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2016 Moonbeam Results: Categories 35-Ebooks

35. Reading Skills / Literacy

GOLD: Help Rupert Get a Pet!

By Geoffrey Peart, M.Ed. (Aurelius Books)

Unlike most children’s books, this book is designed to encourage your child to take an active role during storytime. If your child is ready, have her attempt to read the capitalized rhyming words. Your child is encouraged to help Rupert make decisions about his new pet. If Rupert doesn’t like the choice, he’ll request you return to the previous page. If time allows, the bonus questions included throughout will provoke curiosity and encourage additional active thinking. Happy reading!

ISBN: 9780989890410 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: Rockin’-Rollin’ Alphabet

By Lynn M. Rosenblatt (Mindstir Media)

Whimsical illustrations, phonetically fine-tuned poems, 500 vocabulary words, and a jazzy musical theme song are the magical ingredients that make this a dynamic book for emerging young readers! Great for educational and home school settings, the playful antics of the teddy bear adventures generate over 500 phonetically appropriate vocabulary words for beginning readers, yet stimulate practice and proficiency for more advanced readers.

ISBN: 9780990813729 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: Libraries and Books and Words… Oh My!

By Carey Rigby-Wilcox (See a Book Take a Look)

The path that leads into the library is a challenge for the mother in this story; however, the love for her children is what opens the doors. Through courage and sheer determination, everything she learns along her journey helps her to discover her own personal power and fosters a lifelong love of learning within her. There is no bigger strength than facing your fears…and there’s no place like the library! It can lead you to endless possibilities and adventures.

ISBN: 9781927778043 / MORE DETAILS

36. Best First Book – Picture Book

GOLD: Delivering Dreams

Written and illustrated by Lori Preusch (Dandelion)

One magical day, into the remotely quiet and peacefully serene world of one precocious little girl, comes a special delivery letter from her globe-trotting Grandpa. The moment she opens that letter, she opens her heart and ponderings to the spectacular adventures, exotic worlds and unbounding thrills to come with every one of his wonderfully rich, wildly colorful and daringly adventurous tales. Within no time, she is his kindred spirit of imagination and exploration, taking herself on flights of fancy sailing the white-capped waves of the salty seas, soaring into billowy clouds as a daring pilot and riding into gusty winds with teams of wild horses.

ISBN: 9780692528181 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: The Golden Winged Fairy

By Lala Fae; illustrated by Laura Siadak (madebyfae)

Lorelei wants nothing more than to be like the Silver Moon Fairies—to gather moonbeams at midnight, stardust by starlight, and dance by the light of the moon. But she never joins in, ashamed of the thing that makes her different —her one golden wing. When she attempts to mask the color of her wing and a storm uncovers its golden glow, the other fairies help her discover how truly special she is. With artwork highlighted by silver and gold foil, this book reveals the sensitive side of nature and will inspire all to celebrate their differences and glow golden true.

ISBN: 9780990852735 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: Grandad and the Baby Dolphin

By Wendy Milner; illustrated by Naomi Bulger (Self-Published)

This is an award winning true story about a Grandad, who finds a baby dolphin tangled in fishing rope. The dolphin’s family take turns helping him breathe, and it becomes clear to Grandad that they need help – FAST. Grandad and his friends decide to solve the puzzle and untangle the ropes, but the dolphin family don’t like it. They click and squeak and buzz. They thrash and bash and splash.

ISBN: 9780994589804 / MORE DETAILS

37. Best First Book – Chapter Book

GOLD: The Writer’s Table

By Julian Simmons (Squirrely Rowe Books)

Alden Rowe loves reading books with his grandpa, but strange things begin to happen after his grandpa mysteriously disappears. Alden discovers a magical writing table that takes him on a quest through worlds with exploding lanterns, cities rapidly moving in time, wild tornadoes, and underground burrows filled with dark fairies all to find out what happened to his grandpa. Along the way he meets some colorful characters that reveal secrets that uncover hidden powers of the writing table altering Alden's journey and putting him in a race against time.

