My favorite way to discover new books is from independent bookstores. Needless to say, when their organization, the American Booksellers Association, names the best books of the year, I pay attention. The finalist list for the Indies Choice Book Award is announced March 1st. Members of the ABA, bookstore owners and staff, vote for his or her favorite book throughout the month of March. The winners were announced this week.
- Adult Fiction: Room, by Emma Donoghue (Little, Brown) – my favorite book of 2010 also.
- Adult Nonfiction: Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand (Random House) – I haven’t met a single person who didn’t love this book.
- Adult Debut: Matterhorn, by Karl Marlantes (Atlantic Monthly Press and El León Literary Arts) – the buzz at this week’s BEA is about his latest book due out soon, What It’s Like To Go To War
- Young Adult: Revolution, by Jennifer Donnelly (Delacorte Books for Young Readers) – I always give my daughter a copy of the winner of the Indies Choice YA Book Award, she’s thrilled it’s a book she hasn’t read yet
E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Winners:
- Middle Reader: The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, by Tom Angleberger (Amulet Books)
- Picture Book: Children Make Terrible Pets, by Peter Brown (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Picture Book Hall of Fame Inductees (there are always three each year)
- Corduroy, by Don Freeman (Viking)
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
- The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats (Viking)
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle (Philomel)
This is a list that will give you a heads up on what to read this summer.