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The 2014 nominees for the Ladybug Picture Book Award are:

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Voting and promotional materials

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The latest news on the Ladybug Picture Book Award is on the Center for the Book Blog where we also post links and information about each of the nominated titles in the late summer/early fall.


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The Ladybug Picture Book Award is designed to promote early literacy and honor the best in recent children's picture books. A committee of children's librarians from around the state selects 10 picture book titles early in the year. Then, during November, New Hampshire children from preschoolers to those in third grade choose the award winner. The winning picture book is announced at the end of the year. The author and illustrator of the winning book will receive a crystal award created by Pepi Herrmann Crystal.

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 both residing in the United States
  • possess strong child appeal
  • have artistic quality with text that supports the illustrations
  • not be a title previously nominated

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Previous winners

2013 Ladybug Picture Book Award went to Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic by Mônica Carnesi.

2012 Ladybug Picture Book Award went to Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes written by Eric Litwin with art by James Dean.

2011 Ladybug Picture Book Award went to Memoirs of a Goldfish written by Devin Scillian and illustrated by Tim Bowers.

2010 Ladybug Picture Book Award went to Princess Hyacinth (the Surprising Story of a Girl Who Floated) by Florence Parry Heide and illustrated by Lane Smith.

2009 Ladybug Picture Book Award went to Waking Beauty by Leah Wilcox and illustrated by Lydia Monks.

2008 Ladybug Picture Book Award went to When Dinosaurs Came with Everything written by Elise Broach and illustrated by David Small

2007 Ladybug Picture Book Award went to The Secret Science Project that Almost Ate the School by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Stephen Gammell

2006 Ladybug Picture Book Award went to I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont & David Catrow

2005 Ladybug Picture Book Award went to Judy Schachner's Skippyjon Jones. Read the beautiful thank you note we got from them.

2004 Ladybug Picture Book Award went to Keiko Kasza's My Lucky Day.

2003 Ladybug Picture Book Award went to Kate & Jim McMullen's I Stink!

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For more information, please contact Mary Russell.

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