Official 2021 Book Excellence Award Winners

TORONTO, March 17, 2021 – We are proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Book Excellence Awards Competition.

The 2021 Book Excellence award-winning titles were chosen based on their design, layout, writing quality and overall market appeal. The following are the 2020 award winners, listed with their respective category, book title and author name(s):

Action – Send the Word by James Hockenberry

Activity Book – Harry Swotter: A Harry Potter Quiz Book by Rich Jepson

Addiction and Recovery – Exit the Maze: One Addiction, One Cause, One Cure by Dr. Donna Marks

Adventure Fiction – Something Found: A Coin by Troy Aaron Ratliff

Adventure Non-Fiction – Crimson Arrows: A Bowhunting Odyssey by Eyad H. Yehyawi

Aging – Everyone Dies Famous by Len Joy

Animals/Pets – Luna, The Mare with the Sky Blue Eyes, A True Story by Dora Dillistone

Anthology – And Lately, The Sun by Calyx Press

Art – The Art of Symeon Shimin by Tonia Shimin

Arts and Entertainment – Surviving Hollywood by Robert Michael Lehmann

Autobiography – Endless Pressure, Endlessly Applied: The Autobiography of an Eco-Warrior by Brock Evans with George Venn

Biography – Alfred: The Quiet History of a World War II Infantryman by Louise Endres Moore

Body/Mind/Spirit – Layman’s Handbook, In Life by Aidan McNally

Body/Mind/Spirit – Be the Good: Becoming a Force for a Better World by Ken Streater

Book Cover Design – Sage Sapien: From Karma to Dharma by Johnson Chong

Book Interior Design – Goodbye, Orchid by Carol Van Den Hende

Book Interior Design – Where’s My Joey by Wendy Monica Winter

Books in a Series – The Lassiter/Martinez Case Files Book Series by Joseph Badal

Business – Edge: Turning Adversity into Advantage by Laura Huang

Business – Fast Times: How Digital Winners Set Direction, Learn, and Adapt by Arun Arora, Peter Dahlstrom, Klemens Hjartar and Florian Wunderlich

Career – Hire Purpose: How Smart Companies Can Close the Skills Gap by Deanna Mulligan

Career – Mama’s Gotta Work: Stories and Survival Hacks from Real-Life Working Moms on Conscious Parenting, Career Success, and True Fulfillment by Krysta Lee, Amanda Drexler, Andie Mack, Charleyne Oulton, Domenica Orlando, Elizabeth Meekes, Erin Montgomery, Laura Morris, Lisa Evans, Marcia Miatke, Mary Ann Masesar Blair, Melissa Killeleagh, Michelle Emmick, Nanci Lozano, Pina Crispo, Sally Lovelock, Sharlene Rochard, Sharon Hughes-Geekie, Stephanie Card, Teresa Nocita-Cirillo

Caregiving – Appearances by Sondra Helene

Chick-lit – The Dream by Whitney Dineen

Children’s Education – When a Virus Takes Over the World by Patricia A. Brill, PhD

Children’s Fiction – The Wizenard Series: Season One by Wesley King, Created by Kobe Bryant

Children’s Inspirational/Motivational – Completely Me by Justine Green, Ed.D.

Children’s Non-Fiction – Grizzly 399 by Sylvia M. Medina

Children’s Religion – Elli’s Pocket Angel Surprise! by John Cappello

Christian Fiction – Meeting Mara Sloan by Patrick M. Garry

Christian Non-Fiction – Brenda’s Wish by Jackie Haley

Coffee Table Book – Amazing Thailand Festivals Pop-up Book by Taveepong Limmakorn

Coloring Book – Peter and the Whimper-Whineys Coloring Book by Sherrill S. Cannon

Comics and Graphic Novels – From Doom & Gloom to BOOM! by Greg D. Hill and Jay Hill

Cookbook – The Ultimate Cookie Handbook by Tessa Arias

Death and Dying – Not Yet by Erik Segall

Divorce – The Language of Divorce, A Novel by Leanne Treese

Education and Academic – Game On? Brain On!: The Surprising Relationship between Play and Gray (Matter) by Lindsay Portnoy, PhD

Entrepreneurship – Expert to Influencer: How to Position Yourself for Meaningful Impact by Divya Parekh

Environment – Diamonds, Hearts and Sea Stars! by Janina Rossiter

Faction – Summer of Two Worlds by J. Arthur Moore

Family – Remembering Shanghai: A Memoir of Socialites, Scholars and Scoundrels by Isabel Sun Chao and Claire Chao

Fantasy – Apollo’s Raven by Linnea Tanner

Female Empowerment – The Conscious You by Alison Callan, Samantha Haddad, Beck Thompson, Jude Smith, Leesa Watt and Carey Buck

Female Empowerment – Happily Ever After, Right Now: Stop Searching for Mr. Right and Start Celebrating YOU by Luann Robinson Hull

Fiction – All 4 Love by Sharain Hemingway

Fiction – The Poe Consequence by Keith Steinbaum

Finances – Digging Out – A Practical Guide to Getting Out of Debt & Paving the Path to a Secure Financial Future by Jodee Brydges

Friendship – The Exit Strategy by Lainey Cameron

Gift Book – Safe In A Hard Place by Kay Jantzi

Grief – Grief Walk: Experiencing God After the Loss of a Loved One by Gary Roe

Health – Mindful Beauty, Holistic Habits To Feel And Look Your Best by Dr. Debbie Palmer with Valerie Latona

Historical – THE DUNG BEETLES OF LIBERIA, A Novel Based on True Events by Daniel V. Meier, Jr.

