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2016 Moonbeam Results: Categories 17-34

17. Young Adult Fiction – Fantasy / Sci-Fi

GOLD: The 13th Continuum

By Jennifer Brody (Turner Publishing Company)

One thousand years after a cataclysmic event leaves humanity on the brink of extinction, the descendants of the chosen survivors take refuge in thirteen contingency shelters buried deep underground, at the bottom of the ocean, and in the far reaches of outer space. In the underwater 13th Continuum, sixteen-year-old Myra Jackson has heard rumors and whisperings all her life of a magical place called "The Surface” where people could breathe fresh air, feel the warmth of something called sunlight on their skin, and see things known as stars and trees and mountains. Myra has never dared to ask whether the stories are true, since the act of speaking such words aloud is an offense punishable by death. But after she discovers that the air supply aboard her underwater colony is running out, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to find this mysterious place.

ISBN: 9781681622545 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: Gatekeeper

By Natasha Deen (Great Plains Teen Fiction)

A month after solving her first murder (and almost getting killed in the process), Maggie Johnson and her soul brother serge Popov are hoping for some peace an quiet to figure out… well, everything. But the dead wait for no one. Especially a dead guy like Kent Meagher. He was every parent's dream, the kind of good kid who excelled at school and never caused trouble. And he was the kind of guy all the guys liked. Add in a hot factor that made him every girl's fantasy, and he was the least likely person to be murdered. So who tossed him off a cliff? Maggie's determined to find the killer, but if she's not careful, she'll end up just like the soul she's trying to save.

ISBN: 9781927855393 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: The Red City

By Mark A. Hadley (Wesbrook Bay Books)

Caspa lives in a vast empty metropolis on the edge of nowhere called Vennolandua, alone except for silent Shadows who look after him. After a mysterious fugitive washes ashore, Caspa's world changes forever. Is this stranger the friend he's been longing for or a threat to his much loved city? Why does he seem to know more about Vennolandua than Caspa does? And who are the "others" he is so afraid of? When darker Shadows come to hunt this castaway Caspa must solve the mystery of his birth or risk being torn away from his home forever.

ISBN: 9781928112242 / MORE DETAILS


18. Young Adult Fiction – Horror / Mystery

GOLD: The Girl Who Ignored Ghosts

By K.C. Tansley (Beckett Publishing Group)

Kat Preston doesn’t believe in ghosts. Not because she’s never seen one, but because she saw one too many. Refusing to believe is the only way to protect herself from the ghost that tried to steal her life. Kat’s disbelief keeps her safe until her junior year at McTernan Academy, when a research project for an eccentric teacher takes her to a tiny, private island off the coast of Connecticut. The site of a grisly mystery, the Isle of Acacia is no place for a girl who ignores ghosts, but the ghosts leave Kat little choice. Accompanied by her research partner, Evan Kingsley, she investigates the disappearance of Cassie Mallory and Sebastian Radcliffe on their wedding night in 1886. Evan’s scientific approach to everything leaves Kat on her own to confront a host of unbelievables: ancestral curses, powerful spells, and her strange connection to the ghosts that haunt Castle Creighton. 

ISBN: 9781943024001 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: Bloodcraft

By Amalie Howard (RAH Media LLC)

All magic has its price, and no one knows that better than Victoria Warrick. Gifted with a centuries-old blood curse, Tori has finally learned to master her blood’s demands and has emerged triumphant with Christian Devereux, a vampire overlord, at her side. But the worst is yet to come … In the infamous City of Lights, home to both the Witch Clans and the Vampire Council, Tori enrolls at the exclusive Belles Fontaines school in Paris, where she is faced with a devastating choice: choose Christian and be an outcast, or choose the coven and secure her place with the witches.

ISBN: 9780996958400 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: Unreal City

By A.R. Meyering (Innisfree Press)

Sarah Wilkes is desperate enough to do anything, even make a deal with the devil—or in her case, a familiar spirit. After her twin Lea is murdered, Sarah finds college life impossible and longs to escape. Everything changes when Sarah realizes a familiar spirit is stalking her and offers to transport her to the terrifying and fantastical realm of Unreal City. The payment for admission? A taste of her blood. Unable to resist, Sarah is drawn into an alternate reality that is a dream come true...at first. 

