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Children’s Museum Announces 2012 Time of Wonder Award Winner & New Award Exhibit Ceremony

(Bangor, Maine)…Maine Discovery Museum, the largest New England children’s museum north of Boston, has announced the winners of the Time of Wonder Children’s Book Award, given annually to a book that captures the sense of wonder and imagination of the most enduring children’s literature. This year, MDM is also unveiling its new Time of Wonder Award exhibit.  
Our 2012 Time of Wonder Children’s Book Award winner for 2012 is Toni Buzzeo, author of Lighthouse Christmas, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. Press and public and welcome and encouraged to attend this special event.
Recent past year award winners include 2011 selection, A Sick Day for Amos McGee written by Philip Stead and illustrated by Erin Stead and 2010 award winner The Lion and the Mouse, written by Jerry Pinkney.
Lighthouse Christmas is “a heartwarming story of family and the holiday spirit, in the tradition of The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree.  Frances is determined to make Christmas jolly for her younger brother, even if it means joining family on the mainland and leaving Papa behind on their isolated lighthouse island. After all, would Santa even know how to find them in this faraway spot? But when Christmas Eve is ushered in on a wild storm and Papa risks his life to rescue a drowning man, the children realize that the most important thing about the holiday is being together.  As in all great Christmas stories, a happy ending is in store, and Santa finds them after all. Cozy and nostalgic, this story was inspired by the Flying Santa program, a New England tradition since 1929. It’s the perfect book for a family to read together in front of the fire on Christmas morning (excerpt from”.
This year marks 10 years for the Time of Wonder Award at Maine Discovery Museum and as part of this year’s ceremony, Maine Discovery Museum will be unveiling a new awards exhibit. This Friday at 2:00 p.m. is set for the unveiling of the new "Time of Wonder Award" Wall at MDM.  This reception is open to the all and the public is welcome.

Wyatt Morrison built the new Time of Wonder award display as his Eagle Scout project. He is part of the Katahdin Area Council, Troop #10, which is sponsored by All Souls Church in Bangor. Morrison was able to find and use materials for this project that were recycled from the old Larkin Street Schoolhouse.
Time of Wonder Award is given annually during the Bangor Book Festival in October. For more information on the Bangor Book Festival, please visit Maine Discovery Museum welcomes inquiries about its programs. Learn more about Time of Wonder at Please contact museum Executive Director, Niles Parker, at or by calling (207) 262-7200.