Monarch Award

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


Pete the Cat book cover

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.

2014 Monarch Award Challenge

Sat., Nov. 9, 2013
3–3:45 pm
Robeson Pavilion Rooms A, B & C
Grab a friend, tell your teachers, read the books nominated for the 2014 Monarch Award (see below), and get ready for our fall book battle! It's a team competition for grades 1 and 2, with prizes and lots of fun! Registration is required. Call 217/403-2030 to register by 6 pm Sat., Nov. 2. Individuals who register will be assigned to a team.

Checkout Limit: You may have up to 5 of the nominated books checked out at a time. The Monarch titles circulate for two weeks.

2014 Monarch Award Nominees, PDF

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.

Monarch Award logo

Learn more and see past nominees and winners on the official Monarch Website.