ISBN: 9780692313688 / MORE DETAILS

19. Young Adult Fiction – Historical / Cultural

GOLD: Convictions

By Judith Silverthorne (Coteau Books)

It’s 1842. 14-year-old Jennie Lawrence has been found guilty of stealing, and finds herself aboard one of the few women-only convict ships destined for Australia... The only way for the women to survive the boat ride is if they band together. And so, with the help of her new “family” - Sarah, Bridget, and Alice - and other convicts, Jennie battles the jailers, the ship, and the sea. But will it be enough to set them free?

ISBN: 9781550506525 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: Madder Carmine

By Tyler Enfield (Enfield & Wizenty)

After three years in the Mexican War, color-blind Dannon Lereaux sets out across the mountains in search of "love, red, and a new class of salvation," expecting to find all three in a girl called Madder Carmine. Set in the year 1849, amidst a vividly reconceived Appalachia, young Dannon has returned from the war only to discover home was finer when remembered from afar. Disenchanted and confused he puts all hope of deliverance in a girl he once met, and embarks on an epic journey to find her. But hard on his trail is Will Lawson, the vengeful owner of the slave Dannon stole...

ISBN: 9781927855300 / MORE DETAILS



By Barbara J. Rebbeck (Neverland Publishing Company)

Essence LaFontaine and Grace Woodson don't know each other, but soon Hurricane Katrina will blow into their lives, forcing them together into a different kind of storm a storm swirling with the winds of bigotry and prejudice. Can the girls find their way to the light behind the clouds?

ISBN: 9780990314868 / MORE DETAILS

20. Young Adult Fiction – Religion / Spirituality

GOLD: A Time to Speak

By Nadine Brandes (Enclave Publishing, an imprint of Gilead Publishing)

Parvin Blackwater wanted to die, but now she's being called to be a leader. The only problem is, no one wants to follow. The Council uses Jude's Clock-matching invention to force "new-and-improved" Clocks on the public. Those who can't afford one are packed into boxcars like cattle and used for the Council's purposes. Parvin and Hawke find themselves on a cargo ship of Radicals headed out to sea. What will the Council do to them? And why are people suddenly dying before their Clocks have zeroed-out?

ISBN: 9781621840558 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: The Land of Beyond Belief

By Mark Cramer and Kathryn Dahlstrom (Pigtale Publishing)

When wicked foster parents force an orphaned boy to steal a serpent's treasure, his only hope lies in the fantastical world of Beyond Belief. More about the story - Ten-year-old orphan Thomas Meek meets the adoptive parents his heart yearns for only to have them lose their claim on him before he can climb into their car. The usurpers are a strange couple indeed--Mr. & Mrs. Conniption, a sneering pair of connivers who force him into hard labor at their ramshackle house. Thomas despairs until he meets Birdie, a strangely powerful girl who unlocks the mystery of the books his father left him and brings him to the wondrous land of Beyond Belief, where qualities of the heart are worth more than gold...

ISBN: 9781888284010 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: Out of the Darkness and Into the Light

By Vanessa Matheny (Grey Wolfe Publishing)

After the swarms of genetically modified organisms (an insect bio-warfare locust) devastate the whole United States, leaving millions dead and a government that’s completely shut down, a wicked dignitary arises. With the intent to monopolize what’s left of the United States, Damion Callaway rules with an iron fist, oppressing the people as he is in search of the legendary blood diamonds. Meanwhile, God puts his own plans into motion by sending, Abigail Bendarras, a modern day Moses, to rescue the small town of Chesterville...

ISBN: 9781628280722 / MORE DETAILS

21. Young Adult Fiction – Mature Issues

GOLD: The Masterpiecers

By Olivia Wildenstein (Self-Published)

Nineteen-year-old Ivy Redd’s talent with a needle and thread has earned her a spot on a coveted reality TV art competition set in New York’s Metropolitan Museum. The prize: a significant amount of money and instant acceptance into the Masterpiecers, the school that ensures new artists fame and fortune. Her talent has also thrust her and her twin sister, Aster, into the spotlight. Not that Aster needed help with becoming a media favorite. She managed that on her own by running over a wanted mobster. She told the police it was self-defense, because she couldn’t tell them the truth—the truth would make her sister look bad.

