Celebrating Youthful Curiosity and Discovery Through Books and Reading

THE 2021 MOONBEAM AWARDS will open on November 24th.
 Congratulations to the 2020 medalists! See results HERE.



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. We plan to open the 2021 Moonbeam Awards in mid-November 2020, and books that are published with a 2020 or 2021 copyright or that were released since October 1, 2019 will be eligible. Questions? Email Awards Director Jim Barnes, here.

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View the 2019 Winners

Congratulations to the 2019 Moonbeam Children's Book Award medalists!  >>>>

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Not Just for Kid's Books

View the Moonbeam pre-teen fiction and young adult categories  >>>>

Award Winner Spotlight


Alphabet Adventures: A Book of Verse with Parent Guide,

by Kathy Keip; illustrated by Erin Boe (Beaver’s Pond Press)

2018 Alphabet/Counting Book Bronze Medalist


Purchase here.

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 four 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!

Moonbeam Awards 2020
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