Washington State Book Award Finalists

Congratulations to all of those who were selected to be finalists for the Washington State Book Awards! 13 Books for Youth honored in Washington State Book Awards, sponsored by the Washington Center for the Book! (Awards are for books published in 2016.)

I’ve read several of these books already and am glad I don’t have to make the final decisions – there’s some really good writing!

Picture Books:

  • “Thunder Boy Jr.” written by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Little, Brown Books for Children)
  • “A Ticket to the Pennant: A Tale of Baseball in Seattle” written by Mark Holtzen and illustrated by John Skewes (Little Bigfoot, an imprint of Sasquatch Books)
  • “Are You an Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko” written by David Jacobson, with translation by Sally Ito and Michiko Tsuboi, and  illustrated by Toshikado Hajiri (Chin Music Press)
  • “Journey: Based on the True Story of OR7, the Most Famous Wolf in the West” illustrated by Robin James and written by Emma Bland Smith (Little Bigfoot, an imprint of Sasquatch Books)

Books for Early Readers (ages 6 to 8)

  • “Narwhal Unicorn of the Sea” by Ben Clanton (Tundra Books)
  • “Zach and Lucy and the Museum of Natural Wonders” written by the Pifferson Sisters (Jennifer Bradbury and Stephanie Guerra (Simon Spotlight, an imprint of Simon & Schuster)
  • “Quackers” by Liz Wong (Alfred A. Knopf)

Books for Middle Grade Readers (ages 8 to 12)

  • “Cleo Edison Oliver: Playground Millionaire” by Sundee T. Frazier (Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic)
  • “Some Kind of Courage” by Dan Gemeinhart (Scholastic Press)
  • “Audacity Jones to the Rescue” by Kirby Larson (Scholastic Press)

Books for Young Adult Readers (ages 13 and up)

  • “Useless Bay” by M.J. Beaufrand (Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams)
  • “Essential Maps for the Lost” by Deb Caletti (Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster)
  • “Up to This Pointe” by Jennifer Longo (Random House)

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