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Book Awards

Monarch Award
The Monarch Award is the Illinois' K-3 Readers Choice Award given annually to an author and/or illustrator of a book voted as students' favorite. The name Monarch was chosen because of its familiarity to K-3 students 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. To see a list of all Monarch Award Winners since the award began in 2002, please click here.


 
2017 Monarch Award: Gaston by: Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by Christian Robinson 
 
2nd Place: This Book Just Ate My Dog written and Illustrated by Richard Byrne. 
 
3rd Place: Princess in Black by Shannon & Dean Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham.

Caldecott Medal:
The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded each year to the artist/illustrator of the best American picture book for children. An additional 2-5 books per year are awarded the Caldecott Honor. These books were the runner-ups for the Caldecott Medal. 

 
2017
 Caldecott Medal: Radiant Child: The Story of the Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

To see a list of all Caldecott Medal and Honor books since the award began in 1938, please click here



Newbery Medal
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded each year to an American author of the most outstanding book written for children that year. An additional 2-4 books per year are awarded the Newbery Honor. These books were the runner-ups for the Newbery Medal. 


2017 Newbery Medal: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill 

 To see a list of all Newbery Medal and Honor books since the award began in 1922, please click here