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Longlist for 2018 Outstanding Works of Literature Award Announced

Posted by Megan Habel on Oct 11th 2018

Longlist for 2018 Outstanding Works of Literature Award Announced

BookPal OWL Awards

We are thrilled to announce the official 2018 Outstanding Works of Literature (OWL) Award longlist, featuring the best books for organizations and the communities they impact. The titles on this year's longlist represent top reading recommendations for individuals and teams to connect, learn, and grow.

Since we provide books of all genres to organizations across the country, we work with leading publishers and their authors to share the top up-and-coming titles with our clients. In 2017, we decided to start the Outstanding Works of Literature Award to celebrate the top books of the year and connect our audience with new, inspiring reads. After the success of the first year, we decided to expand the categories to include Business, Children's Literature, Wellness, Religion, and Politics & Current Events.

We received hundreds of submissions for this year’s Outstanding Works of Literature Awards. See which 25 books made the cut:


Best Business Books

The Culture CodeThe Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups

by Daniel Coyle

Published 1/30/2018 by Penguin Random House



The Dichotomy of LeadershipThe Dichotomy of Leadership: Balancing the Challenges of Extreme Ownership to Lead and Win

by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Published 9/25/2018 by Macmillan



The Go-Giver InfluencerThe Go-Giver Influencer: A Little Story about a Most Persuasive Idea

by Bob Burg and John David Mann

Published 4/10/2018 by Penguin Random House




How Women RiseHow Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job

by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith

Published 4/10/2018 by Hachette



Imagine it ForwardImagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change

by Beth Comstock and Tahl Raz

Published 9/18/2018 by Penguin Random House




Best Children's Literature Books

Amina's VoiceAmina's Voice

by Hena Khan

Published 5/1/2018 by Simon & Schuster



Harbor MeHarbor Me

by Jacqueline Woodson

Published 8/27/2018 by Penguin Random House




by Janik Coat

Published 3/6/2018 by Abrams


They Say BlueThey Say Blue

by Jillian Tamaki

Published 3/13/2018 by Abrams


Words to Love ByWords to Love By

by Rick Warren and Ag Jatkowska

Published 12/25/2018 by Thomas Nelson


Best Wellness Books

Alone TimeAlone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude

by Stephanie Rosenbloom

Published 6/5/2018 by Penguin Random House



BelongBelong: Find Your People, Create Community, and Live a More Connected Life

by Radha Agrawal

Published 9/4/2018 by Workman



Choose Wonder Over WorryChoose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential

by Amber Rae

Published 5/15/2018 by Macmillan




Eat for the PlanetEat for the Planet: Saving the World One Bite at a Time

by Nil Zacharias and Gene Stone

Published 3/20/2018 by Abrams



This is MeThis Is Me: Loving the Person You Are Today

by Chrissy Metz

Published 3/27/2018 by HarperCollins




Best Religion Books

The Case for MiraclesThe Case for Miracles: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural

by Lee Strobel

Published 3/27/2018 by Zondervan



Girl, Wash Your FaceGirl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be

by Rachel Hollis

Published 2/26/2018 by Thomas Nelson



It's Not Supposed to Be This WayIt's Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered

by Lysa TerKeurst

Published 11/13/2018 by Thomas Nelson



The Third OptionThe Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation

by Miles McPherson

Published 9/11/2018 by Simon & Schuster



Unshakable HopeUnshakable Hope: Building Our Lives on the Promises of God

by Max Lucado

Published 8/7/2018 by Thomas Nelson




Best Politics & Current Events Books

American FixAmerican Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis - And How to End It

by Ryan Hampton

Published 8/28/2018 by Macmillan




The Best We Could DoThe Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir

by Thi Bui

Published 4/17/2018 by Abrams



Dear Madam PresidentDear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World

by Jennifer Palmieri

Published 3/27/2018 by Hachette



FearFear: Trump in the White House

by Bob Woodward

Published 9/11, 2018 by Simon & Schuster



When They Call You a TerroristWhen They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele

Published 1/16/2018 by Macmillan




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This post was written by Megan Habel, the brand strategist at BookPal. She is currently reading The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan.