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Monsters Don't Read

Publication Details


Monsters Don't Read

(children's book)
by Heather Champion
illustrations & design by Chris Knudson

ISBN 978-0-9819591-1-5
paperback © 2010

40 pages (6" X 8”)
$12.00 plus $2.50 postage

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Monsters Don't Read written by Heather Champion, illustrated by Chris Knudson. (Decatur, IL.: Bronze Man Books, 2010). 40 pages, 6x8 inches, perfect bound paperback. ISBN 978-0-9819591-1-5. $12.00 plus $2.50 postage from the publisher at <> or by mail from: Bronze Man Books, Millikin University, 1184 W. Main, Decatur, IL 62522.

Monsters Don't Read was created by Heather Champion, a second grade teacher in Argenta-Oreana, Illinois. With vivid illustrations, this book promotes literacy and the courage to try new things.


In Monsters Don't Read the main character, Monster, resists learning to read with the rest of his class because, “Monsters don't read, we don't know how. I will not read, not later, not now.” He will not learn his ABC's, he will not spell C-A-T. But as the rest of his class enjoys the world of books, Monster begins to feel left out.

Originally written for a children’s literacy class with Professor Christie Ferguson at Millikin University, author Heather Champion, now a second grade teacher, knows the difficulties that some students face when learning how to read. The book is illustrated by Chris Knudson, a recent graduate of Millikin University’s prestigious graphic design program. He integrates an animation-style monster into photographs of school scenes common to elementary schools.

About the Author & Illustrator

Laura Podeschi, author of Ants in the Band RoomA native of Cerro Gordo, Ill., Heather Champion graduated from Cerro Gordo High School in 2004 and originally pursued a graphics arts degree at Millikin but discovered her true passion for teaching while at Millikin.

She switched her major to early childhood education.

She is currently a second-grade teacher at Argenta-Oreana Elementary School in Oreana, Ill., and mother to Clover.

As an educator, Champion constantly sees the struggle that some children go through when learning how to read, so "Monsters Don't Read" was born.


Events & Photos

April Poetry Night - Decatur Area Arts Council • April 18, 2011

The Decatur Area Arts Council and Bronze Man Books, a Millikin University press, are hosting  A Night of Poetry in celebration of national Poetry Month on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at the Anne Lloyd Gallery in the Madden Arts Center located in downtown Decatur. The evening will begin at 6:30pm and will continue until 9pm. Refreshments will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. Featured readerswill include Heather Champion, who will be reading her new children's book,Monsters Don't Read.

Spring Monster Fest - Lower RTUC, Millikin University • April 16, 2011

Bronze Man Books, Pi Beta Phi and the School of Education are hosting the "Spring Monster Fest." The event will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 16 in lower Richard Treat University Center. The "Spring Monster Fest" will showcase Millikin graduate, Heather Champion's children's book, Monsters Don't Read. The author will read from the book and sign copies for fans both young and old.
Along with Champion, Pi Beta Phi and the School of Education will aid in the production of the event. Activities and crafts, such as "speed reads" and monster-mask-making will go on during the hour long "Spring monster Fest." Children and parents are also invited to have pictures taken with the monster. Champion's book,Monsters Don't Read will be on sale at the event for $12. Along with Monsters Don't Read, past publications will be available for purchase.Ten percent of the profits made during the "Spring Monster Fest" will be donated to First Book, an organization that Pi Beta Phi works very closely with.

Author Convocation & Book Signing - Argenta-Oreana Elementary School • April 14, 2011

The Argenta-Oreano Elementary School is hosting a school convocation for students, grades K-4, for an afternoon author convocation. Heather Champion will be reading Monster's Don't Read, and representatives from Bronze Man Books will discuss the design and development of her book and the related publishing process.That evening there is a family reading event which will feature Heather Champion's new book, available for sale and book-signing.


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