ISBN: 9780692531303 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: The Far Corners

By Elaine Gartner; illustrated by Kes Samuelson (CreateSpace)

In the untamed wilderness of Elderbrook Forest, all manner of creatures enjoy the beautiful simplicity of a natural life. For hundreds of years, birds, squirrels, and animals of all sizes have lived in these woods without any human interference—but as those who know about the Legend are aware, these days won’t last forever. As ancient prophecy predicts, one day the humans will return to nature and must learn to live side by side with their animal friends. And when a human voice rings out over the forest, for the first time in several centuries, it seems the events described in the Legend are about to come to pass.

ISBN: 1534634819 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: Thistle Downe: A Tale of Trolls and Fairies

By Molly & Gary Whitney (Bright Sky Press)

Life as a troll is never easy, but Tyson faces more challenges than most. When his mother’s early death leaves him with an embittered father, he finds himself alone, unloved and uneducated. Confronting barrier after barrier, his dream of building his own home comes to life in his imagination and sustains him. Pursuing Thistle Downe, as he names his haven, drives Tyson to succeed both financially and personally and gives him a chance to win the heart of Amelia, a lovely fairy. Tyson’s tale of cheerful determination provides inspiration to overcome social and educational obstacles as well as a welcome escape to a land filled with magical creatures, grand adventure and delicious sticky toffee pudding.

ISBN: 9781942945147 / MORE DETAILS

38. Best Illustrator

GOLD: The Two Sisters

By E. Pauline Johnson; illustrated by Sandra Butt (Waterlea Books)

For the first time, Pauline Johnson’s The Two Sisters, a First Nations legend, is accompanied by sumptuous illustrations that showcase the splendour of the Salish Sea. The universal themes of Creation, courage, and peace run through this legend of two little girls who grow up to be courageous young women who help to bring lasting peace to their world. The story is supplemented by a reference section that will enable a reader, parent, teacher, or visitor to the coast to immerse themselves in the rich history of Coast Salish cultures.

ISBN: 9780994999719 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER (tie): Bear Wants to Fly

By Susanna Isern; illustrated by Silvia Álvarez (Cuento de Luz)

Bear Wants to Fly is an emotional tale about the benefits of working as a team, and the importance of fighting for your dreams, however impossible they may seem.

ISBN: 9788416147663 / MORE DETAILS


Feathers, Paws, Fins, and Claws: Fairy-Tale Beasts

Edited by Jennifer Schacker and Christine A. Jones; illustrated by Lina Kusaite (Wayne State University Press)

A wide variety of creatures walk, fly, leap, slither, and swim through fairy-tale history. Some marvelous animal characters are deeply inscribed in current popular culture-the beast redeemed by beauty, the wolf in pursuit of little girls and little pigs, the frog prince released from enchantment by a young princess. But like the adventures of many fairy-tale heroes, a curious reader's exploration in the genre can yield surprises, challenges, and unexpected rewards. Feathers, Paws, Fins, and Claws: Fairy-Tale Beastspresents lesser-known tales featuring animals both wild and gentle who appear in imaginative landscapes and enjoy a host of surprising talents. With striking original illustrations by artist Lina Kusaite and helpful introductions by fairy-tale scholars Jennifer Schacker and Christine A. Jones, the offbeat, haunting stories in this collection are rich and surprisingly relevant, demanding creative reading by audiences aged young adult and up.

ISBN: 9780814340691 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: Crunch!

Written and illustrated by Carolina Rabei (Child’s Play)

Crunch the guinea pig loves his food, so it's just as well there's plenty of it, especially when a hungry little mouse wants a share! So why does Crunch refuse? Later, Crunch can't settle to his feast for worrying about the mouse. Although he's never stepped outside his hutch before, Crunch sets off to look for him. Will he find the little mouse, and if so, what else might he discover?

