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11th Annual Awards - Closed for judging.

The 2017 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards is now closed for judging. Best of luck to the entrants! 

Results will be announced on about October 4th. 

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and are dedicated to supporting childhood literacy and life-long reading. The contest is open to authors, illustrators, and publishers of children’s books written in English or Spanish for the North American market. Books that are published with a 2016 or 2017 copyright or that were released since October 1, 2015 are eligible.

The 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards results have been announced - congratulations to the medalists! View the results here

The 2016 Moonbeam Awards Ceremony was held on November 12th at the Park Place in Traverse City, Michigan. To view pictures of the ceremony, click here. 

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View the 2016 Winners

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Winner of the Week

By the Sword
By Selene Castrovilla; illustrated by Bill Farnsworth
Boyds Mill Press - 2008 Medalist

Young schoolteacher Benjamin Tallmadge--with his trusty horse Highlander--enlist in George Washington's army to partake in the Battle of Long Island during the American Revolution. Tallmadge, spurred by the cry for freedom at Lexington and Concord, sacrifices his career and his dreams to join Washington's army. Tallmadge and Highlander face fiery combat at the Battle of Long Island in August 1775. The young man grapples with the realities of being a soldier—the blasts of cannons, the smell of gunpowder, the relentlessness of the enemy. Will the battered Americans escape from Brooklyn unhurt? Selene Castrovilla has woven Benjamin Tallmadge's own account, along with details from primary-source documents and extensive research, into this thrilling narrative of one of American history's most harrowing moments.

 


About the Awards

Illustration by 'Best Illustrator' Award-WinnerBecky Kelly and the book, Heavenly Skies & Lullabies www.beckykelly.com
Illustration by 2007 'Best Illustrator' Award-Winner Becky Kelly from the book, Heavenly Skies & Lullabies  www.beckykelly.com

Presented by Jenkins Group and IndependentPublisher.com, the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are designed to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. Awards are given in 42 print book and five e-book categories covering the full range of subjects, styles and age groups that children’s books are written and published in today.

As our society has gotten more complex and growing up has become more complicated, children’s book authors and publishers have risen to the occasion, creating books that not only celebrate the joys of childhood, but also help kids and families deal with its challenges. The Moonbeam Awards will recognize and reward the best of these books and bring them to the attention of booksellers, librarians, parents and children.

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are presented by publishing services company Jenkins Group, Inc. of Traverse City, Michigan. Jenkins Group has been involved in book packaging, marketing and distribution since 1988, and many of its founders and employees now have children and grandchildren who strongly influence the company culture with their youthful exuberance and love of books.

Writing and publishing books that teach and inspire our children is an extremely important task, and these awards are conducted in appreciation of those efforts. Thank you and best of luck in the Moonbeam Awards!