The Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Readers' Choice Award is presented annually to the author and/or illustrator of the book voted as favorite by students in Kindergarten through Grade Three in participating Illinois schools or public libraries. The Monarch Award is sponsored by the Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA).
Western Avenue School Grades Kindergarten - 3rd participate in the Illinois Monarch Award vote. The students look forward each year to hearing the stories and then voting for their favorite; then wait anxiously for votes to be counted for Western Avenue School favorite, the district favorite and the top selection for the State of Illinois.
For list of past nominees go to