20018 Literary Classics Book Award Finallists Announced

Release Date: November 1, 2018

Literary Classics


Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Book Award Finalists


Rapid City, SD – Tradition continues with the arrival of one of the most anticipated moments in the world of children’s and young adult literature. The 2018 Literary Classics Book Award Finalists and Top Honors Book Awards Finalists have been announced. Selected from submissions by entrants around the globe, these distinguished honorees are recognized for their contributions to the craft of writing, illustrating, and publishing exceptional literature for a youth audience. In this highly competitive industry these books represent the foremost in literature in their respective categories.

The competition this year was tremendous, and we congratulate all of the finalists for their outstanding and inspiring work. Final awards, categories and levels will be announced on November 15, 2018. All Silver, Gold and Top Honors award recipients will be invited to attend a writers’ conference, awards ceremony, formal gala, and authors’ book signing to be held in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival, May 10, 11 & 12, 2019 in downtown Rapid City, South Dakota.

The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize this year’s titles in literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics award selection committee.


Anders Roseberg    The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show   Anders Roseberg

Jennifer Ann Aquino   The International Family Guide to US University Admissions   Wiley & Sons

Arlo Guthrie     Monsters   Rising Son International, Ltd.

Andrea Torrey Balsara     The Great & the Small   Common Deer Press

Marlo Berliner     The Ghost Chronicles 2   Self-published

Bon Blossman   The Noxhelm Murders   Create Space

Terry Braddock   The Stump – Abridged Version   Terry L. Braddock

  1. A. Brittain   Judah’s Scepter and the Sacred Stone   First Edition Design Publishing

Caytlyn Brooke   Wired    BHC Press

Tiffany Brooks   Reality Gold   Dunemere Books

Elizabeth Doyle  Junior Lifeguards Series   Dunemere Books

Cheryl Carpinello   Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend  Beyond Today Educator

Theresa Cones   Tales From a Crowded Pet Room  Covenant Books

DJ Corchin,   Illustrated by Tyler Hawx   Half-Cat The phazelFOZ Company, LLC

Susan Count,  Illustrated by  Elena Shved   Selah’s Painted Dream   Hastings Creations Group

C F Crawford,  Illustrated by  L H Crawford  Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers: The Summer Tales  Lauco Press

Crystal Chatterton  Awesome Science Experiments for Kids  Rockridge Press

Mrs. D. Olga D’Agostino  The Trees Have Hearts  MrsDBooks LLC

D.E. Partridge     The Claimed   Kindle Direct

Philip Derrick   Facing the Dragon  Sunnyslope Press

Laurel Downing Bill   Aunt Phil’s Trunk Bringing Alaska’s History Alive Aunt Phil’s Trunk LLC

Martha Driscoll, co-author,  Ann Driscoll   Sammy the Seahorse   Driscoll Publishing

Murray Eiland Jr   The Raid on Troy   CreateSpace

Sabrina Fedel   Leaving Kent State   Harvard Square Editions

Mackenzie Flohr     The Rite of Wands   BHC Press

Gregory A. Fournier   The Richard Streicher   Jr. Murder Wheatmark Inc.

Claire Fullerton   Mourning Dove   Firefly Southern Fiction

Laurie Germaine   Tinsel in a Tangle   Clean Reads

Cliff Graham   Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus   Bethany House

Stacie Haas   Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee   5050 Press