ISBN: 9780997334302 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: Keep Her

By Leora Krygier (She Writes Press)

Destiny doesn’t factor into seventeen-year-old adoptee Maddie’s rational world, where numbers and scientific probability have always proven to be the only things she can count on as safe and reliable. Still, Maddie is also an artist who draws on instinct and intuition to create the collages she makes from photographs and the castoff scraps she saves. But when her brother falls in with a Los Angeles street gang, Maddie loses her ability to create art. Then fate deals Maddie a card she can’t ignore: Aiden, a young filmmaker she meets when a water main bursts inside a camera store. Aiden is haunted by the death of his younger brother, and a life-changing decision he must now make―whether or not to keep his baby daughter. Caught in a whirlpool of love and loss, Maddie and Aiden find that art and numbers, a mission to save endangered whales, and a worn-out copy of Moby Dick all collide to heal and save them both.

ISBN: 9781631521430 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE (tie): My Ladybird Story

By Magus Tor (Self-Published)

John Bird has never fit in. He can’t be the all American boy his dad wants him to be, he’s bullied at school and he can’t bear to look at himself in the mirror. While most boys his age are playing sports and kissing girls, John can only find comfort in the secret he keeps hidden away in a box in his room… When feisty Aureus crashes into his life, John starts the long process of realizing that it’s what is inside us that counts and that true friends love us, no matter what our secrets are. It’s time John learns to embrace the school taunt, “Ladybird” and grow into the person he is meant to be.

ISBN:  9781517309633 / MORE DETAILS


Tupelo Honey

By Lis Anna-Langston (Mapleton Press)

A humorous, unconventional family yarn about a young girl navigating a hardscrabble upbringing in northern Mississippi. Meet Tupelo Honey. She divinely lays out the framework and quirky intricacies of growing up in a house only “slightly better than an orphanage,” her days spent chattering with imaginary friend Moochi, and navigating sleepovers at her pious, curmudgeonly grandmother Marmalade and mentally unstable Uncle Randall’s ramshackle house. Things change when her mother, a callous, irresponsible junkie, brings home Nash, a paranoid local drug dealer whom Tupelo surprisingly bonds with during treacherous expeditions to New York and Mexico. Through bong smoke-filled hallways at home, the pageantry of kiddie beauty contests, Sunday School, and spying on Nash burying his stockpiles of drug money in the backyard, Tupelo somehow survives. 

ISBN: 9781535458504 / MORE DETAILS

22. Children’s Poetry

GOLD: Could You Hug a Cactus?

By Phillip Van Wagoner; illustrated by Spencer Smith (Scribble Fiction)

From the title poem throughout the book, adults and children alike are challenged to ask themselves what they're capable of. Confronted with lovingly imperfect characters, surprising and hilarious twists, and an emotional complexity too often missing in the world of children's literature,Could You Hug a Cactus? reminds parents of their favorite books growing up and offers a new classic for kids to fall in love with.

ISBN: 9781943568000 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: When the Sun Shines on Antarctica: And Other Poems about the Frozen Continent

By Irene Latham; illustrated by Anna Wadham (Millbrook Press)

Experience summer like you've never experienced it before by traveling to Antarctica with evocative poetry. The sun rises, ice melts, grass grows, seals squabble, whales sing, and young penguins slide, glide, and belly flop. Whimsical illustrations and additional facts accompany each poem to provide further details about the animals and the environment at the bottom of the world.

ISBN: 9781467752169 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: Animalia: Portraits in Poetry & Pencil

By Erin Graffy & Tom Mielko (Kieran Publishing)

Animalia is an engaging collection of animal portraits -- in pencil and poem. The exquisite graphite renderings of artist Tom Mielko capture both the textural detail and the character of each animal. These drawings are wonderfully balanced with the extraordinary witty verse of poet Erin Graffy. Each page feels serendipitous and will take you on a remarkable animal adventure that is a delight to see and read.

ISBN: 9780963501882 / MORE DETAILS

23. Non-Fiction – Picture Book

GOLD: The Invisible You

By Alan and Kamie Page; illustrated by David Geister (Page Education Foundation)

Co-authored by Justice Alan Page and Kamie Page, a second grade teacher, and illustrated by Minneapolis artist David Geister, The Invisible You focuses on a young boy, Howard, and a hard first day at a new school in a new neighborhood. The Invisible You is a simple, yet important concept, delivered in a story that s easy for all children to understand... and adults too. The Invisible You is what makes you, you. It s who you are deep down, not the color of your skin or where you come from. It is your passions, your achievements, your dreams.

