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Best-selling authors win Judges’ Choice for Excellence Award third time in a row
“First Snow in the Woods” selected as Outstanding Product for 2008


MILFORD, Michigan – A whirlwind trip to Texas nets the authors of the In the Woods children’s picture book series two more prestigious awards for the third book in the series, First Snow in the Woods.

“We were excited to learn we’d won the Directors’ Choice Award, but when they wanted us to fly to Texas for the ceremony we had a suspicion maybe there was more,” said author Carl R. Sams II. Sam’s instincts were right. He and his wife and co-author, Jean Stoick, also won the top honor, the Judges Choice Award for Excellence.

“We never expected to win again. Both of the other books in the series, Stranger in the Woods and Lost in the Woods, won these awards too,” Sams explained.

The awards, presented by the Earlychildhood NEWS, recognize excellence in products for young children. Winners were announced at the Directors’ Choice Reception in Dallas, Texas this week, in conjunction with the 2008 National Convention for the Education of Young Children conference.

Like the other two books in the In the Woods series, First Snow in the Woods takes readers on a beautiful photographic journey, this time into the autumn woods as the animals of the forest get ready for the year’s first winter storm. From the very first page, readers will be fascinated by the exquisite photographs of wildlife amid a background of vibrant autumn reds and golds.

The story is as enchanting as the captivating images. Gentle lessons of nature are immersed in a story perfect for children of all ages. “Fall is the season of change,” explains co-author Jean Stoick, a former middle school art teacher. “We wanted to show how each creature prepares for the winter season in their own way. They must each follow their own heartsong.”

First Snow in the Woods is available for $19.95 at many area gift shops and book stores, including Borders and Barnes & Noble, or by calling 1-800-552-1867. For more information visit www.strangerinthewoods.com.
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Date: November 11, 2008

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