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2017 Nominees for the Ladybug Picture Book Award

  • A Bike Like Sergio’s by Maribeth Boelts, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones
  • A Hat for Mrs. Goldman by Michelle Edwards, illustrated by Brian G. Karas
  • Albert’s Almost Amazing Adventure by Marty Kelley
  • Dragon was Terrible by Terry DiPucchio, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
  • Elwood Bigfoot by Jill Esbaum, illustrated by Nate Wragg
  • Hank’s Big Day: The Story of a Bug by Evan Kuhlman, illustrated by Chuck Groenink
  • Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems
  • The Water Princess by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter Reynolds
  • What to Do with a Box by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Chris Sheban
  • Woodpecker Wants a Waffle by Steve Breen

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Voting and promotional materials

Votes must be recieved by 4:30pm on Friday, December 8, 2017

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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 each spring. 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.

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

2016 Ladybug Picture Book Award went to It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee.

2015 Ladybug Picture Book Award went to The Day the Crayons Quit written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers.

2014 Ladybug Picture Book Award went to If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen.

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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