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Oregon Spirit Book Awards 2019


Winner: Fix That Clock, by Kurt Cyrus

No honor this year

Middle Reader

Winner: Last of the Name, by Rosanne Parry

Honor: Banjo, by Graham Salisbury 

Honor: The Oddmire: Changeling, by William Ritter

Young Adult

Winner: Run, Hide, Fight Back, by April Henry

Honor: Winterwood, by Shea Ernshaw


Winner: Queen of the Sea, by Dylan Meconis

Honor: Peter & Ernesto: The Lost Sloths, by Graham Annable


Winner: Mario and the Hole in the Sky: How a Chemist Saved Our Planet, by Elizabeth Rusch

Honor: Carter Reads the Newspaper, by Deborah Hopkinson


Winner: We Set the Dark on Fire, by Tehlor Kay Mejia

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 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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