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Olympia’s CIELO wins Library of Congress State Literacy Award

CIELO, a nonprofit organization in Olympia that provides literacy support and resources to immigrant and refugee communities in the South Sound, recently received a Library of Congress State Literacy Award ...
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Looking for judges for the 2020 Washington State Book Awards

We are looking for librarians and booksellers to judge our youth categories (picture books through young adult literature) and adult categories for the 2020 Washington State Book Awards. If selected, ...
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Winners of the 2019 Washington State Book Awards

Here are the recipients of this year's Washington State Book Award: WASHINGTON STATE BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION So Lucky by Nicola Griffith (MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux)Nicola Griffith’s short, tense novel ...
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Our mission

The Washington Center for the Book promotes literacy and a love of books, reading, and libraries. We celebrate Washington’s robust literary heritage and shine a spotlight on the contribution of reading and libraries in strengthening communities and in fostering civic engagement.

How will we achieve our mission

If you are a writer, visit our “For Writers” tab.  Find information about classes, workshops and conferences for Washington writers.

Did you write a book this year which you feel is “the one” and want to gain recognition? The “Washington State Book Awards” tab provides you with information about how to submit a book for consideration as well as links to past book award finalists and winners.

Teachers and kids can learn about the Letters About Literature contest, a national competition hosted by the Library of Congress, that encourages young people to think about a book and author in a much deeper way than a book report.

Maybe you just plain LOVE books.  The “For Book Lovers” tab provides a link to a map of the libraries and independent bookstores in Washington where you can get your hands on all the wonderful books you read about.