Colorado Book Awards History

Colorado Humanities Executive Director Margaret Coval with CBA winner Laura Pritchett. Photo by Paul Docktor

History of the Colorado Book Award

The Colorado Book Awards began in 1991 with the first awards presented in 1992 in four categories-Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, and Children's. In 1993 Young Adult was added as a category. Since then, the Colorado Center for the Book (a program department of the Colorado Humanities since April 2004) has amended categories depending on the number and kind of books nominated. The Colorado Book Award has celebrated Colorado's most noted authors, including John Fielder, Linda Hogan, Jon Krakauer, Kent Haruf, Margaret Coel, Tom Noel, Stephanie Kane, Avi, Bruce Ducker, David Milofsky, Joanne Greenberg, T.A. Barron, and many others. Awards are presented each year to books published in the previous year. The dates below reflect the year the award was presented.

Colorado Book Award Recipients

2002   Encyclopedia of American Indian Contributions to the World, edited by Kay Marie Porterfield
2003   Lucky Lady: The World War II Heroics of the USS Santa Fe and Franklin, edited by Steve Jackson
2004   Monkey Dancing by Daniel Glick
2006   Comeback Wolves: Western Writers Welcome the Wolf Home, edited by Gary Wockner
2007   Open Road by Sonya Unrein 2001-Growing Up True, edited by Craig Barnes
2008   Home Land: Ranching and a West That Works, edited by Laura Pritchett, Richard Knight and Jeff Lee
2010   A Dozen on Denver: Stories, edited by Rocky Mountain News
2012   Monumental Majesty: 100 Years of Colorado National Monument, edited by Laurena Mayne Davis, The Daily Sentinel
2013   Reclaiming School in the Aftermath of Trauma, edited by Carolyn Lunsford Mears
2015   Outdoors in the Southwest: An Adventure Anthology, edited by Andrew Gulliford
2016   Stories of Music, Volume 1, edited by Holly E. Tripp
2017   Found: Short Stories by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, edited by Mario Acevedo
2018   Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays, edited by Stephanie G'Schwind 

2001   Molly Brown: Unraveling the Myth by Kristen Iversen
2005   (Biography/Autobiography) Halfbreed: The Remarkable True Story of George Bent by David Fridtjof Halaas & Andrew E. Masich
2007   Your Death Would Be Mine: Paul and Marie Pireaud in the Great War by Martha Hanna
2008   The Life and Times of Richard Castro by Richard Gould
2009   Polk: The Man Who Transformed the Presidency and America by Walter R. Borneman
2010   Rosalie Edge, Hawk of Mercy: The Activist Who Saved Nature from the Conservationists, 
by Dyana Z. Furmansky, The University of Georgia Press
2012   The Man Who Never Died by William Adler, Bloomsbury
2013   Letters from Berlin: A Story of War, Survival, and the Redeeming Power of Love &Friendship by Kerstin Lieff & Margarete Dos
2014   Ernest L. Blumenschein: The Life of an American Artist by Robert W. Larson & Carole B. Larson
2017   Rough Riders: Theodore Roosevelt, His Cowboy Regiment, and the Immortal Charge up San Juan Hill by Mark Lee Gardner

