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 the state selects 10 picture book titles early in the year. 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. The author and illustrator of the winning book will receive a crystal award created by Pepi Herrmann Crystal.
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