Congratulations to all of this year's Moonbeam Award winners for their compelling stories and expert advice for the young people of today -- and the leaders of tomorrow! Many of our award-winning books encourage children to be generous and compassionate, to stand up to bullies, and to believe in fulfilling their dreams.

The diversity of the winning publishers proves that promoting childhood literacy knows no boundaries, as medal-winners came not only from long-established publishers and university presses, but from small presses, foundations, and self-published entrepreneurs.

This year's Moonbeam Awards medal ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 10th annual Traverse City Children’s Book Festival, November 9, 2019. Each year the festival features children’s book authors, illustrators and storybook characters, games and activities meant to inspire children’s interest in books.

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Celebrating Youthful Curiosity, Discovery and Learning through Books and Reading

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards!

Creating books that inspire our children to read, to learn, and to dream is an extremely important task, and these awards were conceived to reward those efforts. Each year's entries are judged by expert panels of youth educators, librarians, booksellers, and book reviewers of all ages. Award recipients receive gold, silver and bronze medals and stickers depicting a mother and child reading and silhouetted by a full moon.

Our 156 medalists were chosen from nearly 1,200 total entries. Medalists represent 33 U.S. states and the District of Columbia; five Canadian provinces; and five countries overseas: New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Dominican Republic and Spain.

The 2019 Moonbeam Awards press release is included here, and you'll find other important info and links listed below.  



Books that Inspire a Sense of Wonder – and Responsibility

2019 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Results Announced

(Traverse City, MI – October 8, 2019)  Raising kids isn't easy, with so many dangers out there in both the real andvcyber worlds. It requires a balance of wonderment and practicality while teaching children how to be safe and secure, but also to learn, grow, explore -- and to go out into the world and make it a better place. That is why the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards exist – to honor those who create the books that give kids a sense of wonder, and encourage them to do great things. 

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards and Jenkins Group are proud to announce this year’s 156 medal-winning books, chosen from 1,150 total entries. We congratulate the authors, illustrators and publishers representing 34 U.S. states, five Canadian provinces, and five countries overseas for their dedication to inspiring young people to read and to love books. 

See the complete list of Moonbeam Award medalists here:

From alphabet books for toddlers to young adult books about gender and race, the Moonbeam Awards recognize excellence in 45 categories for children of every age and developmental stage. And what better way to instill a sense of wonder than with a beautifully created pop-up book? 

Gold medal-winning, Shells: A Pop-Up Book of Wonder (Jumping Jack Press) fascinates with multi-layered paper sculptures depicting the undersea world, but mixes the beauty with a serious message the child finds when they lift a flap: "Coral reefs are at risk of destruction by climate change, fishing, pollution, and other causes.” 

In her silver medal-winning Water Walker Series (Lakeside Publishing) of books, author Carol Trembath writes about an Ojibway family walking around each of the Great Lakes to raise environmental awareness. In the story, young Mai is allowed to join the walk because, her grandmother says, "Even our little ones can make ripples and waves." The books are based on a real group of activists, the Mother Earth Water Walkers, who have been walking along shorelines and major rivers of the Great Lakes region since 2003, asserting that access to clean water is a basic human right. 

Two books tied for gold medals in the Non-Fiction Picture Book category: InRosie: A Detroit Herstory (Wayne State University Press), Bailey Sisoy Isgro tells the story of "Rosie the Riveter" and her thousands of wartime defense industry female co-workers. Isgro, a historian who lives in Detroit, rhymes about how the "Rosies" were fired from their factory jobs when soldiers came home from World War II:

"Some women were eager for a regular pace.
Others wanted to get right back in the workplace.
They'd spent four long years, earning their own paychecks
And could not accept they were now the wrong sex.

Today when you walk onto a factory floor,
You will find more women than ever before.
Because, deep in the souls and the hearts of each one,
Rests the enduring victory all Rosies won.”

In the co-gold medalist, What Does It Mean to Be American? (Little Pickle Press), authors Rana DiOrio and Elad Yoran answer the title’s question in many ways, including:

"...welcoming people from other countries and helping them learn
what it means to be American.
...appreciating that our differences make us kinder,
smarter, healthier, and stronger.
...using our imagination and creativity to invent new things,
and our curiosity and courage to explore new frontiers.
...being proud of all we have accomplished,
and humble about all we still need to learn.” 

Congratulations to all of this year’s Moonbeam Award winners for their wonderful stories and advice for the young people of today – helping them become the leaders of tomorrow! 

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Moonbeam Award winners will be honored at an award ceremony held November 9th, on the evening of the 10th annual Traverse City Children’s Book Festival. The day-long festivities are dedicated to childhood literacy and a celebration of books, reading, and the creative and hard-working people who support this essential cause.

For more information about the Moonbeam Award-winning books or to interview their creators, contact Awards Director Jim Barnes at 1-800-644-0133 x 1011 or

Learn more about the book festival at



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 Low-Res Artwork for use on webpages, etc.:

Gold artwork:
Silver artwork:
Bronze artwork:


Moonbeam Award Ceremony and Children's Book Festival Info

Hotel Indigo is a sponsor of our event and has a block of rooms set aside for Book Festival/Moonbeam attendees at $119. Book online at TCChildrensBookFestival, and use block code BK9 if you have issues with the rate. If you still have difficulties, call 1-231-932-0500 and ask for Taylor Salonen.  

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"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."