Current Submissions

The following books have been submitted for the 32nd annual Minnesota Book Awards. List last updated 12/11/2019. 

Children’s Picture Book:

A to Zåäö: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute by Nate Christopherson (University of Minnesota Press)

A Baby Like You by Catherine Thimmesh (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

A Boy Like You by Frank Murphy, illustrated by Kayla Harren (Sleeping Bear Press)

Ada Dreams in Science by Jeff Isaacson (Fair Science Books)

And You Can Love Me by Sherry Quan Lee (Loving Healing Press)

Around the Table That Grandad Built by Melanie Heuiser Hill (Candlewick Press)

The Boy Who Grew a Forest by Sophia Gholz, illustrated by Kayla Harren (Sleeping Bear Press)

Build It! by Laura Seitz Danielsen (Legacy Bound)

Canoeman Joe by Robin Radcliffe, illustrated by Consie Powell (Green Writers Press)

Croc & Turtle! The Bestest Friends Ever! by Mike Wohnoutka (Bloomsbury Children's Books)

Croc & Turtle Snow Fun! by Mike Wohnoutka (Bloomsbury Children's Books)

Emma Bee by Pamela Fish Carlson (Beaver's Pond)

The Forever Sky by Thomas Peacock (MNHS Press)

Good-bye, Friend! Hello, Friend! by Cori Doerrfeld (Penguin Random House - Dial)

A Green Place to Be: The Creation of Central Park by Ashley Benham Yazdani (Candlewick Press)

Home in the Woods by Eliza Wheeler (Penguin Random House/Nancy Paulsen Books)

How Many? by Christopher Danielson (Charlesbridge)

How to Walk a Dump Truck by Peter Pearson (Harper)

Hundredth Day Disaster by Bridget Reistad (Beaver's Pond)

In the Middle of the Night: Poems from a Wide-Awake House by Laura Purdie Salas (Wordsong/Boyds Mills & Kane)

Isaiah's Sunglasses by Linda S. Miller (Strive Publishing)

It's Milking Time by Phyllis Alsdurf (MNHS Press)

Jack & the Ghost by Chan Poling (University of Minnesota Press)

Jellybeans by Kiersten Hall (K. Hall Books)

Johnny's Pheasant by Cheryl Minnema (University of Minnesota Press)

Junior Bear Visits the Cabin by Joseph Hoffman (self published)

The Itty-Bitty Witch by Risha Speed Shaskan, illustrated by Xindi Yan (Amazon Publishing)

Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Mercè López (Lerner Publishing Group/Millbrook Press)

Little Sock by Kia Heise & Christopher D. Park (Sleeping Bear Press)

Little Things by Nick Dyer, illustrated by Kelly Pousette (Peter Pauper Press Inc.)

The Lost Forest by Phyllis Root (University of Minnesota Press)

A Map into the World by Kao Kalia Yang, illustrated by Seo Kim (Lerner Publishing Group/Millbrook Press)

My Footprints by Bao Phi (Capstone)

My Mighty Journey by John Coy (MNHS Press)

On Your Way by John Coy (Beaming Books)

A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press)

Samuel Morse, That's Who! by Tracy Nelson Maurer (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)

Sanda: The Girl with the Magical Smile by Sabina Mugassa Bingman (self-published)

Sissy Goes Tiny by Rebecca Flansburg and Ba Norrgard, illustrated by Penny Weber (Audrey Press)

Snowman - Cold = Puddle by Laura Purdie Salas (Charlesbridge)

So Big! by Mike Wohnoutka (Bloomsbury Children's Books)

Summer Green to Autumn Gold: Uncovering Leaves' Hidden Colors by Mia Posada (Lerner Publishing Group/Millbrook Press)

Where are My Parents? by Gary Harbo (self published)

Where is Smelly Ann Skunk? by Janet Hill (Sister Crow Books)

Worries Are Not Forever by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by Marieka Heinlen (Free Spirit Publishing)

A Young Girl's Dream by Carla Arneson (self published/Raven Productions)

General Nonfiction:

America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States by Erika Lee (Basic Books)

Blood, Oil and the Axis: The Allied Resistance Against a Fascist State in Iraq and the Levant, 1941 by John Broich (Abrams Press)

Consider the Platypus: Evolution through History's Most Baffling Beasts by Maggie Ryan Sandford (Black Dog & Leventhal)

The Drink That Made Wisconsin Famous by Doug Hoverson (University of Minnesota Press)

Eight Years to the Moon by Nancy Atkinson (Page Street Publishing Company)

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native American from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer (Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House)

Human Body: A Wearable Product Designer's Guide by Karen L. LaBat & Karen S. Ryan (Taylor & Francis/CRC Press)

