Children’s Book Award Winners Announced at Maine Reading Conference

Award winners at 2015 Reading Round Up conference: Matt Tavares, Chris Van Dusen, Alicia Potter, Melissa Sweet, Cynthia Lord

High Resolution Image from 2015 Reading Round Up Awards Ceremony

Augusta - Nearly 350 librarians and educators from public and school libraries from around Maine converged on Augusta on April 9 for the 26th Annual Reading Round Up conference promoting reading and literature for children and young adults. One of the highlights of the event was an award ceremony honoring books, authors and illustrators representing excellence in the field of children’s and young adult literature.

2015 Lupine Award

Four titles received recognition through the 2015 Lupine Award honoring living authors or illustrators who are residents of Maine or who have created a work prominently featuring Maine. The award was first given in 1989 and is sponsored by the Maine Library Association.

Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick and Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord received awards in the Lupine Award juvenile and young adult category. Awards in the picture book category went to The Right Word, by author Jen Bryant and Illustrator Melissa Sweet and Jubilee! by author Alicia Potter and illustrator Matt Tavares.

2015 Katahdin Award

Maine author and illustrator Chris Van Dusen received the 2015 Katahdin Award from the Maine Library Association. Established in 1999, the award recognizes lifetime achievement and an outstanding body of work of children’s literature in Maine.

2015 Chickadee Award

The 2015 Chickadee Award went to Carnivores by author Aaron Reynolds and illustrator Dan Santat. The award is given to by the Maine Children’s Choice Picture Book Project to honor works created in the picture book category for children in kindergarten through fourth grade.

2015 Maine Student Book Award

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, by Chris Grabenstein received the 2015 Maine Student Book Award. The award recognizes works selected by students in grades 4-8 and is sponsored by the Maine Library Association, Maine Association of School Libraries, and Maine Reading Association.

About Reading Round Up

The Reading Round Up conference is an annual event offering learning opportunities for children’s and school librarians. The conference is sponsored by the Maine State Library and organized by a statewide committee of librarians dedicated to promoting literacy and love of reading in children and young adults. More information can be found online at: http://www.maine.gov/msl/libs/services/rru .

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High Resolution Image from 2015 Reading Round Up Awards Ceremony