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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   2019   2020

2021


 

2001

 

2002

 

2003

 

2004

 

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:

Poetry:

History/Biography:

General Nonfiction:

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:

History/Biography:

General Nonfiction:

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:

History/Biography:

General Nonfiction:

Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award winners:

 

2009

Fiction:

  • All About Lulu. By Jonathan Evison

Poetry:

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:

Poetry:

History/Biography:

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:

History/General Nonfiction:

Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award winners:

 

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:

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

Scandiuzzi Children's Book Award:

 

2013

Fiction:

Poetry:

Biography/Memoir:

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:

Biography/Memoir:

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

History/General Nonfiction:

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:

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:

Poetry:

Biography/Memoir:

History/General Nonfiction:

Picture Book:

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):

 

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):

 

2019

Fiction:

Poetry:

Biography/Memoir:

  • Arctic Solitaire. By Paul Souders

History/General Nonfiction:

  • So You Want to Talk About Race. By Ijeoma Oluo

Picture Book:

  • All Are Welcome. Written by Alexandra Penfold, and Illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman

Books for Young Readers (ages 6-8):

Books for Middle Readers (ages 9 to 12):

  • Winterhouse. By Ben Guterson

Books for Young Adults (ages 13 to 18):

  • Blood Water Paint. By Joy McCullough

 

2020

Fiction:

Poetry:

  • Nightingale. By Paisley Rekdal

Biography/Memoir:

Creative Nonficition:

  • Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy. By Eric Liu

History/General Nonfiction:

  • The Big Thaw: Ancient Carbon, Modern Science, and a Race to Save the World. By Eric Scigliano

Picture Book:

Books for Young Readers:

Books for Young Adult Readers:

  • Slay. By Brittney Morris

 

2021

Fiction:

  • The Cold Millions. By Jess Walter

Poetry:

  • Take a Stand: Art Against Hate, a Raven Chronicles Anthology. By Phoebe Bosché, Anna Bálint, and Thomas Hubbard

Biography/Memoir:

  • The Magical Language of Others. E.J. Koh

Creative Nonficition:

  • Think Black. By Clyde Ford

History/General Nonfiction:

  • Alone Together: Love, Grief and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19. Edited by Jennifer Haupt

Picture Book:

  • The Camping Trip. By Jennifer K. Mann

Books for Young Readers:

  • Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! By Sara Kapit

Books for Young Adult Readers:

  • What I Carry. By Jennifer Longo

Special Honors:

  • Historian and Journalist Cassandra Tate, May 2, 1945 - June 10, 2021.

 


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
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Seattle, WA 98104-1109
Linda Johns
Seattle Public Library
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Sara Peté
Washington State Library
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