Celebrating Youthful Curiosity and Discovery Through Books and Reading

10th Annual Awards - First Call for Entries

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 2015 or 2016 copyright or that were released since October 1, 2014 are eligible.

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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!


Winner of the Week

Your Red Shoes
Written by John Hutton; illustrated by Leah Busch
Blue Manatee Press - 2014 Medalist

"A celebration of early childhood, step by step: from first wobbly ones, to puddles, the park, and the day – so soon? – when that first, beloved pair of shoes no longer fit. Lush watercolors and rhythmic, evocative text document every proud moment, reinforcing universal themes of independence, exploration, and unconditional love. An ideal read-aloud, baby shower gift, or for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or Graduation."