2009 Benjamin Franklin Award Winners and Finalists


Dogtown: A Sanctuary For Rescued Dogs, Sellers Publishing Inc

Training Your Dog for Life, TFH Publications, Inc.
Wild Hoofbeats: America’s Vanishing Wild Horses, Painted Hills Publishing

Arts (Art/Music/Photography)

The Complete Quincy Jones, Palace Press International

Art in the White House: A Nation’s Pride, White House Historical Association
Bernini and the Birth of Baroque Portrait Sculpture, Getty Publications


At the Elbows of My Elders: One Family’s Journey Toward Civil Rights, Missouri History Museum.

Days Like Floating Water, Oak Leaf Impressions Press
Fisherman’s Wife, Down The Shore Publishing Corp.

Audiobook – Fiction

Martin Misunderstood, BBC Audiobooks America

Blindness, BBC Audiobooks America
Life Class, BBC Audiobooks America

Audiobook – Nonfiction

The Good Rat: A True Story, BBC Audiobooks America

Mental, Physical & Spiritual Health, Jasmin Publishing House Inc.
You’re Empowered! Parenting Teens with Conviction, Communication and Love, ChangeWorks Publishing and Consulting

Audiobook – Children’s

Geronimo Stilton #15 (The Mona Mousa Code) & #16 (A Cheese-Colored Camper), Scholastic Audio

Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls: Moving Day, Scholastic Audio
The Journey of Billy Boom Train, Audiobook Artists


 Arabian Knight, Selwa Press

Harry Wild Jones – American Architect, Nodin Press
Pearl Harbor Countdown: Admiral James O. Richardson, Pelican Publishing Company


The Creative Entrepreneur, Quayside Publishing

Leadership from the Inside Out, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution: Real-Time Strategic Planning in a Rapid-Response World, Fieldstone Alliance


Cover Letters For Dummies, 3rd Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

How to Survive in an Organization, History Publishing Company, LLC
The New Writer’s Handbook, Vol. 2, Scarletta Press Inc.

Children’s Picture Book

A Glove of Their Own, Franklin Mason Press

Termites on a Stick, Star Bright Books
There’s a Kid Under My Bed, Franklin Mason Press

Children’s Book & Audiobook Set

Bad Rats, Kidwick Books LLC

The Journey of Bushky Bushy Bottom, Ochre Moon Press
The Sock Fairy, Best Fairy Books

Coffee Table Books

Wildlands Philanthropy, Palace Press International

Barry Dixon Interiors, Gibbs Smith, Publisher
Himalayan Portfolios – Journeys of the Imagination, Fields Publishing


Char-Broil® Everybody Grills!, Creative Homeowner

Ralph Brennan’s New Orleans Seafood Cookbook, Vissi d’Arte Books
The Tillamook Cheese Cookbook: Celebrating 100 Years of Excellence, Arnica Publishing


The Creative Entrepreneur, Quayside Publishing

Do-It-For-Less! Weddings, Sellers Publishing Inc
Penny Haren’s Pieced Applique, Landauer Corporation


Atlas of Anatomy, Thieme Publishers

All About Homophones: Your Complete Tool Kit!, Takeaway Press
Great American Artists for Kids: Hands-On Art Experiences in the Styles of Great American Masters, Bright Ring Publishing, Inc.

Gift Books

Get Better!(¡Mejórate!) , American Cancer Society

The Dragonfly Secret: A Story of Boundless Love, Feather Rock Books, Inc.
The Unspoken Language of Fans & Flowers, Heart to Heart Publishing, Inc.

Graphic Novels

The Soddysey, and Other Tales of Supernatural Law, Exhibit A Press

Cleburne, Rampart Press
Will Eisner’s The Spirit: A Pop-Up Graphic Novel, Palace Press International

Popular Fiction

A Pirate’s Heart, Bold Strokes Books, Inc.

Buddha in a Teacup, Lost Coast Press
Callie of the White Sand, CMP Publishing Group, LLC

Historical Fiction

The Long Knives Are Crying, Fulcrum Publishing

Jasper Mountain, Medallion Press, Inc.
Skies Over Sweetwater, Keene Publishing / Moo Press


Head Wounds, The Permanent Press

Blood Island, Oceanview Publishing
Tengu: The Mountain Goblin, YMAA Publication Center

Poetry/Literary Criticism

Don’t Sabotage Your Submission, Bella Rosa Books

100 Essential Modern Poems by Women, Ivan R. Dee, Publisher


Thou Shalt Not Love: What Evangelicals Really Say to Gays, Haiduk Press

Bringing Him Home, Late August Press
The Lonely Hearts Club, Bold Strokes Books, Inc.


Toro Expert Guide to Lawns, Creative Homeowner

Deer in My Garden, Vol. 2: Groundcovers & Edgers, Garden Wisdom Press
Keeping Bees, TFH Publications, Inc.

Health (Wellness/Nutrition)

Cancer Caregiving A to Z, American Cancer Society

Walks on the Beach With Angie: A Father’s Story of Love, North Star Press of St. Cloud
Your First Year with Diabetes, American Diabetes Association


Glacier National Park: The First 100 Years, Farcountry Press

Inside The Lionel Trains Fun Factory, Project Roar Publishing
The President’s House: A History, White House Historical Association


Cruise Confidential, Travelers’ Tales

The Misadventures of Oliver Booth: Life in the Lap of Luxury, Greenleaf Book Group Press
Your Inner Dog, TFH Publications, Inc.

