Our Finalists for 2018 Indies Choice, E.B. White Read-Aloud, Indie Champion, and Picture Book Hall of Fame

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The American Booksellers Association has announced the finalists for the 2018 Indies Choice Awards, the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, as well as nominees for the Indie Champion Award and Picture Book Fall of Fame honors — and Penguin Random House adult and children’s titles across our divisions are prominently represented. Through “Indies Choice,” independent booksellers from ABA member stores get to select their favorite titles published last year, and vote for them through May 2 via online balloting.  Winners will be announced on May 9, and will be celebrated along with the honor book recipients, at the ABA Celebration of Bookselling and Author Awards Lunch on Wednesday, May 30, at BookExpo 2018 at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.  

Here are our finalists:

Book of the Year – Adult Fiction

EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead Books)

LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders (Random House)

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng (Penguin Press)

Book of the Year – Adult Nonfiction

HALLELUJAH ANYWAY: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott (Riverhead Books)

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (Doubleday)

SILENCE: In the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge, Becky L. Crook (Trans.) (Pantheon)

SPINELESS: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone by Juli Berwald (Riverhead Books)

THE STRANGER IN THE WOODS: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel  (Knopf)

Book of the Year – Young Adult

DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone (Crown Books for Young Readers)

TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green (Dutton Books for Young Readers)

E.B. White Read-Aloud Award – Picture Book

COME WITH ME by Holly M. McGhee, Pascal Lemaître (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers)

DRAGONS LOVE TACOS 2: The Sequel by Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illus.) (Dial Books)

E.B. White Read-Aloud Award – Middle Reader

THE EPIC FAIL OF ARTURO ZAMORA by Pablo Cartaya (Viking Books for Young Readers)

THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK by Celia C. Pérez (Viking Books for Young Readers)

THE STARS BENEATH OUR FEET by David Barclay Moore  (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Audiobook of the Year

AMERICAN WAR: A Novel by Omar El Akkad, Read by Dion Graham  (Random House Audio)

KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann, Read by Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, and Danny Campbell (Random House Audio)

LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders, Read by Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and a Full Cast (Random House Audio)

Indie Champion Award

Jacqueline Woodson

David Levithan

Judy Blume

Celeste Ng

Picture Book Hall of Fame

I HAVE A DREAM by Martin Luther King, Kadir Nelson (Illus.) (Schwartz & Wade)

OTIS AND THE TORNADO by Loren Long (Philomel Books)

TAR BEACH by Faith Ringgold (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

WHY MOSQUITOES BUZZ IN PEOPLE’S EARS by Verna Aardema, Leo and Diane Dillon (Illus.) (Dial Books for Young Readers)

Congratulations to all of our finalists, their publishers, and our sales teams upon receiving this wonderful recognition from our valued retail partners.

Click here to view a complete list of finalists.


Posted: March 29, 2018