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Gift Book


See below for the list of 2022 winners in the GIFT BOOK category, for books with a copyright date of 2021.

Eat Cake for Breakfast: And 99 Other Small Acts of Happiness
2022 Gold Winner

Author: written and illustrated by Viola Sutanto

Publisher: The Collective Book Studio

ISBN: 978-1-951412-16-6

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Readers will open Eat Cake for Breakfast to find one hundred different ways to incorporate joy into their daily lives, all prompted by author Viola Sutanto’s mission to affirm humanity during her daughter’s life threatening medical treatment. Her delicately colorful illustrations will immerse readers with each recommendation.

The Journey Beyond: Learning to Live Beautifully in a Troubled World
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Erik Stensland

Publisher: Rocky Trail Press

ISBN: 978-1-970099-99-7

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How do we live healthy and meaningful lives in a divided and angry world? Professional photographer and author Erik Stensland invites us to explore this question through a series of daily meditations, illustrated with his stunning photos. This book is an invitation to reconnect with nature, ourselves, and with each other.

Mother Beach: The Joy of Finding Beach Glass
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Patty Merski

Publisher: Skeezel Press

ISBN: 978-0-9747217-2-9

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Readers join the narrator on a reflective walk along the beach where they find colorful pieces of sea glass. Freehand sketches and watercolor washes provide a lovely backdrop for this universal read. Young listeners will enjoy the easy rhythm of the verse as they search the pages for hidden treasures.


See below for the list of 2021 winners in the GIFT BOOK category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Click here to watch the Gold and Silver winner speeches.

Dwell: Celebrating the Arrival of Advent at Home
2021 Gold Winner

Author: Dexterity

Publisher: Dexterity

ISBN: 978-1-947297-21-0

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This full-color gift book gives readers something to celebrate, combining beautiful images and a celebration of Advent at home. Moving through five different rooms of the home in five weeks, readers get biblical reflections, an Advent-related activity, and thoughtful prayer, each presented with cozy photos for the holiday season.

A Delightful Little Book on Aging
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Stephanie Raffelock

Publisher: She Writes Press

ISBN: 978-1-63152-840-8

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Every day, elders rise above the creaky joints and achy knees just to move through the world with a modicum of grace.  We rise, because it’s a privilege to grow old, and every day is a gift. This book is an invitation to celebrate whatever age you are with joy, purpose and a spirit of gratitude.

Parenting with Sanity and Joy: 101 Simple Strategies
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Susan G. Groner, illustrations by Danna Mander

Publisher: The Collective Book Studio

ISBN: 978-1-951412-04-3

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In this collection of readily actionable tips, parenting mentor Sue Groner distills the best parenting wisdom into one easy-to-read book, providing simple, fun, and effective guidance. Parenting with Sanity and Joy will help parents feel more confident as they navigate one of the most important roles they will ever take on.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the GIFT BOOK category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

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Harry Potter: A Hogwarts Christmas Pop-Up
2020 Gold Winner

Author: N/A

Publisher: Insight Editions

ISBN: 978-1-68383-900-2

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Harry Potter: A Hogwarts Christmas Pop-Up is a one-of-a-kind book that re-creates the iconic Great Hall, complete with a pop-up Christmas tree.

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A Die Hard Christmas Gift Set
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Doogie Horner, illustrated by JJ Harrison

Publisher: Insight Editions

ISBN: 978-1-68383-857-9

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The Die Hard Christmas Gift Set includes a delightful Christmas storybook for adults based on the action-packed Die Hard film and a collectible plush toy. 

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Letters from a Cat
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Helen Hunt Jackson

Publisher: The Old Mill Press

ISBN: 978-1-7326020-5-2

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Cat lovers will thoroughly delight in this collector’s edition book featuring a black-linen cover embossed with a gold cat looking out with emerald green eyes.

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