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

The Eighth Annual Literary Classics Book Awards will be presented in May, 2019 in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival in the City of Presidents.

​Anders Roseberg  The Wondrous Wandering Acrobats Show  Anders Roseberg

Jennifer Ann Aquino  The International Family Guide to US University Admissions  Wiley & Sons

Arlo Guthrie  Monsters  Rising Son International, Ltd.

Andrea Torrey Balsara  The Great & the Small   Common Deer Press

Marlo Berliner  The Ghost Chronicles 2  Teddy Blue Books

Bon Blossman  The Noxhelm Murders   Create Space

Terry Braddock  The Stump - Abridged Version  Terry L. Braddock

D. A. Brittain  Judah’s Scepter and the Sacred Stone  First Edition Design Publishing

Caytlyn Brooke  Wired BHC Press

Tiffany Brooks  Reality Gold   Dunemere Books

Elizabeth Doyle Carey Junior Lifeguards Series  Dunemere Books

Cheryl Carpinello  Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend  Beyond Today Educator

Theresa Cones  Tales From a Crowded Pet Room  Covenant Books

DJ Corchin, Illustrated by Tyler Hawx  Half-Cat The phazelFOZ Company, LLC

Susan Count, Illustrated by Elena Shved  Selah’s Painted Dream  Hastings Creations Group

C F Crawford, Illustrated L H Crawford  Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers: The Summer Tales  Lauco Press

Crystal Chatterton  Awesome Science Experiments for Kids  Rockridge Press

Mrs. D. Olga D’Agostino  The Trees Have Hearts  MrsDBooks LLC

Philip Derrick  Facing the Dragon  Sunnyslope Press

Laurel Downing Bill  Aunt Phil’s Trunk Bringing Alaska’s History Alive Aunt Phil’s Trunk LLC

Martha Driscoll, co-author, Ann Driscoll  Sammy the Seahorse  Driscoll Publishing

Murray Eiland Jr  The Raid on Troy  CreateSpace

Sabrina Fedel  Leaving Kent State   Harvard Square Editions

Mackenzie Flohr  The Rite of Wands  BHC Press

Gregory A. Fournier  The Richard Streicher Jr. Murder Wheatmark Inc.

Claire Fullerton  Mourning Dove  Firefly Southern Fiction

Laurie Germaine  Tinsel in a Tangle  Clean Reads

Cliff Graham  Shadow of the Mountain: Exodus  Bethany House

Stacie Haas  Freedom for Me: A Chinese Yankee  5050 Press

T.J. Hackworth  Bedtime for Buzzy   Downtown and Brown Ventures

Krysten Hager  Landry in Like   Clean Reads

Anne Hamilton  Merlin’s Wood: The Battle of the Trees 1  Armour Books

Jane Alvey Harris  Riven  Jane Alvey Harris

Jane Alvey Harris  Secret Keeper Jane Alvey Harris

Ginger Heller  The Kid Who Beat Wall Street and Saved Africa  Create Space

Melanie Hooyenga  The Trail Rules  CreateSpace

C.M. Huddleston  Greg’s Third Adventure in Time  ITP Press

Lauren Hudson The Deception  Headline Books

Kathleen Jacobs, Illustrated by Ashley Teets  Please Close It!  Headline Books

Jenna Elizabeth Johnson  The Legend of Oescienne Series  Create Space

Joseph Ruder Daydreaming Danny and the Green Dragon  Create Space

Kena Sosa  Kindertransport-A Child’s Journey   4RV Publishing LLC

Mia Kerick  My Crunchy Life  Harmony Ink Press

Lori Kline Almost a Minyan  Sociosights Press

DG Lamb The Deepest Cut  Calyse Publishing

S.A. Larsen  Marked Beauty   Ellysian Press

Nelda Lateef  Animal Village  Sub-Saharan Publishers

Wendy Leighton-Porter  The Shadow of the Tudor Rose  (Book 9, Shadows from the Past ) Mauve Square

Adam Leitman Bailey  Home  Building Foundations Publishing Company

Jacqui Letran Unleash Your Inner Super Powers  A Healed Mind

Regan W. H. Macaulay  Tamara Turtle’s Life So Far  Mirror Publishing

P.H.C. Marchesi  Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Alterax Buttons  CreateSpace

Matthew Mayo  Stranded: A Story of Frontier Survival  Five Star Publishing

Sarah McGuire Valiant   Carolrhoda Books

Joyce McPherson  The Pandora Device   Candleford Press

Cat Michaels, Illustrated by Irene Jahns Sweet T and the Turtle Team 2101 Ink

Daniela I. Norris  Recognitions  Roundfire Books

Lisa Anne Novelline  Piccadilly and the Jolly Raindrops Lisa Anne Novelline

Tempeste O’Riley  Blood’s Song Encompass Ink, Teen

Wolfgang Parker  Crime Cats: The Deadly Scarab  Rogue Agent Publishing

D.E. Partridge The Claimed Kindle Direct Publishing

Linda Petrie Bunch  A Birth Day for Hannah  Book Club Productions

Catherine Rademacher Gibson  Glorious Fourth of July  S.D. Historical Society Press

AJ Reilly  The Askren Boys  Waldorf Publishing

Marc Remus  The Golden Maple Tree (Book 2, Magora series)   Misty Moon Books

Marc Remus The Language Thieves  Misty Moon Books

Bill Richardson, Illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff  The Alphabet Thief  Groundwood Books

D.A. Roach Cross  DA Roach Fiction

Diane Mae Robinson  The Dragon Grammar Book   Diane Mae Robinson Ink

Sandra L. Rostirolla  Cecilia  Pinkus Books

Lynn Salsi, co-author Joe Campbell, Illustrated by Ashley Teets  Hurricane: Jamar’s Story  Headline Books

Jonathan Schork, Illustrated by Jonathan Schork  More Tales from the Enchanted Wood SM~ARC, inc.

Jeremy Shapiro, Illustrated by Marydeaton Heldman  Hugo and Nora Ingramspark

Shanalee Sharboneau, Illustrated by Israel Dilean My Daddy Loves Me / My Mommy Loves Me Mascot Books

Carolyn Sloan, Illustrated by James Williamson  Welcome to the Symphony  Workman Publishing Company

Eric Stevens  His Guide in the Night  Eric Stevens

Anne Sweazy-Kulju  Grog Wars, Dos  Louise Ann Kulju

Tayyaba Syed, Illustrated by Melani Putri  The Blessed Bananas  Prolance Publishing

Cynthia Toney  The Other Side of Freedom  Write Integrity Press

Chuck Vance  Sneaking Out  Dunemere Books

Jarrett Whitlow What if Dinosaurs Were Pink?  Warren Publishing

Vivian Zabel  Where Did Panther Go?  4RV Publishing