my award winning picture book, Fantastic Flight

Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Top Book Winners

SOUTH DAKOTA, Monday, October 15, 2012 – Literary Classics announced its 2012 selection of top books for children and young adults today.  Award recipients were selected from entries received throughout the world.  The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize the following titles in children’s and young adult literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics Awards committee.

A list of the 2012 recipients follows:

Best First Picture Book, PreSchool, A Box Story by Kenneth Kit Lamug

Best First Picture Book, Early Reader, Terple Always Dream Bigger by Richie Frieman

Best Illustrator, Bella & Harry, Let’s Visit Athens, Illustrated by Kristine Lucco

Best Series, The Bella & Harry Book Series by Lisa Manzione

Best First Chapter Book, Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes by PHC Marchesi

Gold – Picture Book, Preschooler,  Fantastic Flight by Barbara Bockman

and illustrated by Jack Foster

Silver – Picture Book, Preschooler, Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep by Kathy Stemke

Gold – Picture Book, Early Reader, Bella & Harry Let’s Visit London by Lisa Manzione, Illustrated by Kristine Lucco

Silver – Picture Book, Early Reader, Bella & Harry Let’s Visit Cairo by Lisa Manzione, Illustrated by Kristine Lucco

Gold – Educational, Early Reader, The Great Divide, Suzanne Slade

Silver – Educational, Early Reader, Animal Animalogies by Marianne Berkes

Gold – Environmental Issues, Early Reader, Sea Turtle Summer by Nancy Stewart

Silver – Environmental Issues, Early Reader, One Pelican at a Time by Nancy Stewart

Gold – Non Fiction Preteen, Clara’s Great War by Evelyn Rothstein

Gold – General Preteen, the Casting by Joyce Shor Johnson

Silver – General Preteen, Return to Finkleton by KC Hilton

Gold – Fiction Preteen, the Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Silver – Fiction Preteen, Walking Through Walls by Karen Cioffi

Gold – Fantasy Preteen, Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes by PHC Marchesi

Silver – Fantasy Preteen, Shield Maiden by Richard Denning

Gold – Science Fiction Preteen, Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes by PHC Marchesi

Silver – Science Fiction – Preteen, The Crystal Ship by CJ Carter-Stephenson

Gold – Mystery Preteen, the Stone Child by Dan Poblocki

Gold – General Young Adult, Runaway Twins by Pete Palamountain

Silver – General Young Adult, Young, Funny & Unbalanced by David Smithyman

Gold – Fiction Young Adult, Caves, Cannons & Crinolines by Beverly Stowe McClure

Silver – Fiction Young Adult, Young Knights of the Round Table The King’s Ransom by Cheryl Carpinello

Gold – Non-Fiction Young Adult, Black & White by Larry Dane Brimner

Gold – Fantasy Fiction Young Adult, Griffin Rising by Darby Karchut

Silver – Fantasy Fiction Young Adult, Drawn by Marie Lamba

Gold – Science Fiction Young Adult, the Limit by Kristen Landon

Silver – Science Fiction Young Adult, the Orphan Ship by Sterling R. Walker

Gold – Mystery Young Adult, Stalked by Kristiana Gregory

Cultural Issues, Clara’s Great War by Evelyn Rothstein

Holiday, Santa & The Little Teddy Bear by Peter John Lucking

Self Esteem, Beautiful Wild Rose Girl by B. Magnolia

Female Audience, My Sister is my Best Friend by Nicole Weaver

Mature Issues, In Memory of Dad by Maranda Russell

Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations.  Judging is based upon the criteria set forth by Literary Classics’ highly selective awards committee which honors books promoting character, vision, creativity and learning, through content which possesses key elements found in well-crafted literature.

The Literary Classics judging committee consists of experts with backgrounds in publishing, writing, editing, design, illustration, and book reviewing.   To learn more about Literary Classics, visit their website at http://www.literaryclassicsawards.com.

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My Congratulations to all the winners. This is an awesome list of books. And my thanks to Lynda S. Burch, my publisher, and Jack Foster, the illustrator of Fantastic Flight.

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