One of the most anticipated moments in the world of children’s and young adult literature has arrived. The 2016 Literary Classics Book Award Finalists have been announced! Chosen out of entries submitted from around the globe, these distinguished honorees are recognized for their contributions to the craft of writing, illustrating, and publishing exceptional literature for a youth audience. In this highly competitive industry these books represent the best of the best.

The competition this year was steep, and we congratulate all of the finalists for their tremendous and inspiring work. Final awards, categories and levels will be announced on July 1, 2016. All Silver, Gold and Top Honors award recipients will be invited to attend a round-table discussion, awards ceremony, formal gala, and authors’ book signing in Las Vegas October 13 through 15, 2016. 

To follow is a list of the 2016 Literary Classics International and Literary Classics Top Honors Book Awards Finalists.
Brian Adams  KABOOM!  Green Writers Press

Nicole Audet  Are You Eating My Lunch? Manges-tu mon lunch?  AuthorHouse

Nicole Audet  Strike at Charles’ Farm/Grève à la ferme de Charles  AuthorHouse

Justine Avery  The Darkness  Justine Avery

Wim Baren   Ptaath’s Hammer  Self-published

Elias Berlinger  Little Music Masters, Meet the Notes  My Music Workshop

Bon Blossman  Fiona Frost: Blood Dolls  Create Space

Sherrill Cannon  The Golden Rule  SBPRA

Edward Carey  Foulsham  The Overlook Press

Karen Chacek  Avian Kingdom Feathered Tales  TechStudios, LLC

Lincoln Cole  Second Chances  LC Publishing

Penelope Anne Cole  What’s for Dinner?  Magical Book Works

Cathrina Constantine  Don’t Forget To Breathe  Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly

Cathrina Constantine  Tallas  Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly

Linda Covella  The Ghosts of Pebble Brook Lodge  Beau Coup Publishing

Linda Covella  Cryptogram Chaos, A Virtual Reality Adventure  Linda Covella

Tyler Curry  A Peacock Among Pigeons  Mascot Publishing

Stacy Davids  Annie’s Plaid Shirt  Upswing Press

Susan Doherty Hannaford  A Secret Music  Cormorant Books

Laurel Downing Bill  Aunt Phil’s Trunk  Aunt Phil’s Trunk LLC

M.J. Evans  In the Heart of a Mustang  Dancing Horse Press

Pat Frayne  Topaz and the Green Fairies   Create Space

Robin Gregory  The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman  Mad Mystical Journey Press

Susan Griner  The Cemetery Sleeper  Saguaro Books

Nicole Henning  My Wish For You   Anima Readers Publishing

Sarah Hill Posie Pixie And The Fireworks Party Abela Publishing

K. B. Hoyle  The Gateway Chronicles  The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House

C.M. Huddleston  Greg’s First Adventure in Time  Interpreting Time’s Past, LLC

William Jones  Reset   Self Published

Troy Kent  The Reading Promise  Mascot Books

Sahana Kumar  The Rain of Blood  Telemachus Press

Kenneth Kit Lamug  The Stumps of Flattop Hill  One Peace Books

Jacqui Letran  I would, but my DAMN MIND won’t let me  A Healed Mind

Susan Lion  White Butterfly and Her Wings of Many Colors  Mariposa Blanca Publishing

Sally Loughridge  Daniel and His Starry Night Blanket  Maine Authors Publishing

Jenny Marais  Navigating Your Cancer Journey  Dog Ear Publishing

Jason Marchi  The Growing Sweater  Fahrenheit Books

Jackie Minniti  Jacqueline  Anaiah Press

Susan Signe Morrison  Grendel’s Mother  Top Hat Books/ John Hunt Publishing

Nasrin Mottahadeh  Ice Dream’s Wish   Nasrin Mottahadeh

Anthony Pardoe  Star Sapphire and the Land of Gems   Anthony and Suzanne Pardoe

Wolfgang Parker  Crime Cats: Missing  Rogue Agent Publishing

Edward Parr  Kingdoms Fall   Edward Parr

James Prewitt  A Long Way Back   Northland Publishing Co

Ellias Quinn  Eventyr  Second March, LLC

Patricia Reding  Select  CreateSpace

Lorilyn Roberts  Seventh Dimension - The City  CreateSpace

Gary Scogin  Penny the Palomino Quarter Horse  Sarah Book Publishing

Christopher Smith  “Guess Who, Mr. Dinosaur?”  Create Space

Beverly Stowe McClure  Under a Purple Moon   Freedom Fox Press

Jessica Therrien  Children of the Gods   Acorn Publishing

Jennifer Thietz    Navigating Your Cancer Journey   Dog Ear Publishing

Sonya Wadhera and Priya Wadhera  Destiny  Double Infinity International Incorporated

Emma Warner-Reed  Dotty and the Calendar House Key  Createspace/Smashwords

Gail Whitmore  A Place to Call Home: Toby’s Tale  Outskirts Press

Steve Wilson  Tempest of Fire  White Feather Press

Steve Wilson  Trinity Icon  White Feather Press

Darla Woodley  Red Socks Go With Absolutely Anything   SonShine Design (Self Published)

Pamela Woods-Jackson  Certainly Sensible   The Wild Rose Press

Kristen Zajac  The Veterans’ Clubhouse  Guardian Angel Publishing

​Final award levels and categories will be announced July 1, 2016