Great writing sparks passionate responses.
We invite you to share yours.

The finalists have been announced for this year’s California Book Awards. Now we want to know what you think!

To celebrate more than 90 years of promoting California's writers, the Commonwealth Club invites readers, 13+, to read and respond to the books that have been selected as finalists for the 2022 Book Awards.

To participate, check out the previews of each of the finalists and select one or more to read. Then read, think, discuss with your friends—whatever you want.

Check out the information below about how you can publish your responses on this website. We have some ideas to get you started here on the site.

Need books?

Free books are available to organizations and individuals with financial need. Email for more information.

Review the "How-To" Docs

Before you get started, you may want to review the "how-to" videos and instructions of this project.

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You and your students are invited to add your stories to the conversation. Register to get accounts for your school or learning space.

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We've put together some prompts to get you started.

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This youth publishing site for the Young Adult Literature finalists of the Commonwealth Club's California Book Awards is part of the National Writing Project’s Writing Our Future initiative and created in partnership with The Commonwealth Book Club's Creating Citizens initiative.

Writing Our Future projects are designed by educators for educators and the young people they work with. Intended for use in schools, libraries, and other educational settings. All projects are COPPA compliant and educator-managed. NWP is committed to supporting young people’s writing and civic participation by providing a safe and supportive environment for youth writing, media creation, sharing, and publishing.