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

Jenkins Group and Independent Publisher Online are proud to announce the semifinalist results of the 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.

Here are the semifinalists, listed in random order within each category:

1. Board Book
What’s That Sound? By the Sea (Fitzhenry & Whiteside); My Alaska Animals - Can You Name Them? (Saddle Pal Creations); If You Were My Baby: A Wildlife Lullaby (Dawn Publications); Colorful Sleepy Sheep (Little Lion Press)

2. Alphabet/Counting Book
T is for Tortilla: A Southwestern Alphabet Book (Azro Press); ABC Safari (Sylvan Dell Publishing); A Woodland Counting Book (University of Iowa Press); P is for Peanut: A Photographic A-B-C (Getty Publications)

3. Pop-up/Cut-out
I See You! (Soothing Hartz); Halloween at the Zoo (Jumping Jack Press); The Grumble Rumble Mumbler (Huia Publishers); City Beats: A Hip-Hoppy Pigeon Poem (Dawn Publications)

4. Activity Book – Games, Arts & Crafts, Educational, etc.
Gadgetology: Kitchen Fun with Your Kids (Harvard Common Press); Language Smarts – Level C (The Critical Thinking Co.); Explore Spring: 25 Great Ways to Learn About Spring (Nomad Press); Primary Physics: The Principles Behind Leonardo’s Science (Sunshine Educational)

5. Book with Music/Theatrical
Grandma’s Feather Bed (Dawn Publications); Beaser the Bear’s Rocky Mountain Christmas (Animalations); Down at the Sea Hotel (The Secret Mountain); Simon With Two Left Feet (GWEV Publishing); River Song (Dawn Publications); Heavenly Skies & Lullabies (Heavenly Productions)

6. Audio Book
The One and Only Shrek! (Audio Renaissance); Hound of the Baskervilles (One Voice Recordings); Noom & Raj Start a Business (Moonjar)

7. Picture Book - Preschool
Goodnight Hawaiian Moon (Banana Patch Press); Kiernan’s Jam (Ingledew Press); Ashleigh’s Fairies (Ashleigh Marie Books); Barnaby Bennett (Huia Publishers)

8. Picture Book - 4-8 Year Old
Gwango’s Lonesome Trail (Red Cygnet Press); Emily’s Magical Journey (Strategix Ltd.); Little Angel’s Journey (Trillium Forest Press); How the Moon Regained Her Shape (Sylvan Dell Publishing); Wolf’s Coming! (Carolrhoda Books)

9. Picture Book - All Ages
Beyond the Northern Lights (Fitzhenry & Whiteside); Agate: What Good Is a Moose? (Lake Superior Port Cities); Our Friendship Rules (Tilbury House Publishers); Once Upon a Rainbow (Honeysuckle Press); Kami and the Yaks (Bay Otter Press); Ol’ 556 (Shannon Cartwright)

10. Juvenile Fiction – Early Reader/1st Chapter books
The Discontented Gopher (South Dakota State Historical Society Press); Send Me the Soap: The Emerald Isle Adventure, by Gretchen Schlesinger (Eco-Thumb Publishing); Forever Home (Chagrin River Publishing); Frederick Douglas: Young Defender of Human Rights (Patria Press); Jake and Sam at the Empty Abbey (Fountain Square Publishing)

11. Pre-Teen Fiction – Intermediate/Middle Grade
The Crystal of Dreams (Flying Cloud Books); Leroy the Cowboy: Children & Horses (LastCowboy Press); The Gift (Key West Publishing); The Mysterious Jamestown Suitcase: A Bailey Fish Adventure (Tabby House); Annie: The Mysterious Morgan Horse (Willow Bend Publishing); Heroical Storicals: Daniel Boone and the Battle of Boonesborough (Sonship Press); Perch, Mrs. Sackets, and Crow’s Nest (Alma Little)

12. Young Adult Fiction
The Smell of Paint (Fitzhenry & Whiteside); The Race to Eagle Mountain (Wine Press Group); The Alchemist’s Dream (Key Porter Books); Kristin’s Wilderness: A Braided Trail (Raven Productions); The Princess Mage (Sumach Press)

13. Young Adult Fiction – Mature Issues
The Little Black Book for Blue People (Life Mark); Beauty and the Boy (Before Christmas Press); The View From a Kite (Vagrant Press)

14. Non-Fiction – Picture book
Autistic Planet (Jessica Kingsley Publishers); My Travels with Clara (Getty Publications); Adventures with Jonny: Let’s Go Fishing! (Running Moose Publications); The Little Man In the Map (Schoolside Press)

15. Non-Fiction - Young Adult
Live Your Dreams: Doctor’s Orders (Dreams for Real); It’s Not Your Fault: Discovering Your Inner Power (Living Life Publishing); Healing Our World: Inside Doctors Without Borders (Fitzhenry & Whiteside); Homeland: The Illustrated History of the History of Israel (Nachshon Press)

16. Multicultural – Picture book
Grandma, How Do You Say I Love You? (Adonoke Books); Zoe and the Fawn (Theytus Books); Nokum Is My Teacher (Red Deer Press); Yesterday We Had A Hurricane (Bumble Bee Publishing)

