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Washington State Book Awards Winners

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The Washington Center for the Book administers the annual Washington State Book Awards (formerly the Governor's Writers Awards), given for outstanding books published by Washington authors the previous year.

2017 Book Award Winners (for books published in 2016):








History/General Nonfiction



Picture Book

  • Thunder Boy Jr written by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Yuyi Morales


Books for Early Readers (ages 6 to 8)


Books for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12)


Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18)


2017 WSBA Judges

Jury for Adult Awards

  • Linda Andrews, English Instructor, Walla Walla Community College
  • Lisa Bitney, Adult Services Librarian, Tacoma Public Library
  • Pam Cady, Manager, University Book Store
  • Lisa Gresham, Collection Support Manager, Whatcom County Library System

Jury for Youth Categories

  • Sheri Boggs, Youth Collection Development Librarian, Spokane County Library District
  • Tom Brown, Librarian, Seattle Public Schools
  • Raina Sedore, Youth Services Librarian, Timberland Library System

How to enter

Complete the Washington State Book Awards Entry Form. Questions? Contact

Submission Guidelinespdf

The deadline for submissions for the 2018 book awards (for books published in 2017) is February 1, 2018.

We thank our sponsor

This program is made possible with the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

The Seattle Public Library Foundation