Tradition continues with the arrival of one of the most anticipated moments in the world of children’s and young adult literature. The 2018 Literary Classics Book Award Finalists and Top Honors Book Awards Finalists have been announced. Selected from submissions by entrants 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 foremost in literature in their respective categories.

The competition this year was tremendous, and we congratulate all of the finalists for their outstanding and inspiring work. Final awards, categories and levels will be announced on November 15, 2018. All Silver, Gold and Top Honors award recipients will be invited to attend a writers’ conference, awards ceremony, formal gala, and authors’ book signing to be held in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival, May 10, 11 & 12, 2019.  

The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize this year’s titles in literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics award selection committee.
Natalie Allison  A Shift Toward Prey  Primedia E-launch LLC
Lis Anna-Langston  Tupelo Honey  Mapleton Publishers
Kay Beth Avery  Unbroken Spirits  Western Reflections Publishing
Terry John Barto  Nickerbacher  TJB KIDS
Cassandra Briskman  If You Wish  Waterside Productions
Caytlyn Brooke  Dark Flowers  BHC Press imprint H20
Nicholas Cappas  Heaven Breaks In Kingdom Press
Mukuka Chipanta  A Casualty of Power   Weaver Press
Penelope Anne Cole  In and Out, All 'Round About - Opposite Friends  Magical Book Works
Susan Count  Mary’s Song   Hastings Creations Group
CF Crawford  Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers: The Spring Tales   Lauco Press
Ronan Cray  Dust Eaters North  Abrasax Press
Dayle Dabney  Corinne's Fin  Headline Books
JODY A. DEAN, Ph.D.  Roxie the Doxie Finds her Forever Home Tally Ho Publishing
Louis DeGrado  The Calling of the Protectors, The Legend of Chief   IUniverse
Chess Desalls  The Call to Search Everywhen   Czidor Lore, LLC
Susan Doherty Hannaford  A Secret Music   Cormorant Books
Martha Driscoll  Nosey's Wild Ride on the Belle of Louisville  Driscoll Publishing
D. G. Driver  No One Needed to Know  Amazon
Carmela Dutra  Little Katie Goes to the Moon  Pegasus Pony
Murray Eiland Jr  The Sword of Telemon   Amazon
M.J. Evans  The Stone of Mercy-Book 1 of the Centaur Chronicles  Dancing Horse Press
Cindy Farwell  Milk Bottles and Mud Pies   Tate Publishing
Kevin Foster  The Gospel According To Ruth: A Season of Harvest 121 Days of Devotions  Carpenter's Son
Gregory A. Fournier  Terror in Ypsilanti: John Norman Collins Unmasked   Wheatmark, Inc.
SJ Francis  Shattered Lies   Black Opal Books
Scott M. Graffius  Agile Scrum: Your Quick Start Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions  CreateSpace
Jean Guthrie  Mystical Aria: Seeking the Gallion Queen   Sojourn Publishing, LLC
Paul Haddad  Skinny White Freak   Independent
Constance Hale  'Iwalani's Tree   BeachHouse Publishing
Rebecca Hammond Yager  Beauty & the Beast  Poisoned Plume
JD Harper  Glint   CreateSpace
Luke T. Harrington  Ophelia, Alive  Post Mortem Press
Pamela Hartley  The Seasons of a Giant  CreateSpace
Melanie Hooyenga  The Slope Rules   CreateSpace
K. B. Hoyle  Criminal   The Writer's Coffee Shop
C.M. Huddleston  Greg's Second Adventure in Time  Interpreting Time's Past PRESS
Dorothea Jensen  A Buss from Lafayette  BQB Publishing
Kenny Chumbley Jim McGuiggan  The Green Children   Prairie Papers
Jenna Elizabeth Johnson  Faeborne  Create Space