Infected Kin: Orphan Care and AIDS in Lesotho by Ellen Block and Will McGrath (Rutgers University Press)

Intimate Lies and the Law by Jill Hasday (Oxford University Press)

#LookUp: a Parenting Guide to Screen Use by Judy Stoffel (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Lost Man Found by Karin Winegar & Michael A. Ricci, Jr. (Horse Feed Press)

Mrs. Ambassador: the Life and Politics of Eugenie Anderson by Mary Dupont (MNHS Press)

Native Enough by Nina O'Leary (Michigan State University)

Precious and Adored: The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple 1890-1918 by Lizzie Ehrenhalt & Tily Laskey (MNHS Press)

Reclaiming Our Calling: Hold on to the Heart, Mind, and Hope of Education by Brad Gustafson (IMpress)

Red State Christians: Understanding the Voters Who Elected Donald Trump by Angela Denker (Fortress Press)

Retail: The Second-Oldest Profession by Flora Delaney (self published)

Roses of the Prairie by LaWayne Leno (Beaver's Pond)

Sons of the Wild Jackass: The Nonpartisan League in North Dakota by Terry L. Shoptaugh (North Dakota State University Press)

Sound, Image, Silence: Art and the Aural Imagination in the Atlantic World by Michael Gaudio (University of Minnesota Press)

Stay Curious How Questions and Doubts Can Save Your Faith by Stephanie Williams O'Brien (Fortress Press)

Stop Making Sense: The Art of Inspiring Anybody by Michael J. Fanuele (Post Hill Press)

Sweet Nature: A Cook's Guide to Using Honey and Maple Syrup by Beth Dooley (University of Minnesota Press)

Translated Nation: Rewriting the Dakhóta Oyáte by Christopher Pexa (University of Minnesota Press)

Words No Bars Can Hold: Literacy Learning in Prison by Deborah Appleman (W.W. Norton & Company)

Yoga: Ancient Heritage, Tomorrow's Vision by Indu Arora (self published)

Genre Fiction:

Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James (Riverhead Books/Penguin Random House)

The Body Keeper by Anne Frasier (Amazon Publishing / Thomas & Mercer)

Bridge Over Icy Water by Jeff Isaacson (Fair Science Books)

The Bridge to Belle Island by Julie Klassen (Bethany House Publishers)

City of Stones by Christopher Valen & Dan Cohen (Conquill Press)

Crow Calling by Sherry Roberts (Osmyrrah Publishing)

Dead Man's Mistress by David Housewright (Minotaur Books)

Death in the Blood Moon by Jenifer LeClair (Conquill Press: Fog Harbor Press)

First, Kill the Lawyers by David Housewright (Minotaur Books)

Flannelwood by Raymond Luczak (Red Hen Press)

Girl Gone Missing by Marcie R. Rendon (Cinco Puntos Press)

The Going Away by David Bucher (Fast Eddie Press)

Ice Cold Heart by P.J. Tracy (Crooked Lane Books)

Last Call by Frank F. Weber (North Star Press)

Martyred by Alisha Perkins (Hadleigh House Publishing)

Murder in Plane Sight by Julie Holmes (Camel Press)

Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens (Mulholland Books)

Savannah's Inheritance by De'Vonna Bentley-Pittman (self-published)

The Shallows by Matt Goldman (Forge Books)

Steel Assassin by Geoffrey Saign (self-published)

Steel Force by Geoffrey Saign (self-published)

Tettegouche - Where only fear survives by Tom Baumann (Amazon)

The Thought of You by JT Salen (self published)

The Truth - Which Version Will They Sell? by Quentin Brent (Beaver's Pond Press)

Twice Removed by Douglas Dorow (self published)

Twisted at the Root by Ellen Hart (Minotaur Books)

The Watchful Dead by Joe Pawlowski (self published)

Where the Wolf Lies by Tyler Flynn (Papillon Press)

Wolves at Our Door by Soren Paul Petrek (Editions Encre Rouge)


Memoir & Creative Nonfiction:

All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cancer and Cooking by Karen Babine (Milkweed Editions)

Darwin's Second Voyage An Evolutionary Odyssey by John Dahl (self-published)

Diesel Heart by Melvin Whitfield Carter Jr. (MNHS Press)

Don't Stop Dancing by Eric Anderson (self published)

Fluid States by Heidi Czerwiec (Pleiades Press)

For Love of a River: The Minnesota by Darby Nelson (Beaver's Pond Press)

Hope in the Struggle by Josie R. Johnson (University of Minnesota Press)

Hundred Percent Chance by Robert Brown (3/3 Press)

Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family by Anika Fajardo (University of Minnesota Press)

The Memory House by Raki Kopernik (The Muriel Press)

One Coin Found by Emmy Kegler (Fortress Press)

Professor Berman: The Last Lecture of Minnesota's Greatest Public Historian by Hy Berman (University of Minnesota Press)

Raising Will: Surviving the Brilliance and Blues of ADHD by Katherine Quie (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Recovering from Depression: Forty-Nine Helps by Robert Griggs (Wipf and Stock: Resource Publications)

Sit, Stay, Pray by Lina (Beaver's Pond Press)

Tucker Lake Chronicle by Joan Crosby (Nodin Press)

The Twenty-Ninth Day: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian Tundra by Alex Messenger (Blackstone Publishing)

Middle Grade Literature:

Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press)

Catch Me When I Fall by Bonnie Graves (Fitzroy Books)

Digging Up Danger by Jacqueline West, illustrated by Hatem Aly (Random House - Rodale Kids)

Friend or Fiction by Abby Cooper (Charlesbridge)

The Gemini Mysteries: The North Star by Kat Shepherd (Yellow Jacket/Little Bee Books)

How to Take the ACHE Out of Mistakes by Kimberly Feltes Taylor and Eric Braun (Free Spirit Publishing)

Jacob Marley's Ghost by Michael Fridgen (Archway Publishing)

The Line Tender by Kate Allen (Dutton Children's Books/Penguin Young Readers)

The Lion of Tupungato by Leanne Benson (Calumet Editions)

The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu (Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins Children's Books)

Milly and the Tale from Across the Street by Martha Langager Klopp (self-published)

The Missing Piece of Charlie O'Reilly by Rebecca Ansari (Walden Pond Press/HarperCollins Children's Books)

The Monster Dog: A Small Dog with a Big Heart Learns About Alzheimer's Disease by Carmen Tribbett (self-published)

Rising Above Shepherdsville by Anne Schoenbohm (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

A Spring to Remember by Megan Atwood (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster Children's)

A Storm of Wishes by Jacqueline West (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins)

A Tear in the Ocean by H.M. Bouwman, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu (G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House)

Time Sight by Lynne Jonell (Henry Holt and Company/ Christy Ottaviano Books)

Minnesota Nonfiction:

Closing Time: Saloons, Taverns, Dives, and Watering Holes of the Twin Cities by Bill Lindeke (MNHS Press)

Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters by Joy Riggs (Nodin Press)

Following the Earth Around by Scott King (Thistlewords Press)

From Seven Rivers to Ten Thousand Lakes: Minnesota's Indian American Community by Preeti Mathur (MNHS Press)

Hijinx and Hearsay: Scenester Stories from Minnesota's Pop Life by Martin Keller & Greg Helgeson (MNHS Press)

The Lost Brothers by Jack El-Hai (University of Minnesota Press)

Minnesota's 50 Greatest Baseball Players by Jonathan Sweet (Brick Pickle Media, LLC)

Murder in Chisago County: The Unsolved Johnson Family Mystery by Brian Johnson (Arcadia Publishing and The History Press)

Reinventing the People's Library by Greg Gaut (East Side Freedom Library)

Saint John's Through the Years by Michael Crouser (Michael Crouser Photography)

A Short History of the Mosque in Minnesota by Melissa Aho (Second Goldfish, LLC)

Slavery's Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State by Christopher P. Lehman (MNHS Press)

Tulips, Chocolate & Silk: Celebrating 65 Years of the James Ford Bell Library by Marguerite Ragnow & Natasha D'Schommer (James Ford Bell Library)

Walking the Old Road: a People's History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe by Staci Lola Drouillard (University of Minnesota Press)

When the Stones Came to Town: Rock 'N' Roll Photos from the 1970s by Fred Case with Eric Dregni (MNHS Press)

Novel & Short Story:

Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with recipes) by Lorna Landvik (University of Minnesota Press)

Don't Put the Boats Away by Ames Sheldon (She Writes Press)

Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions by Sheila O'Connor (Rose Metal Press)

Fenella, a Witch by Stefanie Moers (Brain Mill Press)

Gut Text by Mike Corrao (Eleven Eleven Press)

Hopeful Monsters by Roger McKnight (Storgy Books, Ltd.)

