Every year, a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands is distributed by the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book during the National Book Festival. Each book is selected by a Center for the Book state affiliate or state library and most are for children and young readers. Books may be written by authors from the state, take place in the state, or celebrate the state’s culture and heritage.
Each year, the California Sate Library and California Center for the Book feature the John and Patricia Beatty Award recipient at the National Book Festival. Below are the previous winners, from 2012 to present. More about the Discover Great Places Through Reading list can be found at: http://read.gov/greatreads/.
About the Beatty Award
The California Library Association’s John and Patricia Beatty Award honors the author of a distinguished book for children or young adults that best promotes an awareness of California and its people.
It was Patricia Beatty’s hope that the award will encourage the writing of quality children’s books that bring us an awareness of California, its heritage or its future. The Beatty Award Medal was designed by Miyo LeFever.
The prize of $500 and an engraved plaque are presented to the recipient during the CLA Beatty Award and California Young Reader Award (CYRM) breakfast at the CLA annual conference. The literary breakfast also provides the author with a forum to speak about his/her book and provides an opportunity for attendees to meet the author during a book signing.