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The Center for the Book at New Hampshire State Library

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Russell, 603-271-2866
December 22, 2008

2008 Ladybug Picture Book Award winner announced

New Hampshire children, from preschoolers to third graders, selected When Dinosaurs Came with Everything as the winner of the 2008 Ladybug Picture Book Award.

When Dinosaurs Came with Everything received 3,344 votes from the more than 19,500 cast by children across the state. It is written by Elise Broach and illustrated by David Small, and is published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

The Ladybug Picture Book Award program was established to promote early literacy and honor the best in recent children's picture books. Sponsored by the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library, the program is now in its sixth year.

Earlier in 2008, a committee of children's librarians from around New Hampshire selected ten picture book titles to participate in the program. Throughout the summer and fall librarians 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. More than 140 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 2009 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 for the program 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: www.state.nh.us/nhsl/bookcenter/programs/ladybug.html.

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