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. 


41st ANNUAL WINNER

Congratulations to the 41st Annual (2019) Ludington Award winner, Nikki Grimes

New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2017 Children's Literature Legacy Award, the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include the much-honored books Garvey's Choice, ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, and Coretta Scott King Author Honor books Jazmin's Notebook, Talkin' About Bessie, Dark Sons, Words with Wings, and The Road to Paris. Creator of the popular Meet Danitra Brown, Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California.

Click here to read the Ludington Award Press Release announced on October 17, 2019.


PAST RECIPIENTS OF THE LUDINGTON AWARD:


2018
Jane Yolen

Author


2017
Kate DiCamillo 

Author


2016
Ashley Bryan

Illustrator


2015
Pam Muñoz Ryan

Author


2015
Pam Muñoz Ryan

Author

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 


2000
Tomie dePaola


Illustrator/Author 


1999
Paula Danziger


Author 


1998
Lois Lowry


Author 


1997
Dori Bass


Librarian/Publisher 


1996
Barbara Elleman


Critic/Author 


1995
Katherine Paterson


Author 


1994
Gary Paulsen


Author 


1993
Walter Dean Myers


Author 


1992
Bernice Cullinan, PhD


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 


1985
Jerry Weiss 


Educator/Author 


1984
Marilyn Abel


EPA Executive Secretary 


1983
Judy Blume


Author


1982
Ruth Graves


R.I.F. Founder


1981
Dr. Mary Kay Chelton


Educator/Author


1980
Charles Reasoner


Educator/Author


1979 
Gene Alfonsi


Past EPA President 

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