|The Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award is an initiative of the Indiana Center for the Book. This state award, which named its first winner in 2015, is administered by the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Committee made up of professionals in Indiana including teachers, librarians, caregivers, and project coordinators; all of whom are involved in early childhood development. Picture books serve an important role in the first years of the life of a child. The purpose of this award is to encourage parents, caregivers, and very young children to interact together with exceptional picture books. Below are the winners for each year since it began.|
|There’s a Monster in Your Book
By: Tom Fletcher
Illustrated by: Greg Abbott
Encourages the reader to shake, tilt, and wiggle the book to remove the little monster inside, but once it is out, another problem arises.
By: Mac Barnett
Illustrated by: Brian Bigg
A clever picture book about a multi-level apartment building’s occupants and their many nighttime noises.
|Don’t Wake Up the Tiger
By: Britta Teckentrup
Tiger is fast asleep, but oh dear! She’s lying completely in the way. Just how will the animals get past without waking her up? It will be tricky for them all to get past without Tiger noticing! It’s a good job that the reader is there to help keep Tiger asleep, isn’t it? But where exactly are they going with all those big shiny balloons? Do you think it might be someone’s birthday? Can you guess who?
|Hooray for Hat!
By: Brian Won
Elephant wakes up in a grumpy mood, but a present on his doorstep–a hat–cheers him, and he sets out to greet his neighbors who all, it seems, need hats of their own.
|Don’t Push the Button!
By: Bill Cotter
The only rule in Larry’s book is that the reader does not push the button, but when no one is looking, it may be irresistible.