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 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.
At the annual National Book Festival, the California State Library and California Center for the Book feature the John and Patricia Beatty Award recipient. Below are the recipients 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.
A committee of CLA members selects the winning title from books published in the United States during the preceding year. Patricia Beatty donated the initial cash endowment for the Award which now honors both her husband, John Beatty, who served as professor of English history and humanities at the University of California at Riverside prior to his death in 1975, and Patricia herself who died in 1991. Together the Beattys wrote eleven books of fiction for young readers; Patricia Beatty wrote numerous other books for young people, of which many have California or western settings.
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 event at the CLA annual conference. The event 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.
2019 Beatty Award Recipient
The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo, published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the California Library Association’s John and Patricia Beatty Award!
Beatty Award Recipients 2012 – 2018