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.

 


 

35th ANNUAL WINNER


Congratulations to the 35th Annual (2013) Ludington Award winner, Brian Selznick. Born and raised in New Jersey, Brian Selznick cannot remember a time when he was not drawing and making things. His mural of a dinosaur on his fifth grade classroom wall was a big hit, and he had a one-man show in junior high school.

 

He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with the intention of becoming a set designer for the theater, but a job designing window displays at Eeyore’s Children’s Bookstore in New York City changed his mind. Working at the store became a crash course in children’s literature, and his first book was published while he worked there.

 

Soon he left to pursue a full-time career in children’s book illustration; he also has designed theater sets and is a professional puppeteer. His first book, The Houdini Box, was inspired by a fascination with the famous magician and his secrets. He has illustrated both novels and picture books for other writers, including the Sibert Honor books, When Marian Sang by Pam Muñoz Ryan and Walt Whitman: Words for America by Barbara Kerley. His illustrations for Barbara Kerley’s The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins won a Caldecott Honor Award in 2002; in 2008, his groundbreaking and breathtaking The Invention of Hugo Cabret was awarded the Caldecott Medal; and Wonderstruck, his latest awe-inspiring and multi-layered reading experience won the 2012 Schneider Family book Award.

 

He divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.
 

For more information about the Ludington Award read EBMA’s Ludington Award Press Release.

PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE LUDINGTON AWARD:


 

 

 

 

Coming in 2015

 

 

 

 

Coming in 2014 

       

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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