Author Edward Stanton Honored in 2017 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

Novel Wide as the Wind wins silver medal for historical YA fiction

Press Release ( - ST. LOUIS - Oct 18, 2017 - We all know about the importance of early childhood literacy, but what does it take to inspire a new generation of readers? It takes falling in love with books— and it’s up to us as parents, teachers, and the creators of books to make sure our kids do fall in love with books and reading—by surrounding them with great books and helping them begin a lifelong love affair with reading.

The annual Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards contest promotes this philosophy of “book love” and recently announced this year’s medal-winning books, including Wide as the Wind (2015, Open Books Press) by author Edward Stanton. Jenkins Group congratulates the authors, illustrators, and publishers from the United States, Canada, and six countries overseas for their dedication to inspiring young people to read and to love books.

Wide as the Wind, also the winner of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Young Adult Fiction, is a timely piece of environmental fiction. The first novel to deal with the stunning, tragic history of Easter Island, it is both a stirring novel of adventure and a prophetic tale for our times.

School Library Journal recommends Stanton’s novel for “ambitious middle and high school readers who appreciate a depiction of a little-discussed but significant historical period and culture” as well as for historical fiction collections in libraries and bookstores. With discussion questions included, it is an excellent pick for a classroom read or a book club, both for teens and adults.

Wide as the Wind transports us to an island world both outside time and urgently relevant to us in the 21st century,” says Leatha Kendrick, author of Almanac of the Invisible. “This novel reminds us of what is important and what we might be called upon to set aside in order to make a world where we and our descendants can live and thrive.”

Moonbeam Award winners will be honored at an award ceremony held November 11th, on the evening of the annual Traverse City Children’s Book Festival. The day-long festivities are dedicated to childhood literacy and a celebration of books, reading, and the creative and hard-working people who support this essential cause.

“With all the distractions of cell phones and other electronic gadgets, kids need a reason to fall in love with books,” says awards director Jim Barnes. “Our contest and book festival are designed to do just that, bringing authors and children together to celebrate the magic of books and reading.”

Kudos to all of this year’s Moonbeam Award winners for their dedication to children and literature!

To purchase copies of Wide as the Wind or schedule author Edward Stanton for an event, please contact Open Books Press. Visit for more information.

Other Winners

See the complete list of Moonbeam Award medalists here:

About the Moonbeam Awards

Publishing services company Jenkins Group and created the Moonbeam contest in 2006 as a way to open up awards in children’s publishing to all types of publishers and genres. By developing a contest that would recognize winners in each of the nuanced categories of children’s publishing, IP hoped to bring attention to the under-sung children’s books and their creators who fell between the cracks in larger, more general contests. Eleven years later, we’ve been lucky vxqct enough to award and promote hundreds of incredible children’s books, and the Moonbeam Awards contest is now open for its eleventh cycle!

About Edward Stanton

Edward Stanton’s Wide as the Wind is based on ten years of travel and research on Easter Island, whose name he has changed in his novel in order to extend its imaginative reach to all of Polynesia. Born in Colorado and raised in California, he resides in Kentucky after having lived in Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Spain. Stanton is the author of eleven books, some of which have been translated and published in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese. Road of Stars to Santiago, the story of his 500-mile walk on the ancient pilgrimage route to Compostela, was called one of the two best books on the subject by The New York Times. Pulitzer Prize-winning writer James Michener said, “Edward Stanton recounts his adventures with stylish conviction.” Stanton has also published fiction, poems, translations and essays in magazines, journals and newspapers in countries throughout the world. He has been a professor of literature at universities in the U.S., Europe and South America. The Fulbright Commission and the National Endowment for the Humanities have awarded him grants for travel, research and writing. His students and colleagues recently published a volume of essays in his honor. At present he is completing a travel memoir titled VIDA: A Life.

About Open Books Press

Open Books Press is dedicated to publishing quality nonfiction for adults and fiction for all ages. Open Books Press, established in 2010, is an imprint of Pen & Publish, Inc., a small press founded in 2005 to serve schools and nonprofits.

Pen & Publish serves a variety of markets through its three imprints. Transformation Media Books is our body/mind/spirit imprint. Brick Mantel Books was added in 2015 to foster literacy by publishing literary fiction and poetry.

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