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Rule’s “Sled Ride” wins N.H. Literary Award for Best Children’s Book


NORTHWOOD, N.H. (March 11, 2014)—Rebecca Rule’s The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever!, an enchanting tale of seven children who set out to enjoy an epic sled ride one magical winter’s day, has won the 2014 New Hampshire Literary Award for Best Children’s Book.

Rule’s debut picture book, which was illustrated by Jennifer Thermes, has received wide acclaim since it was released in November, 2012. That recognition includes a Kirkus Star, which is given by the influential magazine to books of “remarkable merit.” In addition, School Library Journal, a national literary magazine, placed the title on its “Great Books for Snowy Days” list.

“This is my first book for children. I love writing for this new audience and appreciate their enthusiasm. I’m very grateful for Jennifer Therme’s whimsical illustrations, which add a whole new layer of fun to the story,” Rule said. “To receive recognition from the NH Writers’ Project, an organization I’ve belonged to since it started twenty-five years ago, is terrific. It’s a wonderful support to writers and readers all over the state.”

The literary awards honor the top books of the Granite State and will be officially presented at a ceremony at Southern New Hampshire University on March 22. The New Hampshire Writers’ Project also presents awards, which are given every two years, for best books in the categories of poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and young adult.

Rule is a popular storyteller and author who performs regularly across New Hampshire. In addition to her children’s book, she has written nine other books including Live Free and Eat Pie! A Storyteller’s Guide to New Hampshire and Headin’ for the Rhubarb, both published by Islandport Press, and “The Best Revenge,” an award-winning collection of short stories.

Thermes, who lives in Connecticut, has also illustrated There are No Moose on this Island!, published by Islandport Press, as well as Bear and Bird, Helen Keller’s Best Friend Belle, and Sam Bennett’s New Shoes.

The New Hampshire Writers’ Project, a statewide membership-based nonprofit literary arts organization, serves as a resource for writers, publishers, booksellers, literary agents, educators, librarians, and readers in and near New Hampshire.