JEREMIAH LUDINGTON MEMORIAL AWARD


 

 

In 1975, Jeremiah Ludington, owner of Ludington News Company in Detroit, Michigan, founded the
Educational Paperback Association, now known as the Educational Book and Media Association. To honor his dedication and commitment to the educational paperback market, the EPA in 1979 established the Jeremiah Ludington Memorial Award.  

 

The Ludington award is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the educational paperback business, and is the EBMA version of a "Lifetime Achievement Award."  Recipients receive a framed certificate and EBMA presents a $2,500 check to the charity of their choice.  Past winners of the award have included illustrators, authors, educators, and librarians such as John Scieszka, Lois Lowry, Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume.

 


 

37th ANNUAL WINNER

 

Photo by Phillip DeFalcoeFCongratulations to the 37th Annual (2015) Ludington Award winner, Pam Muñoz Ryan. Ryan is an award-winning author whose celebrated novels include Esperanza Rising, Becoming Naomi Leon, Riding Freedom, Paint the Wind, The Dreamer, and Echo. Notable picture books include When Marion Sang and Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride, both illustrated by Brian Selznick; Mice and Beans, illustrated by Joe Cepeda; and Tony Baloney, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, as well as a Tony Baloney Beginning Reader series. She is the winner of the 2015 Kirkus Prize for Young Reader’s Literature, the author recipient of the National Education Association’s Civil and Human Rights Award, the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for Multicultural Literature, and is twice the recipient of the Pura Belpré Medal and the Willa Cather Award. Pam Muñoz Ryan has received many additional awards, such as the PEN USA Award, the Américas Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, and the Orbis Pictus Award.

 

In the author’s words:

“I was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. One of my earliest memories of books is my grandmother’s set of encyclopedias. My favorite volume was G, because it contained an illustrated section of Greek myths. How I loved those encyclopedias! Once, I even tried to copy an entire page, but did not succeed.


“The summer before fifth grade, my family moved across town to Irene Street, near the original Green Frog Market. I was the new kid in a school where most students had been together since kindergarten. I didn’t fit in. I spent much of my free time riding my bike to the East Bakersfield Library to borrow books. It was through books that I escaped and coped with the changes in my life. I became, what most people would consider, an obsessive reader.


“After high school, I knew that I wanted a profession that had something to do with books and literature, and I thought that would be teaching. I graduated from Bakersfield Junior College and transferred to San Diego State University. After college, I became a bilingual teacher in Escondido. After my children were born (two girls and twin boys), I stayed home with them for almost twelve years, substituting part-time. When my youngest went to kindergarten, I accepted a job as the director of an early childhood program. At the same time, I went back to school one night a week to get my master’s degree in Post-secondary Education, with the intention of someday teaching children’s literature. A few weeks before I finished my master’s, one of my professors asked me to stay after class. She wanted to know if I’d ever considered professional writing as a career or avocation. I could not stop thinking about the possibility that I could be a writer. The seed had been planted and wouldn’t stop growing.


“My first children’s book, One Hundred Is A Family, published in 1994. After a number of picture books, my editor at Scholastic, Tracy Mack, encouraged me to try a novel and I wrote Riding Freedom. Five more novels followed, and one book led to another. People frequently ask me, ‘What is your motivation to write?’ The answer is simple. I want the reader to turn the page.”


Pam Muñoz Ryan lives near San Diego, California, with her family. For more information, visit  www.PamMunozRyan.com. Photo above by Phillip DeFalco. 


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PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE LUDINGTON AWARD:


 

 

 

 

2015
Pam Muñoz Ryan

Author

 

 

2014

David Wiesner

Author/Illustrator 

       

2013

Brian Selznick

Author/Illustrator 

 

2012
Russell Freedman
Author

 

 

 2011

Sharon Draper

Author

 

 2010
Steven Kellogg
Author/Illustrator

 


2009
Jon Scieska
Author/Illustrator



2008
Kevin Henkes
Author/Illustrator

 



2007
Anita Silvey
Author/Educator

 


2006
Marc Brown
Author

 


2005
Mary Pope Osborne
Author

 


2004
Richard Peck
Author

 


2003
Jean Craighead
George
Author

 


2002
Seymour Simon
Author

 


2001
Charlotte Zolotow
Author/Editor

 


2000
Tomie dePaola
Illustrator/Author

 


1999
Paula Danziger
Author

 


1998
Lois Lowry
Author

 


1997
Dori Bass
Librarian,
Publisher

 


1996
Barbara Ellemen
Critic/Author

 


1995
Katherine Paterson
Author 

 


1994
Gary Paulsen
Author

 


1993
Walter Dean Myers
Author

 


1992
Bernice Cullinan, Ph.D
Educator/Author

 


1991
Norman Bridwell
Educator/Author

 


1990
Patricia Reilly Giff
Author

 


1989
Stan and Jan
Berenstain
Illustrators/Authors

 


1988
Jim Trelease
Author

 


1987
Beverly Cleary
Author

 


1986
Edward Packard
&
R.A. Montgomery
(pictured)
Authors

 

1985
M. Jerry Weiss

Educator/Author

No Photo Available

 


1984
Marilyn Abel
EPA Executive
Secretary

 


1983
Judy Blume
Author

 


1982
Ruth Graves
R.I.F. Founder

 


1981
Dr. Mary K.
Chelton
Educator/Author

 1980
Charles Reasoner

Educator/Author

 1979
Gene Alfonsi

Past EPA President

     


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