Meet our 2023 WSBA Judges!

Sara Peté/ April 12, 2023/ Uncategorized

Meet our 2023 Washington State Book Award (WSBA) Judges!

text reads: Meet the 2023 WSBA judges! a stack of books is shown lined up at the bottom. 8 circles contain photos of the judges. one of the photos is the KRL logo with the judges' name, Sarah Jaffa, instead of a photo.

We are thrilled to introduce our wonderful panel of 2023 Washington State Book award judges who are currently deep into reading and reviewing hundreds of books (published in 2022) from authors across the state. Our judging panels are made up of academic, public, school, and Tribal librarians, booksellers, and authors. We are so thankful for the many hours and the great care they pour into this process.

2023 Youth Book Judges:

Lauren Kessel
Kent Elementary School
Teacher Librarian Technology Integration Specialist
Kent, WA

Jane López-Santillana
Oak Harbor Library, Sno-Isle Libraries
Managing Librarian
Oak Harbor, WA

Avery Mead
East Valley High School Library
Teacher Librarian
Spokane Valley, WA

2022 Adult Book Judges:
Heather Carruth
East Adams Library District #2
Adult Services/Resource (Assistant) Librarian
Ritzville, WA

Andrea Griffith
Browsers Bookshop
Olympia, WA

Sarah Jaffa
Kitsap Regional Library
Kitsap County
Librarian/Adult Fiction Selector

Valerie McBeth
Northwest Indian College Lummi Library
Blaine, WA

Tiffany Midge
Author and 2021 WSBA Finalist
Moscow, ID

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