Award Winners

Below you'll find our most recent, award-winning titles.

Badger Biography Series

Recent Awards
  • Silver Medal - Best Children's Series
    Moonbeam Children's Awards

The Bark River Chronicles: Stories from a Wisconsin Watershed

by Milton J. Bates

Recent Awards
  • Finalist - Midwest Regional Interest
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association

Barns of Wisconsin

by Jerry Apps; photographs by Steve Apps

Recent Awards
  • Silver – Great Lakes, Best Regional Nonfiction
    Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY)
  • Finalist – Regional Nonfiction
    Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • Finalist – Regional Nonfiction
    National Indie Excellence Awards
  • Finalist – Regional
    "ForeWord" Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards

Beyond the Trees: Stories of Wisconsin Forests

By Candice Gaukel Andrews

Recent Awards
  • Winner - Nature
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association
  • Winner - Science/Nature/Environment
    Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Bottoms Up: A Toast to Wisconsin's Historic Bars & Breweries

by Jim Draeger & Mark Speltz; photographs by Mark Fay

Recent Awards
  • Winner - Total Marketing Package
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association
  • Winner - Gambrinus Prize
    Milwaukee County Historical Annual Recognition Awards
  • Winner - Marketing Award
    American Association of State and Local History
  • Silver - Regional Non-Fiction
    ForeWord Reviews Awards

Creating Dairyland: How caring for cows saved our soil, created our landscape, brought prosperity to our state, and still shapes our way of life in Wisconsin

By Edward Janus

Recent Awards
  • Finalist - Regional Non-Fiction
    Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • Finalist - Best Cover Design Non-Fiction
    Next Generation Indie Book Awards

For Love and Money: Portraits of Wisconsin Family Businesses

By Carl Corey

Recent Awards
  • Winner, Photography
    National Indie Excellence Award

The Flavor of Wisconsin: An Informal History of Food and Eating in the Badger State

by Harva Hachten and Terese Allen

Recent Awards
  • Silver Medal – Cookbooks/General
    Living Now Book Awards
  • Winner - Midwest Book Award – Cookbooks
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association
  • Winner – Regional Cookbooks
    National Indie Excellence Awards
  • Finalist – Cookbook and Home/Garden
    Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • Finalist - Cookbooks: Regional
    USA National Best Book Awards

The Flavor of Wisconsin for Kids: A Feast of History, with Stories and Recipes Celebrating the Land and People of Our State

by Terese Allen and Bobbie Malone

Recent Awards
  • Winner - Cookbooks
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association
  • Bronze - Moonbeam Award
    Moonbeam Children's Awards

Freedom Train North: Stories of the Underground Railroad in Wisconsin

By Julia Pferdehirt

Recent Awards
  • Winner – Children's Non-Fiction
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association

From the Top: Brief Transmissions from Tent Show Radio

By Michael Perry

Recent Awards
  • Winner, Humor
    Midwest Independent Publishers Assocation

Garden Wisdom: Lessons Learned from 60 Years of Gardening

by Jerry Apps, with photos by Steve Apps and recipes by Ruth Apps

Recent Awards
  • Winner - Nature
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association
  • Silver - Home and Garden
    ForeWord Reviews Awards

The Great Peshtigo Fire: Stories and Science from America's Deadliest Firestorm

by Scott Knickelbine

Recent Awards
  • Winner - Children's Non-Fiction
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association

Great Ships on the Great Lakes: A Maritime History

By Catherine M. Green, Jefferson J. Gray, and Bobbie Malone

Recent Awards
  • Winner, Children's Nonfiction
    Midwest Independent Publishers Assocation

Green Bay Packers: Trials, Triumphs, and Tradition

by William Povletich, foreword by Bob Harlan

Recent Awards
  • Winner - Business
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association
  • Finalist - Sports
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association
  • Bronze - Sports
    ForeWord Reviews Awards

History Afield: Stories from the Golden Age of Wisconsin Sporting Life

By Robert C. Willging

Recent Awards
  • Winner - Recreation/Sports
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association

My Life with the Green & Gold: Tales from 20 Years of Sportscasting

By Jessie Garcia

Recent Awards
  • Finalist, Memoir
    Next Generation Indie Book Award
  • Finalist, Sports
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association

Old Farm: A History

by Jerry Apps; photographs by Steve Apps

Recent Awards
  • Winner - General Trade/Non-Fiction/Four Color Internals
    Chicago Book Clinic and Media Show
  • Winner - Ellis/Henderson Outdoor Writing Award
    Council for Wisconsin Writers
  • Bronze Award Winner - Environment
    "ForeWord" Magazine's Book of the Year Awards
  • Gold Award Winner - Regional Nonfiction, Great Lakes Region
    Independent Publishers Book Award (IPPY)
  • Winner - Midwest Book Award, Nature
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association
  • Finalist - History
    National Indie Excellence Awards
  • Finalist - History/Historical Nonfiction Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • Finalist - History: General
    USA National Best Book Awards

One Room Schools: Stories from the Days of 1 Room, 1 Teacher, 8 Grades

By Susan Apps-Bodilly

Recent Awards
  • Finalist, Children's Nonfiction
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association

One Small Farm: Photographs of a Wisconsin Way of Life

By Craig Schreiner

Recent Awards
  • Winner, Midwest Regional Interest: Illustration
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association

