On December 17, 2013 the Center for the Book at the New Hampshire State Library announced the winner of the 2013 Ladybug Picture Book Award. New Hampshire children, from preschool to third grade cast 5,347 votes for the winning picture book "Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic" by Mônica Carnesi.
Description from the publisher:
"On a cold winter day, a curious dog wandered onto a frozen river, and before he knew it he was traveling fast on a sheet of ice. Many people tried to help, but the dog could not be reached. Finally, after two nights and seventy-five miles, the little dog was saved by a ship out in the Baltic Sea.
The gallant rescue of the little dog nicknamed Baltic made international news. Mônica Carnesi's simple text and charming watercolor illustrations convey all the drama of Baltic's journey. His story, with its happy ending, will warm readers' hearts. An author's note and map are included."
The author, Mônica Carnesi is an artist and librarian who combined her passion for children's literature with her love for illustration to create the winning book. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband and dog. Carnesi is also the author of a second picture book, "Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear".
22,260 New Hampshire children voted at 169 locations for their favorite book from a list of 10 nominated titles.
5,347 votes for "Little Dog Lost: The True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic" by Mônica Carnesi
4358 votes for “Creepy Carrots” by Aaron Reynolds & Peter Brown
2676 votes for “Stuck” by Oliver Jeffers
2234 votes for “Chopsticks” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Scott Magoon
1781 votes for “Extra Yarn” by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
1740 votes for “Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon” by Patty Lovell and David Catrow
1706 votes for “Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” by William Joyce and Joe Bluhm
1574 votes for “Too Tall Houses” by Gianna Marino
425 votes for “If All the Animals Came Inside” by Eric Pinder and Marc Brown
419 votes for “Over and Under the Snow” by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal