Friday, July 27, 2007

Calling All Children's Book Publishers

Entries are now being accepted into the inaugural 2007 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards

Extended entry deadline August 10th, 2007 (orig. announced as Aug. 1)

We welcome and encourage all children's book authors, illustrators, and publishers to enter their 2006/2007 releases in the first annual Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, designed to honor the year's best children's books.

This new book awards program is accepting entries until August 10th, 2007 for books with 2006 or 2007 copyrights or that were released in 2006 or 2007. Entry fee is $90 per book, per category. Results will be announced in early November. Winners receive medals, stickers, and other marketing opportunities. The contest is presented by Jenkins Group and their book marketing webzine, Independent Publisher Online, sponsors of the popular Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Complete entry guidelines and secure online entry form at:

The Moonbeam Children's Book Awards bring increased recognition to exemplary children's books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading. The new awards program will recognize books in a wide range of children's publishing categories, from board books and alphabets books to young adult novels and multicultural non-fiction. The Moonbeam Awards also acknowledge excellence in specialty categories including Religion, Holiday, Interactive, and Audiobook, and give special awards to Best First-time Author and Best Children's Book Illustrator.

24 Awards Categories include:

Board Book/Cloth Book.
Alphabet/Counting Book.
Activity Books.
Books with Music/Theatrical.
Audio Book.
Picture Books - Preschool.
Picture Books 4-8 Year Old
Picture Books - All ages
Juvenile Fiction - Early Reader
Pre-teen fiction - Intermediate/Middle Grade
Young Adult Fiction
Young Adult - Mature Issues
Non-Fiction - Picture Book
Non-Fiction - Young Adult
Multicultural - Picture Book
Multicultural Fiction
Multicultural Non-Fiction
Comic/Graphic Novel
Book with Merchandise (e.g.. plush toy, etc.)
Best First Book
Best Illustrator
"This children's book awards contest will go much deeper than any other," says Jim Barnes, Awards Director at Jenkins Group. "We've learned by judging children's books for 11 years in the Independent Publisher Book Awards that it's not fair to judge an alphabet book against a sophisticated book of verse. One of our goals with the Moonbeam Awards is to create a list of categories that allows us to judge the many styles of children's books being published today."
"The Moonbeam Awards recognize a very diverse group of authors and publishers, and 'illuminate' hidden gems that don't make it onto the national radar screen. These will surely include books from publishers of all sizes, styles, and locations. Each year we'll bring a great list of award-winners to the public's attention."

Visit the Moonbeam Children's Book Award website to learn more and enter online

Complete entry guidelines and secure online entry form at:

Let me know if I can answer any questions or help in any way. Thanks and best of luck!

Jim Barnes, Awards Director
Moonbeam Children's Book Awards
Independent Publisher Book Awards
Jenkins Group Inc.
800.644.0133 x1011

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