ISBN: 9780692315248 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: Sing Freedom! A Country Wins its Freedom Through Song

By Vanita Oelschlager; illustrated by Mike DeSantis (VanitaBooks, LLC)

Sing Freedom! captures the essence of this successful nonviolent revolution in a format highly accessible to children. The conflict that eventually won the Estonians their freedom could have had a very violent outcome. This story tells the history of the oppression of the Estonian people and how they gained their freedom through non-violent means.

ISBN: 9781938164118 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: The Gandy Dancers -- and Work Songs from the American Railroad

By Vanita Oelschlager; illustrated by Mike Blanc (VanitaBooks, LLC)

The early Railroads became a sign of hope to American people. The work was dangerous. They were a close group who supported each other...men of great honor. By 1910 the railroads employed 1,699,420 Americans. They were conductors, brakemen, firemen, engineers, porters, telegraphers, switchmen and section gangs. Some of the hardest workers were the section gangs. One group called Gandy Dancers, sang songs that helped keep them working together to straighten the tracks. 

ISBN: 9781938164071 / MORE DETAILS

24. Non-Fiction – Chapter Book

GOLD: Sterling North and the Story of Rascal

By Sheila Terman Cohen (Wisconsin Historical Society Press)

This Badger Bio shares the story of author Sterling North – his adventures and misadventures as a young boy growing up in Edgerton, Wisconsin. Young readers will learn how North’s early experience in Wisconsin influenced him in writing some of his best loved children’s books – such as Rascal and So Dear To My Heart. 

ISBN: 9780870207358 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: Jockey Hollow: Where a Forgotten Army Persevered to Win America’s Freedom

By Rosalie Lauerman (Self-Published)

Freezing, starving, half-naked troops persevere while the war's outcome becomes increasingly more precarious. If they give up now, all hope for their country's independence will be lost. Pushed to the brink of mutiny, how will these neglected men overcome all odds and win America's freedom? This book looks at Jockey Hollow, its impact on the soldiers, and ultimately its impact on the second half of the American Revolution.

ISBN: 9780692507834 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: Luella Agnes Owen: Going Where No Lady Had Gone Before

By Billie Holladay Skelley; illustrated by Rachel Bowman (Goldminds Publishing)

Travel back to the late 1800s to learn more about the true adventures of Luella Agnes Owen—a female pioneer in the study of caves. Luella had to overcome many obstacles to reach her goal of becoming a scientist, but she succeeded. She became one of the world’s leading authorities on caves at a time when such a career was unusual for a woman.

ISBN: 9781942905448 / MORE DETAILS

25. Animals / Pets

GOLD: Wild Ones: Observing City Critters

By Carol L. Malnor; illustrated by Cathy Morrison (Dawn Publications)

Wild ones are moving into the city! Follow the adorable, curious dog Scooter as he travels through an urban landscape, seeing many wild animals and not seeing even more. Cathy’s charming illustrations draw upon real-life city scenes from across the United States.

ISBN: 9781584695547 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: Benjamin Birdie's First Flight

By Michael Dotsikas; illustrated by Morgan Spicer (Porch Time Publishing)

A little bird with a BIG dream -- anxious to fly and be free. Against his Mama's warnings that he's "NOT yet ready to fly," Benjamin Birdie takes a leap of faith and suddenly finds himself free-falling. What is Benjamin Birdie to do? Spread your wings and embark with Benjamin Birdie on an extraordinary journey of discovery, determination and teamwork as he strives to get back to his nest. What will happen along the way? ... Who will he meet? ... What lessons will be learned?

ISBN: 9780996145008 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: Too Big To Lose

By Leslie Berling Duval; illustrated by Ruth Todd Evans (Self-Published)

Too Big To Lose is the true story of a young girl's friendship with a Galapagos tortoise named Sam.

ISBN: 9780990908708 / MORE DETAILS

26. Multicultural Non-Fiction – Picture Book

GOLD: The Barefoot Book of Children

By Tessa Strickland and Kate DePalma; illustrated by David Dean (Barefoot Books)

Empower tomorrow's global citizens to grasp today's critical social issues with The Barefoot Book of Children. Hand-painted illustrations and straightforward text directly engage the reader, inviting children to ask themselves: How do other children live? How are we different? And most importantly: How are we alike? The Barefoot Book of Children is a playful, powerful and thought-provoking celebration of both the big ideas and the everyday moments that reveal our common humanity and tie us all together. 

