2022 Chickadee Award Winner


Fussy Flamingo by Shelly Vaughan James; illustrated by Matthew Rivera

A huge thank you to the 21,730 Maine children in grades K-4 who participated in this year's program. We are so excited that you shared your vote and selected a winner. Because we know that you all want to know how your favorite book stacked up, here are the vote totals for this year.

3742 Fussy Flamingo

3350 Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals

2788 Cubs in the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo's First Woman Zookeeper

2751 Flight For Freedom: The Wetzel Family's Daring Escape from East Germany

2726 this way, Charlie

1957 Old Rock (is not boring)

1761 Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots

1184 When I Draw a Panda

784 Evelyn Del Ray is Moving Away

687 Almost Time


Before you know it, it will be time to enjoy a whole new selection of picture books nominated for the 2023 Maine Chickadee Award. Check them out on our "Sneak Peek" page.

Join Us!

The Chickadee Award committee will have one opening beginning in the summer of 2022. If you are a librarian or teacher with a love of children's literature, please consider joining us. We meet approximately four times a year in a central Maine location or via a virtual option. For more details and an application, please see the link below. All applications must be completed by 5:00 pm on May 15, 2022.

Committee Application Form

Almost Time

by Gary D. Schmidt & Elizabeth Stickney

illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Crossings: Extraordinary Structures For Extraordinary Animals

by Katy S. Duffield

illustrated by Mike Orodán

Cubs in the Tub: The True Story of the Bronx Zoo's First Woman Zookeeper

by Candace Fleming

illustrated by Julie Downing

Evelyn Del Ray is Moving Away

by Meg Medina

illustrated by Sonia Sánchez

Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots

by Michael Rex

Flight For Freedom: The Wetzel Family's Daring Escape from East Germany

by Kristen Fulton

illustrated by Torben Kuhlmann

Fussy Flamingo

by Shelly Vaughan James

illustrated by Matthew Rivera

Old Rock (is not boring)

by Deb Pilutti


this way, Charlie

by Caron Levis

illustrated by Charles Santoso

When I Draw a Panda

by Amy June Bates



Check in the menu for details about our curriculum guide to use with texts, watch video clips for many of the titles, learn how to vote, purchase stickers and more.