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Ladybug Award Winner

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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 2022 Ladybug Picture Book Award winner is Milk And Juice: A Recycling Romance by Meredith Crandall Brown. 

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The 2021 Ladybug Picture Book Award winner is Snail Crossing by Corey R, Tabor.

Ladybug Nominees

2023 Ladybug Nominees are currently being selected from a long list of over 80 picture books!  When the nominees are announced, we will list them here. 

Here are the 2022 Ladybug Nominees. TItles in bold are available on our shelves. 

  • Change Sings: A Children's Anthem by Amanda Gorman and Loren Long  
  • Mel Fell by Corey Tabor 
  • Milk & Juice: A Recycling Romance by Meredith Crandall Brown
  • Norman Didn't Do It (Yes, he did) by Ryan T. Higgins 
  • On Account of the Gum by Adam Rex   
  • A Polar Bear in the Snow by Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris 
  • Someone Builds the Dream by Lisa Wheeler and Loren Long 
  • This Very Tree: A Story of 9/11, Resilience, and Regrowth by Sean Rubin ( available as a Wonderbook)
  • The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach 
  • Watercress by Andrea Wang and Jason Chin

Every year you can vote at the Wilton Public Library for your favorite Ladybug nominee!  Voting begins in November, and last year's deadline was Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 11:30pm.  Ask Ms. Boo if you need more information. 

The following titles were the nominees for 2021: 

  • Snail Crossing by Corey Tabor
  • We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
  • Outside In by Deborah Underwood
  • If You Come To Earth by Sophie Blackall
  • I Am Enough by Grace Byers
  • Hike by Pete Oswald
  • Hair Love by Matthew Cherry 
  • Lift by Minh Lee
  • Swashby And The Sea by Beth Ferry
  • I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes

Great Stone Face Award

Each spring, 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.  Kids can vote starting April 1 at The American Library Association website. Books nominated for the 2023-2023 award will be listed in May.  

The winner for 2022 is Ground Zero by Alan Gratz    Ground Zero

The winner for 2021 was Wildfire by Rodman Philbrick. 


Nominees for the 2022-2023 award: 

  • Allergic by Megan Wagner Lloyd
  • Alone In The Woods by Rebecca Behrens
  • Better With Butter by VIctoria Piontek
  • Carry Me Home by Janet Fox
  • Chunky by Yehudi Mercado
  • The Elephant In The Room by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  • The Haunted Mustache by Joe McGee
  • The In-Between by Rebecca Ansari
  • The Last Bear by Hannah Gold
  • Long Lost by Jacqueline West
  • Operation Do Over by Gordon Korman
  • A Place At The Table by Saadia Faruqi
  • A Place To Hang The Moon by Kate Albus
  • Secondhand Dogs by Carolyn Crimi
  • The Shape Of Thunder by Jasmine Warga
  • The Stolen Prince Of Cloudburst by Jaclyn Moriarty
  • Trouble In The Stars by Sarah Prineas
  • Tune It Out by Jamie Sumner
  • Voyage Of The Sparrowhawk by Natasha Farrant
  • What Comes Next by Rob Buyea


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

Isinglass Award

The Isinglass Award winner for 2022-  Kalynn Bayron's  Cinderella Is Dead ( on order, available now through Overdrive) .  

2022 Runner Up-  Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


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) 

  • Bloom by Kenneth Oppel
  • Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
  • Don't Ask Me Where I'm From by Jennifer DeLeon
  • Dress Coded by Carrie Firestone
  • Inheritence Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen
  • Most Likely by Sarah Watson
  • Running by Natalia Sylvester
  • Rural Voices edited by Nora Shalaway Carpenter
  • Show Me A Sign by Ann Clare LeZotte
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds

Flume Award

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 2022 Flume Award winner is A Good GIrl's Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson.

2022 Runner up - Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks


Flume Short List ( 2022) 

  • All These Monsters by Amy Tintera
  • Be Not Far From Me by Mindy McGinnis
  • Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Anatomy edited by Kelly Jensen
  • Cemetary Boys by Aiden Thomas
  • Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin
  • A Good Girls Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson ( audiobook)
  • This Light Between Us by Andrew Fukuda
  • Thoughts And Prayers by Bryan Bliss
  • We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
  • You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson
  • Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds

Newbery Medal Award

ThFreewater - Luqman-Dawson, Aminae Newbery Medal Award honors the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.


2023 Medal Winner: Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson (JIMMY Patterson/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)



The 2022 Newbery Medal went to Donna Barba Higuera for The Last Cuentista, published by Levine Querido


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! 


Caldecott Medal Award

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 byWe Are Water Protectors (ebook) Carole Lindstrom and published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings.


Click here for more information about the Caldecott Medal Award.



Other Awards


For a comprehensive list of all national book awards, go to: