illustrations by] John Martz. cover

How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps
Nicola Winstanley; illustrations by John Martz

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If sharks disappeared / Lily Williams. cover

If Sharks Disappeared
Lily Williams

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King & Kayla and the case of the missing dog treats / written by Dori Hillestad Butler ; illustrated by Nancy Meyers. cover

King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats
Dori Hillestad Butler; illustrated by Nancy Meyers

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Let the children march / by Monica Clark-Robinson ; illustrated by Frank Morrison. cover

Let the Children March
Monica Clark-Robinson; illustrated by Frank Morrison

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Mi papi tiene una moto / Isabel Quintero ; ilustrado por Zeke Pe{u00F1}a ; traducido por Andrea Montejo. cover

Mi papi tiene una moto
Isabel Quintero; ilustrado por Zeke Peña; traducido por Andrea Montejo

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My papi has a motorcycle / Isabel Quintero ; illustrated by Zeke Pe{u00F1}a. cover

My Papi has a Motorcycle
Isabel Quintero; illustrated by Zeke Peña

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My papi has a motorcycle Isabel Quintero ; illustrated by Zeke Pe{u00F1}a ; director, Andy T. Jones. cover

My Papi has a Motorcycle (Video)
Isabel Quintero; illustrated by Zeke Peña; director, Andy T. Jones

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The Night Gardener / by Terry Fan and Eric Fan. cover

The Night Gardener
Terry Fan and Eric Fan

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A normal pig / by K-Fai Steele. cover

A Normal Pig
K-Fai Steele

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Planting stories : the life of librarian and storyteller Pura Belpr{u00E9} / words by Anika Aldamuy Denise ; illustrations by Paola Escobar. cover

Planting Stories: the Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré
Anika Aldamuy Denise; illustrations by Paola Escobar

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So{u00F1}adores / Yuyi Morales ; traducci{u00F3}n de Teresa Mlawer. cover

Soñadores
Yuyi Morales; traducción de Teresa Mlawer

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The sun is kind of a big deal / by Nick Seluk. cover

The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal
Nick Seluk

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Thank you, Omu! / Oge Mora. cover

Thank You, Omu!
Oge Mora

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The undefeated / by Kwame Alexander ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson. cover

The Undefeated
Kwame Alexander; illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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Under my hijab / by Hena Khan ; illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel. cover

Under My Hijab
Hena Khan; illustrated by Aaliya Jaleel

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What if ... / written by Samantha Berger ; illustrated by Mike Curato. cover

What if...
Samantha Berger; illustrated by Mike Curato

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What is chasing Duck? / Jan Thomas. cover

What is Chasing Duck?
Jan Thomas

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