WLA Book Awards

2021 WLA Book Award Posters are Now Available!

Due to taking our annual conference virtual due to COVID-19, the ScLD was unable to have book award nominee posters printed and available for sale. For 2021, the ScLD has decided to make the Award Posters available for FREE DOWNLOAD for you to print at your leisure. Recommended printing size is 16X20. We look forward to having physical posters available at the WLA Annual Conference next year in Bellevue!

Download the 2021 WLA Book Award Nominee Posters Here:

2021 Towner Nominee Poster

2021 Sasquatch Nominee Poster

2021 WCCPBA Nominee Poster

2021 Otter Nominee Poster

2021 Voting Information - Important Dates

Vote totals for all four WLA Book Awards will be due Friday, May 28, 2021. Winners will be announced Monday, June 7, 2021.


 

The School Library Division proudly sponsors four awards:


The William C. Towner Award

Informational text for grades 2-6, open nominations, committee selected, student voted.

The Towner Award is named after Bill Towner, longtime Seattle librarian and mentor to dozens of librarians. Bill was an outstanding teacher-librarian who worked with thousands of students from all backgrounds and taught all of them his love of literature. Bill showed us how caring teachers and librarians can make a difference.


LogoThe Sasquatch Award

Novels for grades 4-6, open nominations, committee selected, student voted.

Twelve great books are nominees. But only one will win. Fourth, fifth, and sixth graders can participate in the voting process by reading at least two of the nominees. 



The Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award (WCCPBA)

Picture book award for grades K-3, open nominations, committee selected, student voted.

The Washington Children’s Choice Picture Book Award was started in 1982. All Washington state students in public and private schools, from kindergarten through third grade in Washington State are welcome to vote. Students hear all 20 nominated picture books, read by their library teacher and/or classroom teacher and participate in literature activities for each book.

The OTTER (Our Time To Enjoy Reading) Award

For transitional readers in grades 1-3, open nominations, committee selected, student voted. 

The idea for this award was born at nErDCamp Bellingham in February of 2015. The original OTTER co-chairs, Arika Dickens and Monica Hodges, met at the free book table and started chatting about the need for a good list of new transitional chapter books with maybe an award, like the Sasquatch Award, but for younger students. They exchanged Twitter information, piloted the program in their own districts, and applied for the award through WLMA (now WLA School Library Division).