The Center for the Book at New Hampshire State Library
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Russell, [email protected], 603-271-2866
January 8, 2013
Ladybug Picture Book Award Winner Announced
New Hampshire children, from preschoolers to third graders, have voted Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes the winner of the 2012 Ladybug Picture Book Award.
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes received 7,612 votes out of the 22,078 cast by children across the state. It was written by Eric Litwin with art by James Dean, and is published by HarperCollins. This book was a runaway winner, garnering 4,708 votes more than its closest competitor.
Sponsored by the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library, the Ladybug Picture Book Award was established to promote early literacy and to honor the best in recent children’s picture books. This is the tenth book chosen as a Ladybug Picture Book Award winner. Previous winners have included Judy Schachner’s Skippyjon Jones, Keiko Kasza’s My Lucky Day and Memoirs of a Goldfish written by Devin Scillian and illustrated by Tim Bowers. A full list of past winners is at http://ladybug.nhbookcenter.org .
Earlier in 2012, a committee of children’s librarians from around New Hampshire selected ten picture book titles as nominees for the award. Throughout the summer and fall, librarians and teachers shared the books with children at storytimes, developed colorful displays of the titles and encouraged families to borrow and read the books at home.
Beginning in November, to coincide with elections, New Hampshire preschools, elementary schools and public libraries invited children to vote to select the award winner. Voting took place at 165 schools, libraries and day care centers around the state.
The Ladybug Picture Book Award Committee has begun working on its nominations for the 2013 Award. To be considered for nomination, a picture book must meet the following criteria: be published in its current edition within the last three years, be in print; have an author and illustrator living in the United States, possess strong child appeal, and have artistic quality with text that supports the illustrations. No titles that have previously been selected as nominees will be considered.
Nominations are accepted from New Hampshire libraries, including school libraries. For more information about the award, please visit the website of the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library at: http://nhbookcenter.org.