About Linda Johns

I'm a librarian at The Seattle Public Library and a coordinator for the Washington Center for the Book. I'm passionate about promoting reading and writing, and I'm passionate about Washington state.

Summer Book Bingo — for grown-ups!

Summer Book Bingo — for grown-ups!

Are your adult patrons feeling nostalgic for the days when they participated in summer reading programs? Here’s a way to give them a version made just for grown ups: Adult Summer Reading Book Bingo 2021! Below are Book Bingo cards — in English and Spanish — for your library, patrons, and community. (The images at the bottom of this post…

2020 Washington State Book Award finalists!

2020 Washington State Book Award finalists!

  The Washington Center for the Book has selected 39 finalists in eight categories for the 2020 Washington State Book Awards (WSBA) for outstanding books published by Washington authors in 2019. This is the 54th year of the program, formerly called the Governor’s Writers Awards. Picture Books “Ghost Cat” by Kevan Atteberry, of Bellevue (Neal Porter Books / Holiday House)…

Looking for judges for the 2020 Washington State Book Awards

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, you’ll be reading and evaluating books by Washington authors, collaborating with other judges through a series of online meetings, and meeting once (sometime between late May and early July, tbd)…

Winners of the 2019 Washington State Book Awards

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 is a spellbinding journey into the thin place between deep personal fears and physical reality. What do you do when home is no longer a safe place? Griffith’s protagonist is…

2019 Washington State Book Award finalists!

2019 Washington State Book Award finalists!

Here are the finalists in eight categories for the 2019 Washington State Book Awards (WSBA) for outstanding books published by Washington authors in 2018. Congratulations to all authors and illustrators, and be sure to get these books on your reading list:    BOOKS FOR ADULTS  FICTION The Best Bad Things by Katrina Carrasco, of Seattle (MCD/Farrar, Straus and Giroux) The…

‘All Are Welcome’ at the National Book Festival!

‘All Are Welcome’ at the National Book Festival!

We are delighted to share that the Washington Center for the Book has selected Seattle illustrator Suzanne Kaufman’s picture book All Are Welcome to represent Washington state at the 2019 National Book Festival sponsored by the Library of Congress. The book wil be featured at the Washington state booth and in Festival materials. All Are Welcome lets young children know that…

Summer Book Bingo — for grown ups!

Summer Book Bingo — for grown ups!

  Looking for a way to connect your adult patrons to the fun of summer reading challenges? Here’s a book bingo card that you can download and adapt for your library. We’ve kept the back blank so you can add information about your library, special events, programs, and reading suggestions. We’ve seen some libraries in Washington do a drawing for prizes…