Juvenile/Young Adult – Fiction

Anna Smudge: Professional Shrink, Toasted Coconut Media, LLC

‘Round the World: Takashi Sails Home, Down The Shore Publishing Corp.
Skies Over Sweetwater, Keene Publishing / Moo Press

Juvenile/Young Adult – Nonfiction

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming, Dawn Publications

Ethiopian Voices: Tsion’s Life, Amharic Kids
Hidden Letters, Star Bright Books


Sidikiba’s Kora Lesson,Beaver’s Pond Press, Inc.

The Cheyenne Indians: Their History and Lifeways, Illustrated, World Wisdom, Inc.
Multiculturalism and Intergroup Relations, American Psychological Association


Green Up Your Cleanup, Creative Homeowner

Jim Gilbert’s Minnesota Nature Notes, Nodin Press
Minnesota, Chasing the Seasons from the North Shore to the Mississippi, ImageStream Press

New Age/Metaphysics/Spirituality

Welcome Home To Yourself, Relationships Matter Publishing Inc.

The Dragonfly Secret: A Story of Boundless Love, Feather Rock Books, Inc.
The Majesty of Your Loving: A Couple’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s, Green Mountain Books


DisabilityLand, SelectBooks, Inc.

The Joy of Pregnancy, The Harvard Common Press
Raising a Child with Arthritis: A Parent’s Guide, Arthritis Foundation

Political/Current Events

Twilight War, The Independent Institute

The Annual Register: World Events, ProQuest CSA Journal Division
Homeland Insecurity, History Publishing Company, LLC


Clearance and Copyright, Silman-James Press

The Criminal Justice Club – A Career Prosecutor Takes on the Media – And More, Walbar Books
The Founders’ Second Amendment, The Independent Institute (co-published with Ivan R. Dee, Publisher)


Bring Yourself to Love: How Couples Can Turn Disconnection Into Intimacy, Dos Monos Press

Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?, 1201 Alarm Press
The Way I See It, Future Horizons, Inc.


San Francisco Giants: 50 Years, Palace Press International

The Edge of Never, Stone Creek Publications
This Water Goes North, Mániténáhk Books


Best in Show: The World of Show Dogs & Dog Shows, BowTie Press

Children’s Picture Books: How to Self-Publish Your Way to Success, Arimax, Inc.
The History of the World in Photographs, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers


Oregon: The Taste of Wine, Graphic Arts Center Publishing Co.

Indianapolis: The Bass Photo Company Collection, Indiana Historical Society Press
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, Maverick Publishing


A Century of Grace, Publishers Design Group, Inc.

Big Picture of the Bible – Old Testament, WinePress Publishing Group
The Littlest Camel: And the Journey of the Three Kings, Turnapaige & Reed Moore


 Atlas of Anatomy, Thieme Publishers

Anatomy Flash Cards, Thieme Publishers
Excavations at Cerro Azul, Peru: The Architecture and Pottery, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA Publications


Adopting: Sound Choices, Strong Families Perspectives Press, Inc.

Decide Better! For a Better Life, Strategic Vision
Growing More Beautiful, Arteful Press


 Los Angeles Attractions, Museon Publishing

Ancient Greece: An Explorer’s Guide, Interlink Publishing Group, Inc.
A Rotten Person Travels the Caribbean, Travelers’ Tales

Cover Design, Fiction 

Silent Lies, A Good Read Publishing

The 12th Demon: Vampyre Majick, BookPros/Synergy Books
Johnny Gruesome, Medallion Press, Inc.

Cover Design, Small Format 

Choose Your Life: A Travel Guide for Living, GR Publishing

Good Friends Are Hard to Find, Sellers Publishing Inc
Written on the Knee, Scarletta Press Inc.

Cover Design-Large Format 

Peace Meals: A Book of Recipes for Cooking and Connecting, The Junior League of Houston, Inc.

Hunting the American West, Boone and Crockett Club
Inside The Lionel Trains Fun Factory, Project Roar Publishing

Cover Design-Children’s/Young Adult) 

The Art of Kung Fu Panda, Palace Press International

Anna Smudge: Professional Shrink, Toasted Coconut Media, LLC
Sikulu and Harambe by the Zambezi, Blue Brush Media

Interior Design-1-2 Color 

The Kol Menachem Haggadah, Kol Menachem

Blood Specimen Collection FAQs, Center for Phlebotomy Education
Living Beyond Organic: Nutritional Knowledge Redefined, Tiara Publishing

Interior Design, 3 or More Color 

Inside The Lionel Trains Fun Factory,Project Roar Publishing

The Cheyenne Indians: Their History and Lifeways, Illustrated, World Wisdom, Inc.
Hidden Letters, Star Bright Books

Interior Design, Children’s/Young Adult 

The Art and Making of Madagascar, Palace Press International

A Single Red Thread, Big Tent Books
Whistling Wings, Sylvan Dell Publishing

Most Improved Redesign 

Mom’s Big Book of Baking, The Harvard Common Press

The Conscientious Marine Aquarist, 2nd Ed., TFH Publications, Inc.
Health Organizer, Arthritis Foundation


Birth Emergency Skills Training, Birth Guru Publications

Practical Chess Exercises, Wheatmark, Inc.
Wisdom to Heal and Love Again, Georgia Roulo

The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Fiction) 

Stonewiser: The Heart of the Stone, Mermaid Publishing, LLC

Beacon on the Hill, Harper House Publishers
Case Study, Evolution Press

The Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Nonfiction) 

Self Marketing Power, Keynote Publishing, LLC

Is It You, Me, or Adult A.D.D.?, 1201 Alarm Press
Right Before You Write, Sandy Point Ink, LLC

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

ASL Tales: The Princess & The Pea, ASL Tales

Rachel and the Lion, Story House Books
Spenser Goes to Portland, Simple Fish Book Company


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