‘Josie the Great’ Wins Coveted Purple Dragonfly Book Award

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CHANDLER, AZ (June, 2017) – The judges of the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in children’s literature, have spoken, and Josie the Great by Pam Saxelby, won 1st place in the Family category, and Honorable Mentions in Best Illustrations, and Children’s Picture Books 5 and under.

“Winning any place in the Purple Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score is required before a First or Second place or Honorable Mention will be awarded to the entrant – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda F. Radke, president of Story Monsters LLC, the sponsor of the Dragonfly Book Awards. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”

Josie the Great  is a story about a young boy trying to make sense of all the changes in his life! It retails for $23.95 for the hardcover,  but can be purchased at a discount at all the stores listed on my website; pamsaxelby.com

For a complete list of winners, visit www.dragonflybookawards.com.

The next Purple Dragonfly Book Awards contest is already underway. Final deadline for submissions is May 1, 2018. The final deadline for the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards Contest, which recognizes outstanding literature in all genres, is October 1, 2017. Is your book or product Story Monsters Approved? Kids know when they see the Story Monsters Approved seal it means children their own age enjoyed the book or product and are recommending it, too. How do they know that? Because after books and products pass the first round of judging by industry experts, they are then sent to a panel of youth judges who must also endorse the books or products before they can receive the official seal of approval. Kid-tested and judge-certified! There is no deadline for the Story Monsters Approved program. Books are sent for judging as they are received. For complete rules and submission forms for either contest, visit www.dragonflybookawards.com and click on the contest of choice.

To learn more about Story Monsters LLC, celebrating over 30 years of business in Chandler, Arizona, visit www.StoryMonsters.com, email info@storymonsters.com or call 480-940-8182.

Children’s Author Pam Saxelby Earns the Story Monsters Seal of Approval

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: 
Linda F. Radke, Story Monsters LLC
Phone: 480‐940‐8182
E‐mail: info@storymonsters.com 

CHANDLER, AZ (March, 2017) – The student judges of the Story Monsters Approved program, which recognizes accomplished authors in the field of children’s literature have spoken, and Max and Bear and Josie the Great by Pam Saxelby have earned approval. 

The colorful, kid‐friendly Story Monsters Approved seal attracts the attention of young readers much more than a sticker intended for adult scrutiny. Kids know when they see the Story Monsters Approved patch it means children their own age enjoyed the book and are recommending they read it, too. How do they know that? Because after books pass the first round of rigorous judging – which is done by industry experts, the books are then judged by a panel of youth judges who must also endorse the books before they can receive the official seal of approval. 

“Who better to judge children’s books than the children who read them?” explains Linda F. Radke, president of Story Monsters LLC, the same company that sponsors the Dragonfly Book Awards program. “Judging these books gives children a wonderful sense of importance and responsibility. Some of our judging coordinators have told us that students who usually don’t enjoy reading or have difficulty reading have gotten a much‐needed boost due to their judging responsibilities and have requested to serve as judges again.” 

Authors interested in having their books considered for Story Monster Approved designation should visit www.StoryMonsters.com and download an entry form. Books are divided into the following categories with distinctions made between fiction and nonfiction: Preschool to Kindergarten, Grades 1‐3, and Grades 4‐6. 

The cost to enter is $85 for one title in one category. There is no deadline to enter. Books are sent for judging as they are received. Results are generally announced 4 – 6 weeks after submission. 

For more information on how to get a book Story Monster Approved, visit www.StoryMonsters.com or call 480‐940‐8182. 

Press Release: Pam Saxelby Shares Tale of ‘Josie the Great’

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Juvenile fiction tale follows journey of child navigating through changes in life

LIBERTYVILLE, ILL. (PRWEB) JANUARY 03, 2017

Pam Saxelby returns to the literary limelight with a new juvenile fiction tale featuring “Josie the Great” (published by Archway Publishing). Enthralling, evocative and entertaining, this book charts the experiences of little Max as he navigates the changes in his life and wonders what it all means.

So many things are changing for Max and Bear. They have moved into a new house in a new neighborhood, and now a new baby? Max’s parents keep talking about someone named Josie, but who is that?

“I was inspired to write this book as I watched and thought about how a young child tries to figure out what is going on. This will appeal to young readers and their families because lots of families go through these life experiences as they have children and their families expand,” Saxelby says. “‘Josie the Great’ is a sequel to ‘Max and Bear.’ Young readers, and those who have yet to learn to read, will enjoy the further adventures of these two characters.”

In collaboration with her artist daughter, Anne Saxelby, the author, through “Josie the Great” explores how young children come to understand their ever-changing world. With imagination and humor, this fun story is a look at bringing a new baby into the family from her sibling’s perspective.

“Josie the Great” 
By Pam Saxelby
Hardcover | 8.5 x 11in | 36 pages | ISBN 9781480832336
Softcover | 8.5 x 11in | 36 pages | ISBN 9781480832329
E-Book | 36 pages | ISBN 9781480832312
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Pam Saxelby is an expert in early childhood education after more than 25 years in the classroom. Both of Saxelby’s books, “Max and Bear,” and now “Josie the Great,” reflect her years working with, and listening to very young children, as a pre-K teacher, as a mother and as a grandmother. Anne is the oldest of Saxelby’s three children and is the illustrator for “Josie the Great.” Saxelby and her husband, Bill, live in Chicago, and Islamorada, Florida.

Anne Saxelby studied fine arts at New York University. She is the founder of Saxelby Cheesemongers, a nationally renowned purveyor of artisan cheese. Her two young children were the author’s inspiration for both books. “Josie the Great” is Anne’s debut as a book illustrator. Anne and her family live in Brooklyn, New York.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit archwaypublishing.com or call 888-242-5904.

Pam Saxelby Featured in "Story Monster Ink"

After spending more than 25 years teaching young children, Pam Saxelby decided to shift gears and start writing books for them. “I’ve always loved kids’ picture books,” says Saxelby. “When I was teaching, I designed my curriculum around the newest and best books. My husband joked that I never made any money teaching because it all went towards increasing the size of my children’s book library.” 

by Melissa Fales, September, 2016, Story Monsters Ink

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