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Oregon Spirit Book Awards 2022

Picture Books

Winner: Pig and Horse and the Something Scary, by Zoey Abbott

Honor: Counting to Bananas: A Mostly Rhyming Fruit Book, by Carrie Tillotson and Estrela Lourenço (illustrator)

Honor: Brave Every Day, by Trudy Ludwig and Patrice Barton (illustrator)

Middle Grade

Winner: Dream, Annie, Dream, by Waka T. Brown

Honor: Hunters of the Lost City, by Kali Wallace

Honor: Sir Fig Newton and the Science of Persistence, by Sonja Thomas

Young Adult

Winner: A Wilderness of Stars, by Shea Ernshaw


Winner: Growing Pangs, by Kathryn Ormsbee and Molly Brooks (illustrator)

Honor: Tales of a Seventh-Grade Lizard Boy, by Jonathan Hill

Nonfiction/Informational Text

Winner: The Deadliest Fires Then and Now, by Deborah Hopkinson

Honor: Maker Comics: Design a Game! by Bree Wolf (author/illustrator) and Jesse Fuchs (author)

Honor: A History of Underwear with Professor Chicken, by Hannah Holt and Korwin Briggs (illustrator)


Winner: Little Monarchs, by Jonathan Case

    Archive of Winners (PDF)


    Established in 2005, the Oregon Spirit Book Award is given yearly to the author of a distinguished contribution to children’s literature or young adult literature that engages and encourages readers’ imagination, discovery, and understanding, reflecting the spirit and values held by Oregonians. Priority to texts that present:

    • Respectful portrayals of diverse individuals and groups
    • Peaceful, innovative, and equitable solutions of conflicts
    • Tolerance of various individual and cultural perspectives
    • Respect for ecosystems and environmental sustainability


    • Books published in the U.S. in a calendar year, January to December are eligible for the award the following year. 
    • An Oregon author or illustrator.
    • English is one of the languages.


    • Picture Book fiction (PK-grade 3)
    • Middle Grade fiction (grades 4-7)
    • Young Adult fiction (grades 8-12)
    • Nonfiction/Informational Text books, all levels
    • Graphic novels, fiction or nonfiction, all levels

    In each category, one book will be selected for the award and depending on the submissions, up to two honor books may be selected.

    Additional categories such as Debut Book or Anthology may be designated.

    We currently have five members on the review committee.


    People are invited to nominate books by sending titles and books by May 1 of each year to:


    Oregon Spirit Book Award

    c/o Marie LeJeune

    448 Park Place South

    Monmouth, OR 97361

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