2008 Benjamin Franklin Award Winners and Finalists


Horse: A Portrait, Willow Creek Press

The Living Well Guide for Senior Dogs, TFH Publications
Who Pooped in the Zoo?, Farcountry Press

Arts (Art/Music/Photography)

The Rock Art of Arizona, Kiva Publishing, Inc.

Antarctica, Earth Aware Editions
Croatia, Art Croatia, LLC


The Boyhood Memoirs of A.E. Hotchner, Missouri Historical Society Press.

Cowboy Life: TheLetters of George Philip, South Dakota State Historical Society Press
Nathan Bedford Forrest: In Search of the Enigma, Pelican Publishing

Audiobook – Adult Fiction

 The Wednesday Letters, Shadow Mountain

The Reluctant Fundamentalist, BBC Audiobooks America
What Is The What, BBC Audiobooks America

Audiobook – Adult Nonfiction

Roots, BBC Audiobooks America

Fra Angelilco: San Marco, Context Audio Guides, LLC
When the Mob Ran Vegas, Berkline Press


Asian Business Customs & Manners, Meadowbrook Press

Igniting Gen B & Gen V, Davies-Black Publishing
Speechless, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.


Job Interviews for Dummies, 3rd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

The Book of U.S. Government Jobs; Where They Are, What’s Available & How to Get One, Bookhaven Press LLC
The Restaurant Manager’s Handbook, Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.

Children’s Picture Book

 Grandma’s Feather Bed, Dawn Publications

Adventures of Riley: South Pole Penguins, Eaglemont Press
Until We Meet Again, 50-50 Publishing

Children’s Book & Audiobook Set

Grandma’s Feather Bed, Dawn Publications

The Knot Fairy, Best Fairy Books
Smithsonian Alphabet Books: Alphabet of Insects, Soundprints

Coffee Table/Large Format

The Natural World, Images of Nature & Channel Photographics

The Country Houses of John F. Staub, Texas A&M University Press
Ghana: An African Portrait Revisited, Peter E. Randall Publisher


Trattoria Grappolo: Simple Recipes for Traditional Italian Cuisine, Gibbs Smith, Publisher

American Food Writing, The Library of America
Raising the Salad Bar, Lake Isle Press, Inc.


200 Creative Crafts for You & Your Home, Sellers Publishing, Inc.

Making Polymer Clay Beads, Interweave Press
The Smart Approach to Small Space Living, Creative Homeowner


The Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension, Smithsonian Books

A Clue for You: Tail in the Teapot, BP Folkart Press
Thieme Atlas of Anatomy: Head and Neuroanatomy, Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.

Gift Books/Small Format

 Gifts from the Mountain, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

Christmas Merrymaking, Pelican Publishing
What Can I Give Jesus?, Mill House Press

Popular Fiction

Before I Wake, St. Martin’s Press

Hundred in the Hand, Fulcrum Publishing
Never Surrender, Sourcebooks, Inc.


Tahoe Silence, Thriller Press

Disturbing the Dead, Poisoned Pen Press
The Maze Murderer, SterlingHouse Publisher, Inc.

Poetry/Literary Criticism

Literary Genius, Paul Dry Books, Inc.

Evoking Tang: An Anthology of Classical Chinese Poetry, PenUltimate Publishing
Poetry Speaks Expanded, Sourcebooks, Inc.


Woof! A Gay Man’s Guide to Dogs, BowTie Press

Red Light, Bold Strokes Books, Inc.
Taking Woodstock, Square One Publishers


Small Buildings, Small Gardens, Gibbs Smith, Publisher

Complete Roses, Creative Homeowner
Doug Welsh’s Texas Garden Almanac, Texas A&M University Press

Health (Wellness/Nutrition)

Your Right to Know, Earth Aware Editions

Every Bite Is Divine, Life Arts Press
The Sneeze-Free Cat Owner, TFH Publications


Ottoman Women, Tughra Books (The Light Publishing)

Shadows in the Desert, Osprey Publishing Inc.
The Uncertain Revolution, Down The Shore Publishing Corp.


The Davinci Dog, Willow Creek Press

How to Shovel Manure, Quayside Publishing Group / Voyageur Press
The Women’s Daily Irony Supplement, Creative Minds Press

Juvenile-Young Adult Fiction

Heartbeat for Horses, Willow Creek Press

Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, A Princess, and Buried Treasure, Florida Kids Press, Inc.
Perch, Mrs. Sackets, and Crow’s Nest, , Alma Little, an imprint of Elva Resa Publishing

Juvenile-Young Adult Nonfiction

Sequoyah: Inventor of Written Cherokee, Compass Point Books

Dogs for Kids, BowTie Press
Latino Minnesota, , Afton Historical Society Press


Swahili Chic: Feng Shui of Africa, Ex Mundo Press

Day of the Dead: A Passion for Life, La Oferta Publishing Company
When We Were Colored, A Mother’s Story, IWP Book Publishers


Blue Planet Run, Earth Aware Editions

America’s Underwater Treasures, Ocean Futures Society
Rock Me On the Water, Animist Press

New Age (Metaphysics/Spirituality)

Halfway Across the River, The Wandering Feather Press

Native Spirit: The Sun Dance Way, World Wisdom, Inc.
Tracking the Soul with an Astrology of Consciousness, Ancient Tower Press

Parenting/Family Issues

365 Ways to Keep Kids Safe, Keenan’s Kids Foundation

The Dragonfly Door, Feather Rock Books, Inc.
The Most Important Thing, Crossing Guard Books, an imprint of Longs Peak Publishing, Inc.


