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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. A committee of children's librarians from around New Hampshire selects 10 picture book titles early in the year. Then, during Children's Book Week in November, New Hampshire children from preschoolers to those in third grade vote to select the award winner. The award is a project of the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library.

(Past Award Winners since 2003)

 2014 Nominees

Baby Bear Counts One

Ashley Wolff

Before curling up with his mother in their cozy den, Baby Bear counts other animals preparing for winter.

Ben Rides On
Matt Davies
Ben loves his new bike. In fact, he loves it so much he even likes riding to school (especially if he can take the long way around)! That is, until an encounter with the local bully, Adrian Underbite, leaves Ben bike-less. When Ben discovers where his bike actually is, the reader is in for a dramatic, and literal, cliffhanger.




Count the Monkeys
Mac Barnett

The reader is invited to count the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages.


Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg
Lori Mortenson

Following increasingly chaotic attempts to give his dog a bath, Cowpoke Clyde discovers there is only one way to get Dawg into the tub.

Frazzle Family Finds a Way
Ann Bonwill

The Frazzle family is very forgetful, even when Aunt Rosemary visits and tries to straighten them out with her system, until Annie finds a simple and effective way to remember.

How to Train a Train

Jason Carter Eaton

A whimsical guide to training a "pet train" instructs young enthusiasts about important issues including where trains live, what they like to eat, and how to get them to perform the best train tricks.

If I Built a House
Chris Van Dusen

Imaginative Jack describes the kind of house he would build--one with a racetrack, a flying room, and a gigantic slide.

Maya Was Grumpy
Courtney Pippin-Mathur

Maya doesn't know why she's grumpy. She's just in a cranky, grumpy, grouchy mood. Luckily, Gramma isn't ruffled by Maya's mood. She reminds Maya of all the fun things she might miss out on because of her grumpiness. Will Gramma's silly suggestions coax Maya out of her miserable mood?

Mike Twohy

Fox breaks into a henhouse to steal a chicken for dinner but grabs Duck, instead--a clever fowl that pretends to be a dog.

The Very Inappropriate Word
Jim Tobin

Michael loves interesting words (hard words like ELASTIC, little words like VAST, and big words like SMITHEREENS) and is always on the lookout for words to collect. Then one day, he picks up a new word. A bad word. An inappropriate word. At least, thatís what his friend says. But Michael kind of likes the word. He thinks he might try it out.