Children's Literature
1992   Sand Dune Pony by Franklin Folsom
1993   Hunters of the Sky by Ann C. Cooper
1994   Way Out West Lives a Coyote Named Frank by Jillian Lund
1995   Goose and the Mountain Lion by Marian Harris
1996   Tops and Bottoms by Eleanor Ayer
1997   Ten Little Dinosaurs by Pattie Schnetzler
1998   Beardream by Will Hobbs
1999   Through the Eyes of the Children by Diane Hirschinger Gallegos
2000   Margaret's Magnificent Colorado Adventure by Julie Danneberg
2001   Tiger Math by Ann Whitehead Nagda and Cindy Bickel
2002   And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon by Janet Stevens
2003   What Did You Do Today? by Kerry Arquette
2004   Max Goes to the Moon by Jeffrey Bennett
2005   Just Another Morning by Linda Ashman
2006   Prehistoric Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
2007   Inventor McGregor by Kathleen Pelley, illustrated by Michael Chesworth
2008   Living Color by Steve Jenkins
2009   M Is for Mischief: An A to Z of Naughty Children by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
2010   Grandmother, Have the Angels Come? by Denise Vega, illustrated by Erin Eitter
2011   Magnus Maximus, A Marvelous Measurer by Kathleen T. Pelley, pictures by S.D. Schindler,
2012   Light Up the Night by Jean Reidy, Disney Hyperion
2013   Time Out for Monsters! by Jean Reidy, illustrated by Robert Neubecker
2014   The Tumbleweed Came Back by Carmela LaVigna-Coyle & Kevin Rechin
2015   Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Steve Jenkins
2016   A Chicken Followed Me Home! Questions and Answers about a Familiar Fowl by Robin Page
2017   Octupuses One to Ten by Ellen Jackson, illustrations by Robin Page
2018   Can an Aardvark Bark? by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Steve Jenkins

2000   Colorado 1870-2000 by John Fielder
2001   Messages from Frank's Landing by Charles Wilkinson
2002   Mythmakers of the West by John Murray
2003   Soul of Nowhere by Craig Childs
2004   The Beast in the Garden by David Baron
2005   Boomtown Blues by Andrew Gulliford

Creative Nonfiction
2002   (Autobiography/Memoir) Growing Up True by Craig Barnes
2004   (Autobiography/Memoir) Monkey Dancing by Daniel Glick
2006   The Guinness Book of Me by Steven Church
2007   Who are you people? A Personal Journey into the Heart of Fanatical Passion in America by Shari Caudron
2008   No Place Safe: A Family Memoir by Kim Reid
2009   Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land by Amy Irvine
2010   Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America by Helen Thorpe
2011   Paradise General: Riding the Surge at a Combat Hospital in Iraq by Dr. Dave Hnida, Simon & Schuster
2012   Dances in Two Worlds: A Writer-Artist's Backstory by Thordis Simonsen, The Fundamental Note
2013   Descanso for My Father: Fragments of a Life by Harrison Candelaria Fletcher
2014   Animal, Mineral, Radical: Essays on Wildlife, Family, and Food by BK Loren
2014   (Autobiography/Memoir) I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail by Gail D. Storey
2015   Both Sides Now; A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living by Nancy Sharp
2016   Grow: Stories from the Urban Food Movement by Stephen Grace (Bangtail Press)
2017   The Man Who Thought He Owned Water: On the Brink with American Farms, Cities, and Food by Tershia d'Elgin
2018   The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom by Helen Thorpe

General Fiction
2014   (Historical Fiction) The Drowning Guard: A Novel of the Ottoman Empire by Linda Lafferty
2015   (Historical Fiction) Song of the Jayhawk Or, The Squatter Sovereign by Jack Marshall Maness
2016   (Historical Fiction) The Shepherdess of Siena: A Novel of Renaissance Tuscany by Linda Lafferty
2017   Breaking Wild: A Novel by Diane Les Becquets
2018   Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore: A Novel by Matthew Sullivan

