IBPA 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards™ Winners

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April 11, 2015

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, which include fifty-five categories recognizing excellence in book editorial and design, are regarded as one of the highest national honors for independent publishers. We’re thrilled to announce the 2015 winners below.

Prestige as a publisher is one of the many benefits of receiving this distinguished award. In addition, Gold winners receive an engraved crystal trophy.

Winners can visit IBPA’s Online Store to order Silver and Gold seal stickers, as well as extra trophies and certificates. And, don’t miss the official 27th annual award ceremony photo album.


Categories

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1. Animals/Pets
2. Art/Photography
3. Autobiography/Memoir
4. Biography
5. Body, Mind & Spirit
6. Business & Career
7. Children’s Picture Book (0-3 years)
8. Children’s Picture Book (4-7 years)
9. Young Reader: Fiction (8-12 Years)
10. Young Reader: Nonfiction (8-12 Years)
11. Teen Fiction (13-18 Years)
12. Teen Nonfiction (13-18 Years)
13. Coffee Table Books
14. Cookbooks
15. Crafts/Hobby/How-To
16. Education
17. Gift Book
18. Popular Fiction
19. Fiction: Historical
20. Fiction: Mystery/Suspense
21. Fiction: Romance
22. Fiction: Science Fiction & Fantasy
23. Poetry/Literary Criticism
24. LGBT
25. Health & Fitness
26. History
27. Home & Garden
28. Humor
29. Inspirational
30. Multicultural
31. Nature & Environment
32. Parenting & Family Issues

33. Political/Current Events
34. Professional/Technical
35. Psychology
36. Reference
37. Regional
38. Religion
39. Self-Help
40. Sports & Recreation
41. Travel
42. Cover Design: Fiction
43. Cover Design: Nonfiction
44. Cover Design: Large Format
45. Cover Design: Children’s/YA
46. Interior Design: 1-2 Color
47. Interior Design: 3 or more Colors
48. Interior Design: 3 or more Colors (Children’s/YA)
49. Most Improved Redesign
50. Best New Voice: Fiction
51. Best New Voice: Nonfiction
52. Best New Voice: Children’s/YA
53. The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Fiction
54. The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Nonfiction
55. The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Children’s/YA

Animals/Pets


Dogs Unleashed Hit by a Flying WolfNote To Gibbs

GOLD WINNER:

Dogs Unleashed

Author: Tasmin Pickeral | Publisher: Thunder Bay Press | ISBN: 978-1-62686-068-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

A complete compendium of canine varieties, DOGS UNLEASHED details more than 450 breeds and 30 designer dogs.

SILVER WINNERS:

Hit by a Flying Wolf

Author: Nicole Wilde | Publisher: Phantom Publishing | ISBN: 978-0-9817227-4-0
Purchase: Amazon

With humor and heart, dog behavior specialist/wolf rescuer/dog mom Nicole Wilde shares wildly fascinating stories of rescue, training, and life with dogs and wolves.

Note To Gibbs

Author: Pierre O’Rourke; Cartoons by Drew Aquilina
Publisher: Green Pieces Press | ISBN: 978-0-9860580-8-0
Purchase: Amazon

A funny, sweet and charming book for anyone who has ever loved, lost, and found the strength to love again that special furry friend.

Art & Photography


Big ShotsHaight White House

GOLD WINNER:

Big Shots: Rock Legends and Hollywood Icons

Author: Harvey Kubernik and Kenneth Kubernick; Photography by Guy Webster
Publisher: Insight Editions | ISBN: 978-1-60887-240-4
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

With his cover shot on the Mamas and the Papas’ first album, Webster established his reputation as a photographer capable of both capturing the era and helping to define it.

SILVER WINNERS:

The Haight: Love, Rock and Revolution

Author: Joel Selvin | Publisher: Insight Editions | ISBN: 978-1-60887-363-0
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Covering one of the most unforgettable moments in modern history—The Haight is an indispensable gallery of legendary photographer Jim Marshall’s iconic Sixties-era San Francisco photography.

The White House

Author: Betty C. Monkman; Catalog by William G. Allman; Photography by Bruce White
Publisher: The White House Historical Association | ISBN: 978-0-7892-1179-8
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound, Direct

Generously illustrated, this volume focuses on some of our nation’s significant heirlooms. It is an ideal choice for those interested in decorative arts, presidential biography, and America’s incomparable history.

Autobiography & Memoir


Chomp CHomp Chomp Coconut Latitudes Color of Courage Those Who Remain

GOLD WINNERS:

Chomp Chomp Chomp: How I Survived a Bear Attack & Other Cautionary Tales

Author: Allena Hansen | Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing | ISBN: 978-1-940014-15-9
Purchase: Amazon

For Allena Hansen, a vicious bear attack was “no biggie” compared to the trauma inflicted by her refined sixties upbringing, stint as Playboy’s token intellectual bimbo, and enough cowgirl angst to knock even Job for a loop.

The Coconut Latitudes: Secrets, Storms, and Survival in the Caribbean

Author: Rita M. Gardner | Publisher: She Writes Press | ISBN: 978-1-63152-901-6
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Rita is an infant when her father leaves a successful career in the US to live in “paradise”—a seaside village in the Dominican Republic. The Coconut Latitudes is her haunting, lyrical memoir of surviving a reality far from the envisioned Eden—and of the terrible cost of keeping secrets.

SILVER WINNER:

The Color of Courage: A Boy at War: The World War II Diary of Julian Kulski

Author: Julian Kulski | Publisher: Aquila Polonica Publishing | ISBN: 978-1-60772-015-7
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Remarkable diary of WWII boy soldier. Foreword: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Lech Walesa. Introduction: Chief Rabbi of Poland. 150+ illustrations, 11 groundbreaking Digital Extra videos.

Those Who Remain

Author: Ruth W. Crocker | Publisher: Elm Grove Press | ISBN: 978-1-940863-00-9
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

In this compelling memoir, a secret is revealed long after the battlefield death of a beloved and courageous army officer.

Biography


FireballGuardian of Guadalcanal Seed for Change

GOLD WINNER:

Fireball: Carole Lombard and the Mystery of Flight 3

Author: Robert Matzen
Publisher: GoodKnight Books, an imprint of Paladin Communications | ISBN: 978-0988-50251-2
Purchase: Amazon

Fireball tells the story of the life of Hollywood actress Carole Lombard and the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death in an air crash in 1942.

SILVER WINNERS:

Guardian of Guadalcanal

Author: Gary Williams | Publisher: Lakota Press | ISBN: 978-0984835140
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

The biography of Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro, who rescued 500 Marines on Guadalcanal is the Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient.

Seeds for Change

Author: Marly Cornell | Publisher: Sehgal Foundation | ISBN: 978-0990-62071-6
Purchase: Amazon, Missouri Botanical Garden Press

An inspiring true story about breaking barriers and planting seeds of hope for a better tomorrow.

Body, Mind & Spirit


Gentle Way of the heart Meditation As A Way of LifeMindfulness Toolbox

GOLD WINNER:

The Mindfulness Toolbox

Author: Donald Altman, M.A. LPC
Publisher: Pesi Publishing & Media | ISBN: 978-1-9361288-6-0
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Over 40 easy-to-use, reproducible handouts and guided scripts, backed by evidence-based data. Awareness-boosting methods offer new insight for positive change and hope.

SILVER WINNERS:

The Gentle Way of the Heart

Author: Anders Nilsson | Publisher: Nordic Light Books | ISBN: 978-0-9892-7462-3
Purchase: Amazon

In THE GENTLE WAY OF THE HEART, scientist Anders Nilsson presents a perspective on how to navigate life guided by the heart.

