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Albuquerque, NM, May 21, 2012 - The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science’s book Triassic Hall, written by Jaenet Guggenheim and Spencer Lucas, PhD, has been nominated for two national awards –the Benjamin Franklin Awards™ and ForeWord Reviews' Book of the Year Award.

Named in honor of America's most cherished publisher/printer, the Benjamin Franklin Awards™ recognizes excellence in independent publishing.  Publications, grouped by genre, are judged on editorial and design merit by top practitioners in each field. The trophies are awarded to the best books in several categories.  Triassic Hall is a finalist in the category Teen: Nonfiction (13-18 Years)

This year’s Benjamin Franklin Award winner will be chosen from one of the three finalists and will receive the Benjamin Franklin Award during a ceremony on Monday evening, June 4, 2012 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

This is one of the most prestigious awards for independent publishers.

ForeWord Reviews’ Book of the Year Awards were established to bring increased attention to librarians and booksellers of the literary and graphic achievements of independent publishers and their authors. ForeWord is the only review trade journal devoted exclusively to books from independent houses. Triassic Hall has been nominated in the Juvenile Nonfiction category.

Winners in each category will be announced at the American Library Association annual conference and on their website in June of 2012.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science preserves and interprets the distinctive natural and scientific heritage of our state through extraordinary collections, research, exhibits and programs designed to ignite a passion for lifelong learning.