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Here at Chanticleer, we love Children’s literature! There is just something about a truly well-told story that sparks the imagination of the young – and the young at heart.
So, as we celebrate Children’s Book Week – May 4 – 10, 2020, allow us to bring along a few friends and share with you some really good books.
Did you know that 2020 marks the 96th anniversary of the first edition of the first book The Boxcar Children by Gertrude C. Warner?
It’s true! We titled the Chanticleer International Book Awards (CIBAs) division for middle-grade readers The Gertrude Warner Awards in honor of the author of the well-loved children’s The Boxcar Children Series.
I guess you could say, we’re fans. BIG fans!
We love Gertrude and so many others! Here’s a little list of some of Middle-Grade Children’s authors you probably already know:
Ron Dahl – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter series
Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians
R.J. Palacio – Wonder
Lemony Snicket – The Series of Unfortunate Events
Madeleine L’Engle – A Wrinkle in Time
Louis Sachar – Holes
Kelly Barnhill for The Girl Who Drank the Moon
Neil Gaiman – for so, so many books!
Lois Lowry – The Giver
Now – a very special treat! Please take the time to find out about some of our very own personal favorite Middle-Grade Children’s Authors:
The Gertrude Warner Book Awards for Middle-Grade Readers – FINALISTS for 2019 – are
- Amber L. Wyss – Phoenix Rising
- M.J. Evans – PINTO!
- M.J. Evans – The Stone of Wisdom – Book 4 of the Centaur Chronicles
- Beth Stickley – Tarnation’s Gate
- Rey Clark – Legends of the Vale
- Laura M. Kemp – Burnt Feathers
- Alex Paul – The Valley of Death, Book 5, Arken Freeth and the Adventure of the Neanderthals
- Trayner Bane – Windhollow and the Axe Breaker (Windhollows, Book 3)
- Carolyn Watkins – The Knock…a collection of childhood memories
- Liana Gardner – 7th Grade Revolution
- Nancy McDonald – Boy from Berlin
- Wendy Leighton-Porter – The Shadow of the Tudor Rose
- Kit Bakke – Dancing on the Edge
- Mobi Warren – The Bee Maker
- C.R. Stewart – Britfield and the Lost Crown
- B.L. Smith – Bert Mintenko and the Serious Business
These titles are in the running for the First Place positions of the 2019 Gertrude Warner Book Awards for Middle-Grade Readers
– and one will be named GRAND Prize Winner!
The 2018 Gertrude Warner Book Awards Grand Prize went to Jules Luther – for the unpublished book, The Portals of Peril
2018 Gertrude Warner Book Awards for Middle-Grade Readers First in Category Winners
- Keelic and the Pathfinders of Midgarth by Alexander Edlund
- Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend by Cheryl Carpinello
- The Portals of Peril by Jules Luther
- From the Shadows by KB Shaw
- Tallulah’s Flying Adventure by Gloria Two-Feathers
- Vampire Boy by Aric Cushing
- The Adventures of Rug Bug by Kay M. Bates
Paul Aertker took home the CIBA GRAND PRIZE 2017 Gertrude Warner Book Awards Grand Prize for
2017 Gertrude Warner Book Awards for Middle-Grade Readers First in Category Winners
- The Supernatural Pet Sitter by Diane Moat
- Bryce Bumps His Head by Robert D. Calkins
- Brainwashed: The Crime Travelers Series by Paul Aertker
- The Queen and Knights of Nor by Rebekah Stelzer/R.L.Stelzer
- Lucky Rocks by Murray Richter
- Flowerantha by Bek Castro
- The Strange Case of Mr. Beets by A Pharmacist on a Yak (Anand Vora)
The 2016 Gertrude Warner Book Awards Grand Prize was won by Alan Sproles & Lizanne Southgate for their work, The Train From Outer Space.
2016 Gertrude Warner Book Awards for Middle-Grade Readers First in Category Winners are:
- Life On Base: Quantico Cave by Tom & Nancy Wise
- The Train from Outer Space by Alan Sproles and Lizanne Southgate
- The Mystery of Hollow Inn by Tara Ellis
- Ethyr by M.P. Follin
- I, Mary by Mike Hartner
Are you interested in seeing how your Middle-Grade book stands up to the competition? Submit them to the Chanticleer International Book Awards and we will choose the best among the entries!
The deadline to submit your book for the Gertrude Warner awards is May 31, 2019. Enter here!
The deadline for 2019 submissions has been extended to June 15, 2019. Grand Prize and First Place Winners for 2019 will be announced on September 5, 2020, at the CIBA Awards Banquet.
Any entries received on or after June 16, 2019, will be entered into the 2020 Gertrude Warner Book Awards.
As our deadline draws near, don’t miss this opportunity to earn the distinction your Middle-Grade Reader deserves! Enter today!
The GERTRUDE WARNER Book Awards is a division of the Chanticleer International Book Awards – the CIBAs.
All Finalists and First Place category winners will be recognized, the first-place winners will be whisked up on stage to receive their custom ribbon and wait to see who among them will take home the Grand Prize. It’s an exciting evening of dinner, networking, and celebrations!