ISBN: 9781782852964 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: The Cambodian Dancer

By Daryn Reicherter; illustrated by Christy Hale (Tuttle Publishing)

In clear but simple language and vivid illustrations, this Cambodian children's story communicates a sense of the joy, sadness, injustice and triumph that lives on in young Cambodian Americans. It shows that it is possible to overcome great hardship, and that a single decision can do much to heal one's self and others. The Cambodian Dancer is the true story of a Cambodian refugee—a dancer and teacher—who built a life in the US after fleeing the Khmer Rouge. She became a counselor to other Cambodian refugees and created a school of dance for children. Her gift of hope was to teach children in the Cambodian community the traditional dances of Cambodia so that young people growing up far away from the land of their ancestors would know about their culture.

ISBN: 9780804845168 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: What Was it Like, Mr. Emperor? Life in China’s Forbidden City

By Chiu Kwong-chiu and Eileen Ng (China Institute)

Through fun and engaging stories reader will journey through the average life of an emperor and learn about the people who lived in the palace, including the prince who fought off a rebel invasion, the palace maids who lived in the Inner Court, the emperor who ruled twice, and the emperor who loved crickets. This book can be enjoyed by children and adults alike, with lively illustrations that encourage reader interaction.

ISBN: 9780989377669 / MORE DETAILS

27. Multicultural Non-Fiction – Chapter Book

GOLD: Green Card Youth Voices: Immigration Stories from a Minneapolis High School

By various authors; edited by Green Card Voices (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

This book is a unique collection of thirty personal essays written by students from all-immigrant, Wellstone International High School. Coming from thirteen different countries, these youth share stories of family, school, change, and dreams. The broad range of experiences and the honesty with which these young people tell their stories is captured here with inspiring clarity. Their reasons for immigrating are vast, but a common thread unites them; despite tremendous tribulation, these young people continue to work toward the futures of which they dream. 

ISBN: 9780997496000 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: A Boy Named 68818

By Israel (Srulek) Starck as told to Miriam (Starck) Miller (I Starck)

Fourteen-year old Srulek Storch could have perished the day he arrived at the Auschwitz concentration camp. But he did not. He survived that day . . . and then the next. And through the sheer strength of his faith and headstrong will he continued to survive while giving hope to himself . . . and his fellow prisoners. A Boy Named 68818 is the gripping true-life account of spiritual resistance and survival under horrific circumstances.

ISBN: 9781680250190 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: Water Walkers

By Carol Trembath; illustrated by David W. Craig (Lakeside Publishing MI)

Water Walkers is the story of a Native Ojibway girl named Mai. Her family members are walking around Lake Superior to raise awareness about the harm being done to the Great Lakes. At first, Mai is told she is too little to go, but grandmother says, “Even little people can do big things.” As Mai walks along the lakeside, she tries to find ways she can help. Will the secret messages from the animals she sees on her journey show her how to help Mother Earth? How can Mai prove that she can become a good water walker? 

ISBN: 9780990744603 / MORE DETAILS

28. Religion / Spirituality

GOLD: Dear Pope Francis

By Pope Francis (Loyola Press)

Small children have BIG questions. Some are fun. Some are serious. And some will quietly break your heart. In Dear Pope Francis, the Pope’s first book for children, he personally responds to 30 questions from children all over the world. With his optimistic heart, Pope Francis writes with an honesty that will impact every reader long after the final page is turned. Illuminating and inspiring, Dear Pope Francis is a lasting book with a universal message for children and adults.

ISBN: 9780829444339 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: December’s Gift

By Ashley Smith-Santos and Stasie Bitton (Self-Published)

Join Clara and her two grandmothers, Bubbe and Grammy, in their warm kitchens during the December holidays.  Clara's experiences in December's Gift are very specific to her family: frying latkes with Bubbe and baking cookies with Grammy.  Hot oil and sugary stars tell two stories of different miracles as the two grandmothers recount holiday memories and cooking traditions.  Clara comes to realize how she is being given December's gift and will give both traditions to her own family someday.  Clara's experiences of both cultures are rich and inviting, offering children the opportunity to see themselves reflected in her world.

