ACP Announces Winners of the 2022 “Excellence in Publishing Awards”


On June 9, The Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) announced the winners of the 2022 Excellence in Publishing Awards. According to the Association, for the first time, they have awards for all 16 categories including all three children’s and music categories.

First, second, and third place honors were awarded to publishers and authors of the best Catholic content in the following categories—Biography, Children’s Books: Young Readers, Children’s Books: Picture Books, Children’s Books: Teens, General Interest, Inspirational, Music: Distinguished Catholic Composer, Music: Song of the Year, Prayer, Resources for Liturgy, Resources for Ministry, Scripture, Spanish, Spirituality, and Theology. Only first place was awarded for the Music: Distinguished Mass Setting category because of the limited number of entries.

Each category was judged by a three-person panel, which reviewed and evaluated the entries.

Bayard was awarded first place in the Theology category and second place in the Children’s Books: Young Readers:

1st place in Theology (tied): Joe Biden and Catholicism in the United States (Massimo Faggioli, Twenty-Third Publications)

2nd place in Children’s Books: Young Readers: Gospels for Young Catholics (David Mead and Mark Zimmerman, editors, Pflaum Publishing Group)

Congratulations to all involved in these publishing successes!


Founded by the Augustinians of the Assumption, Bayard’s unique history goes back nearly 140 years. Since its founding, Bayard has grown to become the largest publisher and distributor of Christian booklets, books, magazines, and religious products worldwide, reaching over 36 million readers and customers.


The Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) is a membership organization of Catholic publishers, those who provide services to Catholic publishers, and individuals who work with Catholic publishers. The ACP provides opportunities for members to further the Catholic publishing industry, promote Catholic publishing and reading, and engage those they interact with, including retailers, pastoral leaders, individual customers, and staff.

Emmanuelle Beauvillain
Director of Marketing and Communications

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