Meditation as a Way of Life

Author:  Alan L. Pritz | Publisher: Quest Books | ISBN: 978-0835-60928-9
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Among primers on meditation, this book is exceptional in how it guides readers who treasure inner growth and are looking for reliable direction on how to achieve it in an authentic and sustainable way.

Business & Career


Awesome Improvise Womens Small Business Start UP kit

GOLD WINNER:

The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit: A Step-by-Step Legal Guide

Author: Peri Pakroo, J.D. | Publisher: NOLO | ISBN: 978-1-4133-2032-9
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

THE WOMEN’S SMALL BUSINESS START-UP KIT, written by the author of the bestselling THE SMALL BUSINESS START-UP KIT, gives you the practical and legal information you need to kickstart a successful enterprise

SILVER WINNERS:

Hello My Name is Awesome: How to Create Brand Names That Stick

Author: Alexandra Watkins | Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers | ISBN: 978-1-62656-186-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Naming anything has always been challenging. Alexandra Watkins presents a foolproof model that anyone can use to create and evaluate brand names like a pro.

Improvise: Unconventional Career Advice from an Unlikely CEO

Author: Fred Cook
Publisher: B2 Books, an imprint of Agate Publishing | ISBN: 978-1-932841-82-4
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

IMPROVISE, by GolinHarris CEO Fred Cook, is an inspiring story of how Cook followed an unusual yet fascinating path from young adulthood to the corner office.

Children’s Picture Book (0-3 years)


7 Childrens

GOLD WINNER

Hey, Baby, Look!

Author: Kate Shannon; Illustrated by Morgan Owens
Publisher: Blue Dream Books | ISBN: 978-0-9912330-0-7
Purchase: Amazon

Backed by brain research and ideal for ages 0-3, this bold and colorful board book is brilliant, interactive fun for you and your little one.

SILVER WINNERS

Mama Bird Papa Bird

Author: Wanda Obermeier; Illustrated by Faith Thomas
Publisher: Adnaw Publishing | ISBN: 978-0-692-28902-0
Purchase: Amazon

Children can explore the deeper meaning of family purely through the questions provided by Mama Bird and Papa Bird. “How did it get here?”

Nap-A-Roo

Author: Kristy Kurjan; Illustrated by Tyler Parker
Publisher: KPO Creative LLC | ISBN: 978-0-9860750-0-1
Purchase: Amazon

It’s time for a Nap-A-Roo just like the kangaroo. With colorful illustrations and imaginative text, this board book is a nap-time necessity. It is fast, fun, and engaging!

Children’s Picture Book (4-7 years)


8.-Children's

GOLD WINNER

Give, Save, and Spend with the Three Little Pigs

Author: Clint Greenleaf; Illustrated by Phil Wilson
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press | ISBN: 978-1-62634-054-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

The Three Little Pigs are back in this new book to help teach children about money using the Give, Save, and Spend concept.

SILVER WINNERS

The Pandas and Their Chopsticks

Author: Demi | Publisher: Wisdom Tales Press | ISBN: 978-1-937786-16-8
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

What do polite pandas, cunning kitties, and talkative turtles have in common? They all feature in this delightful book of whimsical animal stories by Demi!

The Prairie That Nature Built

Author: Marybeth Lorbiecki; Illustrated by Cathy Morrison
Publisher: Dawn Publications | ISBN: 978-1-58469-492-2
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

A wild prairie is a lively place in this rhythmic romp with munchers and crunchers above and below the grasses so thick, and fires that flare, and rains that quench—and always the prairie grows green.

The Stick

Author: Clay Rich | Publisher: Familius | ISBN: 978-1-939629-28-9
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

When a young boy finds a stick on the ground and reads the inspiring words carved into it, his life begins to change until he fulfills lifelong dreams and discovers the truth about giving.

Young Reader: Fiction (8-12 years)


Horse Raid Kingdom of the Sun and Moon TSR_cover_01

GOLD WINNER

The Silver Rings

Author: Samuel Valentino | Publisher: Brattle Publishing Group | ISBN: 978-0-9854295-4-6
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Meet twin sisters, Celia and Alice, whose hilarious journey encounters a sarcastic fairy godmother, giants, charming princes, an overly dramatic fox, and more!

SILVER WINNERS

Horse Raid

Author: Paul Goble | Publisher: Wisdom Tales Press | ISBN: 978-1-937786-25-0
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Goble recounts this exciting coming-of-age story of Lone Bull, a young Lakota boy eager to join the warriors on a horse raid against the Crow.

The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon

Author: Lowell H. Press | Publisher: Parkers Mill Publishing | ISBN: 978-0-9905130-0-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

With all-out war fast approaching, will a pair of young, courageous mouse brothers save their kingdom? An action-packed adventure story set against the magnificent backdrop of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria.

Young Reader: Nonfiction (8-12 years)


Free-Falling for Freedom Gifts-from-the-enemy Uncle Johns Totally Quacked

GOLD WINNERS

Free-Falling for Freedom

Author: John T. Carter and Nell Carter Branum
Publisher: Premiere Press | ISBN: 978-0-9897731-4-0
Purchase: Amazon, Teachers Pay Teachers

Ride along with a World War II paratrooper who dropped into southern France on a glider plane in 1944. Historical photographs and memorabilia accompany heartfelt stories that reveal the realities, reactions, humor, and day-to-day Army life of a young soldier.

Gifts from the Enemy

Author: Trudy Ludwig; Illustrated by Craig Orback
Publisher: White Cloud Press | ISBN: 978-1935952978
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

The powerful and moving story of a Holocaust teen survivor Alter Wiener, when an unexpected person demonstrates moral courage in repeated acts of kindness to young Alter.

SILVER WINNER

Uncle John’s Totally Quacked Bathroom Reader for Kids Only!

Author: The Bathroom Readers’ Institute
Publisher: Bathroom Readers’ Press | ISBN: 978-1-62686-175-6
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Quacky facts for curious kids! TOTALLY QUACKED is packed with strange science, weird news, obscure history, odd sports, and the interesting origins of everyday things.

Teen Fiction (13-18 years)


Kingdom of the Sun and Moon Place to Call HomeWord

GOLD WINNER

The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon

Author: Lowell H. Press | Publisher: Parkers Mill Publishing | ISBN: 978-0-9905130-0-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

With all-out war fast approaching, will a pair of young, courageous mouse brothers save their kingdom? An action-packed adventure story set against the magnificent backdrop of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria.

SILVER WINNERS

A Place to Call Home: Toby’s Tale

Author: G.A. Whitmore | Publisher: Outskirts Press | ISBN: 978-1-4787-0073-9
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Every rescue dog has a tale to tell. A PLACE TO CALL HOME is Toby’s tale, a heartwarming story for dog lovers of all ages.

Word

Author: B.D. MacNair | Publisher: Galipette Press LLC | ISBN: 978-1-62554-022-5
Purchase: Amazon

Two young scholars from the Academy of Readers and Scribblers uncover the Ministry’s secret quest for the Original Word. At the risk of being ExSpelled, they defend the Word… and set in motion the terrifying prophecy of the Ancients.

Teen: Nonfiction (13-18 years)


Harry Potter and the Art of Spying Hoosiers and the American Story Paleo Girl

GOLD WINNER:

Harry Potter and the Art of Spying

Author: Lynn Boughey and Peter Earnest
Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing | ISBN: 978-1-940014-14-2
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

HARRY POTTER AND THE ART OF SPYING novelist Lynn Boughey and 35-year CIA veteran Peter Earnest (director of the International Spy Museum) delve into all the Harry Potter spy craft.

SILVER WINNERS:

Hoosiers and the American Story

Author: James H. Madison and Lee Ann Sandweiss; Student Guide Activities by Jane Hedeen
Publisher: Indiana Historical Society Press | ISBN: 978-0-87195-363-6
Purchase: Publisher Website

A supplemental text for middle and high school students, HOOSIERS AND THE AMERICAN STORY sheds light on American history by telling stories from Indiana’s past.

