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.


See the list for the 2019 nominated books and help nominate for 2020!

  • Books Nominated for 2019 (PDF)
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    Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Magnolia Book Award.  Books published in 2016 or later are eligible for the 2020 award.  Please send your nominations to .

  • Votes can be cast by students K-12 at the Mississippi Children’s Museum, Mississippi libraries, and schools during the month of February.

More information on the award:


Congratulations to the 2018 Magnolia Award Winners!

• Pre-K – 2nd Grade: Hey, That’s My Monster! by Amanda Knoll
• 3rd – 5the Grade: Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
• 6th – 8th Grade: Pax by Sara Pennypacker
• 9th -12th Grade: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


Congratulations to:

Kristen Hillman from Pearl Public Library – winner of a visit from the Imagination Playground from the Mississippi Children’s Museum

Kelly Brown from Central Mississippi Library System – winner of the Children’s Book Festival free registration package from the University of Southern Mississippi

Winners were chosen at random from participating voting sites


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.