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The Center for the Book at New Hampshire State Library

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mary Russell, 603-271-2866, mary.russell@dcr.nh.gov

December 12, 2011

NOTE: An electronic image of the winning book’s cover is available for publication and broadcast.

N.H.’s 2011 Ladybug Picture Book Award Winner Announced

New Hampshire children, from preschoolers to third graders, have selected Memoirs of a Goldfish as the winner of the 2011 Ladybug Picture Book Award.

Memoirs of a Goldfish received 4,892 votes from the 19,826 cast by children across the state. It was written by Devin Scillian and illustrated by Tim Bowers, and is published by Sleeping Bear Press. The voting this year was quite close, with Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein (Candlewick Press) coming within 12 votes of the winner.

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 Judy Schachner's Skippyjon Jones, Keiko Kasza's My Lucky Day and Waking Beauty, written by Leah Wilcox and illustrated by Lydia Monks.

Earlier in 2011, a committee of children's librarians from around New Hampshire selected ten picture books as nominees for the Award. Throughout the summer and fall, librarians and teachers shared the nominated books with children at storytimes, developed colorful displays of the titles, and encouraged families to borrow and read them at home.

During November – election time in many communities – more than 140 New Hampshire preschools, elementary schools and public libraries provided children with ballots so that they could vote for their favorites from this year’s nominated titles.

The Ladybug Picture Book Award Committee has begun working on its nominations for the 2012 Award, which will mark its tenth year. 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 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 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.

The Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library was founded in 2003 to celebrate and promote reading, books, literacy and the literary heritage of New Hampshire, and to highlight the role that reading and libraries play in enriching the lives of the people of the Granite State. It is the New Hampshire affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. Information on the New Hampshire Center is available at http://nhbookcenter.org.


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