Story Monsters Approved! Program

The Story Monsters Approved! designation was developed to recognize and honor accomplished authors in the field of children’s literature, as well as children's products that inspire, inform, teach, or entertain. A Story Monsters seal of approval on your book or product cover tells parents, grandparents, educators, and caregivers they are giving children the very best.

Kids know when they see the Story Monsters Approved! patch it means children their own age enjoyed the book or product and are recommending it, too. How do they know that? Because after books and products pass the first round of judging by industry experts, they are then judged by a panel of youth judges who must also endorse the books or products before they can receive the official seal of approval. Kid-Tested, Judge Certified!

Each Story Monsters Approved! honoree receives the following:

  • Story Monsters Approved! certificate.
  • 50 Story Monsters Approved! seals.
  • Iron-on Story Monsters Approved! patch.
  • Permission to use the Story Monsters Approved! seal on collateral material, website and on reprints of book or product cover.
  • Fill-in-the-blank news release will be constructed for recipients to send to their own local media contacts, booksellers, association newsletters, etc.
  • A book or product listing on Story Monsters LLC's website and social media pages with a link to purchase.
  • A book or product listing in Story Monsters Ink® magazine.

How to Enter Your Book or Product

The Story Monsters Approved! program is open to printed children’s books published in any calendar year or any products for children. Books entered must be printed in English. Authors ages 17 and younger must have parent or guardian permission to enter. The nonrefundable entry fee is $85 for one (1) title in one category, $99 for one (1) product in one category.

Available categories:

Fiction or Nonfiction Books: Preschool to Kindergarten; Grades 1-3; and Grades 4-6

Products: Educational Toys & Games; Apps & Software; Arts & Crafts; School Gear & Accessories

How to pay:

We accept payment by check, credit card, or Paypal. If you wish to pay by check, enter the promo code PAYBYCHECK at checkout. Make the check payable to Story Monsters LLC and include with the shipment of five (5) books or four (4) products.

Mailing Instructions:

There is no deadline to enter. Books and items are sent for judging as we receive them. Results are generally announced 4 to 6 weeks after submission. Participants should mail five (5) copies of each book or four (4) copies of each product for each category in which it is entered, as we have separate judges for each category.

Along with five (5) books or four (4) products, send a printed copy of email confirmation to:

Story Monsters Approved!
Attn: Cristy Bertini
1271 Turkey Street
Hardwick, MA 01082

If paying by check, make payable to Story Monsters LLC.

Additional Seals and Certificates

Each Story Monsters Approved! honoree receives one certificate and 50 seals. More may be purchased from our Story Monsters Store.



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Story Monsters Approved! Honorees

Browse through the books and products listed below to find a great read for growing minds. Kid-tested, judge-certifed!


Drew Meets Boo
By Charter Road Productions, Inc.




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Rosie Ravioli's Cape May Adventure
By Mary Ann Castagnetta

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Monster Kisses
By Kyle Morey

It's all Silly....Says Tilly
By Sharmaine Bernard
Grateful for you, Good Night!
By Sherry L Hoffman

Count With Me!
By Mr Felix Mak
Andi's Perfect Toy
By Rae Abshire
Sir Walter Farluba
By Donna LeBlanc
Simon and Company: Flea Market Mice
By Mary H Wright, Deborah K Frontiera

Grammy Likes Me Best
By Bonnie Apperson Jacobs, Terri Mainwaring
They Call Him Grumpa
By Bonnie Apperson Jacobs, Terri Mainwaring

A Very Greedy Tale
By Jennifer Somervell, Margery Fern

New Old Truck

The New Old Truck
By Jennifer Somervell, Margery Fern

When a Child Cries
By Cassie Edwards
My Name Is River
By Wendy Dunham
Hope Girl
By Wendy Dunham
Max and Bear
By Pam Saxelby
Josie the Great
By Pam Saxelby