Ladybug Picture Book Award!
I'm not sure how it's done in the other schools in New Hampshire, but in my school, all ten books that are nominated are read to the children by various adults from the school and the community. (I had the chief of police read a children's book in my classroom, the kids were totally fascinated!) All of the books nominated are new picture books, so the children get a chance to hear a nice variety of new literature. I let the children have a copy of the sample ballot so they could write notes after each book was read so they could make an informed decision when voting time came.
I think it's a great learning process for the kids. They hear some great literature. This year really showed them a wide variety of writing styles, too! Then of course, the children are learning the democratic process of voting and making an informed decision. Plus, they got to meet some of the key members of our community who came to our school to read to them. (That alone shows them the value of reading!)
Be sure to check out this link to see the other nominated books and how the voting went! It was a great experience for all!