The 6th Annual Washington State Zine Contest is now open!

The 6th Annual Washington State Zine Contest is now open!

The 6th Annual Washington State Zine Contest is now open! The beautiful artwork for this year’s poster was done, once again, by the incredibly talented Chris Sabatini of the Olympia Timberland Library. You can find a downloadable PDF of the poster and more information about the contest, including submission guidelines and examples of past winners here.

2020 Washington State Book Award Winners Announced

2020 Washington State Book Award Winners Announced

  The Washington Center for the Book has selected the 2020 Washington State Book Awards (WSBA) winners for outstanding books published by Washington authors in 2019. This is the 54th year of the program, formerly called the Governor’s Writers Awards. A complete list of 2020 WSBA Finalists can be found here. Picture Books  “Flora Forager ABC” by Bridget Beth Collins,…

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)…

Ben Clanton’s “Peanut Butter and Jelly” at the National Book Festival

Ben Clanton’s “Peanut Butter and Jelly” at the National Book Festival

Ben Clanton’s Peanut Butter and Jelly will represent Washington State at the National Book Festival as part of the Great Reads from Great Places program! Find a video message from Ben, activity sheets and a bookmark that you can download and print here! Ben Clanton is the bestselling author and illustrator of the Narwhal and Jelly series, whose picture books include…

Olympia’s CIELO wins Library of Congress State Literacy Award

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 for their contributions to the promotion of literacy and reading in the state. The organization was nominated by the Washington Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress Center…

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)…