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. 


40th ANNUAL WINNER

Congratulations to the 40th Annual (2018) Ludington Award winner, Jane Yolen

Born and raised in New York City, Jane Yolen now lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College and received her master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. The distinguished author of more than 170 books, Jane Yolen is a person of many talents. When she is not writing, Yolen composes songs, is a professional storyteller on the stage, and is the busy wife of a university professor, the mother of three grown children, and a grandmother. All of Yolen's stories and poems are rooted in her sense of family and self. The Emperor and the Kite, which was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1983 for its intricate paper-cut illustrations by Ed Young, was based on Yolen's relationship with her late father, who was an international kite-flying champion. Owl Moon, winner of the 1988 Caldecott Medal for John Schoenherr's exquisite watercolors, was inspired by her husband's interest in birding.

Click here to read the Ludington Award Press Release announced on October 23, 2018.


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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