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11th Annual Awards - First call for entries!

The 2017 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards are now open! Enter your children's books by the final entry deadline of August 12, 2017. 

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 2016 or 2017 copyright or that were released since October 1, 2015 are eligible.

The 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards results have been announced - congratulations to the medalists! View the results here

The 2016 Moonbeam Awards Ceremony was held on November 12th at the Park Place in Traverse City, Michigan. To view pictures of the ceremony, click here. 

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Winner of the Week

Over in Australia
By Marianne Berkes; illustrated by Jill Dubin
Dawn Publications - 2011 Medalist

Most of the animals in Australia are unique-they live ONLY in Australia. From kangaroos to koalas, they are a fascinating bunch. Once again, Marianne Berkes makes learning fun. Kids will hop, slurp, and munch as they imitate and count the animals. Like Over in the Arctic, the cut-paper illustrations will inspire many an art project. Plus Marianne provides tons of ideas for activities and curriculum extensions about Australia, literature, writing, and animals. Teachers and parents, as well as kids, are the winners 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 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!