Thieme Atlas of Anatomy: Head and Neuroanatomy, Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc.

Basic Accounting Concepts, Principles and Procedures , Volume 1, Worthy and James Publishing
Basic Accounting Concepts, Principles and Procedures , Volume 2, Worthy and James Publishing
Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience After Neglect & Trauma, Perspectives Press, Inc.: The Infertility and Adoption Publisher


Mentor: The Kid & The CEO, MentorHope Publishing

HeartWork: How to Get What You Really, Really Want, Heartwork Institute, Inc
Men Are Easy, Mohala Media, LLC


Barbaro, Eclipse Press

Hikernut’s Grand Canyon Companion, A Sense of Nature
Northeast Passage: A Photographer’s Journey Along the Historic Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Thistle Hill Publications


The Essential Reference of Domestic Brewers and Their Bottled Brands (DBBB), 3rd Edition, MC Basset, LLC

Authoritative Guide To Lionel’s Promotional Outfits, 1960-1969, Project Roar Publishing
Carnal Knowledge, St. Martin’s Press


Alaska: A Photographic Excursion, Mark Kelley Photography & Publishing

Every Town Needs a Trail, Pathway Productions
Photographing the Southwest, Volume 3, Graphie Int’l, Inc.


Going Kosher In 30 Days!, Jewish Learning Group

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Planner, Sellers Publishing
The War of the Rosens, Behler Publications


Landforms of Southern Utah, Mountain Press Publishing Co.

Digging Up Dinosaurs Farcountry Press
Mighty Giants, Images From The Past


Swahili Chic: Feng Shui of Africa, Ex Mundo Press

Alaska: A Photographic Excursion, Mark Kelley Photography & Publishing
Cafe Life Paris, Interlink Publishing Group, Inc.

Cover Design, Small Format

Two Brothers: One North, One South, Staghorn Press

50 Games to Play with Your Cat, TFH Publication
The Year the Music Died, Bridgeway Books / BookPros, LLC

Cover Design-Large Format

Africa, An Artist’s Safari, Maverick Brush Strokes, LLC

The Landscape Diaries: Garden of Obsession, Ruder Finn Press
Ottoman Women, Tughra Books (The Light Publishing)

Cover Design-Children’s/Young Adult)

The Dragonfly Door, Feather Rock Books, Inc.

Agate: What Good Is a Moose?, Lake Superior Port Cities, Inc.
The Candy Shop War, Shadow Mountain

Interior Design-1-2 Color

 Michael Rockerfeller: New Guinea Photographs, 1961, Peabody Museum Press/Harvard University

Erec Rex: The Monsters of Otherness, Firelight Press
Quiero Ser Poeta, LetraRoja Publisher

Interior Design, 3 or More Color

Ferrari: Stories from those Who Lived the Legend, MBI Publishing

A Chef’s Bounty, Arnica Publishing, Inc.
The Living Well Guide for Senior Dogs, TFH Publications

Interior Design, 3 or More Color – Children’s/Young Adult

Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme, Dawn Publications

Laura and the Leprechauns, Chrysalis Press
Tipi: Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters, World Wisdom, Inc.

Most Improved Redesign

New England Summertime Cooking, Harvest Hill Press

Doggie Desserts, BowTie Press
Texas Judicial Cookbook, Ovation Books / BookPros, LLC

The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Fiction)

Griffin’s Daughter, Avari Press

Illuminated Heart: Love Songs of a Zen Romantic, Ravzen Press
Wearing the Spider, Galavant Press, LLC

The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Nonfiction)

America’s Underwater Treasures, Ocean Futures Society

Africa, An Artist’s Safari, Maverick Brush Strokes, LLC
Say It With Music, Boxing Day Books

The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Children’s/Young Adult)

The Powder Box Secrets, Girls With Dreams

Everyday Signs for the Newborn Baby, DAKITAB INC.
The Land of Curiosities: Adventures in Yellowstone, 1871-1872 (Book 1), The EcoSeekers

Best New Voice (Fiction)

Eight Dogs Named Jack, Momentum Books

First, There Is a River, Medallion Press
Vampire Shrink, Medallion Press

Best New Voice (Nonfiction)

Old Bug, End Run Press

NAuthoritative Guide To Lionel’s Promotional Outfits, 1960-1969, Project Roar Publishing
Rabbits: Gentle Hearts, Valiant Spirits, Nova Maris

Best New Voice (Children’s/Young Adult)

Songs for a Teenage Nomad, Hip Pocket Press

By the Light of the Moon, VisiKid Books
The King and the Fire Chanter (Book One of the Runes of Medarya), Antiquity Publishing


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