2010 Moonbeam Award Winner Press Page

Information and Links for Moonbeam Award Medalists
Welcome ot the Moonbeam Children's Book Award Winners Press Page.

Moonbeam Awards results press release:


Contact: Jim Barnes, Awards Director

Announcing the 4th Annual Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Results:
"Moonbeam Award-Winning Books Inspire Children in Many Ways"

(Traverse City, MI - Oct. 19, 2010) This year's Moonbeam Children's Book Award medalists have been chosen, so let the celebration of children, families and books begin!

The Moonbeam Awards were created by Michigan-based book marketing firm Jenkins Group to bring increased recognition to exemplary children's books and their authors, illustrators, and publishers. Moonbeam Award winners represent the best books published for children and young adults during the previous year, and medalists receive gold, silver and bronze medals and stickers depicting a mother and child reading together, silhouetted by a full moon.

Judging panels of teachers, students, and book reviewers chose medalists in 37 categories, and winning books came from a diverse group of long-established publishers, university presses, small presses, foundations, and self-publishers. The awards attracted over 800 entries from throughout North America and the English-speaking world, and medals will go to books representing 34 U.S. states, 5 Canadian provinces, and 2 countries overseas.

See the complete contest results at: http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1386

A recurring theme among the award winners is the importance of appreciating life and believing in your dreams. According to What Does It Mean To Be Present (Little Pickle Press), "Being present means living in the moment. It means that...Tomorrow is a mystery. Yesterday is history. Today is a gift - that's why we call it the present!" In Zelda Esmeralda, and the Big Blue Sea (Yellow Toadstool Press), Zelda learns that, "True magic is having the gift of friends, to help make your dreams come true."

The heroes and heroines in these books range from sea turtles to sheep, rabbits to rattlesnakes, and a host of helpful and loving relatives: Grandma's Pear Tree (Raven Tree Press) and My Grandpa's Coaching Third (My Grandma and Me Publishers) both won awards. The young protagonist in King Louie and his Marshmallow Kingdom (Ata-Boy Productions) thrives in spite of Down Syndrome, and in The One and Only Sam (Jessica Kingsley Publishers), Sam copes with Asperger Syndrome and the strange idioms of the English language, learning to "come out of his shell."

"This year's Moonbeam Award winners again prove that books change children's lives," says Jenkins Group founder Jerrold Jenkins, father of four children ranging in ages 8 to 18. "Watching our kids read them, and hearing the laughter and seeing the tears, you know these books make a difference. We created the Moonbeams to reward these special books and bring them to the attention of parents, booksellers, librarians - and especially to young readers."

Adding to the excitement of this year's Moonbeam Awards celebration will be the awards ceremony held during the first annual Traverse City Children's Book Festival, on November 13, 2010. Jenkins Group has been involved in book packaging, marketing and distribution since 1988, and the growing influence of our children's and grandchildren's love of books inspired us to launch the festival. Learn more about the festival at www.TCChildrensBookFestival.com.

For more information about the Moonbeam Awards, contact Awards director Jim Barnes at jimb@bookpublishing.com or 1-800-644-0133 x 1011


Link to Moonbeam Award merchandise page where extra award seals, medals, certificates, and electronic versions of the medal artwork are available:

Here is a link to photos from the Moonbeam Awards ceremony held as part of the first Traverse City Childrens Book Festival.

Here are some other helpful links:

  • Moonbeam Gold Medal logo artwork for web use: http://www.MoonbeamAwards.com/Gold_Moonbeam_LR.jpg

  • Moonbeam Silver Medal logo artwork for web use: http://www.MoonbeamAwards.com/Silver_Moonbeam_LR.jpg

  • Moonbeam Bronze Medal logo artwork for web use: http://www.MoonbeamAwards.com/Bronze_Moonbeam_LR.jpg

  • White paper entitled "Using Book Awards to Boost Your Book Sales": http://www.independentpublisher.com/includes/IPPY/WP1update.pdf

  • Moonbeam Awards blurbs:
    “The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. The Awards recognize and reward the best of these books and bring them to the attention of parents, booksellers, librarians – and to children themselves.”

    “The cause of promoting childhood literacy knows no boundaries, and the award winners illustrate that point well, coming not only from long-established publishers and university presses, but from small presses, foundations, museums, and self-published entrepreneurs.”

    Download a printable copy of the Moonbeam Awards merchandise form: http://www.moonbeamawards.com/Moonbeam_Order_Form_2010.pdf.

    Here are some photos from the awards ceremony. See the entire collection of 285 photos from the festival and awards ceremony at www.pictage.com/957273.

    See more photos from the event HERE.