|The Center for the Book at New Hampshire State Library
For Immediate Release: December 22, 2015
Mary Russell, Center for the Book at the NH State Library
Shelly Angers, NH Department of Cultural Resources
Votes are in: Ladybug Picture Book Award winner announced
New Hampshire may be in the midst of another First in the Nation Primary season, but the state’s children, from preschoolers to third graders, have completed their voting for the 2015 Ladybug Picture Book Award. The winner? “The Day the Crayons Quit,” written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers.
“The Day the Crayons Quit” received 8,769 votes out of the 22,845 cast by children across the state. This book was the clear winner, garnering more than twice as many votes as its closest competitor. It is published by Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group.
Begun in 2003 and 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. Previous winners have included Chris Van Duesen’s “If I Built a House,” Keiko Kasza’s “My Lucky Day,” and “Memoirs of a Goldfish,” which was written by Devin Scillian and illustrated by Tim Bowers. A full list of past winners is at ladybug.nhbookcenter.org.
Each year, a committee of children’s librarians from around New Hampshire selects ten picture books as nominees for that year’s Ladybug Picture Book Award. Among the nominees this year were books by two local authors: “This Orq (he cave boy)” by David Elliott and “Flight School” by Lita Judge.
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 the traditional election season, New Hampshire preschools, elementary schools and public libraries invited children to vote to select the award winner. Voting took place at 173 schools, libraries and day care centers around the state.
The Ladybug Picture Book Award Committee has begun working on its nominations for the 2016 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 only 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: nhbookcenter.org.