ISBN: 9780996478304 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE (tie): My Superhero Grandpa

By Michele McAvoy; illustrated by Mike Motz (The Little Press)

A beautiful story of a boy and his beloved grandpa, who watches over him with super powers, even though grandpa is in Heaven. This sweet, sentimental story will help little one's understand and cope with the loss of a grandparent. My Superhero Grandpa is cheerfully illustrated and uplifting.

ISBN: 9780692628775 / MORE DETAILS


Butterfly Visits

By Rebecca Reeves Sangueza; illustrated by Holly Donelson (Mothers House Publishing)

A sweet and touching story infused with hope for children and adults who must deal with the reality of the death of a loved one. Butterfly Visits conveys a sense of peace regarding the loss, and tremendous comfort in the simple act in nature of a butterfly visit. Watercolor illustrations by Holly Donelson replicate the immense grace of nature, the gracious innocence of children, and the fleeting beauty of butterflies.

ISBN: 9781537355726 / MORE DETAILS

29. Holiday

GOLD: The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition

By Chris Barton; illustrated by Cathy Gendron (Millbrook Press)

Every December, The Nutcracker comes to life in theaters all across the United States. But how did this 19th-century Russian ballet become such a big part of the holidays in 21st-century America? Meet William, Harold, and Lew Christensen, three small-town Utah boys who caught the ballet bug in the early 1900s. They performed on vaudeville and took part in the New York City dance scene. Russian immigrants shared the story of The Nutcracker with them, and during World War II, they staged their own Christmastime production in San Francisco. It was America's first full-length version and the beginning of a delightful holiday tradition.

ISBN: 9781467721516 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: The Greatest Gift: The Wise Ones’ Journey

By Tom Roberts; illustrated by Jim Brummond (TnT Publishing)


BRONZE: Santa’s Christmas Train

By Helen Foster James; illustrated by Bill Bolton (Ideals Children’s Books)

All aboard! Santa's Christmas train is coming to town, and children are welcomed aboard for a grand adventure to the North Pole. The lucky travelers get to see the sights along the way, the North Pole workshops, and, finally, Mrs. and Santa Claus themselves. After a photo with Santa and a special gift, the children climb back aboard the train to return home. Children will love to imagine themselves along on the journey. And the lively, humor-filled illustrations and lighthearted text will charm readers young and young at heart.

ISBN: 9780824956738 / MORE DETAILS

30. Book with Merchandise (plush toy, etc.)

GOLD: The Tooth Fairy Kit -- Tooth Pillow, Tooth Journal and book: Lunette, the True Story of the Tooth Fairy

By Robin Cruise; illustrated by Valeria Docampo (Compendium)

A loose tooth is a magical time! There are lots of questions and lots of things to look forward to—especially a visit from the Tooth Fairy. This kit contains everything you need to celebrate these special moments and start a new, favorite family tradition. In addition to a beautifully illustrated book that tells the true story of the Tooth Fairy, this kit includes a star pillow with a small pocket for holding teeth and treasures, and a keepsake journal to record and remember the adventure of each lost tooth.

ISBN: 9781938298899 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: Champion Monsters (book with plush monster)

By Lindsey Womack; illustrated by Donald Wu (Champion Monster Projects)

The Champion Monsters book and stuffed monsters are a must have for every child!  They provide additional support to children and help them conquer any fear or trying situation.  This packaged is designed to be a helpful tool in comforting children whether they are afraid of the dark, have to go to the hospital or doctor, are missing a parent or loved one, or any other difficulty.

ISBN: 9780996233903 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: The Miracle Mitzvah Moose (book with plush moose)

By Dawn Wynne; illustrated by Gloria Piňeiro (Dawning Press)

A young girl named Abbey feels sad and lonely after moving to a new home. On the first night of Hanukkah, she spots a moose outside her window which seems intrigued with the lonesome child. When an antler of the moose's rack becomes illuminated by the light of the moon, Abbey feels a connection and she looks for the animal nightly. As the moose appears and the meaning of Hanukkah is understood, Abbey believes in the possibility of her new life.

