I was so pleased and excited to receive this notification in my in-box yesterday.

“Congratulations on receiving Top Honors.  Each year Literary Classics recognizes the most distinguished books for children and young adults through their International and Top Honors book awards. The Top Honors Book Awards recognizes the finest offerings in youth literature in each of four categories: The Enchanted Page Book Award, The Eloquent Quill Book Award, The Lumen Award for Literary Excellence, and the Words on Wings Young Adult Book Award. Every year, only one recipient is selected in each of the four categories.

The 2019 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 honorees for their outstanding and inspiring work.  Literary Classics is proud to recognize this year’s award-winning titles which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics selection committee.

The Lumen Award for Literary Excellence was created to honor one work of extraordinary youth nonfiction.”

Lumen Award for Literary Excellence 2019 Winner:

Annie Boochever with Roy Peratrovich Jr.

Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich

University of Alaska Press

Elizabeth Peratrovich, a Tlingit woman, was a powerful force to be reckoned with. Back in 1945, many years before the U.S. government enacted the US Civil Rights Act of 1964, Elizabeth was determined to put an end to discrimination against Alaskan Natives. Never resorting to anger or bitter tactics, Elizabeth managed to rock boats and make waves, effectively influencing positive change. Determined to create a better future for her children, she traveled around Alaska in an effort to empower and gain support for the anti-discrimination bill. Then at 34 years of age, she delivered a powerful speech before the Alaskan Territorial Legislature, effectively tipping the scales in a vote that would ultimately lead to the passage of Alaska’s landmark Anti-Discrimination Act. Demonstrating grace and grit, coupled with determination and tenacity, this Alaskan trailblazer’s story is one that will inspire and educate young readers. Recommended for home and school libraries, Fighter in Velvet Gloves has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval. ~ Review: from Literary Classics

Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations.  Judging is based upon the criteria set forth by Literary Classics’ highly selective awards committee which honors books promoting character, vision, creativity and learning, through content which possesses key elements found in well-crafted literature.

The Literary Classics judging committee is comprised of experts with backgrounds in publishing, writing, editing, design, illustration, and book reviewing.   To learn more about Literary Classics, visit their website at www.literaryclassicsawards.com.

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