17. Multicultural Fiction
Rickshaw Girl (Charlesbridge); The Raider’s Promise (Moody Publishers); Shadows On Society Hill (American Girl); Feast of Lights (Sumach Press)

18. Multicultural Non-Fiction
Ray Charles: Find Another Way! (Bearport Publishing); Tatanka and the Lakota People (South Dakota State Historical Society Press); Native Athletes in Action! (7th Generation); He Who Flies By Night: The Story of Grey Owl (Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing)

19. Comic/Graphic Novel
I Was an Eighth-Grande Ninja (Zondervan); Moonsailors (WoodenBoat Books); The Arrival (Hachette Livre Australia)

20. Religion/Spirituality
The Jesus Storybook Bible (Zonderkidz); The Bedtime Sh’ma (EKS Publishing); The Creation Story: In Words and Sign Language (Liturgical Press); I Will Rejoice (Zonderkidz)

21. Holiday
Christmas at the Zoo (Jumping Jack Press); The Zombie Night Café (Holiday House); What Can I Give Jesus? (Mill House Press); The Christmas Memory Quilt (Leatherwood Press)

22. Book with Merchandise (plush toy, etc.)
Freckles and the Great Beach Rescue (Butterfly Creations); The King’s Crown (Minikin Press); The Princess Who Picked Her Nose (Royal Rebel Publishing);

23. Best First Book
My Feet Aren’t Ugly, by Debra Beck (Beaufort Books); The Birds of the Harbor, by John Italia (Shenanigan Books); The Princess Who Picked Her Nose, by Jilly Rebel (Royal Rebel Publishing); The Royal Woods, by Matt Duggan (Key Porter Books); Adventures with Jonny: Let’s Go Fishing!, by Michael DiLorenzo (Running Moose Publications); Don’t Eat the Bluebonnets, by Ellen Leventhal & Ellen Rothberg (Bluebonnets Boots & Books)

24. Best Illustrator
Jennifer Woods Tierney (Once Upon a Rainbow); Elena Caravela (The Birds of the Harbor); Becky Kelly (Heavenly Skies & Lullabies); Nikki Johnson (Agate: What Good Is a Moose?); Pamela Meacher (Emily’s Enchanted Guardians)

Special Awards:

The semifinalists in our three special awards categories were chosen from the regular contest entries. Three books are listed for each category in random order, with gold, silver and bronze medalists to be named later:

Moonbeam Peacemaker Award - Best book for promoting world peace and human tolerance:

Soul Sunday: A Family's Guide to Exploring Faith and Teaching Tolerance (TEO Summit Press); I Dream for You a World: A Covenant for Our Children (Brand Nu Words); Healing Our World: Inside Doctors Without Borders (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

Kids for Saving Earth Award - Best book for promoting environmental awareness:

All the Way to the Ocean (Freedom Three); No Eat Not Food: The Search for Intelligent Food on Planet Earth (Mountain Path Press); Wind Bird: Gift of the Mist (Maine Lakes Conservancy Institute)

Childhood Wellness Award - Best book promoting awareness of childhood disease or special needs:

All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome (Jessica Kingsley Publishers); Full Mouse, Empty Mouse: A Tale of Food and Feelings (American Psychological Assoc./Magination Press); Playing by the Rules: A Story about Autism (Woodbine House)

We have also named three books and their authors/illustrators/publishers the recipients of special Moonbeam Spirit Awards, for their dedicated love of children, books, and literacy. These books were hard to categorize, but impressed our judges with their inspired writing and illustrating, their enthusiasm for words and the printed page, and their compassion for children and humanity:

Exactly, by students of Wallenberg Traditional High School in conjunction with 826 Valencia

Butterfly Kisses and Wishes on Wings, by Ellen McVicker; illustrated by Nanci Hersh

Love Letters, by Lenore Rowntree

Final judging is now underway, with the final results to be announced to participants and press during the week of October 15-19. A winner (gold medalist) and runner-up (silver medalist) will be named in each category, and remaining semifinalists will become bronze medalists. Order forms for award stickers be available at that time.

Semifinalists may download a Moonbeam logo for website use here:

An awards presentation will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, in conjunction with the 2007 Children's Humanities Festival in Chicago. The Moonbeam Awards announcement will be part of a special literacy event at the Harold Washington Public Library and a gathering entitled "Bookstalk" will bring books, authors, and families together in a celebration of reading and storytelling. Get more details at the Children's Humanities Festival website.

All Moonbeam Award finalist books will be on display at Bookstalk, and authors of the winners in each category will be invited to read from their books. This year’s Children's Humanities Festival theme is, "When I Grow Up," and the Festival's goal is for all who attend "to imagine the world they want to live in and how their current choices can help make that dream a reality." We’re happy to have our award-winning children’s books be a part of this unique event.

Download a postcard for the Bookstalk event.

Congratulations to all entrants for their great work and for supporting the 1st Annual Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Results will be updated here as they are ready.

Presented by Jenkins Group and Independent Publisher Online, 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.

For more information contact: Jim Barnes, Awards Director
ph: 1.800.706.4636 x1011 email: