- Robert Wise: Shadowlands by Wes D. Gehring in the biography category
- Indianapolis: A City of Immigrants by M. Teresa Baer in the young adult nonfiction category
- Paint and Canvas: A Life of T. C. Steele by Rachel Berenson Perry in the young adult nonfiction category
Over the next two months a panel of sixty judges, librarians and booksellers only, will determine the winners. Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards, as well as Editor's Choice Prizes for fiction and nonfiction, will be announced at the American Library Association's annual conference in Chicago on Friday, June 28. ForeWord's Book of the Year Awards program was created to highlight the years most distinguished books from independent publishers.