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.
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