Moonbeam Children's Book Awards "Celebrating youthful curiosity,
discovery and learning
through books and reading"
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* Available Categories *
  1. Board Book/Cloth Book
  2. Alphabet/Counting Book
  3. Book Arts/Pop-up/Cut-out
  4. Activity Book 1 – Games, Arts & Crafts, etc.
  5. Activity Book 2 – Educational, Science, History
  6. Book with Music/Theatrical
  7. Picture Book - Preschool
  8. Picture Book - 4-8 Year Old
  9. Picture Book - All Ages
  10. Juvenile Fiction – Early Reader/1st Chapter books
  11. Pre-Teen Fiction – General
  12. Pre-Teen Fiction – Fantasy
  13. Pre-Teen Fiction – Mystery
  14. Pre-Teen Fiction – Historical/Cultural
  15. Pre-Teen Fiction – Mature Issues
  16. Young Adult Fiction – General
  17. Young Adult Fiction – Fantasy/Sci-Fi
  18. Young Adult Fiction – Horror/Mystery
  19. Young Adult Fiction – Historical/Cultural
  20. Young Adult Fiction – Religion/Spirituality
  21. Young Adult Fiction – Mature Issues
  22. Children’s Poetry
  23. Non-Fiction – Picture book
  24. Non-Fiction – Animals/Pets
  25. Non-Fiction – Young Adult
  26. Multicultural – Picture book
  27. Multicultural Non-Fiction – Young Adult
  28. Religion/Spirituality
  29. Holiday
  30. Book with Merchandise (plush toy, etc.)
  31. Spanish Language - Picture Book
  32. Spanish Language - Chapter Book
  33. Environmental Issues
  34. Health Issues
  35. Mind-Body-Spirit/Self-Esteem
  36. Reading Skills/Literacy
  37. Best First Book – Picture Book
  38. Best First Book – Chapter Book
  39. Best Illustrator
  40. Best Book by Youth Author (under 18)
  41. Best Book Series – Picture Book
  42. Best Book Series – Chapter Book
  43. Best Book Series – Non-Fiction

E1.  Children’s Picture Book
E2.  Picture Book – Enhanced & Apps*
E3.  Fiction – Pre-Teen
E4.  Fiction – Young Adult
E5.  Non-Fiction
E6.  Languages/Multicultural

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The 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are Open - 8th Annual Awards

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards contest is designed to honor the year's best children’s books, authors and illustrators. The program is open to authors, illustrators, and publishers of children’s books written in English or Spanish and intended for the North American market. Books released since October 1, 2012 are eligible . Early-bird entry fee starts at $75 per category.

Click here to receive 2014 Moonbeam Awards information by email.

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

Presented by Jenkins Group and, 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 43 print book and six 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!

Click here to receive 2014 Moonbeam Awards information by email.

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$75 per book, per category - until March 22, 2014

$85 per book, per category - March 23 through June 21, 2014
$95 per book, per category - June 22 through September 1, 2014


The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards So Far

OliviaThe inaugural Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards drew a total of 862 entries from authors and publishers in 45 U.S. states, 6 Canadian provinces, and 7 countries overseas. An awards presentation was held in conjunction with the 2007 Children's Humanities Festival in Chicago.

The 2nd annual Moonbeam Awards attracted over 1,000 entries, and the awards ceremony was held in Denver, Colorado, during the American Library Association mid-winter conference. Our 3rd annual awards presentation event took place as part of the West Virginia Book Festival in Charleston, West Virginia.

The fourth Moonbeam Awards were celebrated as part of our Traverse City Children’s Book Festival, launched in 2010 to bring a new literary event to our hometown of Traverse City, Michigan. We have held each Moonbeam Awards ceremony here in the evening after the festival, with many of our award winners attending and displaying their books and meeting the public during the day. Visit the Moonbeam Award Winners page for past results and photos of the events.

All of these contests and book festivals have proved that the cause of promoting childhood literacy knows no boundaries. Our award winners come not only from long-established publishers and university presses, but from small presses, foundations, museums, and self-published entrepreneurs. Creating books that inspire our children to read, to learn, and to dream is an extremely important task, and these awards were conceived to reward those efforts.


Online Entry Form


2008 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Program (PDF; link opens new window)2009 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Program (PDF; link opens new window)2010 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Program (PDF; link opens new window)

2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Program (PDF; link opens new window)2012 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Program (PDF; link opens new window)2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Program (PDF; link opens new window)