Thaddeus Hackworth    Bedtime for Buzzy   Downtown and Brown Ventures

Krysten Hager   Landry in Like   Clean Reads

Anne Hamilton   Merlin’s Wood: The Battle of the Trees 1   Armour Books

Jane Alvey Harris   Riven   Jane Alvey Harris

Jane Alvey Harris   Secret Keeper   Jane Alvey Harris

Ginger Heller   The Kid Who Beat Wall Street and Saved Africa   Create Space

Melanie Hooyenga  The Trail Rules  CreateSpace

C.M. Huddleston   Greg’s Third Adventure in Time   ITP Press

Lauren Hudson Cathy Teets  The Deception  Headline Books

Kathleen Jacobs   Please Close It!  Headline Books

Jenna Elizabeth Johnson  The Legend of Oescienne Series   Create Space

Joseph Ruder  Daydreaming Danny and the Green Dragon   Create Space

Kena Sosa   Kindertransport-A Child’s Journey   4RV Publishing LLC

Mia Kerick   My Crunchy Life   Harmony Ink Press

Lori Kline Debra Winegarten   Almost a Minyan   Sociosights Press

DG Lamb David Lamb   The Deepest Cut   Calyse Publishing

Sheri Larsen   Marked Beauty   Ellysian Press

Nelda Lateef   Animal Village   Sub-Saharan Publishers

Wendy Leighton-Porter  The Shadow of the Tudor Rose  (Book 9, Shadows from the Past series) Mauve Square Publishing

Adam Leitman Bailey  Home   Building Foundations Publishing Company

Jacqui Letran Jacqui Letran   Unleash Your Inner Super Powers  A Healed Mind

Daniel Liut Daniel Liut   Reality, The Struggle for Sternessence   BQB Publishing Company

Regan W. H. Macaulay  Tamara Turtle’s Life So Far   Mirror Publishing

P.H.C. Marchesi   Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Alterax Buttons  CreateSpace

Matthew Mayo  Stranded: A Story of Frontier Survival  Five Star Publishing

Sarah McGuire Tracy Adams  Valiant   Carolrhoda Books

Joyce McPherson   The Pandora Device   Candleford Press

Cat Michaels,  Illustrated by Irene Jahns Sweet T and the Turtle Team 2101 Ink

Daniel Molyneux   Judas Son of Simon  Moriah Books

Daniela Norris  Recognitions  Roundfire Books

Lisa Anne Novelline   Piccadilly and the Jolly Raindrops  Lisa Anne Novelline

Tempeste O’Riley   Blood’s Song   Encompass Ink, Teen

Wolfgang Parker   Crime Cats: The Deadly Scarab   Rogue Agent Publishing

Linda Petrie Bunch   A Birth Day for Hannah  Book Club Productions

Catherine Rademacher Gibson, co-author Mary Gibson Sprague Glorious Fourth of July  S.D. Historical Society Press

AJ Reilly  The Askren Boys  Waldorf Publishing

Marc Remus  The Golden Maple Tree (Book 2, Magora series)   Misty Moon Books

Marc Remus Marc Remus  The Language Thieves  Misty Moon Books/ Marc Remus

Bill Richardson,  Illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff  The Alphabet Thief  Groundwood Books

D.A. Roach Deborah Roach   Cross   daroachfiction

Diane Mae Robinson  The Dragon Grammar Book   Diane Mae Robinson Ink

Sandra Rostirolla  Cecilia  Pinkus Books

Lynn Salsi, co-author Joe Campbell, Illustrated by Ashley Teets  Hurricane: Jamar’s Story   Headline Books

Jonathan Schork, co-author Wayne Hoeft, Illust. by Jonathan Schork  More Tales from the Enchanted Wood SM~ARC, inc.

Jeremy Shapiro,  Illustrated by Marydeaton Heldman    Hugo and Nora  Ingramspark

Shanalee Sharboneau, Illustrated by Israel Dilean My Daddy Loves Me / My Mommy Loves Me Mascot Books

Carolyn Sloan,  Illustrated by James Williamson  Welcome to the Symphony  Workman Publishing Company

Eric Stevens  His Guide in the Night  Eric Stevens

Anne Sweazy-Kulju  Grog Wars, Dos  Louise Ann Kulju

Tayyaba Syed,  Illustrated by Melani Putri    The Blessed Bananas  Prolance Publishing

Brad Tarlem  The Mordenham Acres  Olympia Publishers

Cynthia Toney   The Other Side of Freedom  Write Integrity Press

Chuck Vance  Sneaking Out  Dunemere Books

Jarrett Whitlow, co-author Jarrett Whitlow What if Dinosaurs Were Pink?  Warren Publishing

Vivian Zabel  Where Did Panther Go?  4RV Publishing


Final award levels & categories will be announced November 15, 2018

The Eighth Annual Literary Classics Book Awards will be presented in May, 2019 in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival in the City of Presidents.

