Washington State Book Awards

Beginning in 2000, the Washington Center for the Book at Seattle Public Library assumed administration of the Governor's Writers Award from the Washington State Library.  In 2001, the honor and ceremony were renamed the Washington State Book Awards. The list below contains each recipient, grouped by year, from 2000 until present day.  In 2017, Washington Center for the Book became a joint partnership of the Washington State Library and The Seattle Public Library. As of 2023 the Washington State Book Awards are a project of the Washington Center for the Book, an affiliate of The Library of Congress Center for the Book, administered by Washington State Library.

Many of the award winning titles are a part of the Pacific Northwest Collection and available for circulation.  Other titles may be located through OCLC WorldCat Services.

The recipients of the preceeding Governor's Writer Day Award are maintained in the Governor's Writers Award Collection and are available for review at the library's reading room in Tumwater, WA.  More information on that award can be found at the award history site.

For submission guidelines and to access the entry form for the current award season, please visit the Washington Center for the Book resource page.

[1966-2000]  2001   2002   2003   2004   2005  

2006 - present can be viewed at Washington Center for the Book











  • Black Is a Country: Race and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy. By Nikhil Pal Singh
  • Breaking Ground. By Paul Hunter
  • Broken for You. By Stephanie Kallos
  • Gorgon: The Monsters That Ruled the Planet Before Dinosaurs and How They Died in the Greatest Catastrophe in Earth's History. By Peter Ward
  • Mary: A Flesh-and-Blood Biography of the Virgin Mother. By Lesley Hazleton
  • Light's Ladder: Poems. By Christopher Howell
  • Orphans. By Charles D'Ambrosio
  • The Children's Blizzard. By David Laskin

Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award winners:

  • Ella the Elegant Elephant. By Carmela D'Amico (author) and Steven D'Amico (illustrator)
  • Honey, Baby, Sweetheart. By Deb Caletti