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!

How to Enter

The Story Monsters Approved! program is open to children's products and printed children’s books published in any calendar year. 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 title in one category, $99 for one product in one category.

Two ways to pay:

We accept payment by check, credit card, or Paypal and you can either pay online or by mail. Make checks payable to Story Monsters LLC. Click on your preferred method below:

Each Story Monsters Approved! honoree receives the following:

  • Story Monsters Approved! certificate.
  • A special gift.
  • Iron-on Story Monsters Approved! patch.
  • 50 Story Monsters Approved! seals.
  • 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.
  • An Approved book listing on Story Monsters LLC's website and social media pages with a link to purchase.
  • An Approved listing in Story Monsters Ink magazine.

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

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 books/products, send a printed copy of confirmation email (pay online) or submission form (pay by mail) to:

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

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



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Story Monsters Approved! Books

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