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.

More information on the award:

  • 2017 Fact Sheet & Information (PDF)
  • 2017 Nominations (PDF)
  • 2018 Nominations (PDF)
  • How to make a nomination for the Magnolia Book Award
  • Magnolia Book Awards Past Recipients
  • For more information contact  or 

Congrats to the 2016 Magnolia Award Winners!

  • K-2 Winner: The Princess and the Presents by Caryl Hart
    Runner-up: What to Do When You’re Sent to Your Room by Ann Stott
  • 3-5 Winner: Wolf  by Valerie Hobbs
    Runner-up: Hot Dog! Eleanor Roosevelt throws a Picnic by Leslie Kimmelman
  • 6-8 Winner: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
    Runner-up: The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
  • 9-12 Winner: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
    Runner-up: All the Truth that’s In Me by Judith Berry

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.