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About Bill Towner
2015 Text Sets
The Animal Book
Barbed Wire Baseball
Best Foot Forward
Great American Dust Bowl
Meat Eating Plants
Shimmer and Splash
When the Beat Was Born
2014 Text Sets
A Black Hole Is Not a Hole
A Rock Is Lively
Eight Days Gone
The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs
What We Wear
2016 Text Sets
2016 Text Sets
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The Towner Award
The 2016 Winner of The Towner Award is Neighborhood Sharks by Katherine Roy!
The Educator Pick is Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family's Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh!
Voting for the 2017 award is now opened.
to cast your votes.
Voting for the 2017 award will take place in the month of April of 2017. Voting opens April 1st and ends April 30th. Voting is for students in grade 2 through 6 in Washington State. Student votes can be submitted by librarians only. In addition, we will recognize an Educators' Choice. This is your chance to share with other educators which book you found most useful in the classroom.
WA State Towner Award 2017 Nominees (2015 Copyrights)
Downloadable Text Sets
28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World
Charles R. Smith, Jr
28 Days Text Set.pdf
Animal Architects: Amazing Animals Who Build Their Homes
Julio Blasco and Daniel Nassar
Animal Architects Text Set.pdf
Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War
Jessica Dee Humphreys
Child Soldier Text Set.pdf
Enormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings
Enormous Smallness Text Set.pdf
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras
Funny Bones Text Set.pdf
I, Fly: The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are
I Fly Text Set.pdf
In the New World: A Family in Two Centuries
In The New World Text Set.pdf
Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome
Kid President Text Set.pdf
Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower
Tricky Vic Text Set.pdf
Welcome to Mars: Making A Home on the Red Planet
Welcome to Mars Text Set.pdf
2017 Towner Nominees (Word File):
2017 Towner Award Nominees.docx
All 10 Text Sets in one file (PDF):
Towner 2017 Text Sets Combined File.pdf
The Washington State Student Award for Informational Text
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.
This award is intended to complement other awards determined by student vote in the state of Washington; the Sasquatch, Washington’s Children Choice Picture Book and Young Readers’ Choice Awards. It is sponsored by the Washington Library Media Association and intended for books enjoyed by students in grades Two through Six. For the purposes of this award, Informational Text is defined as that which serves chiefly to convey factual information to the reader and may contain biography, narrative and other forms.
Each year a slate of ten books will be selected by a group of librarians from Washington state. This group will include public and school librarians, and members will be selected so as to provide representation for different parts of the state.
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