Holiday – The Christmas Spirit by Alexandrea Weis

Holiday – Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge by Norman Whaler

Horror – The Vanishing by Arjay Lewis

Humor – Cafe Conversations by Marion Reidel

Inspirational – I Fly: True Stories of Overcoming Adversity by Annette Densham

Leadership – SLINGSHOT: How Adversity Propels Leaders to Find Purpose, Be Impactful, and Create Change by Rahul Bhandari

LGBTQ Fiction – Searching For Sarah by Phillip Vega

LGBTQ Non-Fiction – Farm Boy, City Girl: From Gene to Miss Gina by John “Gene” E. Dawson

Management – Tighten The Lug Nuts by Rocky Romanella

Marketing – Self-Publishing: The Secret Guide To Becoming A Best Seller by Richard McCartney

Marriage – Keep Me Afloat by Jennifer Gold

Memoir – Dancing Soul Trilogy: Africa’s Child, America’s Daughter, and Drum Beats, Heart Beats by Maria Nhambu

Memoir – Right Brain Rescue: One Physician’s Journey From Burnout To Bliss Reveals The Creative Muse In All Of Us by Dr. Lara Salyer, DO, IFMCP

Military – Northern Blood (Northern Wolf Series Book 3) by Daniel Greene

Motivational – Your Honor, Your Honor by Judge Leonia J. Lloyd

Multicultural Fiction – Bishop’s Law by Rafael Amadeus Hines

Multicultural Non-Fiction – The Little Breadwinner by Lucia Mann

Mystery – Waking Up in Medellin by Kathryn Lane

Mystery – Blue Mercy: A mother-daughter murder mystery by Orna Ross

Non-Fiction – A Delightful Little Book On Aging by Stephanie Raffelock

Parenting – The Nature of Children; Parenting Strategies Based on your Child’s Nature by Jessie Buttons

Performing Arts (Film, Theatre, Dance, Music) – Careless by Jane Foter

Personal Growth and Development – The Inside Track by Peter Sage

Photography – Discovering Wildlife in Toronto’s Don Valley by Jim Chung

Picture Book – Ages 4 to 8 – Gus’ Fortunate Misfortune by Susan Pepka

Picture Book – Ages 4 to 8 – The Big Old Rambutan Tree by Kathy Creamer

Picture Book – Ages 4 to 8 – To Baby, From Daddy: A Love Letter from a Father to a Daughter by Steve Nguyen

Picture Book – All Ages – A Tail of Three Lions by Sylvia Medina and Ian Michler

Picture Book – Preschool – Z is for Zebra by Judith Caseley

Political – Banned: Immigration Enforcement in the Time of Trump by Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia

Pre-Teen Fiction – The Pirate Princess and the Sirens’ Song by Suzanne Lowe

Pre-Teen Non-Fiction – Tafolla Toro: Three Years of Fear by Lorenzo Gomez III

Psychology – Beyond Your Bubble: How to Connect Across the Political Divide, Skills and Strategies for
Conversations That Work by Tania Israel

Public Relations – The Million Dollar Organizer by Bob Oedy

Reference – The Encyclopedia Of American Animated Television Shows by David Perlmutter

Relationships – The Third Person in the Room: Stories of Relationships at a Turning Point by Bea V. Larsen

Romance – Cadenza by Stella Riley

Sales and Marketing – Selling with Heart – Growing Your Business With Authenticity and Trust by Kym Cousins

Science – Resurrection Lily: The BRCA Gene, Hereditary Cancer & Lifesaving Whispers from the Grandmother I Never Knew by Amy Byer Shainman

Science Fiction – Axel Lennart and the Ice World by D.M.Z. Liyanage

Science Fiction – Outland Exile: Book One of Old Men and Infidels by W. Clark Boutwell

Self-Help – Nine Ways to Empower Tweens #LifeSkills by Kathleen Boucher

Sports – Being Brothers by Mike DeLucia

Suspense – Justifiable Deceit by Mikael Carlson

Sustainability – One Last Breath: A Look Back at 200 Years of Global Warming by John Coviello

Technology – The Money Hackers: How a Group of Misfits Took on Wall Street and Changed Finance Forever by Daniel P. Simon

Thriller – SOUL SEEKER by Kaylin McFarren

Travel – The Tea Shop by Karl Forehand

Travel – Driftwood: Stories from the Margarita Road by Anthony Lee Head

True Crime – The Lindbergh Kidnapping: Suspect No. 1 – The Man Who Got Away by Lise Pearlman

Western – The Man Called Teacher by David A. Poulsend

Women’s Health – She’s No Longer Silent: Healing after Mental Health Trauma, Sexual Abuse, and Experiencing Injustice by Charleyne Oulton, Kiki Carr, Sasha Rose, Kady Romagnuolo, Violaine Pigeon, Eldyka Simpson, Lori Williamson, Mlle Elizabeth Ann, Lindsay Whitham, Katryna Rose, Stephanie Reid, Mandy Karpoff, Nicole Thomas, Angel Kibble, Whitney Stout, Nicole Taylor Eby

Young Adult Fiction – Geese are Never Swans by Eva Clark, Created by Kobe Bryant

About the Book Excellence Awards

The Book Excellence Awards is an international awards competition dedicated to providing authors from all genres and backgrounds the opportunity to showcase their work on a global platform. The organization accepts entries from countries all over the world in over 100 unique categories.