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 literacy 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.
Congratulations to the 42nd Ludington Award winner, Joseph Bruchac.
A master storyteller, musician, poet, and reader,
Who writes across genres, dancing in prose and verse.
Whose stories teach and entertain, through empathy, laughter, and fright.
Who has added authentic volumes and timeless classics to children’s shelves.
Whose wisdom allows young readers to discover traditional tales and unsung heroes,
to ponder our common complexity as well as our connections.
Whose prowess for the written word inspires young readers and invites his fellow and future artists to draw from their deep roots, honor their heritages, and learn from and see themselves
in Rabbit with his snow dance, in Jim Thorpe, in Danny BigTree,
in the code talkers, in Cal, in Molly, and in Uwohali.
Past EPA President