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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 populations
      • Tolerance of various individual and cultural perspectives
      • Peaceful, innovative, and equitable solutions of conflicts
      • 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. (Self-published books will not be considered.)
      • Oregon author.
      • All formats of books are eligible: picture books, chapter books, graphic novels, and electronic books.
      • Both fiction and nonfiction in any genre.
      • English is one of the languages.

      There may be up to three awards each year, maximum of one winner from each of three categories as follows:

      • Picture Books (PK-grade 3)
      • Middle Reader (grades 4-7)
      • Young Adult (grades 8-12)
      • In addition, up to two honor books may be named in each category.

      If submissions warrant, special category winners may be designated in other genres such as nonfiction, graphic novels, anthology, and/or debut novel.

      Note that there may be some overlap in age/grade categories.

      We currently have six 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

      There are six committee members.

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