Two months ago I started my quest to read all 20 of the Monarch Books. The Monarch Award is a children's choice award here in Illinois for readers in grades K-3. So it's mostly picture books and some beginning chapter books. Which means I have no excuse for taking so long to read them.
For the full 2014 Monarch Award List, click here.
For Parts One and Two of this round-up, click here and here.
Now for part three!
My review: This quirky take on "like father like son" will leave readers laughing.
My review: This is a sweet tale with a folklore twist and will be great for classroom read-a-louds and reenactment.
My review: While this will make a great jumping off point for an art project, there is just not enough story to carry this to the winner's circle.
My review: This is the type of multicultural lesson book that teachers and librarians adore, and while children will like it, it's not memorable or funny enough for the win.
My review: A great book to show that history is not just dry facts, complete with vibrant illustrations and factual footnotes. It's bright, fun, and true. It has a chance.
Only five more Monarchs to go! But one of those is still checked out so I am patiently waiting for my hold to come in. (It's like waiting for my prince to come, but without so much singing) With any luck, I'll be back with the final five and my top picks next week. Then it's a long wait until March 2014 to hear the winners.