ISBN: 9781846437328 / MORE DETAILS

39. Best Book by Youth Author (under 18)

GOLD: Little Leaf

By Lily Mae; illustrated by Holly Hattam (Self-Published)

A cute, heartwarming story of a little leaf with dreams of seeing the world.

ISBN: 9780692204931 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: Mind vs. Matter

By Konrad Koenigsmann (Outskirts Press)

The year is 2067. World War III has come and gone, and the world has been carved into empires. Its people are oppressed and suffering more than ever before. When a mysterious man named Karl von Liebnitz, the leader of a shadowy organization known as Tyrannei, makes plans to take over the planet, there is nothing the empires can do to stop him...until, that is, a new force emerges. Will Hartford and his son, Pierre, have unparalleled mental capabilities, and soon Karl, Will, and Pierre begin to use their mental prowess to battle for control of the world. But as the two sides move closer to their final clash, questions begin to arise. What if the two factions cannot save the world from themselves? What if there is no scenario where the destruction of the world does not happen? Mind vs. Matter is a gripping and thought-provoking novel by an up-and-coming new voice in fiction.

ISBN: 9781478765981 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: The Adventures of Kate the Cat

By Nicole Nageli (CreateSpace)

The Adventures of Kate the Cat is an exciting, fun-filled graphic novel for all ages. Its a thrilling adventure that is sure to keep your eyes glued to the pages!In this graphic novel, Kate and her friend, Sam, are kidnapped from their home. Kate finds herself trapped, with Sam nowhere to be seen. She meets Buck; a dog with a plan. They try to find their way home but are instead confronted with the most unlikely challenge any animal could face...

ISBN: 9781535379342 / MORE DETAILS

40. Best Book Series – Picture Book

GOLD: KinderGuides - Early Learning Guides to Cultural Classics

By Fredrik Colting and Melissa Medina; various illustrators (Moppet Books)

KinderGuides is a series of illustrated children’s learning guides that introduce some of the most iconic works of classic literature to young readers. Through visually-stunning illustrations and simplified, educational content we explore these timeless stories and the cultures that spawned them. Celebrate classic literature and give your child a head start! Each KinderGuide contains a condensed, simplified version of the plot, as well as a section devoted to exploring the life and cultural background of the original author. In addition, parents and teachers will also appreciate the key word definitions, a breakdown of the book’s main characters, a fun quiz, and a kid-friendly analysis of the important takeaways from each story.

ISBNs: 9780997714500, 9780997714524, 9780997714531, 9780997714517 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: Snowman Paul Series

By Yossi Lapid; illustrated by Joanna Pasek (Self-Published)

Written in rhyme, the Snowman Paul book series celebrates the magic of winter through the evolving friendship between a young boy and his mischievous snowman. Whimsical and humorous, the stories also touch upon serious themes such as friendship, peer pressure, family relationships and values. Vivid and expressive illustrations complement the narrative and bring the stories alive.

ISBNs: 9780997389920, 9780997389944, 978-0997389968 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: The Frolic Series

By Elias Carr; illustrated by Michael Garton and Natasha Rimmington (Sparkhouse Family)

The Frolic books make it fun and easy for parents to talk to their children about faith, in ways that children can understand. There’s special content just for parents in every book.

ISBNs: 9781506410487, 9781506410494, 9781506410500, 9781506410517/ MORE DETAILS

41. Best Book Series – Chapter Book

GOLD: How to Be an Earthling

By Nan Walker, Lori Haskins Houran and Kimberly Morris; illustrated by Jessica Warrick (Kane Press)

After Spork crashes his spaceship on the school playground, he joins the third grade to fulfill his mission of earning a Galaxy Scouts Explorer Badge. But figuring out how to act like an Earthling isn’t easy. Respect? Honesty? Spork’s never even heard the words. Mrs. Buckle’s class is in for one cosmic adventure!