K.S. Jones  Black Lightning   Mirror World Publishing
PM Kelly  Dream Butterflies   Bookbaby
Germany Kent  You Are What You Tweet: Harness The Power of Twitter...  Star Stone Press
Shannon Kirk  The Extraordinary Journey of Vivienne Marshall   Reputation Books
Joni Klein-Higger and Flora Zaken-Greenberg, Ph.D.  Coby Ryan Harris Is Officially Fat  Guardian Angel Publishing
S.A. Larsen  Motley Education  Leap Books, LLC
Wendy Leighton-Porter  Max’s Christmas Adventure   Mauve Square Publishing
Wendy Leighton-Porter  Shadows from the Past book series   Mauve Square Publishing
Jacqui Letran  5 Simple Questions to Reclaim Your Happiness!   A Healed Mind
Janelle Diller & Lisa Travis  Pack-n-Go Girls Adventure Series  WorldTrek Publishing
Hiba Masood  Drummer Girl   Daybreak Press
Lisa McCombs  Bombs Bursting in Air   Headline Books
Susan Morrison  A Medieval Woman’s Companion: Women’s Lives...  Oxbow Books
AC Moyer  All Sleep  Aurelia Press
Loretta Neff Sip Tea with Mad Hatter  Neff Publishing, LLC
Katy Newton Naas  Guardian   Clean Reads
Bryan Ney  Calamity Jane, How the West Began  Dragon Tree Books
Amanda Noll  Hey That’s MY Monster!   Flashlight Press
Lisa Anne Novelline  Piccadilly and the Waltzing Wind   Self Published
Marina Osipova  The Cruel Romance  iUniverse
Christina Pagés  Lucy in her Secret Wood (A story inspired by Wordsworth's wild child Lucy Gray)  Waldorf Publishing
Wolfgang Parker  Crime Cats, the Dusenbury Curse  Rogue Agent Publishing
Fiza Pathan  CLASSICS: Why and how we can encourage children to read them  Fiza Pathan Publishing 
Regina Puckett  I Will Breathe   Punk & Sissy Publications
Patricia Reding  Ephemeral and Fleeting   Scripta Manent Publishing
Marc Remus  Magora The Gallery of Wonders  Misty Moon Books / Marc Remus
Katelynn Renteria  The Other Side of the Law   Sarah Book Publishing
Diane Mae Robinson  Sir Princess Petra's Mission   Tate Publishing
Garry Rogers  Birds of Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona   Self Published
J.R. Roper  The Tower Below  CHBB Publishing
Hayley Rose  Fifo 50 States  Flowered Press
Walter Scherr  WALTER's WAY: How a Relief Kid Survived TB...   Wiley
Gary Schwartz  The King of Average   Bunny Moon Books
Sheila Slavich  Jumpin’ the Rails!  Xlibris
Jess Smart Smiley, 10 Little Monsters Visit New York City, Familius
Natalie Rekstad Sophie Lynn  The Secret Adventures of Anonymouse  Black Fox Philanthropy, LLC
Leigh St John  Quantum Lace  Self-Published
Teresa Stern  Grocery Store Alphabet Game  Sarah Book Publishing
Beverly Stowe McClure  A Family for Leona  4RV Publishing LLC
Lynne Stringer  Once Confronted   Rhiza Press
Danielle Vann  The Whizbang Machine  Waldorf Publishing
Stephan von Clinkerhoffen  The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham   Createspace
Diana Walker  Hopping to America: A Rabbit's Tale of Immigration  Headline Books
Emma Warner-Reed  DOTTY and the Chimney Thief  Calendar House Press
Julie Whitley  Secrets of the Home Wood: the Sacrifice  FriesenPress
Molly & Gary Whitney  Thistle Downe  Bright Sky Press
Steve Wilson  Eye of Charybdis  White Feather Press
Allen Wolf  Hooked  Morning Star Publishing
Heather Wood Galpert  My Pancakes Taste Different Today  Wagon Wheel Productions

​Final award levels & categories will be announced November 15, 2018

The Eighth Annual Literary Classics Book Awards will be presented Labor Day Weekend, 2017 in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival in the City of Presidents.