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.

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   2007   2008   2009

2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   2015   2016  2017  2018


 

2001

 

2002

 

2003

  • Art from Africa: Long Steps Never Broke a Back. By Pamela McClusky
  • Excerpts from a Family Medical Dictionary. By Rebecca Brown
  • Iridescent Light: The Emergence of Northwest Art. By Deloris Tarzan Ament
  • Perma Red. By Debra Magpie Earling
  • Red Delta: Fighting for Life at the End of the Colorado River. By Charles Bergman
  • The Gospel of Galore. By Tina Kelley
  • The Restless Northwest. By Hill Williams
  • The Twentieth Wife. By Indu Sundaresan
  • Under the Quilt of Night. By Deborah Hopkinson
  • Wonderful Tricks: Stories. By Gregory Spatz

 

2004

  • Bold Spirit: Helga Estby's Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America. By Linda Lawrence Hunt
  • Gay Seattle: Stories of Exile and Belonging. By Gary Atkins
  • King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon. By David Montgomery
  • Range of Glaciers: The Exploration and Survey of the Northern Cascade Range. By Fred Beckey
  • Rodzina. By Karen Cushman
  • Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls. By Matt Ruff
  • The Actual Moon, the Actual Stars. By Chris Forhan
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair. By Erik Larson
  • The Indian Slave Trade: The Rise of the English Empire in the American South, 1670-1717. By Alan Gallay
  • Visible Bones: Journey Across Time in the Columbia River Country. By Jack Nisbet

 

2005

  • 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

 

2006

Fiction:

  • A Sudden Country. By Karen Fisher

Poetry:

  • Luck Is Luck. By Lucia Perillo

History/Biography:

  • The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl. By Timothy Egan

General Nonfiction:

  • In the Company of Crows and Ravens. By John Marzluff and Tony Angell

Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award winners:

  • So, What's It Like to Be a Cat? By Karla Kuskin and Betsy Lewin (illustrator)
  • The Witch's Boy. By Michael Gruber

 

2007

Fiction:

  • The Dead Fish Museum. By Charles D'Ambrosio

Poetry:

  • Spectral Waves. By Madeline DeFrees

History/Biography:

General Nonfiction:

  • River of Memory: The Everlasting Columbia. By William D. Layman

Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award winners:

  • Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant. By Jack Prelutsky and Carin Berger (illustrator)
  • Grand & Humble. By Brent Hartinger

 

2008

Fiction:

  • Bad Monkeys. By Matt Ruff

Poetry:

  • The Grace of Necessity. By Samuel Green

History/Biography:

  • Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place. By Coll Thrush

General Nonfiction:

  • Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations. By David R. Montgomery

Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award winners:

  • Rabbit's Gift. By George Shannon and Laura Dronzek (illustrator)
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. By Sherman Alexie

 

2009

Fiction:

  • All About Lulu. By Jonathan Evison

Poetry:

  • A Map of the Night. By David Wagoner

History/Biography:

General Nonfiction:

Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award winners:

  • What to Do About Alice? How Alice Roosevelt Broke the Rules, Charmed the World, and Drove Her Father Teddy Crazy! By Barbara Kerley and Edwin Fotheringham (illustrator)
  • Emperors of the Ice: A True Story of Disaster in the Antarctic, 1910-13. By Richard Farr

 

2010

Fiction:

  • Border Songs. By Jim Lynch

Poetry:

  • Inseminating the Elephant. By Lucia Perillo

History/Biography:

  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America. By Timothy Egan

General Nonfiction:

  • Naming Nature: The Clash Between Instinct and Science. By Carol Yoon

Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award winners:

  • Before You Were Here, Mi Amor. By Samantha Vamos and Santiago Cohen (illustrator)
  • The Magical Ms. Plum. By Bonny Becker
  • Brutal. By Michael Harmon

 

2011

Fiction:

  • Matterhorn. By Karl Marlantes

Poetry:

  • The Bled. By Frances McCue

Biography/Memoir:

  • The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White. By Doug Merlino

History/General Nonfiction:

  • The Long Way Home: An American Journey from Ellis Island to the Great War. By David Laskin

Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award winners:

  • Polar Opposites. Written and Illustrated by Erik Brooks
  • Guinea Dog. By Patrick Jennings
  • Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. By Lish McBride

