Washington State Book Awards

The Washington State Book Awards honor works of outstanding literary merit by Washington authors. An award is given based on the strength of the publication's literary merit, lasting importance and overall quality in eight categories. Find information on how to submit.

We celebrate finalists and winners of the Washington State Book Awards at a free ceremony and reception every October at the Central Library.

Narwhal and Jelly

Narwhal and Jelly book cover

Find Narwhal and Jelly books at your library! Peanut Butter and Jelly by Washington author/illustrator Ben Clanton won the Washington State Book Award and is Washington State’s featured book at the 2020 National Book Festival.

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Where a Book Begins with author/illustrator Ben Clanton Video

Draw along with Washington State Book Award winner Ben Clanton, creator of the “Narwhal and Jelly” series! Find out how fun it is to draw … a potato? Turn that potato into a narwhal and you’re on your way.