Paleo Girl

Author: Leslie Klenke | Publisher: Primal Blueprint Publishing | ISBN: 978-1-939563-13-2
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

PALEO GIRL teaches you how to transform your health—the right way—by adopting the lifestyle behaviors of our strong, smart, and healthy hunter-gatherer ancestors.

Coffee Table Book


Adobe Photoshop PDF Beatles- Here, There and Everywhere Wild Light

GOLD WINNER:

The Beatles: Here, There and Everywhere

Author: Nancy J. Hajeski | Publisher: Thunder Bay Press |ISBN: 978-1-62686-088-9
Purchase:Amazon, IndieBound

Jam-packed with photos, this book is a visual feast coupled with fun, informative facts about the Fab Four.

SILVER WINNERS:

The Art of Blue Sky Studios

Author: Jake S. Friedman; Foreword by Carl Ludwig, Eugene Troubetzkoy, Chris Wedge
Publisher: Insight Editions | ISBN: 978-1-60887-317-3
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

THE ART OF BLUE SKY STUDIOS takes an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at one of animation’s greatest success stories. Featuring never-before-seen concept art and other unique visuals.

Wild Light

Author: Erik Stensland | Publisher: Morning Light Photography| ISBN: 978-0-9858604-5-5
Purchase: Publisher Website, IndieBound

WILD LIGHT is a ten-year project by photographer/author Erik Stensland showcasing the beauty and diversity of Rocky Mountain National Park as it celebrates 100 years.

Cookbook


Cookbooks

GOLD WINNER:

Wild Gourmet

Author: Multiple authors; Introduction and wine pairings by Marc Mondavi
Publisher: Boone and Crockett Club | ISBN: 978-0-940864-93-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

WILD GOURMET makes it easy to tame wild meat in the kitchen. America’s most-respected chefs share recipes covering wild meats with a world of flavors.

SILVER WINNERS:

Daisy Cakes: Share A Slice of Love

Author: Kim Daisy | Publisher: Lydia Inglett Ltd. Publishing | | ISBN: 978-1-938417-15-3
Purchase Here: Publisher Website

Full of Kim’s stories about the women who inspired her – funny, touching and encouraging.You’ll enjoy Daisy’s fabulous heirloom cake recipes, Southern stories, pies, cheesecakes and sauces from the heart and kitchen of the Queen of Cakes – Kim Daisy and Daisy Cakes.

Morning Glory’s Farm Food

Author: Gabrielle Redner; Photography by Alison Shaw
Publisher: Vineyard Stories | ISBN: 978-0-9915028-3-7
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

In this book, we offer you recipes straight from chef Robert Lionette of the Morning Glory kitchen and some favorite recipes from home cooks around the Island. The recipes are accompanied by wonderful stories about how the food we all love is nurtured in the fields by the extended family of employees.

Your Kids: Cooking!

Author: Barbara Brandt, M.Ed.
Publisher: Pukka Publishing | ISBN: 978-0-9825952-1-3
Purchase: Amazon

This fun and engaging book/DVD prepares kids 8 and up for a lifetime of healthy eating by teaching them how to cook.

Craft & Hobby


Applique Mastery Recreating Antique Quilts School of Sewing

GOLD WINNER:

School of Sewing

Author: Shea Henderson | Publisher: Lucky Spool Media LLC | ISBN: 978-1-940655-02-4
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

SCHOOL OF SEWING allows you to follow in the footsteps of a group of beginners who shared one goal- to learn to use their sewing machines.

SILVER WINNERS:

Appliqué Mastery

Author: Philippa Naylor | Publisher: Dragon Threads | ISBN: 978-0-9818860-5-3
Purchase: Amazon

This book gives you an exclusive peek into the studio of award-winning applique master Philippa Naylor. Take a step-by-step journey through her process of designing a competition appliqued quilt from start to finish.

Recreating Antique Quilts

Author: Wendy Sheppard | Publisher: Landauer Publishing | ISBN: 978-1-935726-63-0
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Five antique quilts from four museums are adapted for today’s quilter by author Wendy Sheppard.

Education


Best Teacher in You Design in Five Smart Girls in the 21st Century

GOLD WINNER

The Best Teacher in You

Author: Robert E. Quinn, Katherine Heynoski, Mike Thomas and Gretchen M. Spreitzer
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc. | ISBN: 978-1-62656-178-6
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

In this book you’ll learn from seven remarkable teachers who stretch beyond the conventional foundations of good teaching to transform their classrooms into exciting, dynamic places where teachers and students cocreate the learning experience.

SILVER WINNERS

Design In Five

Author: Nicole Dimich Vagle | Publisher: Solution Tree Press | ISBN: 978-1-936764-95-2
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

DESIGN IN FIVE outlines a five-phase assessment-design process for K–12 teachers and administrators to design and use effective assessments with school teams.

Smart Girls in the 21st Century

Author: Barbara A. Kerr, Ph.D. and Robyn McKay, Ph.D.
Publisher: Great Potential Press | ISBN: 978-1-935067-25-2
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

The authors tackle what it means be a modern smart girl or woman. They offer information and advice on giftedness, self-actualization, education, and more.

Gift Book


17.-Gift-Book

GOLD WINNER

New Growth

Author: Peter Felsenthal | Publisher: Gray Crow Press | ISBN: 978-0-692-21854-9
Purchase: Publisher Website

Through images and profiles based on hours of interviews with the farmers, Peter Felsenthal captures the worries and joys of organic farming, the struggle and wonderment.

SILVER WINNERS

Ishi

Author: Akiko Yabuki | Publisher: Akiko Yabuki | ISBN: 978-0-615-98846-7
Purchase: Publisher Website

A cozy hug of a sharable picture book featuring Ishi, an optimistic little rock who reminds the readers to choose and share happiness.

Where’s Ringo?

Author: Andrew Grant Jackson | Publisher: Thunder Bay Press | ISBN: 978-1-62686-254-8
Purchase: Amazon

Go “Starr-gazing” in Hamburg, Liverpool, and New York with this fun and entertaining visual puzzle book that’s every bit as quirky as Ringo Starr himself.

Popular Fiction


As All mY Fathers Were Crossing Savage Family Inheritance Saving Babe Ruth

GOLD WINNER

As All My Fathers Were

Author: James A. Misko | Publisher: Northwest Ventures Press | ISBN: 978-0-9640826-4-9
Purchase: Amazon

Two aging brothers stand to inherit a ranch on the Platte River in Nebraska IF they can complete the dictates of their mother’s will.

SILVER WINNERS

Crossing Savage

Author: Dave Edlund | Publisher: Light Messages Publishing | ISBN: 978-1-61153-078-0
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, author Dave Edlund brings readers face to face with the promise of energy independence… and its true cost.

Family Inheritance

Author: Terri Ann Leidich | Publisher: BQB Publishing | ISBN: 978-14-939371-38-1
Purchase: Publisher Website

Called to the bedside of their dying mother, three sisters reluctantly return to their childhood home in northern Minnesota.

Saving Babe Ruth

Author: Tom Swyers | Publisher: Hillcrest House Publishing | ISBN: 978-1-941440-00-1
Purchase: Amazon

Based on a true story, the Town of Indigo Valley is full of mystery. It’s passionate about its sports and about keeping its secrets.

Fiction: Historical


Clever Mill HorseShakespeare Mask When Dreams Touch

GOLD WINNER

The Shakespeare Mask

Author: Newton Frohlich | Publisher: Blue Bird Press | ISBN: 978-0-9960484-0-8
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

An intimate novel of the complex man who penned some of the most beloved works written in the English language, then had to hide his authorship behind a mask.

