Go West! chosen to represent New Mexico at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.


Joel Nakamura‘s award-winning children’s book, Go West!, has been chosen by New Mexico State Library staff as the book which will represent New Mexico in the Pavilion of the States at the 16th Library of Congress National Book Festival in Washington, D.C in September of this year.

The National Book Festival is sponsored by the Library of Congress, Center for the Book and will take place Saturday, September 24 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.  Each year every state highlights a children’s or young adult book that is about the state or by an author from the state. For more information about the National Book Festival and the Pavilion of the States, please visit http://www.loc.gov/bookfest. For more information about the New Mexico State Library, please see http://www.nmstatelibrary.org/.

In a letter to the author and the book’s publisher, Leaf Storm Press, New Mexico State Librarian, Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer, wrote: “Many New Mexicans and New Mexico librarians have read and enjoyed Go West!. We are delighted to feature it as New Mexico’s National Book Festival selection for 2016.”

Go West! Written and Illustrated by Joel Nakamura (Leaf Storm Press, 2015), Hardcover with jacket, 32 pp., Full Color, 10 ½ x 9 ½, ISBN 978-0-9914105-6-9.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION: 2015 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Winner: Best Illustrator, Silver Medal; 2015 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award Winner: Best Writer/Illustrator, Gold Medal; 2015 USA Best Books Award Winner: Best Hardcover Nonfiction Children’s Picture Book; 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Finalist, Children’s Picture Books; Selected by Foreword Reviews as one of the Best Children’s Books of Fall 2015.