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New and Notable Northwest Nonfiction – 2019 edition

Guest blogger: Frank Brasile of The Seattle Public Library Are you new to the Northwest, or a lifelong resident looking for some historical perspective? 2019 is shaping up to be ...
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Six local authors win ALA youth media awards

Washington authors had a big presence at the 2019 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Seattle last month, with six of our state's authors taking home prestigious awards in ALA's ...
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Cover of a book called "Just Right: Searching for the Goldilocks Planet"

New books for teens and kids: January 2019

The year is off to a great start for Washington authors! Here are some picture books, middle grade, and young adult books out this month: PICTURE BOOKS Cheerful Chick, written ...
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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.