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.

Voting for 2021 is has been extended to MARCH 8!

CLICK HERE to view our 2021 nominated books!

Pre-K-2 Voting:

3-5 Voting:

6-8 Voting:

9-12 Voting:

Nominations for the 2022 Award Year are now closed.

CLICK HERE to view our 2022 nominated books.
CLICK HERE to view more information on how to nominate.

We encourage all schools and public libraries to make voting for this year’s Magnolia Book awards an event to remember for your community! Participating voting sites have the opportunity to win a day with the Mississippi Children’s Museum’s traveling “Imagination Playground” interactive exhibit (a $600 value) and from the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, free registration to the Children’s Book Festival, a $500 honorarium to the individual, and a $500 honorarium to purchase books for the winning library.

More information on the award:

Want to serve on the selection committee? Put your name on the waiting list! 

Add your name to our Selection Committee waiting list and be a part of the Magnolia Book Awards process! We are seeking public children’s librarians or school librarians. Committee members may serve for three years, with all communications accomplished via email. Review books received during the nomination cycle are yours to keep! Email us to add your name to the list- .

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; and The deGrummond Children’s Literature Collection

For additional information, please contact: .