Toucan Publishing announced that its debut children’s book, The Great Zodiac Race by W C Jefferson and T F Wister has been honored “Winner” in the “Children’s Picture Book: Softcover Fiction” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

American Book Fest, an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community, announced on 9 November 2017 the winners and finalists of the 2017 Best Book Awards, presented for titles published in 2015-2017.

Jeffrey Keen, president and CEO of American Book Fest, said this year’s contest yielded over 2,000 entries.

Keen says of the awards, now in their fifteenth year, “The 2017 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States.” A complete list of the winners and finalists of The 2017 Best Book Awards are available online at American Book Fest.

The Great Zodiac Race, a delightfully illustrated children’s picture book, is a charming modern take on the classic Chinese story of how 13 different animals competed in the legendary race, with the first 12 winners receiving their own zodiac signs.  Its accompanying Zodiac Race Series goes into more details about each animal’s story, personality and challenges while weaving in timeless moral values and aspects of Asian culture.

The Great Zodiac Race, and the entire Zodiac Race Series, are available on, and Book Depository.

Author: W. C. Jefferson, born in the year of the Horse, is a father of two who had a dream about writing storybooks for his children and reading to them at night. The Great Zodiac Race and his Zodiac Race Series are the realization of this dream. His elder son is a Dragon and his younger son is a Snake. They all live happily and peacefully under the guidance and protection of the Mommy Sheep.