Our Finalists for 2019 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 2019 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 have the opportunity to select their favorite titles published last year, voting for them through April 24 via online balloting. Winners will be announced on May 1 and celebrated, along with the honor book recipients, on Thursday, May 30 at BookExpo 2019 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Our finalists:

Book of the Year – Adult Fiction

TIN MAN: A Novel by Sarah Winman (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)
WAITING FOR EDEN: A Novel by Elliot Ackerman (Knopf)

Book of the Year – Adult Nonfiction

EDUCATED: A Memoir by Tara Westover (Random House)

Book of the Year – Adult Debut

MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER: A Novel by Oyinkan Braithwaite (Doubleday)
THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantú (Riverhead)
THERE THERE: A Novel by Tommy Orange (Knopf)

Book of the Year – Young Adult

DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY by Adib Khorram (Dial Books for Young Readers)
UNDEAD GIRL GANG: A Novel by Lily Anderson (Razorbill)

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

THE DAY YOU BEGIN by Jacqueline Woodson, Rafael López (Illustrator) (Nancy Paulsen Books)
HOW TO BE A LION by Ed Vere (Doubleday Books for Young Readers)
THE RABBIT LISTENED by Cori Doerrfeld (Dial Books for Young Readers)

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

THE CREATURE OF THE PINES (Unicorn Rescue Society) by Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator) (Dutton Books for Young Readers)

Audiobook of the Year

EDUCATED: A Memoir by Tara Westover, read by Julia Whelan (Random House Audio)
KILL THE FARM BOY: The Tales of Pell by Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson, read by Luke Daniels (Random House Audio)
THERE THERE: A Novel by Tommy Orange, read by Darrell Dennis, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Alma Cuervo, and Kyla Garcia (Random House Audio)

Indie Champion Award

Jacqueline Woodson

Picture Book Hall of Fame

OTIS AND THE TORNADO by Loren Long (Philomel Books)
THE PATCHWORK QUILT by Valerie Flournoy, Jerry Pinkney (illustrator) (Dial Books for Young Readers)
TAR BEACH by Faith Ringgold (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
WHY MOSQUITOES BUZZ IN PEOPLE’S EARS by Verna Aardema, Leo and Diane Dillon (illustrator) (Dial Books for Young Readers)

Congratulations to all of our finalists, their publishers, and our sales teams on this well-earned recognition from our valued retail partners.

To view a complete list of finalists, click here.


Posted: April 8, 2019