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Monarch Award 2018

The name Monarch was chosen because of its familiarity to K–3 children and to symbolize the growth, change and freedom that becoming a reader brings. The Monarch is 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.

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      Quizás algo hermoso: Cómo el arte transformó un barrio (Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood)

      by F. Isabel Campoy

      Apr 2018

      Primary Spanish

      What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray? As Mira and her neighbors discover, more than you might ever imagine! Note from the authors. Full-color illustrations created with a combination of acrylic on wood, original photography, and digital art.

      Thunder Boy Jr.

      by Sherman Alexie

      Aug 2016

      Kindergarten

      Thunder Boy Jr. is tired of sharing a name with his dad. He wants his own name, “a name that sounds like me . . . that celebrates something cool that I’ve done.” But how will he choose? Full-color illustrations digitally created using colors and textures from “the remains of an antique house in Xalapa, Mexico.”
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