"What is a bookshelf but a treasure chest to the curious mind?"

"A child who reads will be an adult who thinks." 

Opac--the online catalog.  This is the Grade's window into the very large collection of the Illinois Heartland Library System.  We have over 400 libraries, so you will most likely get your requests, though it may take a few days. 

Caldecott books exhibit some of the best in children's picture books.  Look not only for this years winners, but for past year winners and honors.  

The Monarch award is voted on by Illinois School Children in grades K - 3.  It is sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association and Mt. Zion Grade is one of the participating schools!  This list is also designed to help children choose the best of the new publications to ready, and they get to pick their favorite.  The awards are announced in March.