Colorado Book Awards

Congratulations to the finalists of the 2018 Colorado Book Awards!


Children's Literature

  • Blue Corn Soup by Caroline Stutson, illustrated by Teri Weidner (Sleeping Bear Press)
  • Can An Aardvark Bark? by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Beach Lane Books, Simon & Schuster)
  • Wild Zoo Train by Carmela LaVigna Coyle, illustrated by Steve Gray (Muddy Boots, Globe Pequot)

Creative Nonfiction

General Fiction

General Nonfiction


Juvenile Literature

  • The Last Panther by Todd Mitchell (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
  • Path of the Thunderbird: A Grand Canyon Adventure by Sara Miller and Pat Toole (Grand Canyon Association)
  • The Player King by Avi (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster)

Literary Fiction


  • Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless (Thomas & Mercer, Amazon Publishing)
  • Fractured Families: A Lottie Albright Mystery by Charlotte Hinger (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Hunting Hour: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery by Margaret Mizushima (Crooked Lane Books)



  • Hum of Our Blood by Madelyn Garner, photography by Bradley Braverman (3: A Taos Press)
  • Stray by Adam Houle (Lithic Press)
  • Trophic Cascade by Camille T. Dungy (Wesleyan University Press)

Science Fiction/Fantasy


  • Broken Slate: A Sean Coleman Thriller by John A. Daly (BQB Publishing)
  • Red Sky: A Thriller by Chris Goff (Crooked Lane Books)
  • Trafficked: A Mex Anderson Novel by Peg Brantley (Bark Publishing)

Young Adult Fiction

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