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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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      How to Give Your Cat a Bath: In Five Easy Steps

      by Nicola Winstanley

      Mar 2019

      Kindergarten Plus

      2021
      Step 1: Fill the bath. Step 2: Put the cat in the bath. Step 3: Shampoo the cat. Step 4: Rinse the cat. Step 5: Dry the cat. What could possibly go wrong?

      Full-color illustrations were drawn in ink and colored digitally.

      Dreamers

      by Yuyi Morales

      Feb 2019

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      2021
      In 1994, Yuyi Morales left her home in Xalapa, Mexico and came to the US with her infant son. She left behind nearly everything she owned, but she didn’t come empty-handed.
      She brought her strength, her work, her passion, her hopes and dreams…and her stories. Caldecott Honor artist and six-time Pura Belpré winner Yuyi Morales’s gorgeous picture book Dreamers is about making a home in a new place. Yuyi and her son Kelly’s passage was not easy, and Yuyi spoke no English whatsoever at the time. But together, they found an unexpected, unbelievable place: the public library. There, book by book, they untangled the language of this strange new land, and learned to make their home within it.
      Dreamers is a celebration of what migrantes bring with them when they leave their homes. It’s a story about family. And it’s a story to remind us that we are all dreamers, bringing our own gifts wherever we roam. Beautiful and powerful at any time but given particular urgency as the status of our own Dreamers becomes uncertain, this is a story that is both topical and timeless.
      The lyrical text is complemented by sumptuously detailed illustrations, rich in symbolism. Also included are a brief autobiographical essay about Yuyi’s own experience, a list of books that inspired her (and still do), and a description of the beautiful images, textures, and mementos she used to create this book.
      Author’s note. “Books That Have Inspired Me.” Full-color illustrations created with acrylic paints, pen and ink, and scanned photos.

      Douglas, You’re A Genius!

      by Ged Adamson

      Oct 2018

      Kindergarten Plus

      2021
      Spanish glossary. Full-color illustrations rendered in pencil and watercolor. After Nancy and her dog Douglas lose their ball through a hole in the tall fence, the ball returns with a note: ¡Hola!

      A Big Mooncake for Little Star

      by Grace Lin

      Oct 2018

      Kindergarten Plus

      2020
      Little Star and her mother make a mooncake, but it’s not time to eat it yet. In the middle of the night, Little Star wonders: will her mama notice if she takes tiny nibble?
      Author’s note. Full-color gouache illustrations.

      The Day You Begin

      by Jacqueline Woodson

      Oct 2018

      Nonfiction Early Elementary Plus

      2020
      There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it's how you look or talk, or where you're from; maybe it's what you eat, or something just as random. It's not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. Jacqueline Woodson's lyrical text and Rafael López's dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes—and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.

      Alma y cómo obtuvo su nombre (Alma and How She Got Her Name)

      by Juana Martinez-Neal

      Aug 2018

      Primary Spanish

      2020
      What's in a name? For one little girl, her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from—and who she may one day be.
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