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…

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…

Six local authors win ALA youth media awards

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 Youth Media Awards.  Corey Tabor: Winner of the (Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book for Fox the Tiger, which he wrote and illustrated. Dori Hillestad…

Edgar Award finalists feature two Washington authors

Edgar Award finalists feature two Washington authors

If you’re a mystery lover, the annual announcement of the finalists for the Edgar Awards is always a great way to add excellent mysteries to your to-be-read pile. The Edgars, named for Edgar Allan Poe and awarded by the Mystery Writers of America, announced the 2019 finalists (for books published in 2018) on January 22 for the best in mystery…