2017 Indies Choice Book Awards Finalists

The American Booksellers Association has announced the finalists for the 2017 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards. The winners from each of the eight categories are chosen by booksellers at ABA member stores across the country.

All of this year’s finalists represent the quality and diversity of books that indie booksellers encourage and support. The Indies Choice Book Award (formerly known as Book Sense Book of the Year) is an American literary award that was inaugurated at BookExpo America 2000.

Throughout the year, Book Sense independent booksellers from across the country nominate for inclusion in the monthly Book Sense Picks the books that they most enjoyed hand-selling to their customers. The books on each list represent a combined national and local staff pick selection of booksellers’ favourites from more than 1,200 independent bookstores with Book Sense.

2017 Indies Choice Book Awards Finalists:

Book of the Year – Adult Fiction

A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel, by Amor Towles (Viking)
Britt-Marie Was Here: A Novel, by Fredrik Backman (Atria Books)
Commonwealth: A Novel, by Ann Patchett (Harper)
Darktown: A Novel, by Thomas Mullen (Atria/37 INK)
LaRose: A Novel, by Louise Erdrich (Harper)
The Underground Railroad: A Novel, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)

Book of the Year – Adult Non-Fiction

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah (Spiegel & Grau)
Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill, by Candice Millard (Doubleday)
The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars, by Dava Sobel (Viking)
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate — Discoveries From a Secret World, by Peter Wohlleben (Greystone Books)
The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, by Terry Tempest Williams (Sarah Crichton Books)
Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South, by Beth Macy (Little, Brown & Company)

Book of the Year – Adult Debut

Be Frank With Me: A Novel, by Julia Claiborne Johnson (William Morrow)
Homegoing: A Novel, by Yaa Gyasi (Knopf)
Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren (Knopf)
The Atomic Weight of Love: A Novel, by Elizabeth J. Church (Algonquin Books)
The Girls: A Novel, by Emma Cline (Random House)
When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi (Random House)

Book of the Year – Young Adult

The Sun Is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon (Delacorte Press)
Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys (Philomel Books)
The Serpent King, by Jeff Zentner (Crown Books for Young Readers)
Girl in the Blue Coat, by Monica Hesse (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Kids of Appetite, by David Arnold (Viking Books for Young Readers)
The Reader, by Traci Chee (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers)

E.B. White Read Aloud Award – Middle Reader

As Brave As You, by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)
The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin Young Readers)
The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, by Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illus.) (Dutton Books for Young Readers)
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, by Leslie Connor (Katherine Tegen Books)
The Best Man, by Richard Peck (Dial Books)
When the Sea Turned to Silver, by Grace Lin (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

E.B. White Read Aloud Award – Picture Book

School’s First Day of School, by Adam Rex, Christian Robinson (Illus.) (Roaring Brook Press)
Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis, by Jabari Asim, E.B. Lewis (Illus.) (Nancy Paulsen Books)
There’s a Bear on My Chair, by Ross Collins (Nosy Crow)
Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, by Susan Hood, Sally Wern Comport (Illus.) (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
Du Iz Tak?, by Carson Ellis (Candlewick)
When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons, by Julie Fogliano, Julie Morstad (Illus.) (Roaring Brook Press)

Picture Book Hall of Fame

Freight Train, by Donald Crews (Greenwillow Books)
I Have a Dream, by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Kadir Nelson (Illus.) (Schwartz & Wade)
Jumanji, by Chris Van Allsburg (HMH Books for Young Readers)
Kitten’s First Full Moon, by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books)
Millions of Cats, by Wanda Gag (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers)
Swimmy, by Leo Lionni (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Tar Beach, by Faith Ringgold (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Tikki Tikki Tembo, by Arlene Mosel, Blair Lent (Illus.) (Henry Holt and Co. Books for Young Readers)
Tuesday, by David Wiesner (Clarion Books)
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale, by Verna Aardema, Leo and Diane Dillon (Illus.) (Dial Books)
Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, by Mem Fox, Julie Vevas (illus.) (Kane Miller)

Indie Champion Award

The Indie Champion Award is presented to the author, illustrator, or group that, in the opinion of booksellers, has the best sense of the importance of independent bookstores to their communities at large and the strongest personal commitment to foster and support the mission and passion of independent booksellers. ABA invites readers to learn more about the finalists by clicking on their names below:

Isabel Allende
Louise Erdrich
Marla Frazee
Gene Luen Yang
Jason Reynolds
Salman Rushdie

The winners will be announced May 3 2017.