Moonbeam Book Awards recently announced morning that the children’s adventure book “Snowcial: An Antarctic Social Network Story,” published by Squaw Valley-based publisher, Chelsea Print & Publishing, won the gold medal for “Best First Book.”
It was chosen among more than 1,200 total entries, according to Jenkins Group, Inc.
“Snowcial” is a visually stunning book intended to inspire children to learn about Antarctica and the environment. It’s based on the true events of Rory’s and Anna’s two-week ice cruise with their parents to the Antarctic Peninsula.
Through compelling narrative by local author Chelsea Prince and stunning large format photography of exotic wildlife by Robert Pitman and Keoki Flagg (of Gallery Keoki in Squaw Valley), the book builds a base of Earth-conscious students.
The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading, according to its mission.
“Snowcial” was the first book published by Chelsea Print & Publishing, an innovative independent publisher producing culturally-relevant books in a coffee table book style.
In addition to its national distribution in Barnes & Noble, libraries and independent retailers, “Snowcial” is being adopted into elementary classroom science curriculums nationwide.
Schools that incorporate “Snowcial” into classrooms have the annual opportunity to participate in an interactive learning session with Douglas Stoup, the world’s most traveled polar explorer, while he traverses the Antarctic Peninsula.
Locally, Truckee Elementary science enrichment teacher Carolyn Stewart will partner with technology teacher Heidi Bushway Verkler to introduce Snowcial to third grade students for multi-diciplinary enrichment.
Stoup and Prince will visit the classrooms on Oct. 29, and students will re-connect with Stoup virtually this November.
A portion of all “Snowcial” book proceeds are donated to conservation and Antarctic education organizations, including Tahoe-based Ice Axe Foundation, which encourages students to explore their natural world through programming and travel.
“Snowcial” (retail $18.95) can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, independent bookstores, all major wholesalers and at www.snowcialbook.com.