The Moonbeam Awards, one of the most prestigious in US, are dedicated to identifying the best children's books published each year for the North American market.
The Awards are one of the fastest growing US-based award contests focused on children's books. Winner, Finalists, and Honorable Mentions appear for an entire year at www.moonbeamawards.com. Winners will also be featured in www.IndependentPublisher.com and highlighted prominently in their newsletter, which goes out to more than 20,000 subscribers worldwide, many of whom are agents, buyers, and librarians.
The 138 medalists listed this year were chosen from a total of 1,085 entries (an average of 36 per category). Many of these books are by little-known authors, illustrators and publishers from around the world, and the award brings them to the attention of the children's book audience. Creating books that inspire our children to read, to learn, and to dream is an extremely important task, and these awards were conceived to reward those efforts.
The Ancient Iran was chosen in category 20 which selects and rewards the best multicultural non-fiction books of the year published globally. The book was recently published in Vancouver by the author and social anthropologist, Massoume Price.
Educated in both Iran and England, Massoume has written extensively on many aspects of Iranian culture. Her book Iran's Diverse Peoples(2005); was called by the Middle East Quarterly "must reading for anyone who wants to understand ethnic and religious diversity in Iran". The book has already become a bestseller amongst the Iranian community in Canada.