Moonbeam Children's Book Awards "Celebrating youthful curiosity,
discovery and learning
through books and reading"
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Congratulations to all Moonbeam Award winners!

Here is the merchandise page where extra award seals, medals, certificates, and electronic versions of the medal artwork are available »

Below you will find links to each year’s results, plus a description of our inaugural awards presentation in Chicago. The first three years’ award ceremonies were conducted in Chicago, Denver and Charleston, until we launched the Traverse City Children's Book Festival in 2010, and have held the ceremony here in our hometown ever since.

The 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 on Saturday, November 3rd, in conjunction with the 2007 Children's Humanities Festival in Chicago.

Announcing the Results of the First Annual Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

Authors, illustrators, and publishers honored for encouraging childhood literacy and life-long reading.

Jenkins Group and are proud to announce the results of our first annual Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, honoring the year’s best children’s books, authors and illustrators. A total of 862 entries were received from authors and publishers in 45 U.S. states, 6 Canadian provinces, and 7 countries overseas. 

An awards presentation was held on November 3, 2007 at the Harold Washington Public Library in Chicago, as part of the 2007 Children’s Humanities Festival. The Moonbeam Awards announcement kicked off a special literacy event entitled “Bookstalk” that brought these award-winning books and their authors together with children and families in a celebration of reading and storytelling.

It was an honor to be part of the festival and to be in the great city of Chicago, which calls itself “The City of Big Readers,” and to be part of the Bookstalk event, inspired by the “Creating a City of Readers from Birth” program to support childhood literacy.

We thank the Humanities Festival and the Harold Washington Library for their hospitality, and also thank the Dolores Kohl Education Foundation for their participation in judging the awards. These groups and the city of Chicago realize that a book can change a child’s life, and that life-long reading enriches all of our lives. The Moonbeam Awards were created for this very reason, and we’re encouraged to find such perfect partners in this cause.

Below are links to the award-winning books, many of them by undiscovered authors and little-known publishers from around the globe. Writing, illustrating and publishing books that teach and inspire our children is an extremely important task, and these awards were conceived and conducted in appreciation of those efforts. Thanks to all involved for sharing these wonderful works of art.

Winners of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, listed by category and by gold, silver and bronze medalists are listed by clicking here!


2013 Moonbeam Award Winners

2012 Moonbeam Award Winners

2011 Moonbeam Award Winners

2010 Moonbeam Award Winners

2009 Moonbeam Award Winners

2008 Moonbeam Award Winners

2007 Moonbeam Award Winners