2018 Ladybug Winner

New Hampshire children have chosen Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima as the winner of the 2018 Ladybug Picture Book Award.
There were 20,353 votes cast this year at 160 sites across the state. The winning book received 6,077 votes. 
A complete list of voting results and a set of bookplates you can put in your copies of the winning title (this year and for previous years) are available on the Ladybug Picture Book Award website.


Book of the Week (12/10/2018)

The Tornado of 1821 by Jack Noon (New Hampshire : Moose Country Press, 2018).
In New Hampshire late on a Sunday afternoon in September 1821, a tornado blasted its way from the Connecticut River to the Merrimack in a single hour by way of Lake Sunapee and Mount Kearsarge.  It was part of a rapidly advancing, 300-mile front of severe thunderstorms that stretched from Canada practically down to New York City.

The 1821 tornado hit NH towns from the Connecticut River to the Merrimack through Croydon, Sunapee, Lake Sunapee, New London, Sutton, Warner, and Webster in a single hour.

Jack’s meticulous research describes the weather events leading up to that fateful day in September 1821 when without warning, houses and barns were destroyed, forests laid flat, livestock destroyed and tragically lives were lost. --Publisher's blurb.
Jack Noon is a New Hampshire historian. The author of fourteen books of non-fiction and historical fiction, they include The Bassing of New Hampshire (1999), Muster Days at Muster Field Farm (2000), Fishing in New Hampshire, A History (2003), Lot Number 20, Eight Generations at the Muster Field Farm Museum (2014), and Up Moosilaukee (2000).


Book of the Week (12/3/2018)

Good Morning, Snowplow by Deborah Bruss (NY: Levine/Scholastic, 2018).

It's that time of year again! The rumble of the nightly snowplow throughout New Hampshire is a sure sign winter is here.
As the rest of the town settles in to bed, one man, his dog, and a trusty snowplow get ready for a night's work. Follow them through slick roads and swirling drifts in this sweet, rhyming book. -- Publisher's blurb
NH Author Deborah Bruss will be at MainStreet BookEnds bookstore in Warner, NH to sign her delightful new children's book with other local authors at the "Holiday Author Book Signing" on Saturday, December 8, 2018, from 10 am to 1 pm.

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Dublin Longlist 2019

The International DUBLIN Literary Award has announced the 2019 Longlist. These are books of high literary merit published in English in 2017. This list includes the nominees from the NH Dublin Committee.
The International DUBLIN Literary Award is presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English. The Award is sponsored by Dublin City Council, the municipal government of Dublin (Ireland), and administered by Dublin City Public Libraries. The Award aims to promote excellence in world literature. Nominations are submitted by library systems in major cities throughout the world. The award is now in its 23rd year. The prize is €100,000 which is awarded to the author if the book is written in English. If the winning book is in English translation, the author receives €75,000 and the translator, €25,000.