ISBNs: 9781575658193, 9781575658223, 9781575658254, 9781575658285 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: Angels Club Series

By Courtney Vail and Sandra J. Howell (West Ridge Farm Publishing)

Hola, Cuties! I’m Jacinda Gonzalez, almost twelve. Although I think I’m pretty nice, not to mention way cool and one of the most knowledgeable people in all things horse, I just can’t make any friends in my new school. The only things flying my way are totally rude insults. The horseback riding therapy farm where I volunteer becomes my perfect escape from mean bullies. And when Angel, a scrawny, muddy American Curly, shows up as rescue, no one but me can see her potential and lovableness, so I take her on as a project horse to get her ready for sale. But, the thing is, I don’t want them to sell her. She’d be so perfect for therapy. So perfect. Now, if only I could prove it.

ISBNs: 9781500327804, 9780984558247 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE (tie): The Morus Chronicles

By J.R. Roper (CHBB Publishing)

The Morus Chronicles is a contemporary fantasy series for tween and teen readers with a heavy dose of action, adventure, and treasure hunting.

ISBNs: 9781939769688, 9781512069297 / MORE DETAILS



By C.J. Milbrandt; illustrated by Hannah Christenson (Byways)

The Race. Ian Johns is the founder of the postal system in the land of Liberty. Twice widowed, he has three sons, all half-brothers, and the boys don’t get along. In order to help them bond, Ian plans a tour of the country in the hopes that travel will bring them closer together. But somehow, the plan is twisted around, and the trip becomes a race. The Brothers. When CJ dreamed up this epic cross-country adventure, Ian’s sons started out as living pictures of three constitutional ideals—”life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Ewan is a protector by nature. He takes care of the young lives in his keeping. Zane values his independence above all else. And Ganix just wants to have fun.

ISBNs: 9781631230189, 9781631230196, 9781631230202, 9781631230219 / MORE DETAILS

42. Best Book Series – Non-Fiction

GOLD: What Makes a... Series (Snowflake, Rainbow)

Written and illustrated by Ross Van Dusen (Rio Grande Books)

What Makes A Rainbow? We have all seen a rainbow but do we know how they happen? Artist Ross Van Dusen takes a whimsical look at how a rainbow comes to be. A child looks at the colors, the rain, and the sky to give an explanation of why rainbows are in our world.

What Makes A Snowflake? We have all seen snowflakes but do we know how they happen? Artist Ross Van Dusen takes a whimsical look at how snowflakes comes to be. Everyone is told from an early age that no two snowflakes are the same. A child looks at the different shapes and sizes to give an explanation of why snowflakes are in our world. 

ISBNs: 9781936744480, 9781936744329 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: Roaming with Rudy (Paris!, Washington DC! etc.)

By Corinne Humphrey (Sage Press)

Roaming with Rudy, Paris! is the first book in a new travel guide series for ages 6-12. Written & Illustrated by award-winning children's book author/illustrator Corinne Humphrey, this new series of city guides is filled with illustrations, photographs, maps, fun facts, activity pages and a travel journal that will inspire kids to learn about the world and get excited about vacation planning and documenting their trips.

ISBNs: 9780979997242, 97809799935 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: Life Cycle Books (Parrot, Duckling, Ladybug,Tadpole, Butterfly)

By Cammie Ho (Phonic Monic Books)

Follow the life of various creatures as they grow. Find fascinating photographs that depict the different stages of the life cycles. 

ISBNs: 9781943241040, 9781943241002, 9781943241033, 9781943241019, 9781943241026 / MORE DETAILS

E-Book Categories

E1. Children’s Picture Book

GOLD: Green Cat and the Lost Voice

By Daniel James; illustrated by Srimalie Bassani (Albion Fields Publishing)

Green Cat wakes to a beautiful day with a bird singing by his window. But when he tries to sing along, no sound comes out. Green Cat has lost his voice! His friends, Alice and Stripey, help him look for it, but it is hard to find. What does a voice look like anyway, and where could it of gone? Their friend Sam Dog arrives with a suggestion and they head off once more to look for it. Follow the adorable Green Cat and friends on their second adventure full of fun, imagination and friendship as they search for the lost voice. Aimed at 3-6 year olds but enjoyed by all other ages too.

