2018 WINNER:

A Friend on the Porch, by Kelley Merritt (Mountain Road Publishing)

This beautifully illustrated small book shows and tells how an eight-year-old boy listens and learns about life, people and consequences from a stranger. The old man, who sits out on his porch with his dog welcomes the boy when he comes to the stairs to listen. While their worlds are far apart, he gives the boy insight into the adult world he can carry into his own adulthood. Kelley Merritt rewards children reaching the age of reason a first step into learning about life.


Next Generation Indie Book Awards Judge