SILVER WINNERS

The Clever Mill Horse

Author: Jodi Lew-Smith | Publisher: Caspian Press | ISBN: 978-0-9913412-0-7
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

A young woman in 1810 would rather not finish the flax invention left by her dying grandfather, except it could save her town and her country.

When Dreams Touch

Author: Rosemary Hanrahan | Publisher: SDP Publishing | ISBN: 978-0-9913167-2-4
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Caught between the 1980’s global AIDS pandemic and the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, three women struggle for survival and strive to realize broken dreams.

Fiction: Mystery & Suspense


Enzan The Far MountainHonor Above AllRiver City

GOLD WINNER

Enzan: The Far Mountain

Author: John Donohue | Publisher: YMAA Publication Center, Inc. | ISBN: 978-1-59439-281-8
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Chie Miyazaki is wild and spoiled—the pampered child of a cadet line of the imperial House of Japan. When she disappears in the United States accompanied by a slick Korean boyfriend, it sets off alarm bells among people in Japan’s security apparatus.

SILVER WINNERS

Honor Above All

Author: J. Bard-Collins | Publisher: Allium Press of Chicago | ISBN: 978-0-9890535-7-0
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Pinkerton agent Garrett Lyons arrives in Chicago in 1882 to solve the murder of his partner, with the help of his friend, architect Louis Sullivan.

River City

Author: Doc Macomber | Publisher: Floating Word Press | ISBN: 978-1-941297-00-1
Purchase: Author Website, IndieBound

After investigating the tragic shooting of a child during hunting season, the FBI and River Patrol combine forces to uncover a potential serial killer.

Fiction: Romance


Love Song Marriage of True Minds Moon Quee

GOLD WINNER

Love Song (Instrumental)

Author: Lisa McLuckie | Publisher: The Betty Press | ISBN: 978-1-941744-00-0
Purchase: Amazon

A songwriter on the brink of stardom returns home to heal her voice — and perhaps her heart as well.

SILVER WINNERS

The Marriage of True Minds

Author: L.L. Field | Publisher: Outskirts Press | ISBN: 978-1-4787-2873-3
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Journey through 18th century Georgian England with the Earl of Stoneleigh as he struggles to secure the future of Harcroft Hall by producing an heir with his beautiful wife, Anne of Sudley Manor. Discover his father’s secret past, which holds the key to their future.

Moon Queen

Author: Katharine Branning | Publisher: Blue Dome Press | ISBN: 978-1-935295-25-9
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Mahperi the Moon Queen survives in a competitive court ruled by both love and hate in an era of builders and destroyers.

Fiction: Science Fiction & Fantasy


Enjella Uprooted Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00009] Red Tide

GOLD WINNER

Qualia Nous

Author: Michael Bailey, et al | Publisher: Written Backwards | ISBN: 978-0-578-14646-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

A literary blend of science fiction and horror, QUALIA NOUS contains short stories, novelettes, and poetry from established authors and newcomers from around the world

SILVER WINNERS

Enjella Uprooted

Author: Jane F. Collen; Illustrated by David Trumble
Publisher: Streamline Brand Associates, Inc. | ISBN: 978-0-9855732-0-1
Purchase: Amazon

Teasing and bullying face Enjella as she strives to be the Best Tooth Fairy be can be. Will she risk her magic to be herself?

Red Tide

Author: Larry Niven
Publisher: Phoenix Pick, an imprint of Arc Manor | ISBN: 978-1-61242-132-2
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Loosely based on Larry Niven’s 1973 novella FLASH CROWD, RED TIDE continues to examine the social consequences of the impact of having instantaneous teleportation, where humans can instantly travel long distances in milliseconds.

Poetry / Literary Criticism


Out of Place Red Leather Gloves Tancho

GOLD WINNER

Tancho

Author: J. David Cummings | Publisher: The Ashland Poetry Press | ISBN: 978-0-912592-78-7
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

TANCHO is a book that needed to be written and needs to be read. Its account of terrible beauty is itself beautiful, speaking of “hope and despair, the promise of each to other.” Nagasaki, Hiroshima, “ruined human beings,” a peace park, a sounding bell, a thousand paper cranes.

SILVER WINNERS

Out of Place

Author: Richard Jackson | Publisher: The Ashland Poetry Press | ISBN: 978-0-912592-77-0
Purchase: Amazon

Poems that create a language of cascading natural images to find a vision of love to transcend the human suffering and atrocities it reluctantly records.

Red Leather Gloves

Author: B.V. Olguín | Publisher: Hansen Publishing Group | ISBN: 978-1-60182-058-7
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

From Houston’s barrios and dockside boxing stables, men and boys reenact an ancient rite of passage pursuing Olympic fame and riches that eludes them all.

LGBT


Changing LivesRooms Are Filled Song for Lost Angels

GOLD WINNER

Changing Lives, Making History: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah

Author: Rabbi Ayelet S. Cohen
Publisher: Congregation Beit Simchat Torah | ISBN: 978-0-9794009-1-9
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Illuminates forty revolutionary and transformative years in the life of New York City, the nation, and the Middle East — in the gay liberation movement, progressive Jewish religious movements, in the rise of feminism, the explosion of the politicized religious right, and in the ongoing Israeli/Palestinian struggles to achieve lasting peace.

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The Rooms Are Filled

Author: Jessica Null Vealitzek | Publisher: She Writes Press | ISBN: 978-1-938314-58-2
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A Minnesota farm boy and his closeted teacher form a beautiful friendship as they navigate life in a new town. Based on a true story.

A Song for Lost Angels: How Daddy and Papa Fought to Save Their Family

Author: Kevin Fisher-Paulson | Publisher: Fearless Books | ISBN: 978-0-9888024-2-1
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This book tells the intimate history of a family of two men plus triplets that came together suddenly one day, and thrived for a year before being torn apart by groundless prejudice.

Health & Fitness


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Discover Your Nutritional Style

Author: Holli Thompson, CHHC, CNHP
Publisher: Sunrise River Press | ISBN: 978-1-934716-44-1
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Holli Thompson helps you discover your nutritional style using a flexible, seasonal approach to eating that modifies your diet to support a healthy lifestyle.

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How Not to Be My Patient

Author: Edward T. Creagan, MD, with Sandra Wendel
Publisher: Write on Ink Publishing | ISBN: 978-0-9916544-1-3
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Mayo Clinic cancer specialist Dr. Edward Creagan takes readers behind the curtain of health care and gives them the keys to the kingdom to be an empowered patient./em>

The Orthomolecular Treatment of Chronic Disease

Editor: Andrew W. Saul, Ph.D.
Publisher: Basic Health Publications | ISBN: 978-1-59120-370-4
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Readers who want to know which illnesses best respond to nutrition therapy, and how and why that therapy works, will find this book a must-read.

Vision Loss

Author: Peggy R. Wolfe | Publisher: Park Publishing, Inc. | ISBN: 978-0-9792945-3-2
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LARGE PRINT BOOK for those with any type of vision loss offers hundreds of useful tips. Author’s personal stories help readers know they are not alone.

History


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Away From the White House

Author: Lawrence L. Knutson
Publisher: The White House Historical Association | ISBN: 978-1-931917-40-7
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AWAY FROM THE WHITE HOUSE presents a lively and interesting slice of the presidency that most of us know little about: How the president relaxes away from the White House.

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Saving Mona Lisa

Author: Gerri Chanel | Publisher: Heliopa Press, LLC | ISBN: 978-0-615-99039-2
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The Louvre’s daring World War II fight to keep its treasures out of the hands of Hitler and his henchmen. Includes 80+ riveting images.

Wearable Prints, 1769-1860

Author: Susan W. Greene
Publisher: The Kent State University Press | ISBN: 978-1-60635-124-6
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A profusely illustrated and encyclopedic guide, WEARABLE PRINTS discusses the Industrial Revolution and its role, as well as how chemistry and technology brought new life to fabric.

Home & Garden


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American Botanical Paintings

Editor: Bonnie S. Driggers | Publisher: Lydia Inglett Ltd. Publishing | ISBN: 978-1-938417-11-5
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Don’t take the risk of missing out on this opportunity to have a highly acclaimed book of reproductions of original, juried botanical art that includes both native plants and insect pollinators.

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The Great Healthy Yard Project

Author: Diane Lewis, M.D. | Publisher: She Writes Press | ISBN: 978-1-938314-86-5
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When we use chemicals on lawns and gardens, they pollute our drinking water. A doctor and mother shares how to chart a happier, healthier course.This collection of essays explores the essence of midlife including children, reunions, loss. Eastman wryly writes about aging and change with insight, humor and warmth.

The Wastewater Gardener

Author: Mark Nelson | Publisher: Synergetic Press | ISBN: 978-0-907791-51-5
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Mark Nelson, PhD, takes us on a global expedition to learn how we are wasting the world’s dwindling supply of fresh water by flushing away a very valuable resource, our own human wastes!

Humor


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Uncle John’s Weird Weird World

Author: The Bathroom Readers’ Institute
Publisher: Portable Press | ISBN: 978-1-62686-173-2
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It’s finally here: a full-color, illustrated edition featuring the most entertaining articles from the world’s bestselling bathroom trivia series!

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Flip-Flops After 50

Author: Cindy Eastman | Publisher: She Writes Press | ISBN: 978-1-938314-68-1
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This collection of essays explores the essence of midlife including children, reunions, loss. Eastman wryly writes about aging and change with insight, humor and warmth.

Uncle John’s Canoramic Bathroom Reader

Author: The Bathroom Readers’ Institute
Publisher: Portable Press | ISBN: 978-1-62686-174-9
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Uncle John’s 27th bathroom reader is all new and better than ever! It’s overflowing with fascinating history, silly science, origins, quotes, and a few surprises!

Inspirational


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All We Have is Today

Author/Publisher: Michelle Wulfestieg | ISBN: 9781499106862
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A stroke at age eleven changes Michelle’s life forever. How will she cope with a limited life expectancy and discover God’s purpose for her life?

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The Art of Competition

Author: Mark Allen | Publisher: Grip Press | ISBN: 978-0989511513
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Be inspired by 90-quotes and stories from Mark Allen, the 6-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion. Transform your relationship to personal excellence and overcoming challenge.

Chomp Chomp Chomp: How I Survived a Bear Attack and Other Cautionary Tales

Author: Allena Hansen | Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing | ISBN: 978-1-940014-15-9
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For Allena Hansen, a vicious bear attack was “no biggie” compared to the trauma inflicted by her refined sixties upbringing, stint as Playboy’s token intellectual bimbo, and enough cowgirl angst to knock even Job for a loop.

Those Who Remain

Author: Ruth W. Crocker | Publisher: Elm Grove Press | ISBN: 978-1-940863-00-9
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A secret is revealed long after the death of a beloved army officer. His widow discovers years later that meeting his comrades would provide ultimate healing.

Multicultural


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Indian for Everyone: The Home Cook’s Guide to Traditional Favorites

Author: Anupy Singla
Publisher: Surrey Books, an imprint of Agate Publishing | ISBN: 978-1-57284-162-8
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Singla is America’s favorite authority on Indian home cooking, and her expertise with delicious, healthful recipes has endeared her to fans everywhere. This new book opens up the true simplicity and flavor of Indian food for anyone, regardless of dietary restrictions or familiarity.

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Mataluna: 151 Afghan Pashto Proverbs

Author: Captain Edward Zellem | Publisher: Cultures Direct Press | ISBN: 978-0692215180
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The award-winning multicultural collaboration between a U.S. Navy officer, an Afghan high school, and Pashtuns worldwide that reveals our common humanity in a time of war.

Seeds for Change: The Lives and Work of Suri and Edda Sehgal

Author: Marly Cornell | Publisher: Sehgal Foundation | ISBN: 978-0990620716
Purchase: Amazon, Missouri Botanical Garden Press

An inspiring true story about breaking barriers and planting seeds of hope for a better tomorrow.

Nature & Environment


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Wild Light

Author: Erik Stensland | Publisher: Morning Light Photography | ISBN: 978-0-9858604-5-5
Purchase: Publisher Website

Wild Light is a ten-year project by photographer/author Erik Stensland showcasing the beauty and diversity of Rocky Mountain National Park as it celebrates 100 years.

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Earth is My Witness: The Photography of Art Wolfe

Photographer: Art Wolfe | Publisher: Insight Editions | ISBN: 978-1-60887-306-7
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Containing work from throughout Wolfe’s well-documented and widely celebrated career, EARTH IS MY WITNESS offers a riveting and comprehensive look at the world’s cultures, ecosystems, and geographical regions.

Mendonoma Sightings Throughout the Year: The Fascinating World of Nature on the Mendocino/Sonoma Coast

Author: Jeanne A. Jackson; Photography by Craig Tooley
Publisher: Mendonoma Sightings Publishing | ISBN: 978-0615950051
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With over 250 color photos, first-hand accounts of wildlife encounters, and fun facts, this book explores Nature on the Mendocino and Sonoma Coasts of California.

Parenting & Family Issues


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Raising Twins

Author: Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD, FAAP
Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics | ISBN: 978-1-58110-865-1
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Even with years working as a pediatrician, Shelly Vaziri Flais, MD, FAAP, was nervous about what lay ahead when she was told she was pregnant with twins. Now, several years into parenting her twin boys, Dr Flais is sharing her wisdom and experience as a mom and her expertise as a doctor to help other parents prepare for and raise multiples with confidence.

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Breaking Through

Author: Barbara Albers Hill | Publisher: Square One Publishers | ISBN: 978-0-7570-0395-0
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Designed to guide parents and teachers in the effective use of electronic tablets to help children challenged by a variety of special education needs.

The Girl Behind the Door

Author: John Brooks | Publisher: I Heart Casey Books | ISBN: 978-0-9913577-0-3
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A father’s journey to understand his daughter’s suicide. Traveling back to her adoption from Poland in infancy he discovers attachment disorders in orphans. It explained everything.

Living Autism Day-by-Day

Author: Pamela Bryson-Weaver | Publisher: Freedom Abound, Inc. | ISBN: 978-0-9936429-0-6
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An indispensable reference book full of insights. An inspirational guide for parents, caregivers, family members and friends who do not understand the whole world of autism spectrum disorders.

Political & Current Events


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Oklahoma’s Most Notorious Cases

Author: Kent Frates | Publisher: The RoadRunner Press | ISBN: 978-1-937054-33-5
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For the first time in one volume, six infamous crimes that helped shape our country’s history—and remain the talk of courtrooms everywhere.

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Beyond Liberty Alone

Author: Howard I. Schwartz, Ph.D. | Publisher: Other Ideas Press | ISBN: 978-0-9828-3251-6
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BEYOND LIBERTY ALONE takes back the concept of liberty, peeling away the distorted popular assumptions that inform the Right’s understanding of this critical political concept.

Gender Results

Author: Eileen C. Moore | Publisher: Cool Titles | ISBN: 978-1-935270-30-0
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Workplace equality to women’s rights: movies and our Supreme Court combined to help and hinder women. Plus, legal decisions about what viewers see on film/TV.

Professional & Technical


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Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Author: Kathryn A. Gill | Publisher: Davies Publishing, Inc. | ISBN: 978-0-941022-80-4
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Gill’s full-color textbook covers anatomy, fetal development, pathophysiology, and the performance and interpretation of ultrasonography in obstetrics and gynecology. Bonus: 15 continuing medical education credits.

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Introduction to Vascular Scanning

Author: Donald P. Ridgway
Publisher: Davies Publishing, Inc. | ISBN: 978-0-941022-83-5
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Ridgway’s unabashedly practical and unique how-to guide to vascular scanning focuses squarely on the real-world skill-building needs of sonographers. Bonus: 18 continuing medical education credits.

Theory and Applications of Aerodynamics for Ground Vehicles

Author: T. Yomi Obidi | Publisher: SAE International | ISBN: 978-0-7680-2111-0
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Readers will gain a fundamental understanding to help them design vehicles with improved aerodynamics; leading to improved fuel efficiency, better performance, and greater passenger comfort.

Psychology


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The Mindfulness Toolbox

Author: Donald Altman, M.A. LPC
Publisher: Pesi Publishing & Media | ISBN: 978-1-9361288-6-0
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Over 40 easy-to-use, reproducible handouts and guided scripts, backed by evidence-based data. Awareness-boosting methods offer new insight for positive change and hope.

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The Couple’s Guide to Thriving with ADHD

Author: Melissa Orlov | Publisher: Specialty Press, Inc. | ISBN: 978-193-776110-3
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THE COUPLE’S GUIDE TO THRIVING WITH ADHD lays out the most important strategies couples can use – right now – to rebuild trust, fight less, disagree more productively, get the attention they deserve, and rebuild intimacy in their relationship.

Self Regulation Interventions and Strategies

Author: Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR
Publisher: Pesi Publishing & Media | ISBN: 978-1-93612-877-8
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Over 200 practical activities, methods for helping children gain more control over their lives. Each chapter provides rich theoretical material to understand the issues children face.

Reference


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Blood on the Stage, 480 B.C. to 1600 A.D.

Author: Amnon Kabatchnik | Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield | ISBN: 978-1-4422-3547-2
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An extraordinary reference guide, BLOOD ON THE STAGE, 480 B.C. TO 1600 A.D. analyzes more than fifty of those blood-splattered plays that have withstood the test of time.

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The Beatles Encyclopedia

Author: Kenneth Womack
Publisher: Greenwood, an imprint of ABC-CLIO | ISBN: 978-0-313-39171-2
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Provides casual fans and aficionados alike with a comprehensive study of the historical, cultural, and musical influence of the Beatles, providing hundreds of entries that address the people, places, events, and other details that have contributed to the band’s status as a global phenomena.

Perfect Bound: How to Navigate the Book Publishing Process Like a Pro

Author: Katherine Pickett | Publisher: Hop On Publishing | ISBN: 978-0-9914991-1-3
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Publishing veteran Katherine Pickett gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at each stage of book production, helping new authors avoid costly and time-consuming mistakes.

Regional


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Studying Wisconsin: The Life of Increase Lapham

Author: Martha Bergland and Paul G. Hayes
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press | ISBN: 978-0-87020-648-1
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Biography of a self-taught renaissance man and pioneer who fathered the National Weather Service and mastered botany, geology, archaeology, mineralogy, engineering, meteorology, and cartography.

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Blue Grass Airport: An American Aviation Story

Author: Fran Taylor and Blue Grass Airport
Publisher: West High LLC | ISBN: 978-0-9881911-2-9
Purchase: Publisher Website

This rich history of aviation in central Kentucky is told through the lens of national and international events and illustrated by 400+ images featuring aviation luminaries.

Morning Glory’s Farm Food: Stories from the Fields, Recipes from the Kitchen

Author: Gabrielle Redner; Photography by Alison Shaw
Publisher: Vineyard Stories | ISBN: 978-0-9915028-3-7
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Here you’re introduced you to the Athearn family, the history of the farm, and recipes from chefs who use the Morning Glory food.

Religion


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Daily Wisdom

Author: Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson and Rabbi Moshe Wisnefsky
Publisher: Kehot Publication Society | ISBN: 978-0-8266-0095-0
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Inspiring insights on the Torah Portion from the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

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Embattled Saints: My Year with the Sufis of Afghanistan

Author: Kenneth P. Lizzio | Publisher: Quest Books | ISBN: 978-0-8356-0923-4
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In the West, Islam has replaced Communism as the new bugbear, while Sufism, Islam’s mystical dimension, is often dismissed as the delusions of an irrational and backward people. Ken Lizzio corrects such misperceptions in this firsthand account of the year he spent in 1991 living with the head of the Naqshbandis.

Muhammad: The Prophet of Islam – Biography and Pictorial Guide

Author: Sam Deeb and Steven Scholl
Publisher: White Cloud Press | ISBN: 978-1-935952-79-4
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A guide to the life and teachings of Muhammad. Told in a straightforward language that will appeal to all who seek an easy to read primer on the Prophet and his teachings.

Self-Help


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Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources

Author: Connie Saindon | Publisher: Wigeon Publishing | ISBN: 978-0-9896913-0-7
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MURDER SURVIVOR’S HANDBOOK provides information, resources, and strategies for learning to live with the aftermath of the murder of a loved one.

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My Diary Unlocked

Author: Janet Larson | Publisher: My Diary Unlocked Press | ISBN: 978-1940711096
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The raw truth of our deepest fears shared in real diary entries enlivens tools to transform the human spirit and sparks a movement toward authenticity.

Silent Impact: Stories of Influence through Purpose, Persistence, & Passion

Author: Joe Schmit | Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing | ISBN: 978-1-940014-09-8
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In SILENT IMPACT, award-winning broadcaster Joe Schmit tells stories of real people and the ways in which they had profound influence on others in daily life.

The Tingle Effect: Perspectives on Work and Life

Author: Patricia Ziegler | Publisher: Joy of Living Publishing
Purchase: Publisher Website

Navigating through life’s ups and downs can be a challenge for many. THE TINGLE EFFECT shares Patricia Ziegler’s thoughts and experiences on how to live a truly fulfilling life.

Sports & Recreation


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The Art of Adventure: Outdoor Sports from Sea to Summit

Author: Ian Shive and Jon-Paul Harrison; Photographer Tandem Stills + Motion
Publisher: Insight Editions | ISBN: 978-1-60887-404-0
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Colored by both epic and quiet moments, THE ART OF ADVENTURE is a gripping reminder of the vast playground awaiting those who live on the edge.

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Blue Marlin Magic

Author: Steve Campbell | Publisher: Wild River Press | ISBN: 978-0-9895-2363-9
Purchase: Amazon

Steve Campbell answered practically every question the avid bluewater angler could possibly think to ask him-who, why, where, when and then some-in his brilliant new book, BLUE MARLIN MAGIC.

Simple Fly Fishing: Techniques for Tenkara and Rod and Reel

Author: Yvon Chouinard, Craig Matthews, and Mauro Mazzo; Paintings by James Prosek
Publisher: Patagonia | ISBN: 978-1-938340-27-7
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Modern-day fly fishing, like much in life, has become exceedingly complex, with high-tech gear, a confusing array of flies and terminal tackle, accompanied by high-priced fishing guides. This book reveals that the best way to catch trout is simply, with a rod and a fly and not much else.

Travel


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Best of the California Coast

Author: Ken McKowen and Dahlynn McKowen
Publisher: Publishing Syndicate | ISBN: 978-0-9824654-2-4
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This guide features all 1,100 miles of California’s coastline, its natural and cultural history, plus 800 of its best parks, trails, beaches, wildlife areas, missions and museums.

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Israel for the Christian Traveler

Author: Joan Peace | Publisher: Inspiration Israel | ISBN: 978-0-9914745-0-9
Purchase: Amazon

A Christian travel guide to Israel with integrated journal pages – full of historical, archaeological, religious, and cultural information; enhanced by striking full-color photography and design.

Provence Food and Wine: The Art of Living

Author: Francois Millo and Viktorija Rodorovska
Publisher: Surrey Books, an imprint of Agate Publishing | ISBN: 978-1-57284-158-1
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Readers will learn about pairing wine and food and where to get these wines outside of Europe. Full-color photography shows off all of these dishes, as well as the dazzling sights of the region’s lush interior, sparkling coastline, and breathtaking vistas.

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Black Rock: The Story of an Island, an Exile and an Emperor

Author: Louise Hoole | Publisher: Barranca Press | ISBN: 978-1-939604-25-5
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Should ambition cease with death? On the remote island of St Helena, this historical who-done-it examines Napoleon Bonaparte’s pursuit of legacy and his court’s machinations.

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Death at a Distance: An Erick Anderssen Novel (Volume 1)

Author: Mark A. Nystuen | Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press | ISBN: 978-1-938416-82-8
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Gives readers a vivid, local’s-eye view of contemporary Chicago—its politics, its world-class food scene, and its history—as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the personality clashes, compromises, and conflicts involved in running—or running in—one of the largest marathons in the world.

The Gatekeeper’s Son: Book 1

Author: C.R. Fladmark | Publisher: The Shokunin Publishing Company
Purchase: Author Website

A San Francisco teenage boy meets a mysterious girl from ancient Japan who reveals secrets about his family that leave him fighting for his life.

Cover Design: Nonfiction


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Canning, Pickling and Freezing with Irma Harding

Author: Marilyn McCray | Publisher: Octane Press | ISBN: 978-1-937747-17-6
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This colorful book delivers both the techniques and recipes necessary to keep their food local and fresh and the life path direct and true.

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Building Better Humans

Author: David & Lisa Davoust; Illustrations by Abigail Davoust
Publisher: Robis Publishing | ISBN: 978-0-9707573-3-3
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With practical advice, humor and charming illustrations, BUILDING BETTER HUMANS helps parents raise great children from cradle to college.

Just Say Yes: What I’ve learned About Life, Luck, and the Pursuit of Opportunity

Author: Bernard L. Schwartz
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press | ISBN: 978-1-62634-074-9
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

In this inspiring example of a life well lived, Bernard Schwartz invites readers to look at their own opportunities, their own ideas, and even their fellow Americans and Just Say Yes.

Cover Design: Large Format


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Styling the Stars: Lost Treasures from the Twentieth Century Fox Archive

Author: Angela Cartwright and Tom McLaren
Publisher: Insight Editions | ISBN: 978-1-60887-257-2
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Through photographs never intended for the public eye, STYLING THE STARS takes fans of film, fashion, and photography inside the Twentieth Century Fox archive.

SILVER WINNERS

Blue Grass Airport: An American Aviation Story

Author: Fran Taylor and Blue Grass Airport
Publisher: West High LLC | ISBN: 978-0-9881911-2-9
Purchase: Publisher Website

This rich history of aviation in central Kentucky is told through the lens of national and international events and illustrated by 400+ images featuring aviation luminaries.

The Night They Burned The White House

Author: William Seale
Publisher: The White House Historical Association | ISBN: 978-1-931917-42-1
Purchase: Direct

William Seale describes the dramatic events of August 24, 1814, in this commemorative book illustrated with sketches by Tom Freeman.

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Every Turtle Counts

Author: Sara Hoagland Hunter; Illustrated by Susan Spellman
Publisher: Peter E. Randall | ISBN: 978-1-931807-25-8
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When one of earth’s rarest sea turtles becomes stranded on the shores of Cape Cod, only one special child is sure it can be saved.

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Blue Goes to Buffalo

Author/Publisher: Lisa Pansini | ISBN: 978-0-692-24425-8
Purchase: Amazon

BLUE GOES TO BUFFALO is a heartwarming story that teaches children the importance of accepting others who may look a little different.

Fast Freddy

Author: Lee Ann Mancini; Illustrated by Dan Sharp
Publisher: GLM Publishing LLC | ISBN: 978-0-5781-4076-6
Purchase: Publisher Website

Fast Freddy overcomes the ridicule of being different from the other kids in the coralhood and discovers that being unique can be a great thing!

Reindeer Dust

Author: Kate Dwyer; Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
Publisher: Reindeer Dust, Inc. | ISBN: 978-0-9893176-0-3
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

REINDEER DUST is an interactive picture book that engages the imagination through family participation. The book includes an easy recipe and poem.

Interior Design: 1-2 Color


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The Color of Courage: A Boy at War

Author: Julian Kulski | Publisher: Aquila Polonica Publishing | ISBN: 978-1-60772-015-7
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Remarkable diary of WWII boy soldier. Foreword: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Lech Walesa. Introduction: Chief Rabbi of Poland. 150+ illustrations, 11 groundbreaking Digital Extra videos.

SILVER WINNERS

Fern Cave

Author: Jennifer Ellen Pinkley | Publisher: Blue Bat Books, LLC | ISBN: 978-0-9903547-0-3
Purchase: Author Website

Finalist for “Interior Desgin: 1-2 Color.”

Retail Schmetail

Author: Sanford Stein | Publisher: Beaver’s Pond Press | ISBN: 978-1-59298-956-0
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RETAIL SCHMETAIL™ is a lively, thorough, and slightly irreverent examination of 100 years of American retailing as seen by retail designer, trend forecaster and speaker, Sanford Stein.

Interior Design: 3 or more Colors


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Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros

Illustrator: Michael Komarck; Designed by Matthew Christian Reinhart
Publisher: Insight Editions | ISBN:978-1-608-87314-2
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Featuring stunning pop-up recreations of several key locations from the HBO original series, including the castle of Winterfell, the capital city King’s Landing, and the Wall.

SILVER WINNERS

Blue Marlin Magic

Author: Steve Campbell | Publisher: Wild River Press | ISBN: 978-0-9895-2363-9
Purchase: Amazon

Steve Campbell answered practically every question the avid bluewater angler could possibly think to ask him-who, why, where, when and then some-in his brilliant new book, BLUE MARLIN MAGIC.

My Pearl Harbor Scrapbook, 1941

Author: Bess Taubman and Ernest Arroyo
Graphic Designer: Edward L. Cox, Jr.
Publisher: MapMania Publishing Company | ISBN: 978-1-883443-07-8
Purchase: Amazon

History comes alive in this award-winning WW II scrapbook, bursting with photos, maps, telegrams and newspapers revealing essential details of this important American tragedy.

Interior Design: 3 or more Color (Children’s/YA)


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Reindeer Dust

Author: Kate Dwyer; Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
Publisher: Reindeer Dust, Inc. | ISBN: 978-0-9893176-0-3
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

REINDEER DUST is an interactive picture book that engages the imagination through family participation. The book includes an easy recipe and poem.

SILVER WINNERS

The Dreidel that Wouldn’t Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah

Author: Martha Seif Simpson; Illustrated by Durga Yael Bernhard
Publisher: Wisdom Tales Press | ISBN: 978-1-937786-28-1
Purchase: Amazon

In this beautiful story of a dreidel that won’t spin, the happiness of the Hanukkah miracle will warm the hearts of young and old alike.

The Olive Tree

Author: Elsa Marston; Illustrated by Claire Ewart
Publisher: Wisdom Tales Press | ISBN: 978-1-937786-29-8
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

THE OLIVE TREE is a charming tale that follows two children as they learn to share and work together by looking past their external differences.

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GOLD WINNER

THE ENJELLA® ADVENTURE SERIES: Storming Back to Key West

Author: Jane F. Collen; Illustrated by David Trumble
Publisher: Streamline Brand Associates, Inc. | ISBN: 978-0-9855732-2-5
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Elbow Fairies Enjella and Alicia twist time to take Bennett and Abigail to Key West in 1835, where a hurricane puts their magic to the test.

