Five Hungry Mice Wins Moonbeam Award

Heather Lynn Harris, author and illustrator of three books, won the silver medal for preschool picture books in the 2018 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards for Five Hungry Mice.

The Moonbeam Awards bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators and are dedicated to supporting childhood literacy and lifelong reading. These Awards are dedicated to identifying the best children’s books published each and are one of the fastest growing U.S.-based award contests focused on children’s books.

Five Hungry Mice is a retelling of Frances A.B. Dunning’s mid-1800s poem, illustrated for contemporary children. It follows five hungry mice who set their sights on a box full of rice…but danger lurks in the night!

Educated at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, Harris is on a quest to share lost literary treasures with today’s young readers by bringing them to life with her illustrations. Her hope is that the power of wonder is stirred in all who read her books.

The Places We Learn, a blog written by a home-schooling mother with a focus on classical education, featured Five Hungry Mice. Rachelle Bowman writes:

I love that this sweet little poem is presented as a typical children’s book. It feels effortless in this way to read a poem to my kindergartener. Heather Lynn Harris is an author/illustrator to keep an eye, as she helps us classical Mommas reintroduce these lovely poems to our children!

Harris made her publishing debut with Buffalo Heritage Press’s CrissCross Applesauce imprint in 2014 with The Swing, a retelling of a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson. She then wrote and illustrated Clover and the Shooting Star, published in 2017. 

Heather Lynn Harris teaches at St. Bonaventure University and lives in Orchard Park, New York, with her husband and three children.

Five Hungry Mice is a retelling of Frances A.B. Dunning’s mid-1800s poem, illustrated for contemporary children. It follows five hungry mice who set their sights on a box full of rice…but danger lurks in the night!

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