ISBN: 9780991614417 / MORE DETAILS

31. Spanish Language Book

GOLD: Doley the Guatemalan Street Dog: la Caravana de Colores

By Jill Brazier; illustrated by Marcio Díaz (Artworkz Press)

Doley invites you to explore the world around her through the sense of sight. Join her for a new adventure when the Caravan of Colors comes to town! Author, Jill Brazier, honors the beautiful land of Guatemala, and her special friendship with Doley, in this second in her series of bilingual picture books for children, based on the five senses. Doley the Guatemalan Street Dog: The Caravan of Colors is directly inspired by the author’s real life experience living in a bamboo treehouse above Lake Atitlán, in the small village of San Marcos, La Laguna. At the age of twenty, Jill met Doley, a starving little street dog. She nurtured Doley back to health and they spent the next fourteen years together as best friends and travel companions.

ISBN: 9780692577561 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: Los Vestidos de Mamá

By Mónica Carretero (Cuento de Luz)

Mom’s Dresses is a celebration of the love between mother and daughter. The beautiful and unique dresses that this mother wears inspire her daughter to imagine wonderful adventures and evoke a current of emotions that mother and daughter ride through together. It includes a a model and variety of dresses to be cut out as well as a write-in spread.

ISBN: 9788416147700 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: Monster Slayer (Exterminadora de montruos)

By Gladys Elizabeth Barbieri; illustrated by Lina Safar (Big Tent Books)

Spirited Gladys Elizabeth has a big problem: her pesky little sister. But when the monsters come out at night and interrupt her sleep, she realizes she is not up for the challenge. An unlikely ally shows up just in time, and Gladys Elizabeth learns a valuable lesson about the meaning of family.

ISBN: 9781601312075 / MORE DETAILS

32. Environmental Issues

GOLD (tie): Chatter in the Caldera: Monkeys of Bioko Island

By Heidi Rader; illustrated by Holly Smith (Wildlife Conservation Publishers)

The forests of Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea have become strangely quiet. For weeks there has been no monkey chatter. Follow forest guard Cirillo and his father as they guide the expedition team on an adventure into the Gran Caldera Scientific Reserve to unravel the mystery of why the monkeys of Bioko Island have disappeared and to save them before it is too late.

ISBN: 9780983431046 / MORE DETAILS


Wakanda Whooper: The Curious Cinnamon Crane

By Sandia Kosmo; illustrated by Lisa Kosmo (Beaver’s Pond Press)

Here is a magnificently illustrated story of one whooping crane, Wakanda, who, through her curiosity and questions to her parents, shares the story of an incredible species being saved by caring biologists. This delightful, educational children's chapter book takes place in central Wisconsin's Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, the starting place of the new eastern flyway to southern wildlife refuges in Florida. Whooping cranes, the tallest birds in North America, came so near extinction that Wakanda Whooper offers an incredible story of survival. With seventeen cranes left in the wild by the 1940s, humans finally came to their rescue in 2001 at the eleventh hour. The effort continues to this day.

ISBN: 9781592987139 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: Pocketmouse at Crystal Cove

By Marian Parks; illustrated by Melinda Beavers (Nature Tale Books, Inc)

Pocketmouse is friendly, spunky, and absolutely determined to learn why he's the only Pacific pocket mouse living at Crystal Cove. He asks lots of questions. He snoops and explores. Then he encounters more trouble than he's prepared for! A delightful read-­aloud for parents and teachers who value early environmental awareness, and a must-read for anyone who wants to nose around and explore California's coastal wonders.

ISBN: 9781943172009 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: Beavers Away!

Written and illustrated by Jennifer Lovett (Beaver’s Pond Press)

Beavers Away! tells the true story of a game warden named Elmo Heter, who solved a complicated problem in a very novel way. He devised a method to safely reintroduce beavers into a remote wilderness--by parachuting them from the sky! The relocated beavers were able to quickly restore the eroded and barren landscape and create lush habitat that provided food and shelter for many other types of animals. This remarkable story of Elmo and a beaver named Geronimo is significant today as we confront the effects of climate change and try to protect and conserve wetlands and the wildlife that depend on them.

ISBN: 9781592986798 / MORE DETAILS

33. Health Issues

GOLD: Below Your Belt: How to be Queen of Your Pelvic Region

By Missy Lavender and Jeni Donatelli Ihm; illustrated by Jan Dolby (Women’s Health Foundation)

More than a book about first periods and changing bodies, Below Your Belt is a pelvic health handbook to teach women and girls about the WHOLE picture – about the other things going on "down there" in addition to menstruation. BYB helps girls be strong from the inside out, as they participate in sports; establish habits surrounding bathroom behaviors, hygiene, and nutrition; and head into young adulthood and beyond with a new understanding and connection to their pelvic region.

