Thursday, March 17, 2011



Linda Radke, Five Star Publications
Phone: 480-940-8182

CHANDLER, AZ (March 17, 2011) – The judges of the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in literature, have spoken, and Our Treasure, written by Michele Elena Bondi, illustrated by Kristina Marie Pope, and published by Joseph Karl Publishing, won four awards in the following categories: children's picture book, illustrations, religion, and cover design. Joseph Karl Publishing was honored with eight awards overall.

“Winning any place in the Royal Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score is required before a 1st or 2nd place or Honorable Mention will be awarded to the entrant – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda Radke, president of Five Star Publications, the sponsor of the Dragonfly Book Awards. “In addition, the competition is steep, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”

In Our Treasure, children learn during story time that priceless Treasure awaits them, whenever they want to become very rich. This visually appealing book reminds children as well as adults that Jesus truly Present in the Eucharist is the Treasure, and it makes an ideal gift for any occasion, most especially First Communion. The keepsake book retails for $16.99 and can be purchased at and Those looking for exceptional quality, life-changing reading can also ask for the book at their favorite bookstore and library.

For a complete list of winners including all first and second place and honorable mention recipients, visit and click on “Winners.”

The second annual Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest is already underway. Submissions postmarked December 1, 2011 or earlier are eligible for the Early Bird reward: a free e-copy of The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing or Promote Like a Pro: Small Budget, Big Show. Final deadline for submissions is February 1, 2012. The Chocolate Dragonfly Book Awards Contest, which is open to any and all books about or relating in some way to food, has also launched. Submissions postmarked June 1, 2011 or earlier are eligible for the Early Bird reward, with the final deadline for submissions on August 1, 2011. For complete rules and submission forms, visit

The Royal and Chocolate Dragonfly Book Awards are part of the family of Five Star Dragonfly Book contests, which include the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, honoring children's books; the Green Dragonfly Book Awards, saluting books that create awareness of the environment and eco-friendly living; and the Dragonfly eBook Awards, which celebrate eBooks. For more details on all Five Star Dragonfly contests, access Five Star Publications can be reached at or by calling 480-940-8182.