Monthly Archives: January 2012

Monarch Butterflies in January??!!

If it’s January then it’s once again time at my Seneca Grade School North Campus Library for me to begin reading the 2012 Monarch Nominee books to the children in Kindergarten through 3rd grades.  The 20 books chosen this year are fabulous choices and I’m sure kids will have a difficult time choosing and voting for their favorite at the end of February.  If you’re not familiar with The Monarch Award in Illinois I’ll let you know what makes it so special– the children in Illinois vote for their favorite Monarch Nominee book!  Just after a few weeks the students are already beginning to voice their opinions as to which book they believe should win!  Though I don’t get a chance to read all of them to the students they are available for the children to check out in the Library each week when their class visits the Library. Below are the books I have been reading or will be reading to the students.

Click here for a complete annotated list of all of the 2012 Monarch Nominees. I’ve also linked the titles of each book to the reviews by other readers at Goodreads.  If you’d like to visit the authors’ websites just click on their names & you’ll find a wealth of information.

 Every title is truly memorable, remarkable and special.  Enjoy these with your students, children, & grandkids! I have an absolute favorite already but of course I’m keeping it a secret!  Shhh!


Dogku by Andrew Clements

Duck! Rabbit! 

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Duck at the Door 

Duck at the Door by Jackie Urbanovic

Grace for President 

Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio

Interrupting Chicken 

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Let's Do Nothing! 

Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile

Little Mouse Gets Ready 

Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith

Memoirs of a Goldfish 

Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian

 The Mitten 

 The Mitten by Jim Aylesworth

Shark vs. Train 

Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton


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