Monday, September 8, 2014


The list came out last week, but I wanted to raise a mighty "Huzzah!" to the finalists of the 2014 Washington State Book Award, as nominated by the Washington Center for the Book.

In the category of Books for Early Readers, Middle Readers, and Young Adults, the list reads like a Who's Who of our SCBWI-WWA members:

The Wrap-Up List, by Steven Arntson
Wise Young Fool, by Sean Beaudoin
And Then, Story Starters, by M.H. Clark
Jumped In, by Patrick Flores-Scott 
The League, by Thatcher Heldring
Duke, by Kirby Larson 
The Sasquatch Escape, by Suzanne Selfors

In other award news, the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association has published their list of nominees for the 2015 award. To see the full list, click here. Among the names we were happy to see Laurie Thompson, for Be a Changemaker, Lois Brandt, for Maddi's Fridge, Maureen Doyle McQuerry's Time Out of Time, Marissa Meyer's Cress, Toni Yuly's Early Bird, Kelly Milner Halls' Ghostly Evidence, Patrick Jennings' Guinea Dog 3, and others. Please let me know who I left out!

Congratulations to all of you! Well done!

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