Maine Library Association

The Lupine Award

Since 1989 the Lupine Award has been presented annually by the Youth Services Section Interest Group of the Maine Library Association.  

The Lupine Award is designed to honor a living author or illustrator who is a resident of Maine, or who has created a work whose focus is Maine, as shown through the work’s characterization, plot or setting.  An author or illustrator is considered a resident if he or she was born in this state or currently resides in Maine for all or part of the year. 

The award distinguishes one winner and one honoree in the categories of picture book and juvenile/young adult. 

The Lupine Award was inspired by beloved Maine author and artist Barbara Cooney's book Miss Rumphius,  which tells the story of the author's great aunt, who loved the sea, worked in a library, traveled the world and made it her mission to make the world a more beautiful place. 


If you would like to submit your book for consideration, please provide the committee with 7 review copies by the end of December. Please send review copies to:

Lupine Award Committee Chair

Jessie Trafton
Youth Services Librarian
Skidompha Library
184 Main Street
Damariscotta, ME 04543

If you are unable to send 7 review copies, it's OK - we can share!

To order Lupine Award and Lupine Honor seals please send a SASE and a check made out to MLA/ YSS to:

Coming Soon!

Seals are 25 cents each.

You can find a printable order form for stickers here. Please be specific regarding how many Award vs Honor seals you'd like.

Questions can be directed to the YSS Chair.  

List of Past Winners and Honorees

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