About the Award



The Chickadee Award
A Maine Children’s Choice Picture Book Project


Welcome to the Chickadee Award. This program is for children in kindergarten through fourth grade throughout the state of Maine. A committee of librarians, teachers and early literacy professionals selected this year’s titles. All books on this year's list were published in 2014.

We are now in our twelfth year of the Chickadee Award, named after Maine’s state bird. It is modeled after other successful state children’s choice picture book awards and is intended to complement the Maine Student Book Award program that involves children in grades four through eight.


Over 21,000 Maine children from 143 schools and libraries participated in 2016. The winning book was Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas written by Lynne Cox and illustrated by Brian Floca.

Our goal is for children to develop an appreciation of outstanding writing and illustration in current children’s picture books through participation in the program. We hope they will become discriminating readers by voting for their favorite book. This guide contains information on how to participate in the program as well as suggested activities for each of the books.

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