Baxter's Corner Book Receives International Book Excellence Award


Literary Excellence Incorporated, founder and sponsor of the Book Excellence Awards, has announced that Baxter’s Corner Collection I book, What A Tree It Will Be!, is the winner of the 2018 Book Excellence Awards Competition in the category of Picture Book, ages 4-8.

What a Tree It Will Be! is a children’s book about an orangutan teacher who leads his class of diverse animal characters through the decoration of a Christmas tree and teaches them the valuable lesson of how important cooperation is in any endeavor. What a Tree is one of six Baxter’s Corner titles that include Ally Alone, Ellema Sneezes, Sideways Fred, Oakley in

Knots, a recent recipient of the Creative Child Preferred Choice Award® and Gerome Sticks His Neck Out, which earned the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award® last year. 

In addition to the story, each Baxter’s Corner book provides a “Go Beyond” section that provides an added experience, complete with thought-provoking questions and fun learning activities.

Each Baxter’s Corner story illustrates a fundamental value, including compassion, respect, determination and resilience.

The Book Excellence Awards is an international book awards competition dedicated to providing authors and publishers with the opportunity to showcase their books on a global platform. The award-winning titles are chosen based on their design, layout, writing quality and overall market appeal.

"It is thrilling to be recognized internationally for the work we are doing,” said Linda Baker, author and Chief Pencil of all of Baxter’s Corner books. “Our goal always has been to provide parents, teachers and caregivers with fun and friendly tools to teach essential soft skills to young children. To be awarded for pursuing our passion adds another level of satisfaction for all of us at Baxter’s Corner.”

Each book is designed and illustrated by Baxter’s Corner Managing Partner and Chief Crayon Mary Ellen Stottmann who started the Louisville-based company as part of her relationship with her grandson, Baxter, for whom the company is named.

The books are available at and Each book also has its own set of accessories including plush toys, puppets and original wall art, available as decals and canvases, to help create the Baxter’s Corner community.         

About Baxter's Corner                                                                                         



Baxter’s Corner is a Louisville-based company whose mission is to use creativity and storytelling to affect behavior choices through open discussion between children and adults about values and ethical topics that challenge today’s society, because Building Character is Child’s Play. For more information, go to

About the Book Excellence Awards

The Book Excellence Awards is an international awards competition dedicated to providing authors from all genres and backgrounds the opportunity to showcase their work on a global platform. The organization accepts entries from countries all over the world in over 100 unique categories. To learn more about the Book Excellence Awards and for a complete listing of 2018 winners, visit


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