• The 2020 A Baker’s Dozen: Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy booklist includes: "Astro Girl" by Ken Wilson-Max, "Snack Attack!" by Terry Border, "One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller" by Kate Read, and <a href="https://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/awards-contests/bakers-dozen">more... </a>

    2020 Baker's Dozen Winners

    The 2020 A Baker’s Dozen: Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy booklist includes: "Astro Girl" by Ken Wilson-Max, "Snack Attack!" by Terry Border, "One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller" by Kate Read, and more...

    This year’s winner is <a href="https://www.pabook.libraries.psu.edu/awards-contests/lee-bennett-hopkins-poetry-award">“How to Read a Book”</a> by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Melissa Sweet (HarperCollins, 2019).

    2020 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award

    This year’s winner is “How to Read a Book” by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Melissa Sweet (HarperCollins, 2019).

    Travel to the past along Route 1 with this year’s Historical Fiction titles! <a href="https://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/route1reads-2020">Learn more about Route1Reads.</a>

    Route1Reads

    Travel to the past along Route 1 with this year’s Historical Fiction titles! Learn more about Route1Reads.

    The Penn State University Libraries & PA Center for the Book celebrate this year’s winner: “Belonging,” a graphic memoir by Nora Krug that confronts the ripple effects of WWII through generations, and honor book “On a Sunbeam” by Tillie Walden. <a href="https://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/awards-contests/lynd-ward-graphic-novel-prize">Read more about the Lynd Ward Prize…</a>

    2019 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize

    The Penn State University Libraries & PA Center for the Book celebrate this year’s winner: “Belonging,” a graphic memoir by Nora Krug that confronts the ripple effects of WWII through generations, and honor book “On a Sunbeam” by Tillie Walden. Read more about the Lynd Ward Prize…

    <a href="https://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/awards-contests/lee-bennett-hopkins-poetry-award-introduction">Remembering Lee Bennett Hopkins</a> through the gift of his namesake award.

    Lee Bennett Hopkins

    Remembering Lee Bennett Hopkins through the gift of his namesake award.

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!

Register NOW for the National Book Fest!
The 20th Library of Congress Book Festival features author presentations, live author chats, explorations of the Library's collections, & more activities from partners and Centers for the Book across America!
Fri, Sep 25 - Sun, Sep 27

Lee Bennett Hopkins Award for Children's Poetry
Award Ceremony & Presentation
TBA

Fem-Fusion: Visual Art + the Written Word
Exhibition & Readings
June 2021 - More Details TBA
The Art Alliance of Central PA Downtown Gallery