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Towner Award  

The William C. Towner Award honors outstanding informational text for grades 2-6. Named after longtime Seattle teacher-librarian Bill Towner, the Towner Award is sponsored by the Washington Library Association School Library Division and is intended to complement other awards determined by student vote in the state of Washington: the Sasquatch, the Otter, Washington’s Children Choice Picture Book and Young Readers’ Choice Awards.  
 


WA State Towner Award 2018 Nominees

       

 


Voting for the 2018 award will take place in the month of April of 2018.
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.

2018 Towner Award Nominees - Text Sets (PDF)


All 10 Text Sets in one file (PDF)

2017 Winners:  

Student's Choice:

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

by Greg Pizzoli 

 
Educator's Choice: (Three-way Tie):
28 Days: Moments 
in Black History
That Changed 
the World

by Charles R. Smith, Jr.

 

I Fly: The Buzz About 
Flies
and How
Awesome They Are
by Bridget Heos
Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome, by Robby Novak


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 Association School Library Division 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.