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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.
Pre-K-2nd Grade: What Do They Do with All That Poo? Written by Kane Kurtz and illustrated by Allison Black
Runner-up: A Place for Pluto written by Stef Wade, illustrated by Melanie Demmer
3rd-5th Grade: Real Friends: A True Story About Cool Kids and Crybabies by Shannon Hale and illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Runner-up: Wonderland written by Barbara O’Connor
6th-8th Grade: The Doughnut Fix written by Jesse Janowitz and The Not-So Boring Letters of Private Nobody by Matthew Landis (Tied)
Runner-up: Lifeboat 12 written by Susan Hood
9th-12th Grade: A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti
Runner-up: Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge
The 2020 Magnolia Book Awards winner of a day with Mississippi Children’s Museum’s Imagination Playground exhibit is Leah Shackelford of Annunciation Catholic School in Columbus, Mississippi. Congratulations Leah!
The winner of the $250 honorarium to the individual, $250 honorarium to purchase books for the winning library, and free registration to the 2021 Book Festival is Matthew Pudas of the Magee Public Library in Magee, Mississippi. Congratulations Matthew!
Congratulations to the winners and all of the wonderful books nominated for the 2020 Magnolia Book Awards! Thank you to everyone who participated and made this year’s awards possible!
See the list for the new nominees for 2021! Vote for your favorite in February 2021.
Congratulations to 2019 winners:
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
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