Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

Calling All Children’s Book Publishers

This is the call to enter your  releases in the  annual Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, designed to honor the year’s best children’s books, authors and illustrators written in English or Spanish and intended for the North American market.. The new book awards programme will accept entries until

February 2010.

The new contest is resented by Jenkins Group and their book marketing webzine, Independent Publisher Online, (subscribe at their site) sponsors of the popular Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Complete entry guidelines and secure online entry form are available at the website.

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 new awards programme 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 will also recognize excellence in specialty categories like Religion, Holiday, Interactive, and Audiobook, and give special awards to Best First-time Author and Best Children’s Book Illustrator.

25 Awards Categories will include:

1. Board Book
2. Alphabet/Counting Book
3. Pop-up/Cut-out
4. Activity Book – Toddler
5. Activity Book � Young Reader
6. Book with Music
7. Audio Book
8. Picture Book 2-5 Year Old
9. Picture Book 4-7 Year Old
10. Picture Book 6-9 Year Old
11. Picture Book 10+ Year Old
12. Juvenile Fiction (10 & under)
13. Pre-Teen Fiction
14. Young Adult Fiction
15. Young Adult � Mature Issues
16. Multicultural Fiction
17. Multicultural Non-Fiction
18. Children�s Non-Fiction
19. Young Adult Non-Fiction
20. Comic/Graphic Novel
21. Religion
22. Holiday
23. Book with Merchandise (plush toy, etc.)
24. Best First Book
25. 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 will 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, from one-book authors to the New York powerhouses.

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

Jim Barnes, Awards Director
Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards
Independent Publisher Book Awards
Jenkins Group Inc.
800.644.0133 x1011
Source: Barbadian author Angela Herbert


Sandra Sealy is Principal Consultant & Writer for Seawoman Creative Media - Her background in public relations in marketing combined with her strong creative writing skills have ably prepared her as a freelance writer/ editor. Sandra covers a number of niches like copy for brochures and websites, advertorials, restaurant and book reviews, press releases, feature and cover stories, pictorial text and more. Sandra's work has been widely anthologised. Some of her writing credits include: CALABASH: A Caribbean Journal of Arts & Letters (USA) ; Arts Etc (Barbados); Her Circle; Caribbean Writing Today (ezine); POUI: The Cave Hill Literary Annual of the University of the West Indies (Barbados); Wedding Guide Barbados; SHE Caribbean Magazine (St. Lucia); Urban Entertainment (USA); In Paradise Magazine:Barbados (Writer/Editor) and the Nation Newspaper (Barbados). Her dèbut spoken-word CD single- "Beauty Of The Bald Head: The Jazzy Spoken-Word Single" (Butterfly Creative Productions/Kolaiah Studios 2003)-was launched on the luxurious Freewinds Cruise Ship in January 2003. The Aquarian was backed by the celebrated Freewinds Band and Dominican singing sensation Michele Henderson. Top Barbadian musicians who also were featured in her CD shared the stage: saxophonist extradordinaire (Chris Harper (founder of "Cool Jazz'); beloved Bajan diva Tamara Marshall and multi-awarding winning Dwain Gill (on trombone). The CD was favourably reviewed in Listen to Seawoman's acclaimed 2-track music set by clicking on the link below. You can read samples of Sandra's work at

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