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Washington State Book Awards 2021!

We are delighted to announce the eight winners and 35 finalists for the 2021 Washington State Book Awards (for books published in 2021)! Find the full list of 43 books ...
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The Sea in Winter by Christine Day featured at National Book Festival

Each year we have the fabulous opportunity to select a book for children by a Washington author to represent our state at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., and ...
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text reads Library of Congress National Book Festival. Photos of four featured authors - Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Roxane Gay, Kazuo Ishiguro, Michael J. Fox.

Bring the National Book Festival to Your Branch!

Bring the National Book Festival to Your Branch! The Library of Congress wants this year’s festival to truly be a National Book Festival (NBF) —and would love your help in ...
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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.