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See below for the list of 2024 winners in the REFERENCE category, for books with a copyright date of 2023.

SAE International's Dictionary for Automotive Engineers
2024 Gold Winner

Author: John F. Kershaw

Publisher: SAE International

ISBN: 9781468604061

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SAE International's Dictionary of Automotive Engineering aims to be the most comprehensive automotive engineering reference for professionals and students, offering over 1,800 terms including coverage electric and automated vehicles. With over 300 full-color illustrations, it goes beyond most dictionaries, featuring detailed definitions and references to relevant SAE Standards.

How to Talk About Guns with Anyone
2024 Silver Winner

Author: Katherine Schweit

Publisher: 82 Stories

ISBN: 9781947635586

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This comprehensive, non-partisan guide equips readers with strategies to engage in informed discussions about guns in America, sharing details on who is dying and why. It dispels myths and explores red flag laws, background checks, semi-automatic weapons, the Second Amendment, U.S. Supreme Court decisions and more. Find your role in saving lives.

Publish Your Purpose: A Step-by-Step Guide to Write, Publish, and Grow Your Big Idea
2024 Silver Winner

Author: Jenn T. Grace

Publisher: Publish Your Purpose

ISBN: 9798887970653

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In Publish Your Purpose, Grace presents a step-by-step guide to writing and publishing your book. Encouraging and supportive, she takes you through the writing and publishing process, from big idea to book launch. Learn how to clarify your purpose and vision, set achievable goals, gain confidence, and create a productive writing routine. Based on her experience as an author and publisher, you’ll uncover wisdom about the publishing industry, marketing strategies, and the pros and cons of different publishing options.


See below for the list of 2023 winners in the REFERENCE category, for books with a copyright date of 2022.

New Lakota Dictionary, 3rd Edition: Lakhotiyapi - English
2023 Gold Winner

Author: Jan Ullrich

Publisher: Lakota Language Consortium

ISBN: 978-1-941461-39-6

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Currently the largest dictionary of an indigenous language of North America, the New Lakota Dictionary contains 41,000 entries and 50,000 example sentences recorded from more than 500 Native Speakers. Designed specifically with the language learner in mind, it provides numerous innovative features that help learners find and learn words.

Crow Dictionary: Apsaalooke-English
2023 Silver Winner

Editors: Robert Rugh, Randolph Graczyk, and Timothy P. McCleary

Publisher: Crow Language Consortium

ISBN: 978-1-63801-021-0

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This 11,000-word First Edition of the Crow Language Dictionary is an accurate, and user-friendly reference text that includes morpheme breakdowns for each entry, usage notes with grammatical and cultural/historical information, conjugation paradigms for the majority of verbs, a thorough grammar and pronunciation section, and an appendix featuring culturally specific information.

Oka Holisso: Chickasaw & Choctaw Water Resource Planning Guide
2023 Silver Winner

Authors: coauthored by Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation

Publisher: Chickasaw Press

ISBN: 978-1-952397-73-8

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The Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma have collaborated to produce Oka Holisso, a comprehensive and current guide detailing the policies, agreements, research and analysis that continue during these crucial, ecological times, monitoring water policy and conditions within the boundaries of the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations.


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

Waves and Beaches: The Powerful Dynamics of Sea and Coast
2022 Gold Winner

Authors: Williard Bascom and Kim McCoy

Publisher: Patagonia

ISBN: 9781938340956

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First published in 1964 and updated in 1979, this classic was an essential handbook for anyone who studies, surfs, protects, or is fascinated by the ocean, a delightful combination of science and adventure. 

Blimey, I'm Knackered: An American's Survival Guide to British English
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Marshall Hall

Publisher: Imbrifex Books

ISBN: 978-1-9455-0149-4

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The perfect companion for anyone desiring to bridge the gap between US and UK English or who enjoys the evolution of language and culture, this book is packed with definitions, explanations, and illustrations of British idioms, colloquialisms, acronyms, and slang. No American need ever be befuddled again!

Cover to Cover: What First-Time Authors Need to Know about Editing
2022 Silver Winner

Author: Sandra Wendel

Publisher: Write On Ink Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-7326404-0-5

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First-time authors: read this book before you publish your book. Don’t make amateur mistakes. Even if you slept through English class, and don’t know a comma from a clause, you can prepare your masterpiece for professional editing. Turn vulnerability into confidence with insider secrets to publishing success from a veteran book editor.


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

Federal Resume Guidebook, Seventh Edition: First-ever Book on Federal Resume Writing Featuring the Outline Format
2021 Gold Winner

Author: Kathryn Troutman

Publisher: Resume Place, Inc.

ISBN: 978-1-7334076-0-1

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This 7th Edition includes 17 samples of the Outline Format Federal Resume with ALL CAP KEYWORDS and accomplishments in the Work History Section. If you want a federal position or to get promoted - get this book! This format can help you get Best Qualified and Referred to a manager.

Healthcare Heroes: The Medical Careers Guide
2021 Silver Winner

Authors: Mary Choy, PharmD, BCGP, FASHP and Michele B. Kaufman, PharmD, BCGP

Publisher: Sigel Press

ISBN: 978-1-905941-31-5

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Healthcare Heroes gives you the no-holds-barred version of what it’s really like to be a healthcare professional in the 21st century. This award-winning book features some of the best and top healthcare jobs, with expert insights and strategies to help readers find their best career path.

Wine and the White House: A History
2021 Silver Winner

Author: Frederick J. Ryan, Jr.

Publisher: White House Historical Association

ISBN: 978-1-950273-07-2

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Whether you’re a devotee of presidential history, a lover of wine, or both, Wine and the White House: A History is sure to prove informative and entertaining. The first book of its kind, it is a comprehensive journey through the history of White House hospitality that explores every president’s experience of wine. The fully illustrated pages also feature memorable presidential toasts, menus from historic White House gatherings, a catalog of vintages served, and spectacular new photography of the White House glassware collection.


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

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Data Story: Explain Data and Inspire Action Through Story
2020 Gold Winner

Author: Nancy Duarte

Publisher: IdeaPress Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-940858-98-2

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Learn to transform numbers into persuasive narratives in this visual book from best-selling author and legendary presentation coach Nancy Duarte.

Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your Fi
Nolo's Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home, 7th Edition
2020 Silver Winner

Authors: Ilona Bray, Ann O'Connell, and Marcia Stewart

Publisher: NOLO

ISBN: 978-1-4133270-0-7

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With input from 15-plus experts on real estate, mortgages, contract law, and inspections, this fun-to-read guide offers everything a buyer needs to buy a home.

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Preserving Old Barns: Preventing the Loss of a Valuable Resource
2020 Silver Winner

Authors: John C. Porter and Francis Gilman with photography by Lowell H. Fewster

Publisher: Peter E. Randall Publisher

ISBN: 978-1-942155-24-9

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The best book for barn lovers! This well-illustrated, full-color, second edition provides a practical understanding of the history, function, and preservation of old barns.

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