And the winners are…the young readers!
The best aspect of the Ladybug Award, an annual award honoring the best in children’s picture books, is that the final judges are New Hampshire children in kindergarten through third grade. A main goal of the Ladybug Picture Book Award is to foster early literacy and there’s no better way to do it than to have the kids read the books, then vote for a winner. This year a whopping 22,845 votes were cast. The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers took first prize attracting 38 percent of the votes.
The Ladybug Award involves a lot of work throughout the year. A committee of children’s librarians has the difficult task of selecting a mere ten titles from all the wonderful books that have been published in the last three years. Voting takes place during the month of November and the winner is announced at the end of the year.
Any award that honors well-written, beautifully illustrated picture books while encouraging children to read is a winner. Many thanks to the Center For The Book At The New Hampshire State Library for this program.
A list of past Ladybug Award winners:
|2015||The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers|
|2014||If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen|
|2013||Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic by Mônica Carnesi|
|2012||Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes written by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean|
|2011||Memoirs of a Goldfish written by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Tim Bowers|
|2010||Princess Hyacinth (the Surprising Story of a Girl Who Floated) by Florence Parry Heide, illustrated by Lane Smith|
|2009||Waking Beauty by Leah Wilcox, illustrated by Lydia Monks|
|2008||When Dinosaurs Came with Everything written by Elise Broach, illustrated by David Small|
|2007||The Secret Science Project that Almost Ate the School by Judy Sierra, illustrated by Stephen Gammell|
|2006||I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by David Catrow|
|2005||Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner|
|2004||My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza|
|2003||I Stink! by Kate & Jim McMullen|