General Nonfiction
1992   Telling Distance: Conversations with the American Desert by Bruce Berger
1993   West of the Divide by Jim Carrier
1994   The Four-Cornered Falcon: Essays on the Interior West and the Natural Scene by Reg Saner
1995   Breast Cancer Journal by Juliet Wittman
1996   Red Earth White Lies by Vine Deloria
1997   Photographing the Landscape by John Fielder
1998   Herbs in the Garden by David Macke and Rob Proctor
1999   Innocents on the Ice by John Behrendt
1999   Chokecherry Places by Merrill Gilfillan
2000   Cutthroat by Stephen Keating
2000   Making the News by Jason Salzman
2001   10 Smart Money Moves for Women by Judith Briles
2001   Living the Renewed Life by M. Wayne Brown
2001   The Angelic Year by Ambika Wauters
2001   Beethoven's Hair by Russell Martin
2002   The Coldest March: Scott's Fatal Antarctic Expedition by Susan Solomon
2002   Fighting for Your Marriage by Howard Markman
2003   Writing to Heal the Soul by Susan Zimmerman
2003   Colorado Colore: A Palate of Tastes by Junior League of Denver
2003   The Encyclopedia of the American Civil War by David & Jeanne Heidler
2003   Blood Diamonds by Greg Campbell
2004   Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer
2004   Bats of the Rocky Mountain West by Rick Adams
2004   Embracing the World by Jane. E. Vennard
2004   The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander by Barbara Coloroso
2004   Shadowcasting: An Introduction to the Art of Fly Fishing by John Dietsch and Gary Hubbell
2005   The Candy Men: The Rollicking Life and Times of the Notorious Novel CANDY by Nile Southern
2005   Xeriscape Colorado: The Complete Guide by Connie Lockhart Ellefson and David Winger
2006   Wild at Heart: Town of Snowmass by Janis Lindsay Huggins
2007   Walking Into Colorado's Past: 50 Front Range History Hikes, written and photographed by Ben Fogelberg and Steve Grinstead
2008   Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway by Kirk Johnson and illustrated by Ray Troll
2009   Storey's Illustrated Breed Guide to Sheep, Goats, Cattle and Pigs by Carol Ekarius
2009   Unexpected Intimacy: Everyday Connections that Nourish the Soul by Sarah Gabriel
2010   Voices of the American West by Corinne Platt & Meredith Ogilby
2011   The Heroine's Bookshelf: Life Lessons, From Jane Austen to Laura Ingalls Wilder by Erin Blakemore
2012   Math for Life by Jeffrey Bennett, Roberts and Company
2013   Full Body Burden by Kristen Iversen
2014   Tasting Colorado: Favorite Recipes from the Centennial State by Michele Morris
2015   Eating Dangerously: Why the Government Can't Keep Your Food Safe--And How You Can by Michael Booth & Jennifer Brown
2016   Rust: The Longest War by Jonathan Waldman
2017   Colorado Then and Now by Grant Collier
2018   Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame by Michael Kodas

Genre Fiction 
2000   (Romance) Meant to be Married by Ruth Wind by Barbara Samuel
2001   (Romance) Flowers Under Ice by Jean Ross Ewing
2001   (Mystery) The Spirit Woman by Margaret Coel
2002   (Romance) My Dark Prince by Julia Ross (Jean Ross Ewing)
2002   (Mystery) Two O'Clock, Eastern Wartime by John Dunning
2002   (Science Fiction) Passage by Connie Willis
2003   Song of the Beast by Carol Berg
2003   (Mystery) The Shadow Dancer by Margaret Coel
2003   A Winter Haunting by Dan Simmons
2004   (Romance) A Piece of Heaven by Barbara Samuel
2004   (Mystery) Extreme Indifference by Stephanie Kane
2005   (Mystery) Wife of Moon by Margaret Coel
2006   Eye of the Wolf by Margaret Coel
2007   Iron Ties by Ann Parker
2008   The Girl With Braided Hair by Margaret Coel
2009   Breath and Bone by Carol Berg
2010   A Land Beyond Ravens: Book 4 of the Macsen's Treasure Series by Kathleen Cunningham Guler
2010   The Radio Magician and Other Stories by James Van Pelt
2011   The Spider's Web by Margaret Coel
2012   The Soul Mirror by Carol Berg
2013   KOP Killer by Warren Hammond
2013   The View from Here by Cindy Myers
2014   Changes by Pamela Nowak
2014   (Mystery) Desperado: A Mile High Noir by Manuel Ramos
2014   (Thriller) Double Dare by Michael Madigan
2015   (Mystery) Trapline: An Allison Coil Mystery by Mark Stevens
2015   (Thriller) The Intern's Handbook: A Thriller by Shane Kuhn
2016   (Mystery) The Reckoning Stones: A Novel of Suspense by Laura DiSilverio
2016   (Science Fiction/Fantasy) Clockwork Lives by Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart
2016   (Thriller) The Comfort of Black: A Novel by Carter Wilson
2017   (Mystery) Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless
2017   (Science Fiction/Fantasy) Amaryllis and Other Stories by Carrie Vaughn
2017   (Thriller) Revelation: A Thriller by Carter Wilson
2018   (Mystery) Dead Stop by Barbara Nickless
2018   (Science Fiction/Fantasy) A Borrowed Hell by L. D. Colter
2018   (Thriller) Trafficked: A Mex Anderson Novel by Peg Brantley

