• This year’s winner is One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance written by Nikki Grimes (Bloomsbury, 2017). <a href="https://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/awards-contests/lee-bennett-hopkins-poetry-award">Read more about the 2018 Award</a>

    2018 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award

    This year’s winner is One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance written by Nikki Grimes (Bloomsbury, 2017). Read more about the 2018 Award

    Penn State’s University Libraries and the Pennsylvania Center for the Book are pleased to announce that "My Favorite Thing is Monsters” by Emil Ferris has won the 2018 Lynd Ward Prize for Graphic Novel of the Year. Penn State University Libraries sponsors the juried award and its administrator, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

    2018 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize

    Penn State’s University Libraries and the Pennsylvania Center for the Book are pleased to announce that "My Favorite Thing is Monsters” by Emil Ferris has won the 2018 Lynd Ward Prize for Graphic Novel of the Year. Penn State University Libraries sponsors the juried award and its administrator, the Pennsylvania Center for the Book.

    What would you write in a letter to your favorite author? Just ask this year's winners: Owen A. Wagner, Claire Venanzi, and Ellen Poplavska. <a href="https://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/awards-contests/letters-about-literature">Read more about Letters About Literature.</a>

    2018 Letters About Literature Winners

    What would you write in a letter to your favorite author? Just ask this year's winners: Owen A. Wagner, Claire Venanzi, and Ellen Poplavska. Read more about Letters About Literature.

    Among the many children's books published last year, 13 have been chosen by the PA Center for the Book to form 2018's A Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy. Winners include: "Charlotte and the Rock" by Stephen W. Martin, Illustrated by Samantha Cotterill, "Jabari Jumps" by Gaia Cornwall, "A Perfect Day" by Lane Smith, and <a href="https://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/awards-contests/bakers-dozen">more…</a>

    2018 Baker's Dozen Winners

    Among the many children's books published last year, 13 have been chosen by the PA Center for the Book to form 2018's A Baker's Dozen: The Best Children's Books for Family Literacy. Winners include: "Charlotte and the Rock" by Stephen W. Martin, Illustrated by Samantha Cotterill, "Jabari Jumps" by Gaia Cornwall, "A Perfect Day" by Lane Smith, and more…

Welcome

With a mission to study, honor, celebrate, and promote books, reading, libraries, and literacy in Pennsylvania (PA), the PA Center for the Book sponsors several literary awards and events, and develops a wide range of educational content across multiple media to connect with its broad audience and to celebrate PA’s continued contributions to culture and literature.

Explore this site to learn more about the Center’s Literary & Cultural Heritage Map of PA, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Award for Children’s Poetry, Baker’s Dozen List of Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy, and so much more!

Read more about the Center’s background here…

Events!

Public Poetry Project
Reading & Poster Signing
PSU University Libraries
Foster Auditorium
Tue, Apr 2, 2019 @ 7:30-9:30p
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Poems from Life with Juniper Village
Reading & Celebration
Juniper Village Senior Living at Brookline
Willows Dining Room
Tue, Apr 9, 2019 @ 6:30-8:30p
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