ISBN: 9780996685351 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER (tie): Moon Thief

By Siwon Kim; illustrated by Siwoo Kim (Moonstealers Publishing)

Once upon a time, there was a kingdom with the world’s most beautiful and treasured moon. The king, worried about moon thieves lingering around, ordered his royal guards to guard the moon through night and day. Nobody was able to lay their hands on the moon. Ever…But one day. The moon disappeared. How? Who? Where? Could the moon have vanished?



On My Way to the Lilikoi Tree

By Jonna Amato-Ocampo; illustrated by Rich Olson (Self-Published)

On My Way to the Lilikoi Tree is a story that takes place on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. This island is known as "The Gathering Place" where Fluffy Fluff meets Honu, Hula-Hula, and the Hinas'. Their adventure begins in their quest to find the Lilikoi Tree. They explore the island through sharing, caring, and harmony in the Spirit of Aloha.



BRONZE: Hurry Up Slowpoke

By Bob Outman (CreateSpace)

Join the on-going adventures of Bob and his friends as they explore and meet new friends and animals in the beautiful farm surroundings and rolling hills of Southwest Michigan. You never know how the next adventure will end. This is book 3 of a Read to Me and Share the Adventure Collection.

ISBN: 9781522889601 / MORE DETAILS

E2. Picture Book – Enhanced & Apps

GOLD: Dino-Buddies: The Bicycle Of Many Colors

By Aunt Eeebs…and Sprout! (Rivercrest Publishing)

Baxter is delighted when he receives a unique gift from his bicycle buddies made with love and a hodgepodge of parts. However, his excitement is short-lived when he comes across the Dino-BuLLies, who tease him and make fun of this most unusual gift. In a surprising turn of events, Baxter responds to the bullying in an unexpected manner that proves not only his true character but also his genuine concern for others.

ISBNs: 9780989413374, 9781943836888, 9781943836246, 9781946027115, 9781943836994, 9781946027238 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: Atalanta

By Simon Spence (Early Myths)

Atalanta is the story of a young girl who does not want to be married off to a local prince, and instead heads off into the forest to live with the animals. She learns to hunt, run, and take on all that nature throws at her, becoming one of the greatest of the heroes. She overturns expectations of her gender and takes on the strongest of the men- and wins! When she does eventually agree to find a partner she challenges the other heroes to be her equal and meets a person who respects her skills and ability. But can he convince her that he is genuine?

ISBN: 9780992732578 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: Roaming with Rudy Paris!

By Corinne Humphrey (Sage Press)

Roaming with Rudy, Paris! is the first book in a new travel guide series for ages 6-12. Written & Illustrated by award-winning children's book author/illustrator Corinne Humphrey, this new series of city guides is filled with illustrations, photographs, maps, fun facts, activity pages and a travel journal that will inspire kids to learn about the world and get excited about vacation planning and documenting their trips.

ISBN: 9789799959 / MORE DETAILS

E3. Pre-Teen Fiction

GOLD: The Gallery of Wonders (Book 1 of Magora Series)

By Marc Remus (Misty Moon Books)

A mysterious children’s book series that takes you on a journey into a world full of magic and art. When eleven year-old Holly falls into a fantasy painting, she embarks on a thrilling adventure in the parallel world of Magora. There, she must learn to weave painting with magic to survive the threat of the Unfinished—monstrous beings created when an artist leaves a painting incomplete.

