Chickadee Awards

Chickadee Award Books

Dike Newell School students will be taking part in The Chickadee Award: A Maine Children’s Choice Picture Book Project. Each year participating children in grades K-4 are the ones who will choose the award winner by voting for their favorite from among ten selected books published in 2018. These books are chosen by a committee of teachers, librarians and early literacy professionals. During the thirteenth year of the program, approximately 20,000 Maine children chose Shark Lady by Jess Keating and Marta Álvarez Miguéns as the winner of the Chickadee Award. 

In this process, children will develop and share an appreciation for excellence in writing and illustration that will stay with them forever. This statewide project encourages connections between public libraries and schools and helps foster literary dialogue among adults and children. In addition to selecting the ten books for review, the committee has compiled a booklet of information, suggestions and activities to make it easy for any interested school, home-school group, or public library to participate. 

The Chickadee Award Project is funded by the Maine Association of School Libraries. For more information, visit the chickadee website at