The Magnolia Award

A Children's Choice Award for the State of Mississippi 


Mission: To introduce the children of Mississippi to current children's literature and instill a love of reading. 

Children in grades K-12 who are students in Mississippi are eligible to participate. They will read the books and turn their votes in to their teacher, librarian, or other adult at an authorized voting site, who will then cast the votes electronically. Voting will be held in February, with winners announced at the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival. 

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It is time to vote for the 2017 Magnolia Book Awards! Voting is open for the month of February.

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Remember that in support of the Magnolia Book Awards, the Mississippi Children’s Museum and the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival are sponsoring two incredible awards.

Each location that participates in the February voting will be entered into a  random drawing for one of the following:

From the Mississippi Children's Museum, the winning location will receive a day with their travelling “Imagination Playground” interactive exhibit (a $600 value).

From the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, one randomly selected voting participant will receive  

  • Free registration to the Children's Book Festival;
  • A $500 honorarium to the individual; and,
  • A $500 honorarium to purchase books for the winning library.


**Congrats to the 2016 Magnolia Award Winners!**

  • K-2 Winner: The Princess and the Presents by Caryl Hart  Runner-up: What to Do When You’re Sent to Your Room by Ann Stott
  • 3-5 Winner: Wolf by Valerie Hobbs  Runner-up: Hot Dog! Eleanor Roosevelt throws a Picnic by Leslie Kimmelman
  • 6-8 Winner: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein  Runner-up: The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
  • 9-12 Winner: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Runner-up: All the Truth that’s In Me by Judith Berry 

More information on the award:

Magnolia Spine Labels: 1 x 3/4" label with 1/2" margin; 100 to a sheet.  Demco Prd#14216190; Royalty free photo from  (.doc) or (PDF)

The Magnolia Award is a partnership of:

The Mississippi Children's Museum, The Mississippi Department of Education, The Mississippi Library Association, The Mississippi Library Commission, and the following divisions of the University of Southern Mississippi:

The School of Library and Information Science Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival
The School Of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
and The deGrummond Children's Literature Collection

For more information contact Stacy Creel or Venetia Oglesby