Joel Nakamura Wins the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award

Gelett-Burgess-Award-GoWestChildren’s Book Author & Illustrator, Joel Nakamura, Awarded Gold Medal in National Competition.

The Leaf Storm Press children’s book, Go West! has been awarded the prestigious 2015 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award for outstanding contributions to children’s literature (Hardcover with Jacket, $17.95, August 2015, ISBN 978-0-9914105-6-9). The book was awarded the gold medal in the Best Writer/Illustrator category.

The Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award highlights excellence in family friendly books covering the broad expanse of a child’s existence, helping them grow socially, emotionally, ethically, intellectually, and physically. Each year Gelett Burgess Children’s Book awards are given to 40 books in 4 distinct classifications: Lifestyle, Arts and Letters, Society and Culture, and Education. The list of winners is promoted throughout the year with additional activity and lesson plan resources made available.

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About GO WEST!

“Nakamura’s bold rainbow of paint colors evokes the timeless natural beauty of the American West, and his whooping prose will echo across the mountain peaks of children’s imaginations.”Foreword Reviews Magazine: Best Children’s Picture Books, Fall 2015

“a vibrantly imagined and illustrated tribute to the magic of the West and its wide-open spaces.”Publishers Weekly

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