Children’s Book Awards

Ladybug Picture Book Award - Preschool – Grade 3

The Ladybug Picture Book Award is designed to promote early literacy and honor the best in recent children's picture books.

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The Process

A committee of children's librarians from around the state selects 10 picture book titles early in the year. 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 author and illustrator of the winning book will receive a crystal award created by Pepi Herrmann Crystal.

More Information

Current nominees and past winners are listed on the Center for the Book website. Voting materials, including a picture ballot and tally sheets are also on this website.

Great Stone Face Award - Grades 4-6

The Great Stone Face Book Award is sponsored by the Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire. The purpose of the award is to promote reading, to increase awareness of contemporary writing, and to let children honor their favorite author.

The Process

Each year a committee selects 25 recently published titles, and children in grades four through six vote for their favorite title during National Library Week. The winner is announced in May.

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More Information

For more information, including a list of the current nominees and past winners. visit the Children's Librarians of New Hampshire website.

Randolph Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Randolph Calecott Medal

More Information

Past winners and current nominees are available online at the American Library Association website.

John Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

More Information

You can find a list of the current and past winners, as well as more information about the history of the award online on the American Library Association website.

John Newbery Medal