• 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).

    <a href="https://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/route1reads">Learn more about Route1Reads</a> and all of this year’s cookbook picks!

    Route1Reads

    Learn more about Route1Reads and all of this year’s cookbook picks!

    The 2019 A Baker’s Dozen: Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy booklist includes: “A Big Mooncake for Little Star” by Grace Lin, “Saturday Is Swimming Day” by Hyewom Yum, “Teddy’s Favorite Toy” by Christian Trimmer, illustrated by Madeline Valentine, and <a href="https://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/awards-contests/bakers-dozen">more... </a>

    2019 Baker's Dozen Winners

    The 2019 A Baker’s Dozen: Best Children’s Books for Family Literacy booklist includes: “A Big Mooncake for Little Star” by Grace Lin, “Saturday Is Swimming Day” by Hyewom Yum, “Teddy’s Favorite Toy” by Christian Trimmer, illustrated by Madeline Valentine, and more...

    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!

Public Poetry Project
Virtual Readings & Poster Distribution
April 1, 2020

Poems from Life with Juniper Village
Virtual Readings to be Posted
April 2020

Fem-Fusion: Visual Art + the Written Word
Exhibition & Readings
More Details TBA
The Art Alliance of Central PA Downtown Gallery
June 2020

Lee Bennett Hopkins Award for Children's Poetry
Award Ceremony & Presentation
More Details TBA
July 2020