2022 Monarch Award List

Check out this year's nominees!



 Peter and Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths 

 By Graham Annable

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Peter and Ernesto are best friends! Ernesto wants to travel and see the world, but Peter is too scared. What happens when Ernesto leaves Peter behind? Read to find out!




 I Am Every Good Thing

 By Derrick Barnes

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A story that focuses on the empowerment of young black boys everywhere. This book highlights what black boys can do!




 By David Biedrzycki

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An orphan kitten becomes enthralled with sumo wrestling and begins to live with a group of rikishi to keep their heya free of mice.



 The Very Impatient Caterpillar

 By Ross Burach

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A caterpillar wants to go through metamorphosis, but really does not have the patience for the process. It just wants to turn into a butterfly, right NOW!



 Hair Love

 By Matthew A. Cherry

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Zuri wants the perfect hairstyle for a big day! Can Daddy come through and help achieve the perfect look?



When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree

By Jamie L. B. Deenihan

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This story talks about how even an unexpected gift, like a lemon tree, can lead to bigger things. The message of making lemonade of lemons receives the book treatment with funny results!




 Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera

 By Candace Fleming

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Learn about the different stages of life of the honeybee in this beautifully illustrated title.



 Federico and the Wolf

 By Rebecca J. Gomez

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In this twist of the popular tale, Federico needs to bring ingredients to Abuelo at his shop, so he can make something tasty. But, he runs into a tricky wolf along the way, who is hungry for something other than pico de gallo.



 Potato Pants!

 By Laurie Keller

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Every potato in town wants their own pair of pants. They mark their calendars. They count down the days. But when the main potato of our story runs into Eggplant near the store to purchase pants, plans change.




This Way, Charlie

 By Caron Levis

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A quiet story of an unlikely friendship between a goat, Jack, and a horse, Charlie, at the Open Bud Ranch, where animals get a second chance





 Fly Bread

 By Kevin Noble Maillard

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Through fry bread, readers are invited to learn how this treat reflects the past and present in Native American culture.




 The Camping Trip

 By Jennifer K. Mann

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Ernestine has never gone camping before, and cannot pass up the chance to head out into the wilderness with her Aunt Jackie and cousin Samantha.




 Lubna and Pebble

 By Wendy Meddour

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Lubna is far from home and finds a friend in Pebble, who she meets when she arrives to the world of tents. Pebble is the only thing that gives her comfort in this strange, new world.





 The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family

 By Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali


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When the first day of school rolls around, Faizah is so excited that her sister is wearing a hijab. Even when others are cruel, Asiya wears her hijab proudly




 Between Us and Abuela: A Family Story From the Border

 By Mitali Perkins

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Juan and Maria are so excited to visit their Abuela to celebrate Las Posadas. But, she lives in Mexico and they live in the United States. How will they see her? How will she get their gifts?




 Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

 By Rob Sanders


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Learn about the LGBTQ+ rights movement through the creation of the rainbow flag.





We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

 By Traci Sorell

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This book focuses on the four seasons, and what those seasons mean to Cherokee people (and how they recognize that passage of time).



Just Ask! Be Different, Be Brave, Be You

 By Sonia Sotomayer

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In this story, children share mostly medical attributes about themselves, sometimes visible, sometimes not, which makes them different. This story embraces these differences and encourages kids to ask when they don’t understand something.




 Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuko Ando

 By Andrea Wang


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This is the true story of how instant ramen was invented!



 Mia Mayhem is a Superhero!

 By Kara West


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Mia’s world is turned upside down when she receives a special letter in the mail inviting her to attend superhero training. Turns out, she is from a family of superheroes!