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2013 Moonbeam Awards Press Page

Press release, award ceremony program, important links

Congratulations to all of this year's medalists in the 2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards! Here's a photo from the Award ceremony:

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Contact: Jim Barnes, Awards Director

“Inspiring Children to Explore, Learn and Cooperate” - 2013 Moonbeam Children's Book Award Winners Announced

(Traverse City, MI - Oct. 10, 2013)  Children need positive role models that show them how to get along in life. They sure aren’t getting that from the U.S. Congress! The government shutdown and daily bickering between political parties sends a bad message, and our kids must look elsewhere for inspiration. Luckily, children’s books offer a positive alternative, and the winners of this year's Moonbeam Children's Book Awards contain a variety of encouraging and uplifting examples.

The 2013 medalists, 165 in all, represent a wide range of topics, and the judges were impressed by the quality of the books and their inspiring messages for children. Fireflies and Shooting Stars (Moonwatch Productions) tells of a little firefly who overcomes being born without a light. In Wish (Faerieground Series - Capstone Young Readers) a cluster of fireflies leads a young girl into a magic kingdom to rescue her friend.

Larger animals inhabit Kitten Caboodle (Azro Press), where children learn about the joy of raising kittens along with the reality of shelters and the importance of spaying and neutering. Taking the Reins (Coteau Books) tells of a much-loved horse that brings two teenage girls together amidst the Canadian frontier gold rush.

Some book titles pose intriguing questions: What’s in the Garden? (Dawn Publications) promotes eating fresh, local food; Fish Do WHAT in the Water? (Farcountry Press) encourages kids to explore the secret lives of marine animals. Other books make interesting statements: Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food (Little Pickle Press) delves into how a boy with Asperger Syndrome handles his school environment; You Can Count On Gracie (Little Minute Publishing) teaches children to count with the help of Gracie the golden retriever.

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 48 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 1,200 entries from throughout North America and around the world, and medals will go to books representing 35 U.S. states, 5 Canadian provinces, and 7 countries overseas.

 

See or download the complete contest results here:
http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1704

http://www.moonbeamawards.com/2013_Moonbeam_Results1.pdf
 

Adding to the excitement of this year's Moonbeam Awards celebration was the awards ceremony held during the 4th annual Traverse City Children's Book Festival, on November 9, 2013. Medalists received gold, silver and bronze medals and stickers depicting a mother and child reading together, silhouetted by a full moon.

 

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. 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, or to interview their creators, contact Awards Director Jim Barnes at 1-800-644-0133 x 1011 or jimb@bookpublishing.com.

 


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 4th annual Traverse City Children's Book Festival, on November 9, 2013. 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 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 2013 Moonbeam Awards ceremony program:
http://www.MoonbeamAwards.com/Moonbeam_Program_2013.pdf

 

Photos from last year's Traverse City Children's Book Festival and Moonbeam Awards ceremony:

 

Moonbeam Medalist links:

Moonbeam Awards merchandise page where extra award seals, medals, certificates, and electronic versions of the medal artwork are available:
http://www.jenkinsgroupinc.com/store/index.php?p=catalog&parent=2&pg=1

• 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 Amazon store page: http://astore.amazon.com/moonbeam2013-20


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."

 

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