1999   The Ute Indians of Colorado in the Twentieth Century by Richard Young
2002   Crucible of War by Fred Anderson
2005   Painting a New World: Mexican Art and Life, 1520-1821 by the Denver Art Museum, editors Donna Pierce, Rogelio Ruiz Gomar, Clara Bargellini
2006   Blood Struggle: The Rise of Modern Indian Nations by Charles Wilkinson
2011   Rival Rails: The Race to Build America's Greatest Transcontinental Railroad by Walter R. Borneman
2012   From Jars to the Stars by Todd Neff, Earthview Media
2013   The Admirals: Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King - The Five-Star Admirals Who Won the War at Sea by Walter R. Borneman
2014   Denver Mountain Parks: 100 Years of the Magnificent Dream by Erika D. Walker, Wendy Rex-Atzet, Sally L. White, W. Bart Berger, Thomas J. Noel, & John Fielder
2015   Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People by Elizabeth A. Fenn
2016   Colorado: A Historical Atlas by Thomas J. Noel
2017   Coyote Valley: Deep History in the High Rockies by Thomas G. Andrews
2018   Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America's Culture by Chip Colwell

Juvenile Literature 
2011   Warriors: In the Crossfire by Nancy Bo Flood, Front Street Press
2012   City of Orphans by Avi, Simon & Schuster
2013   Katerina's Wish by Jeannie Mobley
2014   Grave Images by Jenny Goebel
2015   Searching for Silverheels by Jeannie Mobley
2016   The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau
2017   Waiting for Augusta by Jessica Lawson
2018   The Last Panther by Todd Mitchell

Literary Fiction
1992   With the Snow Queen by Joanne Greenberg
1993   Booked to Die by John Dunning
1994   The Ballad of Rocky Ruiz by Manuel Ramos
1995   Lead Us Not into Penn Station by Bruce Ducker
1996   Solar Storms by Linda Hogan
1997   A Killing in Quail Country by Jameson Cole
1998   MARI: A Novel by Jane Valentine Barker
1999   A Good Doctor's Son by Steven Schwartz
2000   The Crook Factory by Dan Simmons
2001   Color of Law by David Milofsky
2002   The Good Journey by Micaela Gilchrist
2003   This Side of the Sky by Elyse Singleton
2004   Land that Moves, Land that Stands Still by Kent Nelson
2005   Eventide by Kent Haruf
2006   Articles of War by Nick Arvin
2007   The Pull of the Earth by Teague Bohlen
2008   Migration Patterns: Stories by Gary Schanbacher 
2009   The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
2010   Spoon by Robert Greer
2011   Postcards from a Dead Girl by Kirk Farber
2012   The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
2013   East of Denver by Gregory Hill
2014   Little Raw Souls by Steven Schwartz
2015   The Painter: A Novel by Peter Heller
2015   (Short Story Collection) The Rise & Fall of the Scandamerican Domestic by Christopher Merkner
2016   How To Walk Away by Lisa Birman
2016   (Short Story Collection) Night in Erg Chebbi and Other Stories by Edward Hamlin
2017   13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Gril by Mona Awad
2018   The Blue Hour by Laura Pritchett

