The Center for the Book at New Hampshire State Library
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Russell, 603-271-2866
December 16, 2009
2009 Ladybug Picture Book Award winner announced
New Hampshire children, from preschoolers to third graders, selected Waking Beauty as the winner of the 2009 Ladybug Picture Book Award.
Waking Beauty received 3,467 votes from the 20,441 cast by children across the state. It was written by Leah Wilcox and illustrated by Lydia Monks, and is published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group.
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 honor the best in recent children's picture books. Previous winners have included Kate & Jim McMullen's I Stink!, Judy Schachner's Skippyjon Jones, Keiko Kasza's My Lucky Day, and When Dinosaurs Came with Everything written by Elise Broach and illustrated by David Small.
Earlier in 2009, a committee of children's librarians from around New Hampshire selected ten picture book titles to 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.
During November, to coincide with elections, New Hampshire preschools, elementary schools and public libraries invited children to vote to select the award winner. Nearly 150 schools, libraries and day care centers around the state sent in votes by the December 1st deadline.
The Ladybug Picture Book Award Committee has begun working on its nominations for the 2010 Award. To be considered for nomination, a picture book must meet the following criteria: be published within the last three years; be in print; have an author and illustrator from 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 NH State Library at: http://nhbookcenter.org