ISBN: 9780996535809 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: Squash Boom Beet: An Alphabet for Healthy, Adventurous Eaters

By Lisa Maxbauer Price (Blue Bay Books)

Tasting new vegetables can be an exciting adventure, especially when trying foods like dragon tongue beans, dinosaur kale, fairy tale eggplant and candy cane beets. Journey from A to Z in this award-winning book and enjoy beautiful photography of exciting farm foods-everything from awesome Asparagus to green tiger Zucchini! This is the book parents have been waiting for. Kids will want to be brave eaters if it means trying these fun veggies.

ISBN: 9780996853002 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: Autism and You

By Lauren Gerber, PSY.D; illustrated by Norm Bendell (Brown Books Kids)

From psychologist Dr. Lauren Gerber comes Autism and You, the first in the new Dr. Lauren Library series. Illustrated by Norm Bendell, this unique introduction to autism includes educational material for both kids and adults. In the book's first part, young readers meet Billy, a boy with autism, as he shares his experiences, feelings, and plans for the future. The second part features a comprehensive collection of resources for parents, teachers, and other adults. Throughout, Dr. Lauren's message is the same: understanding and acceptance for all, no matter their differences.

ISBN: 9781612542232 / MORE DETAILS

34. Mind-Body-Spirit / Self-Esteem

GOLD: The Wisdom of Merlin

By T.A.Barron (Thomas A Barron)

Based on an address he gave to students at the University of Oxford in 2013, T.A. Barron, author of the New York Times bestselling Merlin Saga, channels the wizard Merlin and offers advice on how to live a meaningful life.  Divided into sections, each revolving around a magical word, this book poetically explores the concepts of Gratitude, Courage, Knowledge, Belief, Wonder, Generosity, Hope, and Love.  A gem of inspiration, this is the perfect graduation gift, sure to encourage readers of all ages to live life to the fullest.

ISBN: 9780399173257 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER (tie): Don’t Put Yourself Down in Circus Town: A Story about Self-Confidence

By Frank J. Sileo; illustrated by Sue Cornelison (Magination Press)

In Don't Put Yourself Down in Circus Town, children will hear how Ringmaster Rick fosters confidence in Lion Tamer Larry, Polka Dot Patti, Juan, and Juanita by discouraging negative self-talk and put-down statements, by encouraging them to be persistent and ask for help, and by focusing their effort, not results. With practice and time, they learn to bounce-back from mistakes and mishaps and feel more confident!

ISBN: 9781433819131 / MORE DETAILS


10 Secrets of Being a Lady

By Sheba Matheu; illustrated by Meredith Rushing (By Sheba)

The 10 Secrets of Being a Lady is children's book for all ages reminding women of their roles in society, which start in the home. The story was expressly created to encourage dialogue and impart wisdom through family generations. Opening the cover of this beautiful story you will meet a little girl named Ava who, like many young girls, loves secrets. Ava's mother, who works tirelessly to guide her daughter, realizes the time has come to share her secrets (words of wisdom) with her daughter about putting forth her best. The mother creates this special book from the same life lessons that she learned from her mother. The character strengths discussed 10 Secrets of Being a Lady range from radiating confidence and being sincere to speaking deliberately and maintaining your appearance.  

ISBN: 9780997508208 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE (tie): Red Socks Go with Absolutely Anything

By Darla Woodley; illustrated by Evan Munday (Self-Published)

Sometimes it is hard to find exactly the right words to show that you are sharing your encouragement and support. This uplifting story demonstrates that a simple pair of red socks can give someone special a boost when they are feeling down or out of their comfort zone. You'll find yourself smiling when you see how red socks go with absolutely anything!

ISBN: 9780994020611 / MORE DETAILS


Just Indian

By Jackie Neypes; illustrated by Tyrelle Smith (Acute By Design)

Just Indian gives a glimpse into the life of a modern Native American boy. As he tries to find out how he fits into this world, he also tries to break the mold of the negative Native stereotype. With the help of his elaborate daydreams, he is able to communicate with his ancestors and go on an amazing journey to Whale Beach, Lake Tahoe. During his journey he discovers a hidden talent he never knew he had and learns how to connect his rich past to modern times.

ISBN: 9781943515813 / MORE DETAILS

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