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.
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