2002   Riverwalk by William Wylie
2003   Reclaiming the American West by Alan Berger
2004   Medal of Honor by Nick Del Calzo
2006   14,000 Feet: A Celebration of Colorado's Highest Mountains by Walter Borneman, photographs by 
Todd Caudle
2007   Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park: Then & Now by James H. Pickering and Carey Stevanus,
photographs by Mic Clinger
2008   Prairie Thunder: The Nature of Colorado's Great Plains by Dave Showalter
2009   Colorado Scenic Byways, Taking the Other Road by Jim Steinberg and Susan J. Tweit
2010   Phlogs: Journey to the heart of the human predicament by George Stranahan and Nicole Beinstein Strait 
2011   Touchstones of Design: Redefining Public Architecture by Curtis Fentress
2011   Landscapes on Glass: Lantern Slides for the Rainbow Bridge-Monument Valley Expedition, by Jack 
2012   Thomas W. Benton: Artist/Activist by Daniel Joseph Watkins
2013   Crazy: A Creative and Personal Look at Mental Illness edited by Michael Hanna and Tami Leino Hanna
2014   Firmament: A Meditation on Place in Three Parts by Andrew Beckham
2015   High Road to Aspen: Leadville To Aspen Over The Continental Divide by Paul Andersen, photographs by David Hiser
2016   Colorado's Yampa River: Free Flowing and Wild from the Flat Tops to the Green by John Fielder and Patrick Tierney
2018   Once Upon a Time . . . The Western: A New Frontier in Art and Film edited by Mary-Dailey Desmarais and Thomas Brent Smith

1992   Wandering Roots/From the Hothouse by Ma. Fatima Lim
1993   Hands of the Saddlemaker by Nicholas Samaras
1994   The Book of Medicines by Linda Hogan
1995   The Fever of Being by Luis Alberto Urrea
1996   Deep Red by Rawdon Tomlinson
1997   The Very Stuff by Stephen Beal
1998   Tattooed Woman by Carolyn Evans Campbell
1999   Letters from a Stranger by James Tipton
2000   In the Colorado Gold Fever Mountains by Robert Cooperman
2001   White City by Mark Irwin and Swan, What Shores by Veronica Patterson
2002   Colcha by Aaron Abeyta
2003   Never Summer by Chris Ransick AND Air Into Breath by Kathryn Winograd
2004   Shooting Script: Door of Fire by Bill Tremblay
2005   Bright Hunger by Mark Irwin
2006   Body Painting by Jane Hilberry
2007   The Prayers of Others by David Keplinger
2008   Ludlow by David Mason
2009   A Murmuration of Starlings by Jake Adam York
2010   Theory of Mind: New & Selected Poems by Bin Ramke
2011   The Diminishing House by Nicky Beer, Carnegie Mellon University Press
2012   Circle Apprentice by Dan Beachy-Quick, Tupelo Press
2013   Second Nature by Jack Collom
2014   Natural Takeover of Small Things by Tim Z. Hernandez
2014   (Poetry Chapbook) Ndewo, Colorado by Uche Ogbuji
2015   Abide by Jake Adam York
2016   The Octopus Game by Nicky Beer
2017   Post-: Poems by Wayne Miller
2018   Trophic Cascade by Camille T. Dungy

Young Adult
1994   Beardance by Will Hobbs
1995   The Merlin Effect by T.A. Barron
1996   Parallel Journeys by Eleanor Ayer
1997   Far North by Will Hobbs
1998   Ghost Canoe by Will Hobbs
1999   Water at the Blue Earth by Anne Howard Creel
2000   Yukon Gold: The Story of the Klondike Gold Rush by Charlotte Foltz Jones
2001   The Seer and the Sword by Victoria Hanley
2002   Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies by Ginger Kathrens
2003   Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
2004   Meadow Lark by Mary Peace Finley
2005   Luna by Julie Anne Peters
2006   Click Here (To Find Out How I Survived the Seventh Grade) by Denise Vega
2007   What the Moon Saw by Laura Resau
2008   Red Glass by Laura Resau
2009   Fact of Life #31 by Denise Vega
2010   The Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau
2011   The Secret to Lying by Todd Mitchell, Candlewick Press
2012   Lucy Dakota: Adventures of a Modern Explorer Book 1 - Rocky Mountain Beginnings by Carol Sue Shride
2013   Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle
2014   Ascendant by Rebecca Taylor
2015   Lost Girl Found by Leah Bassoff and Laura DeLuca
2016   Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz
2017   Beneath Wandering Stars by Ashlee Cowles
2018   When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon