Author Spotlight

For those of you who are regular readers of our Moonbeam blog, you know all about our Author Spotlight posts. For those of you who don’t, we like to take the time to individually recognize some of our fantastic Moonbeam Award recipients.


Now that the 2008 winners have been announced, we have a whole new set of talented authors to choose from. If you are a Moonbeam medal recipient and would like your book featured on the blog, let us know! Please email our blogging intern, Julie, at


We ask that you send us some information about your book, your experience with winning a Moonbeam, or anything else you would like readers of the blog-o-sphere to know. We will put this information, along with a cover shot of the book, right here on the blog.


Congratulations again to all of our medalists!



2008 Winners Announced!

The winners of the 2008 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards have been announced! With over 1000 entries, picking the best was no easy task. Congratulations to all of the medalists and thank you to everyone who contributed! View the 2008 Winners page for a full list of winners.

Semifinalists Announced

Semifinalists for the 2009 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards have been announced! You can view the complete list by visiting the article at Independent Publisher Online. Finalists will be announced on October 24th. Congratulations to all of those wonderful authors who have made it so far!

Judging Update

2008 Moonbeam Awards Judging is Underway!

Judging of this year’s contest is now underway, and the judges are amazed by the quality of books entered, and the creative energy that went into them. It gives us all great hope for the future to see how much children’s book authors and publishers care about the nurturing of young minds.

We’ve counted up the entries and are happy to announce a 21% increase in participation this year. A total of 1,085 entries into our 30 categories divides up to an average of 36 books per category. Of course it didn’t work out that evenly – we sure didn’t get 36 pop-up book entries! In fact, the two largest categories, Best First Book and Picture Book 4-8 Year Old received 130 entries each. The next two largest categories are Best Illustrator with 92 entries and Pre-Teen Fiction with 85 entries. The smallest is the afore-mentioned Pop-up/Cut-out category, with just 5 entries.

In spite of the large number and the great quality of entries, we’re hoping to remain on this judging and results announcement schedule:

Semi-finalist results announced October 3, 2008.
Final results announced October 17, 2008.

Best of luck to all participants!

Jim Barnes, Awards Director

Entry Closed

Entry for the Second Annual Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards officially closed on August 16th. Good Luck to all participants and stay tuned to find out who the winners are!