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.
2018 Monarch Award: Same and Dave Dig a Hole by: Mac Barnett illustrated by Jon Klassen
2nd Place: Red: A Crayon's Story written and illustrated by Michael Hall
3rd Place: Moldylocks and the Three Beards written and illustrated by Noah Z. Jones
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.
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.