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Awards and Contests

A Baker's Dozen

Every year since 2004, we've named thirteen of the best picture books to support family literacy and to create a love of books and reading with preschool children.

A Few Good Women

Advancing the Cause of Women in Government, 1969-1974 (AFGW) is a curriculum for grades 6-12 that highlights an oral history project at the Penn State University Libraries.

Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of this annual award for the best book of children's poetry published in the United States.

Letters About Literature

This nationwide writing event, cosponsored by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress and the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, invites students to write a letter to an author -- living or dead -­ explaining how the author's book gave them wings and changed their way of viewing the world and themselves.

Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize

The Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize is presented annually to the best graphic novel, fiction or non-fiction, published in the previous calendar year by a living U.S. or Canadian citizen or resident.

Public Poetry Project

The Public Poetry Project displays poetry in public places so that it might become part of the daily lives of a greater number of people.