Lexington, KY, October 18, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- We all know about the importance of early childhood literacy, but what does it take to inspire a new generation of readers? It takes falling in love with books— and it's up to us as parents, teachers, and the creators of books to make sure our kids do fall in love with books and reading—by surrounding them with great books and helping them begin a lifelong love affair with reading.
The annual Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards contest promotes this philosophy of “book love” and recently announced this year’s medal-winning books, including Wide as the Wind (2015, Open Books Press) by author Edward Stanton. Jenkins Group congratulates the authors, illustrators, and publishers from the United States, Canada, and six countries overseas for their dedication to inspiring young people to read and to love books.
Wide as the Wind, also the winner of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Young Adult Fiction, is a timely piece of environmental fiction. The first novel to deal with the stunning, tragic history of Easter Island, it is both a stirring novel of adventure and a prophetic tale for our times.
School Library Journal recommends Stanton’s novel for “ambitious middle and high school readers who appreciate a depiction of a little-discussed but significant historical period and culture” as well as for historical fiction collections in libraries and bookstores. With discussion questions included, it is an excellent pick for a classroom read or a book club, both for teens and adults.
"Wide as the Wind transports us to an island world both outside time and urgently relevant to us in the 21st century,” says Leatha Kendrick, author of Almanac of the Invisible. “This novel reminds us of what is important and what we might be called upon to set aside in order to make a world where we and our descendants can live and thrive.”
Moonbeam Award winners will be honored at an award ceremony held November 11th, on the evening of the annual Traverse City Children's Book Festival. The day-long festivities are dedicated to childhood literacy and a celebration of books, reading, and the creative and hard-working people who support this essential cause.
"With all the distractions of cell phones and other electronic gadgets, kids need a reason to fall in love with books," says awards director Jim Barnes. "Our contest and book festival are designed to do just that, bringing authors and children together to celebrate the magic of books and reading."
Kudos to all of this year's Moonbeam Award winners for their dedication to children and literature.
To purchase copies of Wide as the Wind or schedule author Edward Stanton for an event, please contact Open Books Press.