Out of the Northwoods: The Many Lives of Paul Bunyan

by Michael Edmonds

Recent Awards
  • Winner - Wayland D. Hand Prize
    American Folklore Society
  • Bronze - Book of the Year Award - Reference
    "ForeWord" Magazine's Book of the Year Awards
  • Bronze – Great Lakes, Best Regional Nonfiction
    Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY)
  • Bronze – Historical/Biography Book
    PubWest Book Design Awards
  • Finalist – Regional Nonfiction
    National Indie Excellence Awards

People of the Big Voice: Photographs of Ho-Chunk Families by Charles Van Schaick, 1879-1942

by Tom Jones, Michael Schmudlach, Matthew Daniel Mason, Amy Lonetree, and George A. Greendeer

Recent Awards
  • Award of Merit – Leadership in History Awards
    American Association of State and Local History
  • Winner (tie) - Best Overall Design
    Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • Winner - Multicultural Non-Fiction
    Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • Winner - Total Book Design
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association
  • Winner - Midwest Regional Interest: Illustration
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association
  • Winner - Photography: People
    USA National Best Book Awards
  • Finalist - Best Interior Design
    USA National Best Book Awards

People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin's Love Affair with an Ancient Fish

by Kathleen Schmitt Kline, Ronald M. Bruch, and Frederick P. Binkowski; photographs by Bob Rashid

Recent Awards
  • Winner - General Trade/Non-Fiction/Four Color Internals
    Chicago Book Clinic and Media Show
  • Winner – Environment: Political/Social
    USA National Best Book Awards
  • Winner - Ellis/Henderson Outdoor Writing Award
    Council for Wisconsin Writers
  • Gold - Book of the Year Award – Nature
    "ForeWord" Magazine's Book of the Year Awards
  • Gold – Great Lakes, Best Regional Nonfiction
    Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY)
  • Winner - Midwest Book Award – Nature
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association
  • Gold – Sports/Fitness/Recreation Book
    PubWest Book Design Awards
  • Winner – Outstanding Achievement Awards for 2009 publications
    Wisconsin Library Association
  • Winner – Nature
    National Indie Excellence Awards
  • Winner – Science/Nature/Environment
    Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • Finalist – Best Overall Design
    Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Putting Down Roots: Gardening Insights from Wisconsin's Early Settlers

by Marcia C. Carmichael

Recent Awards
  • Winner - Midwest Regional Interest: Text
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association
  • Honorable Mention - Ellis-Henderson Outdoor Writing Prize
    Council for Wisconsin Writers
  • Winner - Annual Book Award
    American Horticultural Society
  • Finalist - Home: Gardening
    USA National Best Book Awards

The Quiet Season: Remembering Country Winters

By Jerry Apps

Recent Awards
  • Finalist, Cover Design
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association

A Short History of Wisconsin

by Erika Janik

Recent Awards
  • Finalist - Regional Nonfiction
    National Indie Excellence Award
  • Finalist - Regional
    "ForeWord" Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards
  • Winner - Book Award of Merit
    Wisconsin Historical Society
  • Finalist - History: United States
    USA National Best Book Awards

Something for Everyone: Memories of Lauerman Brothers Department Store

By Michael Leannah

Recent Awards
  • Winner, Midwest Regional Interest: Text
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association

Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars

by Carl Corey

Recent Awards
  • Winner - Crystal Book Award - Best Photography Book 2012
    Midwest Publishers Association
  • Finalist - Coffee Table Book/Photography
    Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • Winner - Illustration: Photography
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association
  • Gold - Photography Book
    PubWest Design Awards
  • Finalist - Photography: General
    USA National Best Book Awards

This Wicked Rebellion: Wisconsin Civil War Soldiers Write Home

by John Zimm (Editor), foreword by Michael Edmonds

Recent Awards
  • Winner - History
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association

Vintage Wisconsin Gardens: A History of Home Gardening

By Lee Somerville, Foreword by Arnold R. Alanen

Recent Awards
  • Winner - Cover Design: Paperback
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association

Wheel Fever: How Wisconsin Became a Great Bicycling State

By Jesse J. Gant and Nicholas J. Hoffman; Foreword by David Herlihy

Recent Awards
  • Winner, Award of Merit
    American Association for State and Local History
  • Finalist, Regional Nonfiction
    Next Generation Indie Book Award
  • Honorable Mention, Culture
    Eric Hoffer Book Award
  • Honorable Mention
    Council for Wisconsin Writers

Wisconsin's Own: Twenty Remarkable Houses

by M. Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman; photographs by Zane Williams

Recent Awards
  • Grand Prize Winner – Best Design
    Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • Award of Merit – Leadership in History Awards
    American Association of State and Local History
  • Winner – Total Book Design
    Midwest Independent Publishers Association
  • Winner – Best Overall Design
    Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • Winner – Coffee Table Book/Photography
    Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • Finalist – Home: General
    USA National Best Book Awards
  • Silver – Historical/Biographical
    PubWest Book Design Awards
  • Honorable Mention – Kingery/Derleth Book-Length Nonfiction
    Council for Wisconsin Writers
  • Winner – Architecture
    National Indie Excellence Awards
  • Gold – Home and Garden
    "ForeWord" Magazine's Book of the Year Awards
  • Honorable Mention – General Trade, Illustrated
    Chicago Book Clinic and Media Show
Magazine of History.

Wisconsin Magazine of History

Recent Awards
  • Winner - Short Nonfiction for Mary Ellen Gabriel's article "Ne-rucha-ja: The Forgotten Tale of Frost's Woods and Charles E. Brown's Fight to Save it for the Ho-Chunk"
    Council for Wisconsin Writers
  • Award of Merit - Leadership in History Awards
    American Association of State and Local History
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