Ladybug Picture Book Award

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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2024 Ladybug Picture Book Award Nominees

NOTE: Nine titles were nominated in 2024 which is a change from previous years.

About the Award

The Ladybug Picture Book Award is designed to promote early literacy and honor the best in recent children's picture books. Librarians from around the state select 9 picture book titles (as of 2024) 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.

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 both residing in the United States
  • possess strong child appeal
  • have artistic quality with text that supports the illustrations
  • not be a title previously nominated

Voting and Promotional Materials

Voting materials for 2024 will be available here by the end of June 2024.
The deadline for sending in votes will be Sunday, December 22, 2024 at 11:30 pm.

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Ladybug Stickers are available!
Order form for Stickers (note: effective 4/1/2022 shipping fee is $5).

The latest news on the Ladybug Picture Book Award is on the Center for the Book Blog

Previous Winners

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