Congratulations to Rena Priest, 2021-2023 Washington State Poet Laureate!

Congratulations to Rena Priest, 2021-2023 Washington State Poet Laureate!

Congratulations to Rena Priest 2021-2023 Washington State Poet Laureate! In conjunction with National Poetry Month, poet Rena Priest has been appointed Washington State Poet Laureate by Governor Jay Inslee.   A member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation, Priest will be the first Indigenous poet to assume the role. Priest’s literary debut, Patriarchy Blues, was honored with the 2018 American Book Award, and…

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…