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Sparkhouse Family announces winner
of Children’s Picture Book Contest

Elementary School Teacher Wins Second Annual Prize
for Original Children’s Book

Sparkhouse FamilyMINNEAPOLIS (December 15, 2017) – Sparkhouse Family is pleased to announce the winner of the second annual Sparkhouse Family Children’s Picture Book Contest. Antonino’s Impossible Dream tells the story of a young painter who struggles to capture one of his dreams on canvas, until a new friend helps him and together they achieve new things. Author Tim McGlen is a member of SCBWI and teaches upper elementary at a Montessori school in Florida, where his sixth graders read weekly with their kindergarten reading buddies.

“’Antonino’s Impossible Dream’ is such a fresh portrayal of how art and the willingness to learn new things can bring people together. Our team was captivated by the unique storytelling voice and the possibilities for vibrant art to go along with this artsy story,” said Naomi Krueger, development editor for Sparkhouse Family.

“Antonino’s Impossible Dream” is scheduled for publication in 2019.

The Sparkhouse Family Picture Book Contest is an open call for books that fulfill the mission of the imprint – to help kids thrive in every part of who they are. The contest is open to writers at any stage of their career, and are judged based on writing quality, evocativeness, originality, and other criteria. The contest will open for a new round of submissions in the fall of 2018.

About Sparkhouse Family
Sparkhouse Family publishes high-quality children’s books that help kids thrive in every part of who they are—emotionally, socially, and spiritually. With topics ranging from selfesteem to kindness, ethics, and faith, our books are designed to spark the imagination and equip kids and families to live full and flourishing lives, together. More details about the award-winning books and Bibles for children and Sparkhouse Family can be found at

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