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Your Child Can Vote for the Next Firefly Award Winner

Participating in the 2020 Early Literacy Firefly Award is one way your little one can stay engaged with their local library and learn big lessons.


Kids can learn that their vote counts too! This is the sixth year of the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award. The award gives children across Indiana a chance to vote for their favorite reads. Last year, over 5,400 children ages 9-5 voted from 56 Indiana counties. There’s a Monster in Your Book garnered over 40% of the vote, making it a landslide victory.

This year, due to the current health crisis, the Indiana Center for the Book is opening up remote voting for the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award. Parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5 who live in Indiana are invited to experience the five nominated titles in person or through video and then assist their children in voting on their favorite. Voting has been extended through July 30, 2020.

Click here to vote.


How to Access the Books and Vote

The good news is that even though many children can’t access the print books this year, all nominated books are available in video format. You can watch the videos with your child by clicking on each title below.

Tip: When watching the videos, pause them and ask your child questions about the book. Discuss which book is your child’s favorite by asking them to rank each book as you watch the videos.


2020 Indiana Firefly Award Nominees:


B is for Baby by


Don’t Blink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal


Firefly Home by Jane E. Clarke


Pirate Jack Gets Dressed by Nancy Raines Day



The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld


Once you have viewed the five titles and determined which one is your child’s favorite, submit their vote to the Indiana Center for the Book. Kids ages 0-5 may vote only one time. Votes will be collected until July 30, 2020.

Click here to vote.


Follow each video with great activities! The Indiana Center for the Book has great ideas from making masks together to playing ideas and dancing tips! Click here for activity ideas.


Share in the comments!

Which was your child’s favorite book this year?



Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award

The Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award is an initiative of the Indiana Center for the Book. This state award 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. Each year, Children ages 0-5 are encouraged to vote for one of five nominated titles. Lear more at



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