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Oregon Spirit Book Awards 2018

Picture Books

    Winner –Jory John (author), Lane Smith (illustrator); Giraffe Problems

    Honor – Kate Berube, Mae’s First Day of School

    Honor – Eric A. Kimmel (author), Josh Cleland (illustrator); I Want a Real Bike! in Oregon

    Middle Readers

    Winner – Emily Whitman, The Turning

    Honor – Barbara Kerley, Following Baxter

    Honor – Cindy Baldwin, Where the Watermelons Grow

    Young Adult

      Winner – Carolyn O’Doherty, Rewind

      Honor – Arwen Elys Dayton, Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful

      Honor – Virginia Boecker, An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason

      Graphic Novel

      Winner - Vera Brosgol, Be Prepared

      Honor – Graham Annable, Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths

      Honor – Aron Nels Steinke, Mr. Wolf’s Class


      Winner – Jane Kurtz (author), Allison Black (illustrator); What Do They Do with All That Poo?
      Honor – Elizabeth Rusch, Avalanche Dog Heroes: Piper and Friends Learn to Search the Snow


      Winner – Connie King Leonard, Sleeping in My Jeans


      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 Reader fiction (grades 4-7)
      • Young Adult fiction (grades 8-12)
      • Nonfiction 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 Karen Johnson, OSBA Co-chair

      19930 SW 59th Terrace

      Tualatin, OR 97062

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