And The Winners Are…
Right on our bookshelves!
The 2013 Purple Dragonfly children’s book awards, sponsored by Five Star Publications, were announced this week. Read more about the contest that honors accomplished authors and looks to identify new soon-to-be-favorites here: http://www.fivestarpublications.com/bookcontest/pd_book_contest.html.
The contest is organized around 37 distinct categories. We’re thrilled to have the works of four winners on our shelves! If you were to close your eyes now, no doubt you’d be able to identify these writers. And, you may have already purchased one or more titles for the younger readers in your world. But just in case you’re still curious, the winners are:
Who’s in That Shell? by Anita Elco and Katherine Stelmach tied for first place in the Pets and Animals category. This is a super book about a hermit crab colony. It ties to the Arizona science curriculum and focuses on developing decision making skills in the readers. There are four stories in this one book; the reader is asked to make decisions for the characters along the way. Want more information? Go to: http://www.crabitatcolony.com/.
Light Riders and the Morenci Mine Murder by Ann Goldfarb was awarded 2nd place in the Young Adult Fiction category. This is Ann’s fourth time travel novel and my personal favorite (although they are all enjoyable reads even for adults). Ann’s sixth book will be released shortly and we’re looking forward to it. Learn more at http://www.timetravelmysteries.com/; be sure to read Ann’s blog while you’re there.
Bruce and the Road to Justice by Gale Leach took 2nd place in the Chapter Books category and both Bruce and the Road to Courage and Bruce and the Road to Honesty were awarded Honorable Mentions in the same category. Gale’s ‘Bruce’ books are great first chapter books for kids. Bruce is a caterpillar who is learning about himself, his family, friends, fears, talents as he’s growing up through the pages of these three books. Like the other winners, Gale is an accomplished author with an interesting blog at: http://www.galeleach.com/.
I’m always looking to add more quality choices so if you know an Arizonan with a yet-to-be-discovered book, I’m happy to talk about the opportunities available for showcasing their work.
As Independents Week fast approaches, thank you for supporting local authors, local publishers such as Five Star Publications and local businesses. Our goal is to provide quality options that give you the option to put your money where your home is. Have a great week!