In the Night of Memory by Linda LeGarde Grover (University of Minnesota Press)

Life in a Faceless World by Cyril Mukalel (Potter's Wheel Publishing House)

Resisting Removal: The Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850 by Colin Mustful (History Through Fiction/Ingram)

The River at Night by Kevin Huizenga (Drawn & Quarterly)

Rockhead by Sean Toren (Wise Ink Creative Publishing)

Ruby & Roland by Faith Sullivan (Milkweed Editions)

Runt by Kerry Casey (Five Friends Books)

Saving the Ghost by Margaret Fuller (M E Fuller LLC)

Stray by Nancy Hedin (NineStar Press)

Suicide Woods by Benjamin Percy (Graywolf Press)

The Thirteenth Month by Colin Hamilton (Black Lawrence Press)

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger (Atria Books)

To See a Narwhal by Michael Fridgen (Archway Publishing)

We Will Tell You Otherwise by Beth Mayer (Black Lawrence Press)

What Haunts Us by Loren Niemi (Moonfire Publishing)

Wormwood and Gall by Robert Holmen (self published)


Bodega by Su Hwang (Milkweed Editions)

A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe by D. Allen (The Operating System- Kin(d) Texts and Projects)

An Hour from Now by Laurie Allmann (Nodin Press)

Carrying Water to the Field by Joyce Sutphen (University of Nebraska Press)

Cold Spring Hallelujah by Heidi Barr (Homebound Publications)

The Collector of Shadows by James Silas Rogers (Brighthorse Books)

Concertina by Leslie Schultz (Kelsay Books)

Conundrums of Indignant Bliss by D.J. Haliday (Poetry Attic)

Dear Descendent by Carol Masters (Nodin Press)

The Devouring Land by Patrick Cabello Hansel (Main Street Rag Publishing)

Enough by Kris Bigalk (NYQ Books)

Exit ~ Sky by Warren Woessner (Holy Cow! Press)

A Fragile Shelter by Larry Gavin (Red Dragonfly Press)

Hawks on High: Everyday Miracles in a Hawk Ridge Season by Phil Fitzpatrick (Savage Press)

Hitman-Baker-Casketmaker: Aftermath of an American's Clash with ICE by Klecko (Paris Morning Publications)

If My Body Could Speak by Blythe Baird (Button Poetry)

The J Horoscope by Sharon Chmielarz (Brighthorse Books)

Jumping the Median by D.E. Green (Encircle Publications)

The Ladies' Guide to the Apocalypse by Isadora Gruye (self-published)

Little Glass Planet by Dobby Gibson (Graywolf Press)

The Low Passions by Anders Carlson-Wee (W. W. Norton & Company)

The Mapmaker's Dream by Bill Meissner (Finishing Line Press)

The Memoir of Mona Lisa and Other Poems by Su Love (Salmon Poetry)

Mitochondrial Night by Ed Bok Lee (Coffee House Press)

The Only Worlds We Know by Michael Lee (Button Poetry)

Redmouth by Claire Wahmanholm (Tinderbox Editions)

rivers of the driftless region by Mark Conway (Four Way Books)

Safe Houses I Have Known by Steve Healey (Coffee House Press)

Sometimes a Door by Barbara Draper (self published)

The Song Castle by Michael Kiesow Moore (Nodin Press)

Surface Textures by Heidi Hemmer (Finishing Line Press)

Swimming with Shadows by Ethna McKiernan (Salmon Poetry)

They've Packed Up the Rock and Roll: Poems 1955-2018 by Edith Rylander (Red Dragonfly Press)

A Time for Winter by Kait Quinn (self published)

To Gather a Seed by Stephen Dahl (self published)

U & I by Michael Hall (Mango Publishing)

Where Your House is Now by Louis Jenkins (Nodin Press)

Young Adult Literature:

Addie Braver by Eric T. Bergman (Polk Place Publishing)

Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer (Tor Teen)

Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren (Abrams - Amulet Books)

Cracking the Bell by Geoff Herbach (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books)

Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway (Tom Doherty Associates/Tor Teen)

Grease Bats by Archie Bongiovanni (Boom!Box)

Guardian: The Choice by Geoffrey Saign (self-published)

Guardian: The Quest by Geoffrey Saign (self-published)

An Impossible Distance to Fall by Miriam McNamara (Sky Pony Press)

In the Silences by Rachel Gold (Bella Books)

Last Things by Jacqueline West (HarperCollins - Greenwillow)

Road Tripped by Pete Hautman (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Roam by C.H. Armstrong (Central Avenue Publishing)

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus (Dutton Books/Penguin Young Readers)

This Book is Not Yet Rated by Peter Bognanni (Penguin Random House - Dial)

The Stolen Kingdom by Bethany Atazadeh (Grace House Press)

Under a Cloven Sky by Ricardo G. Peters (Strive Publishing)

Whatever Normal Is by Jane St. Anthony (University of Minnesota Press)

Wreck by Kirstin Cronn-Mills (Sky Pony Press)