The Monarch Award

The Monarch Award is given annually (beginning in 2005) 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 (ISLMA) 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.

Winners | Nominees


2005 Shannon, David David Gets in Trouble.
2006 Kasza, Keiko My Lucky Day.
2007 Buehner, Caralyn Superdog: The Heart of a Hero.
2008 Van Dusen, Chris If I Built a Car.
2009 O’Malley, Kevin Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude.
2010 Watt, Mélanie Scaredy Squirrel.
2011 Thomas, Jan Rhyming Dust Bunnies.
2012 Barton, Chris Shark vs. Train.
2013 Litwin, Eric Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes.
2014 Katz, Jon Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm.

2015 Nominees

Bishop, Nic Snakes.
Cooke, Lucy A Little Book of Sloth.
Daly, Cathleen Prudence Wants a Pet.
Daywalt, Drew The Day the Crayons Quit.
Emmett, Jonathan The Princess and the Pig.
Henkes, Kevin Penny and Her Marble.
Kelly, David A. Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud That Changed Baseball.
Mack, Jeff Frog & Fly: Six Slurpy Stories.
McDonnell, Patrick Me--Jane.
Meshon, Aaron Take Me Out to the Yakyu.
Messner, Kate Over and Under the Snow.
Rappaport, Doreen Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller.
Reynolds, Aaron Creepy Carrots!
Rose, Deborah Lee Jimmy the Joey: The True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue.
Schertle, Alice Look Out, Jeremy Bean!
Sternberg, Julie Like Bug Juice on a Burger.
Tonatiuh, Duncan Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin.
Van Dusen, Chris If I Built a House.
Willems, Mo That Is Not a Good Idea!
Woodson, Jacqueline Each Kindness.