 

2012

Fiction:

  • A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism. By Peter Mountford

Poetry:

  • Woodnote. By Christine Deavel

Biography/Memoir:

History/General Nonfiction:

  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin. By Erik Larson

Picture Book:

  • To Market, To Market written and illustrated. By Nikki McClure

Middle Grades and Young Adults (10- to 18-year-old readers):

  • Something to Hold. By Katherine Schlick Noe

Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award:

  • Mysterious Bones: The Story of Kennewick Man. By Katherine Kirkpatrick

 

2013

Fiction:

  • The Orchardist. By Amanda Coplin

Poetry:

  • Plume. By Kathleen Flenniken

Biography/Memoir:

  • Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis. By Timothy Egan

History/General Nonfiction:

Picture Book:

  • Those Rebels, John & Tom. By Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

Young Adults (13- to 18-year-old readers):

  • The Wicked and the Just. By J. Anderson Coats

 

2014

Fiction:

  • Hild. By Nicola Griffith

Poetry:

  • Rough Day. By Ed Skoog

Biography/Memoir:

  • The Family: Three Journeys Into the Heart of the Twentieth Century. By David Laskin

History/General Nonfiction:

  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. By Daniel James Brown

Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award winners:

  • Picture Book: What Do You Do With an Idea? By Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom (illustrator)
  • Book for Early Readers (ages 6 to 8): And Then, Story Starters. By M.H. Clark
  • Book for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12): The Sasquatch Escape. By Suzanne Selfors
  • Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18): Jumped In. By Patrick Flores-Scott

 

2015

Fiction:

  • The Hour of Lead. By Bruce Holbert

Poetry:

  • Bugle. By Tod Marshall
  • The Mountain Poems of Stonehouse. Translation and Commentary by Red Pine

Biography/Memoir:

History/General Nonfiction:

Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award winners:

  • Picture Book: Two Speckled Eggs. Written and Illustrated by Jennifer K. Mann
  • Book for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12): Phoebe and Her Unicorn: A Heavenly Nostrils Chronicle. By Dana Simpson
  • Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18): The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. By Leslye Walton

 

2016

Fiction:

  • The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac. By Sharma Shields

Poetry:

  • Reconnaissance. By Carl Phillips

Biography/Memoir:

History/General Nonfiction:

Picture Book:

  • Boats for Papa written and illustrated. By Jessixa Bagley

Book for Young Readers (ages 6 to 8):

  • Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat. By Deborah Underwood

Books for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12):

  • Red Butterfly by A.L. Sonnichsen

Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18):

  • The Game of Love and Death. By Martha Brockenbrough

 

2017

Fiction:

Poetry:

Biography/Memoir:

History/General Nonfiction:

Picture Book:

  • Thunder Boy Jr. Written by Sherman Alexie, and Illustrated by Yuyi Morales

Books for Young Readers (ages 6 to 8):

Books for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12):

Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18):

 

2018

Fiction:

Poetry:

  • Water & Salt. By Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

Biography/Memoir:

History/General Nonfiction:

Picture Book:

Books for Young Readers (ages 6-8):

  • Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows. By Asia Citro

Books for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12):

Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18):

 

 


The Washington Center for the Book promotes literacy and a love of books, reading, and libraries. We celebrate Washington’s robust literary heritage and shine a spotlight on the contribution of reading and libraries in strengthening communities and in fostering civic engagement. It is the state affiliate for the Center for the Book at the U.S. Library of Congress. There is a Center for the Book in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
 
Through book discussions and other literary and humanities programs, the Center strives to broaden and deepen appreciation for literature that expands the world of the reader. The Center develops programs that appeal to a wide audience -- from confirmed book lovers to those who may not yet consider books and reading basic to their lives -- and works with other cultural organizations and libraries to realize its goals.
 
Programs at the Washington Center for the Book include Letters about Literature, which encourages children from across the state to write letters to their favorite authors, and the Washington State Book Awards, given for outstanding books published by Washington authors the previous year. See Washington State Book Awards for submission guidelines and a list of award winners.

Contact Information:

Washington Center for the Book
c/o The Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104-1109
Linda Johns
Seattle Public Library
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Nono Burling
Washington State Library
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