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Indies Choice and E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards Announced

I received this news release from Meg Smith at the ABA this week, and thought it would be a nice follow-up to my recent post about the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards.

Abalogo ABA Announces Finalists for Indies Choice and E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards

Tarrytown, NY. March 2, 2011. The American Booksellers Association announced on March 1 the finalists for the 2011 Indies Choice Book Awards, now including the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards. The winners will be chosen by the owners and staff at ABA member stores in balloting throughout the month of March.

The Indies Choice Book Awards finalists in six categories - Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, Adult Debut, Young Adult, Picture Book Hall of Fame, and Most Engaging Author - were selected by a jury of independent booksellers from the 2010 Indie Next List Great Reads and additional bookseller recommendations. Each is representative of the types of books that indie booksellers champion best. (Only the children's and YA selections are included here.)

As a result of the recent merger of the Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC) and ABA, this year, for the first time, balloting includes the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards. Now in their eighth year, the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards recognize books that lend themselves to being read aloud by a family or a group. They replace the Indies Choice Book Awards in the categories of Middle Reader and New Picture Book. All of this year's finalists reflect the playful, well-paced language, the engaging themes, and the universal appeal to a wide range of ages embodied by E.B. White's collection of beloved books.

ABA members will vote for one favorite in each category, with the exception of the Picture Book Hall of Fame, where they will choose three. The top vote getters will be declared the winners in each category with the remaining titles designated as honor books.


  • Bamboo People, by Mitali Perkins (Charlesbridge)
  • Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver (HarperCollins)
  • Dash & Lily's Book of Dares, by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
  • Out of My Mind, by Sharon M. Draper (Atheneum)
  • Revolution, by Jennifer Donnelly (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan (Dutton Juvenile)


  • Because of Mr. Terupt, by Rob Buyea (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
  • The Familiars, by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson (HarperCollins)
  • Penny Dreadful, by Laurel Snyder, Abigail Halpin (Illus.) (Random House Books for Young Readers)
  • The Sixty-Eight Rooms, by Marianne Malone, Greg Call (Illus.) (Random House Books for Young Readers)
  • The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, by Tom Angleberger (Amulet Books)
  • A Tale of Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz (Dutton Juvenile)


  • Bedtime for Bear, by Brett Helquist (HarperCollins)
  • Chicken Big, by Keith Graves (Chronicle Books)
  • Children Make Terrible Pets, by Peter Brown (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, by Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illus.) (HarperCollins)
  • A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea, by Michael Ian Black, Kevin Hawkes (Illus.) (Simon & Shuster)
  • The Quiet Book, by Deborah Underwood, Renata Liwska (Illus.) (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)


  • Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell Hoban, Lillian Hoban (Illus.) (HarperCollins)
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle (Henry Holt & Co.)
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, Lois Ehlert (Illus.) (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Corduroy, by Don Freeman (Viking)
  • Curious George, by H.A. Rey (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Goodnight Gorilla, by Peggy Rathmann (Putnam)
  • Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow)
  • The Little Engine That Could, by Watty Piper (Grosset & Dunlap / Philomel)
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • The Napping House, by Audrey Wood, Don Wood (Illus.) (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats (Viking)
  • Stellaluna, by Janelle Cannon (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle (Philomel)

(The author who is an in-store star with a strong sense of the importance of indie booksellers to the community.)

  • Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Jonathan Evison
  • Kevin Henkes
  • Mitali Perkins
  • Richard Russo
  • Terry Tempest Williams

All booksellers at ABA member bookstores in good standing are encouraged to vote; only one ballot per person will be accepted. Voting, which is via an electronic ballot on BookWeb.org, is open until March 31. The winners will be announced on April 7. This year's winners and finalists will be honored at ABA's Celebration of Bookselling Author Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 24, at BookExpo America 2011.