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Children’s Book Award Nominees

2022 Children’s Book Award Nominees

The OTTER Award


This Washington State award is given yearly to a transitional chapter book for all students in grades K-5.

  • Dancing at Carnival (Ana & Andrew)by Christine A Platt, illustrated by Sharon Sordo
  • Welcome to Unicorn School (Dave the Unicorn, book #1) by Pip Bird, illustrated by David O’Connell
  • High and Dry by Eric Walters, illustrated by Sabrina Gendron
  • Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business by Lyla Lee, illustrated by Dung Ho
  • Red Panda & Moon Bear by Jarod Roselló
  • Willa the Wisp (The Fabled Stables,book #1) by Jonathan Auxier, illustrated by Olga Demidova

Sasquatch Book Award

Sasquatch Award

This Washington State kids’ choice award is given yearly to a 4th-6th grade chapter book.   

  • The Forgotten Girl by India Hill Brown
  • I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day
  • Journey of the Pale Bear by Susan Fletcher
  • Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
  • Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat by Johnny Marciano and Emily Chenoweth
  • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • We’re Not from Here by Geoff Rodkey
  • Good Dog, McTavish by Meg Rosoff
  • Pay Attention, Carter Jones by Gary D. Schmidt
  • To Night Owl From Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer
  • Stargazing by Jen Wang
  • Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga

The William C. Towner Award

Towner Medal

This Washington State award is given yearly to an informational text for grades 2-6.

  • Beautiful Shades of Brown: The Art of Laura Wheeler Waring by Nancy Churnin
  • If You Take Away the Otter by Susannah Buhrman-Deever
  • Dinosaurs: Fact and Fable: Truths, Myths, and New Discoveries by Seymour Simon
  • The Only Woman in the Photo: Frances Perkins and Her New Deal for America by Kathleen Krull
  • Eat Your Rocks, Croc!: Dr. Glider’s Advice for Troubled Animals by Jess Keating
  • The Pig War: How a Porcine Tragedy Taught England and America to Share by Emma Bland Smith
  • Equality’s Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America by Deborah Diesen
  • Railway Jack: The True Story of an Amazing Baboon by KT Johnston
  • Honeybee: The Busy Life of Apis Mellifera by Candace Fleming
  • Your Place in the Universe by Jason Chin

Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award

Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award

This Washington State award is given yearly to a picture book for all students in grades K-3.

  • Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball by Jen Bryant
  • The Barnabus Project by Fan Brothers – Terry, Eric, and Devin
  • The Blue House by Phoebe Wahl
  • Boxitects by Kim Smith
  • Chicken Little: The Real and Totally True Tale by Sam Wedelich
  • Codzilla by David Zeltser
  • Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals by Katy Duffield
  • Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away by Meg Medina
  • Every Night is Pizza Night by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
  • Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho
  • Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots by Michael Rex
  • Federico and the Wolf by Rebecca Gomez
  • I Am Not a Penguin by Liz Wong
  • I Will Dance by Nancy Bo Flood
  • Linus the Little Yellow Pencil by Scott Magoon
  • Lubna and Pebble by Wendy Meddour
  • The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood
  • This Way, Charlie by Caron Levis
  • Unicorns are the Worst by Alex Willan
  • Your Name is a Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Young Readers Choice Award

Young Reader's Choice Award

This Pacific Northwest Library Association award is given yearly to a Junior Division chapter book for all students in grades 4-6.

  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly
  • Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
  • Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga
  • A Wolf Called Wander by Roseanne Parry
  • A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying by Kelley Armstrong
  • Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis

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