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Reading Round Up 2015

Monday April 13, 2015

A few days ago, the Maine Library Association held their annual conference called Reading Round Up. The conference featured several workshops and seminars on everything from the health effects of too much screen time to the best ways to present wordless picture books during story hour. Each year, a highlight of the conference is the award ceremony where the Chickadee, Lupine and Katahdin Awards are presented.

The Chickadee Award is Maine’s children’s choice picture book award. This year the winner was Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Dan Santat.

“The Lupine Award honors a living author or illustrator who is a resident of Maine, or who has created a work whose focus is on Maine”. The award is divided into two categories: Picture Book and Juvenile/Young Adult.

The Lupine Picture Book Honor Award went to Jubilee! One Man’s Big, Bold, and Very Very Loud Celebration of Peace by Alicia Potter and illustrated by my friend, Matt Tavares.

The Lupine Picture Book Award went to The Right Word, Roget and his Thesaurus by Jen Bryant and illustrated by another good friend, Melissa Sweet.

The Lupine Juvenile/YA Honor Award went to Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord, who is also a dear friend (I’m very lucky!).

And the Lupine Juvenile/YA Award went to Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick.

Lastly, the Katahdin Award is “the lifetime achievement award recognizing an outstanding body of work of children’s literature in Maine”, and this year (quite surprisingly!) it went to me. I was shocked but very pleasantly surprised by the award and I thank the Lupine/Katahdin Award committee for this great honor.

During the award ceremony, I couldn’t help but think that the whole thing should be turned around and the 375 Maine librarians in attendance should be the ones standing up at the podium and being recognized. After all, the librarians do the outstanding work day in and day out. If it wasn’t for all of them, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do. They are the people who encourage and help young readers and inspire the love of learning everyday.

So congratulations to all the librarians in Maine. My award is dedicated right back to you!