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 2016 award is now closed.

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

Coming Soon!
Animal Architects: Amazing Animals Who Build Their Homes

Julio Blasco and Daniel Nassar

Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War

Jessica Dee Humphreys

Enormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings

Matthew Burgess

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras

Duncan Tonatiuh

I, Fly: The Buzz About Flies and How Awesome They Are

Bridget Heos

In the New World: A Family in Two Centuries

Gerda Raidt

Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome

Robby Novak

Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower

Greg Pizzoli

Welcome to Mars: Making A Home on the Red Planet

Buzz Aldrin

WA State Towner Award 2016 Nominees (2014 Copyrights)

Downloadable Text Sets
Separate is Never Equal:Sylvia Mendez and her family's fight for desegregation
Duncan Tontatiuh

Mama Built a Nest
Jennifer Ward

My Country 'Tis of Thee
Claire Rudolf Murphy

Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle
Cheryl Bardoe

Handle with Care:An unusual butterfly journey
Loree Griffin Burns

Neighborhood Sharks
Katherine Roy

Plastic Ahoy!Investigating the great Pacific garbage patch
Patricia Newman

Underworld:Exploring the secret world beneath your feet
Jane Price

Star Stuff:Carl Sagan and the mysteries of the cosmos
Stephanie Roth Sisson

Feathers:Not just for flying
Melissa Stewart

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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.