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Children/Young Adults

ChosenP.C. and Kristin CastSt. Martin’s Press

On a Road in AfricaKim DonerTricycle Press

It Wasn’t Much: Ten True Tales of Oklahoma HeroesJana HausburgForty-Sixth Star Press

The Trial of Standing BearFrank KeatingOklahoma Heritage Association

SpyAnna MyersWalker and Company

The Spectacular NowTim TharpRandom House


Lessons From An Oklahoma GirlhoodDorothy AlexanderVillage Books Press

Two Tables OverNathan BrownVillage Books Press

Antidotes & Home RemediesJim ChastainVillage Books Press

Shots OnCarol HamiltonFinishing Line Press

Rounding the Human CornersLinda HoganCoffee House Press


Oklahoma: A HistoryW. David Baird and Danney GobleUniversity of Oklahoma Press

A Letter to AmericaDavid BorenUniversity of Oklahoma Press

Only in OklahomaGene CurtisWorld Publishing Company

The Road to Monticello: The Life and Mind of Thomas JeffersonKevin J. HayesOxford University Press

The ChouteausStan HoigUniversity of New Mexico Press

Grappling with Demon Rum: The Cultural Struggle Over Liquor in Early OklahomaJames E. KleinUniversity of Oklahoma Press

In Reckless Hands: Skinner v. Oklahoma and the Near Triumph of American EugenicsVictoria F. NourseW.W. Norton

Full Court Quest: The Girls from Shaw Indian School, Basketball Champions of the WorldLinda Peavy and Ursula SmithUniversity of Oklahoma Press

The Nez Perces in Indian TerritoryJ. Diane PearsonUniversity of Oklahoma Press

Hunting the American WestRichard C. RattenburyBoone and Crockett Club

Design and Illustration

Juxtapositions: Brunel Faris and the Visual Arts in Oklahoma CityCarl BruneFull Circle Press

On a Road in AfricaKim DonerTricycle Press

Charles Faudree InteriorsDebra McQuistonGibbs Smith

They Know Who They AreMike and Martha LarsenChickasaw Press

How We Lived: A Pictorial History of the Places Oklahomans Have Called HomeHolley ManghamOklahoma Housing Finance Agency

What Dogs Want for ChristmasKandy RadzinskiSleeping Bear Press

Placing Memory: A Photographic Exploration of Japanese American InternmentPhotography by Todd Stewart, Design by Eric H. Anderson and Karen Hayes-ThumannUniversity of Oklahoma Press

The Trial of Standing BearMike WimmerOklahoma Heritage Association


People of the WhaleLinda HoganW.W. Norton

Made in the USABillie LettsGrand Central Publishing

Trudy’s PromiseMarcia PrestonMira Books

To Honor the DeadJoseph ShawUniversity of New Mexico Press

The Black HandWill ThomasSimon & Schuster

Sweeping Up GlassCarolyn WallPoisoned Pen Press


The Oklahoma Center for the Book, sponsor of the Oklahoma Book Award competition, is a non-profit, 501-c-3 organization located in the Oklahoma Department of Libraries. Established in 1986 as an outreach program of the Library of Congress, the Oklahoma Center was the fourth such state center formed. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors from across the state.

The mission of the Oklahoma Center for the Book is
to promote the work of Oklahoma authors,
to promote the literary heritage of the state, and
to encourage reading for pleasure by Oklahomans of all ages.

For more information about the Oklahoma Center for the Book or the Oklahoma Book Award program, contact Connie Armstrong, 200 N.E. 18th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 73105; or call 1-800-522-8116 toll free, statewide; in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, call 522-3383.



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