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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.
The 2021 Ladybug Picture Book Award winner is Snail Crossing by Corey R, Tabor.
2022 Ladybug Nominees have been announced! TItles in bold are available on our shelves.
The following titles are the nominees for 2021:
Each year, New Hampshire students in 4th through 6th grade can vote on their favorite from a list of 20 books. The winner becomes the recipient of the Great Stone Face Book Award.
The winner for 2021 is Ground Zero by Alan Gratz
The winner for 2021 was Wildfire by Rodman Philbrick.
Nominees for the 2021-2022 award that we have on the shelf at the WPL:
The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson
Before The Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson
The Blackbird Girls by Anne Blankman
The Boy Who Failed Show And Tell by Jordan Sonnenblick
Brave LIke That by Lindsay Stoddard
Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Ground Zero by Alan Gratz
The List Of Things That Will Not Change by Rebecca Stead
The Lonely Heart Of Maybelle Lane by Kate O'Shaughnessy
No Place For Monsters by Kory Merritt
Pine Island Home by Polly Horvath
Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
The Silver Arrow (audiobook) by Lev Grossman
Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley
The Truth According To Blue by Eve Yohalem
Unplugged by Gordon Korman
When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohammed
Winterborne Home For Vengence And Valor by Ally Carter
The Isinglass Award winner for 2021- Brigid Kemmerer's A Curse So Dark And Lonely .
The Isinglass Teen Read Award promotes teen reading, the participation of teens in the creation of their own reading list, and honors those authors whose works speak to youth. Voting is done annually in April.
Titles must be nominated by teens in grades 7-8, can be fiction or nonfiction books, and must have a publication date within the last two years.
Current short list for 2022 ( all are available on the shelf or on Overdrive)
The Flume Award is given to books nominated by New Hampshire teens in grades 9-12.
The books must have a publication date within the last two years, and are nominated and voted upon by teens - with a little librarian help to make the list manageable!
The 2021 Flume Award winner is With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo.
Flume Short List ( 2022)
The Newbery Medal Award honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
The 2022 Newbery Medal went to Donna Barba Higuera for The Last Cuentista, published by Levine Querido
The 2021 Newbery Medal Award winner is When You Trap A Tiger, written by Tae Keller and published by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House.
For more information about The Newbery Medal Award, The Newbery Honor Award, and former winners, visit:
The Newbery Medal Award turns 100 this year- happy birthday!
The Caldecott Medal Award is given to the illustrator of that year's "most distinguished American picturebook for children".
The 2022 Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book is awarded to Jason Chin for Watercress, written by Andrea Wang and published by Neal Porter Books, Holiday House.
Last year's award winner was Michaela Goade, the illustrator of We Are Water Protectors written by Carole Lindstrom and published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings.
Click here for more information about the Caldecott Medal Award.
For a comprehensive list of all national book awards, go to: