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Congratulations to the IBPA Benjamin Franklin™ Award Finalists

Thursday, May 20, 2010   (0 Comments)
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If it's May, it must be time for the Benjamin Franklin Awards™ and all of us at IBPA are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2010 contest. We often get the question as to why the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ are open to all publishers rather than just restricted to independent publishers. The answer is simple--in the marketplace, independent publishers must compete with ALL publishers, large and small, for shelf space, eyeballs---and excellence. The Benjamin Franklin Awards™ are simply a reflection of the reality of that larger universe. Which is why, since 1988, the Benjamin Franklin Awards™ have recognized publishers as large as John Wiley and Sons and Sourcebooks, producing hundreds of titles annually, and as small as Mermaid Press and Keynote Publishing Company, producing 1-10 titles per year.

In keeping with IBPA's educational mission, each entry of the more than 1300 this year (and every year), received a written critique from the judges with suggestions for improvement and/or compliments for a job well done.

Kudos to the following finalists for their achievement! One winner in each category will be announced at the Benjamin Franklin Awards™ Gala on Monday evening, May 24, at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.

  • Good Rabbitkeeping, TFH Publications, Inc.
  • The Official Horse Breeds Standards Guide, Quayside Publishing Group
  • World Atlas of Dog Breeds, TFH Publications, Inc.
Arts (Art/Music/Photography)
  • Clint Eastwood, Icon, Insight Editions
  • Human Documents: Eight Photographers, Peabody Museum Press
  • Stone Offerings, Lightpoint Press
  • Hemingway's Cuban Son: Reflections on the Writer by His Longtime Majordomo, The Kent State University Press.?/
  • Luna's Life - A Journey of Forgiveness and Triumph, Caros Books
  • Me and the Biospheres: A Memoir by the Inventor of Biosphere 2, Synergetic Press Storm of the i: An Artobiography, Art Review Press
Audiobook - Children's
  • The Bossy Gallito, Lorito Books Inc.
  • Letters From A Window In The Sky (A tribute to Astrid Lindgren and Pippi), NYS Theatre Institute
  • The Pigman, Graymalkin Media


  • Kipling's Cat: A Memoir of My Father, Protean Press
  • Theodore Roosevelt, Hunter-Conservationist, Boone and Crockett Club
  • Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman, Quayside Publishing Group
  • Doggy Business 101, TFH Publications, Inc.
  • Managing, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Seven Turning Points, Fieldstone Alliance
  • Emotional Intelligence 2.0, TalentSmart
  • A Life in the Law: Advice for Young Lawyers, American Bar Association
  • Post Office Jobs - 5th edition: Explore and Find Jobs, Prepare For the 473 Postal Exam, and Locate ALL Job Opportunities, Bookhaven Press LLC
Children's Picture Book
  • One Child, One Planet: Inspiration for the Young Conservationist, Emerald Shamrock Press
  • Pingo, Deseret Book Company / Shadow Mountain
  • Urban Animals, Star Bright Books
Children's Book & Audiobook Set
  • The Belly Button Fairy, Best Fairy Books
  • For Baby, For Bobbie, Dawn Publications
  • We Eat Food That's Fresh, Our Rainbow Press
Coffee Table Books
  • Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock, Voyageur Press, an imprint of Quayside Publishing Group
  • Spanish Mustangs in the Great American West, Fine Art Editions Gallery & Press
  • Tropical Homes of the Eastern Caribbean, Ozone Zone Books
  • Orange County Fare: A Culinary Journey Through the California Riviera, Junior League of Orange County, Inc.
  • TOSCANA, Simple Authentic Italian Recipes, Killer Pizza Enterprises, Inc.
  • Under the Fig Leaf, Under the Fig Leaf
  • Color Mastery: 10 Principles for Creating Stunning Quilts, Willow Ridge Press
  • Fibreart Montage, Dragon Threads Ltd.
  • Quilts: Unfinished Stories with New Endings, FPI Publishing
  • My Dog Bites the English Teacher: Practical Grammar Made Quick and Easy, Aviary Publishers, Inc.
  • Revising Fiction: Making Sense of the Madness, Quillrunner Publishing LLC
  • The Wolf Pack Classroom Management Plan, Butterfly Sky Press
  • The New Heart Disease Handbook, Quayside Publishing Group/Fair Winds Press
Gift Books
  • Cocktail Boothby's American Bartender, Anchor Distilling
  • Facing Death: A Companion in Words and Images, Health Professions Press
  • I Wish, A Good Book for Pondering, Willis Harding, LLC
Popular Fiction
  • Christmas on Mill Street, Shadow Mountain
  • Cottonwood Spring, Fletcher House
  • The Middle of the Air, John F. Blair Publisher
Historical Fiction
  • Dead Weight, Joggling Board Press
  • Falling from the Moon, Windy City Publishers
  • In the Land of Cotton, Outskirts Press
  • The Bone Chamber, Poisoned Pen Press
  • In Their Blood, Oceanview Publishing
  • Jump, Poisoned Pen Press
Poetry/Literary Criticism
  • All Man! Hemingway, 1950's Men's Magazines, and the Masculine Persona, The Kent State University Press
  • In Praise, Lost Horse Press
  • Lucifer: A Hagiography, Lost Horse Press
  • All Screwed Up, Benu Press
  • The Golden Age of Gay Fiction, MLR Press, LLC
  • I Told You So, Beacon Press
  • 3-Step Vegetable Gardening, Creative Homeowner
  • California's Olive Pioneers, Robert Mondavi Institute (RMI)
  • Rain Gardening in the South, Eno Publishers
Health (Wellness/Nutrition)
  • American Cancer Society Complete Guide to Complementary & Alternative Cancer Therapies, Second Ed., American Cancer Society
  • Easy Gluten-Free Baking, Lake Isle Press, Inc.
  • The New Heart Disease Handbook, Quayside Publishing Group/Fair Winds Press
  • The California Missions, Getty Publications
  • Charles Fritz: 100 Paintings Illustrating the Journals of Lewis and Clark, Farcountry Press
  • Theodore Roosevelt, Hunter-Conservationist, Boone and Crockett Club
  • All In A Day's Work for Real Estate Agents: Humorous and Heartwarming Stories, Work Like A Dog Books
  • Roastbeef's Promise, Smack Books
  • The Wheel of Nuldoid, Pointless INK Publishers, LLC
Juvenile/Young Adult - Fiction
  • Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary, Deseret Book Company / Shadow Mountain
  • The Kalevala: Tales of Magic and Adventure, Simply Read Books
  • Zillah's Gift, Beaver's Pond Press, Inc.
Juvenile/Young Adult - Nonfiction
  • The Power of the Penny, Spencer Publishing
  • Transforming Lives, Star Bright Books
  • Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland, Carolrhoda Books
  • Another World Lies Beyond, Huntington Library Press
  • Half Spoon of Rice, East West Discovery Press
  • Layla's Head Scarf, Star Bright Books
  • B is for Bufflehead, PhotoHutch
  • Giant Lizards (2nd Edition), TFH Publications, Inc.
  • Plundering Appalachia, Earth Aware Editions
New Age/Metaphysics/Spirituality
  • Gita Wisdom, Mandala Publishing
  • ReBecoming: The Way of Opportunity, Dassana Press, LLC
  • Transforming Practices, 10th Anniversary Edition, American Bar Association
  • Get Out! 150 Easy Ways for Kids and Grown-Ups to Get Into Nature and Build a Greener Future, Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
  • The Highly Intuitive Child: A Guide to Understanding and Parenting Unusually Sensitive and Empathic Children Hunter House Inc., Publishers
  • Raising Twins From Pregnancy to Preschool, American Academy of Pediatrics
Political/Current Events
  • Hope: A Collection of Obama Posters and Prints, Zenith Press, an imprint of Quayside Publishing Group
  • Just Coffee Caffeine With A Conscience, Just Trade Center
  • Lost American Principles, Outskirts Press, Inc
  • Anatomic Basis of Neurologic Diagnosis, Thieme Publishers
  • The Articulate Advocate: New Techniques of Persuasion for Trial Lawyers, Crown King Books
  • Garner on Language and Writing, American Bar Association
  • Brothers and Sisters in Adoption: Helping Children Navigate Relationships When New Kids Join the Family, Perspectives Press, Inc.
  • Redeeming Our Treasures: Finding Joy In the Shadows of an Abusive Past, Edict House Publishing Group, LLC
  • Uprooting Anger: Eliminating the Emotion that Kills, Life Transitions Consulting
  • Chasing Moonlight, John F. Blair, Publisher
  • Golf, Naked - The Bare Essentials Revealed, Pick It Up Publishing, LLC
  • LeBron James: The Making of an MVP, Gray & Company, Publishers
  • The Book Collector's Guide to L. Frank Baum and Oz, March Hare Books
  • Ethnologue: Languages of the World, 16th Ed., SIL International
  • World Atlas of Dog Breeds, TFH Publications, Inc.
  • People of the Land: Legends of the Four Host First Nations, Theytus Books
  • Steel Pier: Showplace of the Nation, Down The Shore Publishing Corp.
  • Voices of the American West, Fulcrum Publishing
  • Big Picture of the Bible - New Testament, Big Picture Ministries, LLC
  • Gloria's Miracle, San Juan Publishing
  • Welcome Them Home — Help Them Heal, Whole Person Associates
  • California's Olive Pioneers, Robert Mondavi Institute (RMI)
  • Everyone's Guide to Atoms, Einstein and the Universe, Real Science Publishing
  • Marine Aquarium Handbook, TFH Publications, Inc.
  • Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle, Greenleaf Book Group Press
  • Redeeming Our Treasures: Finding Joy In the Shadows of an Abusive Past, Edict House Publishing Group, LLC
  • Revising Fiction: Making Sense of the Madness, Quillrunner Publishing LLC
  • The Complete Walt Disney World 2010, Coconut Press
  • Photographing Oregon, Graphie Int’l, Inc.
  • Yellowstone Treasures: The Traveler's Companion to the National Park, Granite Peak Publications
Cover Design, Fiction
  • The Hole in the Sky, Sea Turtle Publishing
  • Issa: The Greatest Story Never Told, Snow Mountain Press (An imprint of Summit University Press)
  • Personal Demons, Medallion Press, Inc.
Cover Design, Small Format
  • Kipling's Cat: A Memoir of My Father, Protean Press
  • Letters to Zerky, a Father's Legacy to a Lost Son and a Road Trip Around the World, Nickelodeon Press
  • Look Great, Live Green: Choosing Beauty Solutions That Are Planet-Safe and Budget-Smart,Hunter House Inc., Publishers
Cover Design-Large Format
    Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Thirty Years of American Landscapes, Quiet Light Publishing
  • Steel Pier: Showplace of the Nation, Down The Shore Publishing Corp.
  • Wild Ohio: The Best of Our Natural Heritage, The Kent State University Press
Cover Design-Children's/Young Adult)
  • The Art of Planet 51, Insight Editions
  • The Belly Button Fairy, Best Fairy Books
  • Famous Figures of Ancient Times: Movable Paper Figures to Cut, Color, and Assemble, Figures in Motion
Interior Design-1-2 Color
  • Beehive Reader 1, Takeaway Press
  • Notes on Cooking: A Short Guide to an Essential Craft, RCR Creative Press
  • You Don't Have To Learn the Hard Way, BenBella Books, Inc.
Interior Design, 3 or More Color
  • Steel Pier: Showplace of the Nation, Down The Shore Publishing Corp.
  • Treasures through Six Generations, Huntington Library Press
Interior Design, Children's/Young Adult
  • Nico & Lola: Kindness Shared Between a Boy and A Dog, Genuine Prints LLC
  • The Princess and the Kiss: The Three Gifts of Christmas, Warner Press
  • What Does It Mean To Be Global?, Little Pickle Press LLC
Most Improved Redesign
  • Born to Win, Breed to Succeed, BowTie Press
  • The Gold Standard MCAT, Ruveneco Inc
  • World Atlas of Dog Breeds, TFH Publications, Inc.
The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Fiction)
  • Kingdom of Simplicity, Skywriter Books
  • Shadwell's Slaves - Escape to Freedom, Discover'N Publishing
  • Shakedown, Lenox Road Publishing LLC
The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Nonfiction)
  • The Healthcare Survival Guide, Health Advocate Publishing, Inc.
  • The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt: War Through a Woman’s Eyes, 1939-1940, Aquila Polonica Publishing
  • The No-Diet Obesity Solution for Kids, AGA Press
The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Children's/Young Adult)
  • Chippy Chipmunk Parties in the Garden, Celtic Sunrise
  • My Savings Book & Journal, Community Services Press
  • The Star of Christmas, Winterlake Press

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