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Children’s Book Awards – Maine

Click on the name of the award to see present and past award winning books.

Maine Student Book Award: The award is determined each year by participating Maine students in grades four through eight. The winning book is selected from a reading list that is compiled by the MSBA committee. Any interested readers - student, teacher, parent, librarian – may submit a book review for the committee’s consideration for any fiction or nonfiction title published in the current year. 

 The Chickadee Award: This program is for children in kindergarten through fourth grade throughout the state of Maine. A committee of librarians, teachers and early literacy professionals selected this year’s titles. All books on this year’s list were published in 2018. 

Lupine Award: The Lupine Award is designed to honor a living author or illustrator who is a resident of Maine, or who has created a work whose focus is Maine, as shown through the work’s characterization, plot or setting.  An author or illustrator is considered a resident if he or she was born in this state or currently resides in Maine for all or part of the year.  Miss Rumphiusby Barbara Cooney, the beloved Maine author and artist was the inspiration for the Lupine Award. 

Katahdin Award: Begun in 1999, this lifetime achievement award recognizes an outstanding body of work of children’s literature in Maine.  The Katahdin Award is designed to honor a living Maine authoror illustrator.  An author or illustrator is considered a resident if he or she was born in this state or currently resides in Maine for all or part of the year.  The award may be given annually, but may not necessarily be given each year.