ISBN: 9783000519307 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: Ennara and the Book of Shadows

By Angela Shelley (Patchwork Press)

Thirteen year-old Ennara Gaern expected studies at the Druidic Academy to be a breeze, and maybe studying magic with the world's druid leaders just a little exciting. But when she and her friends are expelled from the school for beheading a prize dragon turtle and creating zombie flowers, her world is turned upside down. When a theft of magical artifacts is connected to her suspicious accidents at school, she and her friends must find the objects before the Druidic Council finds them, and starts a war. And on top of everything else, Ennara must learn a new form of magic to stop her necromancy from destroying her world.

ISBN: 9781927940099 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE (tie): Stumbling On A Tale

By Suzanne Roche (Oak Lei Press)

It turns out that trips back in time haven’t ended for Peri, Henry, and Max. In the second book in the Time to Time Series, the children find themselves right in the middle—the Middle Ages, that is. And this time they’re lost in a forest, where they stumble upon a group of travelers who seem to be long on medieval tales but short on helpful information. 

ISBN: 9780996148474 / MORE DETAILS


Tom Thorneval - Dream Merchant Extraordinaire

By C E Addison (Addison’s Tales)

The rippingly entertaining anti-fairytale follows the misadventures of Tom Thorneval - a very likable Dreammaker aiming to make it big in the world of men. Unfortunately, Tom's great plan has drawn the ire of Fate, and he is robbed of all his dreams shortly after setting out on his grand adventure. With his loyal (if slightly insane) stoat Wix, a devastated Tom battles on through a series of horrifically funny misfortunes as he makes his way towards what he hopes is the Grand Goblin Fair, only to draw farther away from it in the process. Will the courageous half-fairy make it back to his true love Mary? Will she be waiting for him? Or will all the orcs, imps, witches, dwarves and mysterious creatures that line the forest paths ruin his one chance at happiness? 

ISBN: 9781910032138 / MORE DETAILS

E4. Young Adult Fiction

GOLD: Riven

By Jane Alvey Harris (Self-Published)

Seventeen year-old Emily’s dad is in prison for securities fraud and her mom's strung-out on pain meds, leaving Emily to parent herself and her younger brothers and sister. She’s got things mostly under control until a couple weeks before Dad’s release, when voices start whispering in her head, and Gabe, the hot lifeguard at the pool, notices the strange brands engraved on her arm...the ones she's trying desperately to hide. Emily doesn't know how the symbols got there or what they mean. They appeared overnight and now they're infected and bleeding. She's pretty sure she's losing her mind.

ISBN: 9781944243715 / MORE DETAILS


SILVER: Monsterland

By Michael Phillip Cash (CreateSpace)

Welcome to Monsterland – the scariest place on Earth. All guests can interact with real vampires in Vampire Village, be chased by an actual werewolf on the River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville. Wyatt Baldwin, a high school student and life-long movie buff is staring bleakly at a future of flipping burgers. Due to a fortuitous circumstance, Wyatt and his friends are invited to the star-studded opening of Monsterland. In a theme park full of real vampires, werewolves and zombies, what could possibly go wrong?

ISBN: 9781517180676 / MORE DETAILS


BRONZE: The Haunting at Ice Pine Peak

By Wendelin Gray (CreateSpace)

Trouble is brewing in the province of Ling-xiu when the murder of an elderly queen sends young Princess Bingsong into exile at a forgotten mountain villa. When a series of hauntings begin and she finds her father’s old diary, Bingsong, her handsome bodyguard Azuma, the villa’s mysterious steward LimTamm, and teenage servant girls Peitho and Lysithe are drawn into a 400 year old murder mystery hinted at by a string of small nightingale paintings. Bingsong’s struggle against an arranged marriage merges with the sinister history of the villa, the site of a massacre spurred by the rivalry between two temple acolytes. As corrupt security forces led by the province’s head magician Kimon are poised to take over the capital and eliminate Bingsong’s puppet king father, Kimon awakens an ancient evil in his quest to find the ruins of the drowned palace of Zu-bai, once the home of the world’s most powerful magician.

ISBN: 1514742055 / MORE DETAILS

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