Lupine Award History
Since 1989 the Lupine Award has been presented annually by the Youth Services Section Interest Group of the Maine Library Association. In 1993 the committee was given the option of choosing honor books and the following year the Lupine Seal was created. In 2005 at the annual meeting of YSS, it was decided to split the award into two categories; Picture Book and Juvenile/Young Adult. One winner and one honor may be chosen in each category. 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. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, the beloved Maine author and artist was the inspiration for the Lupine Award. It is the story of great-aunt Alice Rumphius who as a little girl loved the sea, longed to visit faraway places and wished to do something to make the world more beautiful.