Mississippi Children's Museum

Magnolia Book Awards

A children’s choice award for the state of Mississippi

The Magnolia Book Awards are given annually to the book voted by the children and teens of Mississippi as their favorite in four age categories. The purpose of the Magnolia Book Awards is to introduce Mississippi children and teens to current literature and to instill a love of reading.

Mississippi children in grades Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade are eligible to participate in the voting and nominating. Voting is held annually in February, with winners announced each April at the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Voting is overseen by a designated individual (teacher, librarian, bookstore manager, etc.) at each participating location in the state of Mississippi.


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Congrats to the 2017 Magnolia Award Winners!

  • Pre-K-2 Winner: The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
    Runner-up: Ninja Baby by David Zeltser
  • 3-5 Winner: Jars of Hope: How One Woman Saved 2,500 Children During the Holocaust by Jennifer Roy
    Runner-up: The Boy who Fell Off the Mayflower, or, John Howland’s Good Fortune by Patrick J. Lynch
  • 6-8 Winner: House Arrest by K.A. Holt
    Runner-up: Just a Drop of Water by Kerry O’Malley Cerra
  • 9-12 Winner: Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
    Runner-up: The Truth about Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

The Magnolia Book Awards is a partnership of:

  • Mississippi Children’s Museum
  • Mississippi Department of Education
  • Mississippi Library Association
  • Mississippi Library Commission
  • Divisions of the University of Southern Mississippi: The School of Library and Information Science; Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival; The School Of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education; and The deGrummond Children’s Literature Collection.