2012 Moonbeam Awards Press Page

Press release, award ceremony program, important links

Congratulations to all of this year's medalists in the 2012 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards!

This year's medals went to books from 35 U.S. states, seven Canadian provinces, and three countries overseas. The diversity of the winning publishers proves that promoting childhood literacy knows no boundaries, as medal-winners came not only from long-established publishers, but from small presses, foundations, and self-published entrepreneurs.

Contact: Jim Barnes, Awards Director

“Helping Children Think and Learn through Inspired Writing and Publishing” -  2012 Moonbeam Children's Book Award Winners Announced

(Traverse City, MI - Oct. 16, 2012)  Can a book change a child’s life? The 145 winners of this year's Moonbeam Children's Book Awards think so, and the medal-winning books prove their authors’, illustrators’ and publishers’ dedication to the shaping of young minds and imaginations.

The 2012 medalists represent a wide range of style and content, and the judges were affected by the many encouraging and sometimes challenging messages for children. Author Susan B. Katz was inspired to write her homage to our bond with nature and between a mother and child, My Mama Earth, while working in a Costa Rican rainforest. Jeanne Walker Harvey wrote My Hands Sing the Blues after serving as a docent at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where Romare Bearden’s collages were on display. Operation Marriage is about the community reaction to Cynthia Chin-Lee’s friends’ wedding and gay marriage.

Little Rock Girl 1957 was inspired by a photograph taken of two teenaged girls, the black one turned away by National Guard troops, the white one angrily cursing her from behind. The photographer returned to Little Rock forty years later to photograph the same two women embracing, and finally speaking out about the past that haunted them both.

The Moonbeam Awards exist to bring increased recognition to these kinds of exemplary children's books that inspire and delight children of all ages. Judging panels of librarians, teachers, students, and book reviewers chose medalists in 39 categories, and winning books came from a diverse group of long-established publishers, small presses, associations, and self-publishers. This year’s contest attracted over 900 entries from throughout North America and the English-speaking world, and medals will go to books representing 35 U.S. states, 7 Canadian provinces, and 3 countries overseas.

See or download the complete contest results here:

The Moonbeam Awards were created in 2007 by northern Michigan-based book marketing firm Jenkins Group, and the winners represent the best books published for children and young adults during the previous year. Medalists receive gold, silver and bronze medals and stickers depicting a mother and child reading together, silhouetted by a full moon.

Adding to the excitement of this year's Moonbeam Awards celebration will be the awards ceremony held during the 3rd annual Traverse City Children's Book Festival, on November 10, 2012. Jenkins Group has been involved in book packaging, marketing and distribution since 1988, and the growing influence of their children's and grandchildren's love of books inspired them to launch the Moonbeam Awards and the children’s book festival.

Learn more about the Moonbeam Awards at http://www.MoonbeamAwards.com
Learn more about the book festival at http://www.TCChildrensBookFestival.com

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


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Download the 2012 Moonbeam Awards ceremony program:


Photos from the Traverse City Children's Book Festival:

Here are more photos from the Award ceremony:


Moonbeam Medalist links:

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

• Seals are available in rolls of 250 and 1000
• You may order additional certificates with customized wording.
• Hi-res versions of the seal artwork are available for reproducing on book covers and promotional materials

Moonbeam logo lo-res artwork for use on webpages, etc.:

Gold artwork: http://www.moonbeamawards.com/Gold_Moonbeam_LR.jpg
Silver artwork: http://www.moonbeamawards.com/Silver_Moonbeam_LowR.jpg

Bronze artwork: http://www.moonbeamawards.com/Bronze_Moonbeam_LR.jpg

Moonbeam Awards blurbs:

"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."

"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."