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The Best Ways to Get Your Self-Published Book in Your Local Library

So, you’ve written a cool book. You want to get it out in the hands of your genre. If you’re like me, you’re thinking about how you can get it in your local library, right? As all library systems are different, I’m not totally sure, but small-towners may have a much easier time getting their self-published book into their local library than us city folk.  I’ve heard of self-published authors walking right into their small town library and just asking. Easy enough.  In Utah, there is a huge county library system and lots of red tape to get through in order to get my book on the shelf.  Libraries get bombarded with submission requests. Although I don’t claim to have all the answers, this is what I was told from our local county library system:

Reviews from industry sources will improve the ability of selectors to fully evaluate your book. Review sources for independently published materials include:

Small Press Reviews:

Apparently not accepting submissions at this time. Fine.

Kirkus Indie Book Reviews :

Pay to get reviewed? Kirkus Indie Book Reviews is wanting 350 dollars for a review. Not sure I can afford that!

Independent Publisher:

There submission guidelines are pretty straight forward.  It does sound like they probably choose winners of the IPPY Awards (their awards) or from indie submissions. Cool.

How We Choose Books for Review

IndependentPublisher.com publishes original reviews of noteworthy new titles, chosen by our editorial staff from review submissions and entries into our six awards contests. We also feature books in articles and round-ups throughout the year. We review these books to bring increased recognition to the thousands of great — and often overlooked — independently published titles released each year. This is also why we launched our first book awards contest, the Independent Publisher Book Awards, in 1996.

Winning a book award and getting a good review published are two of the best marketing tools available to the independent publisher today. To be considered for a review, send your book to the address below. If your title is chosen, a member of the editorial staff will contact you with a link to the completed review.

IP, 1129 Woodmere Ave, Suite B, Traverse City MI 49686

Independently published books entered into our awards contests will also be considered for review. See here for more details about each awards program.

Midwest Review:

There guidelines are also pretty straight forward. If you are submitting ebooks, pre-publication manuscripts, galleys, uncorrected proofs, ARCs, or pdf files, expect to pay 50 bucks.  From what I can tell, it’s free to send them a hard copy of your book.

To submit a print book for review, we require the following:

  1. Two copies of the published book.
  2. A cover letter.
  3. A publicity or press release. This (or the cover letter) must include either a physical address or an email address to send the review to.

Send to:

James A. Cox
Midwest Book Review
278 Orchard Drive
Oregon, WI 53575


Booklife has a couple of options I believe. You first need to create an account. From there, you can send ebooks or hard copies.  They have a completely free option for a possible review, and if I’m not mistaken, a paid option for a guaranteed review.

In Closing

I was only told about these particular industry review sources.  I can’t say if a review anywhere else would help or not. Don’t let it discourage you from trying!

Remember, even after getting your book reviewed from one of the above industry reviewers, it won’t guarantee you a spot in the library system. It only gives you an “improved chance.”  Make sure your book is available to buy at a book store or somewhere because if you do get a spot in the library, they’ll need to know how they can pick up a copy of your beautiful work.

In the case of children’s books, make sure the copy of your book is going to hold up to the abuse of thousands of tiny hands. Most picture books I check-out are hardbound for this very reason!  “Only materials that are sturdily bound, preferably sewn or glued (without spiral or comb bindings) will be considered. Books with pages designed to be filled in or torn out by the reader will not be purchased.”

In closing, I hope this helps you get your book into your local library!  You can offer some free readings too!  Good luck and keep writing!