Friends Forever & Local Author Awarded Gold Medal in National Competition

Yotzeret Publishing’s children’s book, Friends Forever by St. Paul resident Amy Ariel, has been awarded the 2012 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award for outstanding contributions to children’s literature. ($8.95; March 2011; 978-1-59287-112-4) The book was awarded in the religion category.

The Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award highlights excellence in family-friendly books covering the broad expanse of a child’s existence, helping them grow socially, emotionally, ethically, intellectually, and physically. Each year Gelett Burgess Children’s Book awards are given to 40 books in 4 distinct classifications: Lifestyle, Arts and Letters, Society and Culture, and Education. The list of winners is promoted throughout the year with additional activity and lesson plan resources made available.

Parents, educators, librarians and retailers trust the high mark of distinction the Gelett Burgess  Foundation honors provide a product. Informed decisions about purchasing products designed for children and families can be made knowing they have passed the foundation’s stringent evaluation process. More information can be found at

About Friends Forever:

Two Jewish girls become friends across time when modern-day Hannah suddenly appears in her own Saint Paul yard . . . in 1912. Thirteen-year-old Abigail tells the story of that amazing day and the encounter that changed both their lives forever. Against the backdrop of the Progressive Era, as youth joined with adults and hotly debated women’s right to vote, worker’s rights, and racial equality, Abigail and Hannah must solve their own problem: how will Hannah get back to her own time?

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