Firefly Award Winners Announced

07 Jun Firefly Award Winners Announced

Indiana Center for the Book Director Suzanne Walker has announced author Tom Fletcher and illustrator Greg Abbott as the 2019 Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award winners for their book “There’s a Monster in Your Book.”

The Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award is an initiative of the ICB to promote early childhood literacy in Indiana. The state award committee is made up of Indiana professionals involved in early childhood development, including librarians, caregivers, and project coordinators. The committee chooses five books each year for children ages 0-5 to vote on with help from an adult. “I love watching the children decide on their favorite book out of these five,” Walker said. “Some people say kids that age can’t really determine what they like best, but I disagree. They are excellent judges of picture books.”

This is the fifth year of the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award. This year there were over 5,400 votes cast from children in 56 Indiana counties. “There’s a Monster in Your Book” garnered over 40% of the vote, making it a landslide victory. Votes were collected at public libraries as well as at daycares. The nominated books are chosen for their ability to encourage parents and children to use the Every Child Ready to Read® practices of talking, singing, reading, writing and playing together. Caregivers can use the Firefly books as a quality go-to resource for having fun and learning with their young children.

Learn more about the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award here.