Meet our 2024 WSBA Judges!

Sara Peté/ November 20, 2023/ Books, Uncategorized, Washington authors, Washington State Book Awards

Meet our 2024 Washington State Book Award (WSBA) Judges!

text reads: Meet the 2024 WSBA Judges! Lauren Kessel, Jane López-Santillana, Avery Mead, Jennie Diaz, Marcus Harrison Green, Sarah Jaffa, Valerie McBeth, Alex Yokom. there are headshots of seven of the judges.

We are thrilled to introduce our wonderful panel of 2024 Washington State Book award judges who are currently deep into reading and reviewing hundreds of books (published in 2023) 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.

2024 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

2024 Adult Book Judges:

Jennie Diaz
Seattle Public Library

Marcus Harrison Green
2022 WSBA Finalist, Publisher,
Author, Columnist, Speaker, & Podcaster


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

Valerie McBeth
Northwest Indian College Lummi Library
Blaine, WA

Alex Yokom
Browsers Bookshop
Olympia, WA






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