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.

 


 

36th ANNUAL WINNER

 

Congratulations to the 36th Annual (2014) Ludington Award winner, David Wiesner. During David Wiesner's formative years, the last images he saw before closing his eyes at night were the books, rockets, elephant heads, clocks, and magnifying glasses that decorated the wallpaper of his room. Perhaps it was this decor which awakened his creativity and gave it the dreamlike, imaginative quality so often found in his work.


As a child growing up in suburban New Jersey, Wiesner re-created his world daily in his imagination. His home and his neighborhood became anything from a faraway planet to a prehistoric jungle. When the everyday play stopped, he would follow his imaginary playmates into the pages of books, wandering among dinosaurs in the World Book Encyclopedia. The images before him generated a love of detail, an admiration for the creative process, and a curiosity about the hand behind the drawings.


In time, the young Wiesner began exploring the history of art, delving into the Renaissance at first undefined Michelangelo, Dürer, and da Vinci undefined then moving on to such surrealists as Magritte, de Chirico, and Dalí. As he got older, he would sit, inspired by these masters, at the oak drafting table his father had found for him and would construct new worlds on paper and create wordless comic books, such as Slop the Wonder Pig, and silent movies, like his kung fu vampire film The Saga of Butchula.

 

Wiesner has always been intrigued by and curious about what comes before and after the captured image. His books somehow convey the sequence of thoughts leading up to and following each picture, and that quality explain why they are frequently described as cinematic.

 

At the Rhode Island School of Design, Wiesner was able to commit himself to the full-time study of art and to explore further his passion for wordless storytelling. There he met two people who would figure prominently in his life: Tom Sgouros, to whom Tuesday is dedicated, and David Macaulay, to whom The Three Pigs is dedicated. These two men not only taught Wiesner the fundamentals of drawing and painting but also fostered his imaginative spirit and helped him comprehend the world around him. Sgouros's and Macaulay's artistic influences were vital to Wiesner's development into the acclaimed picture-book author he is today.

 

David Wiesner is an award winning illustrator and author whose most notable works include Flotsam (2006 Caldecott Medal), The Three Pigs (2001 Caldecott Medal), and Tuesday (1991 Caldecott Medal), all published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Mr. Wiesner is one of only 2 author/illustrators to have won the Caldecott Medal 3 times. He has also won the Caldecott Honor 3 times: for Mr. Wuffles (2014), Free Fall (2009), and Sector 7 (2000).

 

Wiesner lives with his wife and their son and daughter in the Philadelphia area, where he continues to create dreamlike and inventive images for books.

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

PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE LUDINGTON AWARD:


 

 

 

 

Coming in 2015

 

 

 

 

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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