• 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...

    This year’s winner is “Martin Rising: Requiem for a King” by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Scholastic Press, 2018). <a href="https://pabook.libraries.psu.edu/awards-contests/lee-bennett-hopkins-poetry-award">Read more about the 2019 Award.</a>

    2019 Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award

    This year’s winner is “Martin Rising: Requiem for a King” by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney (Scholastic Press, 2018). Read more about the 2019 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.

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!

Letters About Literature
Luncheon Celebration for Winners
& Invited Guests
TBA
Spring

Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award
Reading & Ceremony
TBA
Summer

A Baker's Dozen
Community Read-along
TBA
Summer