Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Monarch Award

The Monarch Award is given annually to an author and/or illustrator of a book voted as their favorite by participating K - 3 children in Illinois. The 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.

Here is a list of the Monarch Award Nominees:

Recess at 20 Below by Cindy Lou Aillard

Max’s Words by Kate Banks

Nic Bishop’s Spiders by Nic Bishop

I Lost My Tooth in Africa by Penda Diakite

The Gingerbread Girl

by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman

Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Delores Starbuckle by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

What to Do About Alice? By Barbara Kerley

Ruby Lu, Empress of Everything

by Lenore Look

Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly

by Alan Madison

Once I Ate a Pie by Patricia MacLachlan

On the Road by Lucy Nolan

The Cheese by Marge Palatini

The Little Red Hen by Jerry Pinkney

My Dog Is as Smelly as Dirty Socks: And Other Funny Family Portraits by Hanoch Piven

Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds

A Day with No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

Baa-Choo! By Sarah Weeks

At the moment we do not own all of these titles, although they are all on order. Stop by the Reference Desk in the Youth Services Department or call 708-474-2447 for more information.

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