New Hampshire children, from preschoolers to third-graders, have voted “Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic” the winner of the 2013 Ladybug Picture Book Award.

“Little Dog Lost” received 5,347 votes out of the 22,260 cast by children across the state. It was written and illustrated by Mônica Carnesi and is published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin.

Sponsored by the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library, the Ladybug Picture Book Award was established to promote early literacy and to honor the best in recent children’s picture books.

Previous winners have included Judy Schachner’s “Skippyjon Jones,” Keiko Kasza’s “My Lucky Day” and “Memoirs of a Goldfish” written by Devin Scillian and illustrated by Tim Bowers. A full list of past winners is at

Earlier in 2013, a committee of children’s librarians from around New Hampshire selected 10 picture book titles as nominees for the award. Throughout the summer and fall, librarians and teachers shared the books with children at storytimes, developed colorful displays of the titles, and encouraged families to borrow and read the books at home.

Beginning in November, to coincide with elections, New Hampshire preschools, elementary schools and public libraries invited children to vote to select the award winner. Voting took place at 169 schools, libraries and day-care centers around the state.

The Ladybug Picture Book Award Committee has begun working on its nominations for the 2014 Award.

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 living in the United States, possess strong child appeal, and have artistic quality with text that supports the illustrations. No titles that have previously been selected as nominees will be considered.

Nominations are accepted from New Hampshire libraries, including school libraries. For more information about the award, visit

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