Voting for Monarch and Bluestem Awards Coming Soon!

Voting for the Monarch and Bluestem Awards will take place at the end of February/early March! The Monarch(K-3rd grades) and Bluestem Awards(3rd-5th grades) are readers’ choice awards presented by AISLE. Elementary students from across Illinois vote for their favorite book from the lists. In order to vote, children must read at least 5 books from the Monarch list or 4 books from the Bluestem list. Books are available for checkout at the Madison Library or Hinsdale Public Library.

If a student would like to read ALL of the books on their grade level list, we present the following challenges. Participants have until the end of the school year to complete their challenge. The lists are below:

  • MONARCH CHALLENGE for Kindergarten, 1st, & 2nd Grades: Read all of the Monarch Award books and your name will be displayed in your classroom. Check off each book as you complete it and return the attached sheet to the Madison Library. It can also be emailed to Mrs. Mardula (pmardula@d181.org).
  • COMBO CHALLENGE for 3rd Grade: Since 3rd graders can vote for both the Monarch and Bluestem Awards, we are offering the combo challenge! Read 10 Monarch Award books and 10 Bluestem Award books and your name will be displayed in your classroom. Check off each book as you complete it and return the attached sheet to the Madison Library. It can also be emailed to Mrs. Mardula (pmardula@d181.org)
  • BLUESTEM CHALLENGE for 4th & 5th Grades: Read all of the Bluestem Award books and your name will be displayed in your classroom. Check off each book as you complete it and return the attached sheet to the Madison Library. It can also be emailed to Mrs. Mardula (pmardula@d181.org).

Happy reading!
Ms. Egan & Mrs. Mardula