Children Book Awards

Chickadee Award

The winner of the 2022 Chickadee Award is Fussy Flamingo by Shelly Vaughan James; illustrated by Matthew Rivera. For runners up, see the The Chickadee Award website at

Maine Student Book Award

The winner of the 2022 Maine Student Book Award is Primer by Jennifer Muro, Thomas Krajewski and Gretel Lusky. Learn more at the website

The North Star YA Award

The winner of the 2022 North Star YA Award is The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Learn more at the website

The above awards are Children Choice Awards; children read the books and vote for their favorite. The booklists for 2023 are available on their websites and at the library.

Lupine Award

The Lupine Award honors a living author or illustrator who is a resident of Maine, or who has created a work whose focus is Maine. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, the beloved Maine author and artist, was the inspiration for the Lupine Award given by the Youth Services Section of the Maine Library Association.

The 2021 winners:

Picture Book Winner: The First Blade of Sweetgrass : a Native American Story  by Suzanne Greenlaw and Gabriel Frey ; illustrations by Nancy Baker.
Picture Book Honor Book: The Little Library by Margaret McNamara ; illustrated by G. Brian Karas.
Juvenile/Young Adult Winner: Down to Earth by Betty Culley
Juvenile/Young Adult Honor: Franklin Endicott and the Third Key by Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.

Katahdin Award

The Katahdin Award is designed to honor a living Maine author or illustrator.
The 2021  Katahdin Award winner is Cynthia Lord.

ALA Book & Media Award Winners

See American Library Association – Association of Library Services for Children.