SILVER WINNERS

Rethinking Multicultural Education: Teaching for Racial and Cultural Justice

Editor: Wayne Au | Publisher: Rethinking Schools | ISBN: 978-0-942961-53-9
Purchase: Publisher Website

RETHINKING MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION reclaims multicultural education as part of a larger struggle for justice and against racism, colonization, and cultural oppression—in schools and society.

Tasting the Seasons

Author: Kerry Dunnington | Publisher: Artichoke Publishers | ISBN: 978-0-9904185-0-4
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

This culinary adventure gives confidence to present dependable, innovative, irresistible dishes. Delivers a reliable eco-minded resource for everyday eating/entertaining while following the seasons and makes cooking easy healthy, fresh and fun.

Best New Voice: Fiction


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GOLD WINNER

The Second Letter

Author: Robert Lane | Publisher: Mason Alley Publishing | ISBN: 978- 0-615-84188-5
Purchase: Amazon

When Jake Travis is contracted by his ex-Army colonel to retrieve a missing fifty year-old Cold War letter, he is quickly swept up in a world where the line between good and evil becomes increasingly blurred.

SILVER WINNERS

The Oblate’s Confession

Author: William Peak | Publisher: Secant Publishing, LLC | ISBN: 978-0-9904608-0-0
Purchase: Amazon

The Dark Ages, England: an Anglo-Saxon warrior gives his son to a monastery. Growing up in a land wracked by war and plague, the child faces a cruel choice. To love one father, he must betray another.

Two Performance Artists Kidnap Their Boss and Do Things With Him

Author: Scotch Wichmann | Publisher: Freakshow Books | ISBN: 978-0-9910257-0-1
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Two madcap performance artists plot the ultimate performance: to kidnap their billionaire boss and turn him into a performance artist.

Best New Voice: Nonfiction


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GOLD WINNER

After the Wind: 1996 Everest Tragedy–One Survivor’s Story

Author: Lou Kasischke | Publisher: Good Hart Publishing | ISBN: 978-1-940877-00-6
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

Lou Kasischke survived the historic 1996 Mount Everest tragedy. He writes about a new perspective of what went wrong and what saved his life.

SILVER WINNERS

Israel for the Christian Traveler

Author: Joan Peace | Publisher: Inspiration Israel | ISBN: 978-0-9914745-0-9
Purchase: Amazon

A Christian travel guide to Israel with integrated journal pages – full of historical, archaeological, religious, and cultural information; enhanced by striking full-color photography and design.

Life In Prison: Eight Hours at a Time

Author: Robert Reilly | Publisher: Tilbury House Publishers | ISBN: 978-0-88448-412-7
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

A harrowing, unforgettable look inside American prisons by Robert Reilly, who worked as a guard in Pennsylvania and Maine.

Until the Brighter Tomorrow: One Woman’s Courageous Climb from the Projects to the Podium

Author: Valerie Irick Rainford | Publisher: Elloree Press | ISBN: 978-0-9905193-1-7
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

With the pulse of a finely written novel, this inspiring memoir radiates with the author’s belief that anything is possible if one has enough faith, tenacity, and trust in oneself.

Best New Voice: Children’s/YA


Best Voice- Childrens

GOLD WINNER

C is for Chickasaw

Author: Wiley Barnes; Illustrated by Aaron Long
Publisher: White Dog Press | ISBN: 978-1-935684-19-0
Purchase: Amazon

C IS FOR CHICKSAW explores the history, culture, and language of the Chickasaw people using the letters of the alphabet, accompanied by beautiful illustrations that reflect Southeastern Native American style art.

SILVER WINNERS

Halfway Home: Drawing My Way Through Japan

Author: Christine Mari Inzer | Publisher: Naruhodo Press | ISBN: 978-0-9907014-0-8
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

HALFWAY HOME is an engaging—and often hilarious—travel journal exploring the food, fashion and culture of modern day Japan through the eyes of 15-year-old author/illustrator Christine Inzer.

Meet Stanley: The Reading Dog

Author: Rebecca Barker Bridges; Photographed by Laura Rogers
Publisher: Golden Gate Publishing | ISBN: 978-0-9856631-6-2
Purchase: Amazon

MEET STANLEY: THE READING DOG is about Stanley, a Golden Retriever who is a certified therapy dog that works with children to help them read.

The Red Sun

Author: Alane Adams | Publisher: SparkPress | ISBN: 978-0-9862436-2-2
Purchase: Not Available

12-year-old Sam Baron must travel through a stonefire to the magical realm of Orkney to rescue his friends and stop an ancient curse.

The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Fiction


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GOLD WINNER

Saving Babe Ruth

Author: Tom Swyers | Publisher: Hillcrest House Publishing | ISBN: 978-1-941440-00-1
Purchase: Amazon

Based on a true story, the Town of Indigo Valley is full of mystery. It’s passionate about its sports and about keeping its secrets.

SILVER WINNERS

The Bone Feud

Author: Wynne McLaughlin | Publisher: Wynne McLaughlin | ISBN: 978-1502799203
Purchase: Amazon

The action-packed true story of the bitter feud between dinosaur bone hunters Edward Cope and O.C. Marsh at the height of the American Wild West.

Love Song (Instrumental)

Author: Lisa McLuckie | Publisher: The Betty Press | ISBN: 978-1-941744-00-0
Purchase: Amazon

A songwriter on the brink of stardom returns home to heal her voice — and perhaps her heart as well.

The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Nonfiction


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GOLD WINNER

SEALs: Naval Special Warfare in Action

Author: SF Tomajczyk | Publisher: Call to Arms Books | ISBN: 978-0-9911198-2-0
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

SEALs: NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE IN ACTION is the first book in the new “United We Stand” series that celebrates America’s armed forces.

SILVER WINNERS

Confucius Never Said

Author: Helen Raleigh | Publisher: HelenRaleighSpeaks.com | ISBN: 978-1-499-18527-0
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

A four-generation family journey from China to America.

Tweeting Da Vinci

Author: Ann C. Pizzorusso | Publisher: Da Vinci Press | ISBN: 978-1-940613-00-0
Purchase: Amazon

How Italy’s geology influenced its art, architecture, literature, religion, medicine and just about everything else.

The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book: Children’s/YA


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GOLD WINNER

The Cultured Chef: An International Cookbook for Kids

Author: Nicholas Beatty; Illustrated by Colleen McIntyre
Publisher: Booksprocket | ISBN: 978-0-9914770-0-5
Purchase: Amazon

If you’re looking for a not-so-ordinary children’s cookbook filled with unique recipes, whimsical illustrations and stories about fascinating people & places… then you’ve found the right book!

SILVER WINNERS

Fast Freddy

Author: Lee Ann Mancini; Illustrated by Dan Sharp
Publisher: GLM Publishing LLC | ISBN: 978-0-5781-4076-6
Purchase: Publisher Website

Fast Freddy overcomes the ridicule of being different from the other kids in the coralhood and discovers that being unique can be a great thing!

Reindeer Dust

Author: Kate Dwyer; Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff
Publisher: Reindeer Dust, Inc. | ISBN: 978-0-9893176-0-3
Purchase: Amazon, IndieBound

REINDEER DUST is an interactive picture book that engages the imagination through family participation. The book includes an easy recipe and poem.

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4 responses to “IBPA 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards™ Winners”

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  2. […] some book awards, including gold for the 2015 Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award, silver for the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award in the Teen: Nonfiction category, as well as gold for the 2015 Eric Hoffer Award for […]

  3. […] some book awards, including gold for the 2015 Eric Hoffer First Horizon Award, silver for the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award in the Teen: Nonfiction category, as well as gold for the 2015 Eric Hoffer Award for […]

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