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.
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.
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.