Illinois kids in kindergarten to third grade pick the winner of The Monarch Award each year. Twenty books are nominated. Kids need to read five of those books before they vote. The award goes to the author and illustrator of the winning book.
The award is named for our state insect, the monarch butterfly.
2013 Monarch Award Winner
Illinois students selected Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin as the winner. Second place went to We Are in a Book by Mo Willems. Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott came in third.
2013 Monarch Award Challenge
- Monarch Award Challenge information and book list, PDF
- 2013 Monarch Award Nominee List, PDF
- Link to 2013 Monarch Award Nominees in our catalog
Checkout Limit: You may have up to 5 of the nominated books checked out at a time.
The Monarch Award is sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA). It was designed to encourage students to read critically and learn about children‘s books, authors, and illustrators.
Learn more and see past nominees and winners on the official Monarch Website.