The American Booksellers Association (ABA) has revealed the winners of the 2012 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, books that show “the spirit of independent bookstores.” Below, we’ve linked to free samples of all the winners.
In an odd turn of events, brother and sister authors Maile Meloy and Colin Meloy tied for the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award this year.
ABA CEO Oren Teicher had this statement: “After a month of voting by the owners and staff at independent bookstores across the country, we have an outstanding list of winners that reflects the types of books independent bookstores champion best … We look forward to saluting the winners and honor recipients at the Celebration of Bookselling Author Awards Luncheon on June 5 at BEA.”
Free Samples of 2012 Indies Choice Book Award Winners
BOOK OF THE YEAR – ADULT FICTION: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
BOOK OF THE YEAR – ADULT NONFICTION: Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton (Random House)
BOOK OF THE YEAR – ADULT DEBUT The Tiger’s Wife, by Tea Obreht (Random House)
BOOK OF THE YEAR – YOUNG ADULT: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Philomel)
The winners of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, which 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, are:
E.B. WHITE READ-ALOUD AWARD – MIDDLE READER (Balloting ended in a tie between the works of sister and brother Maile Meloy and Colin Meloy.)
The Apothecary by Maile Meloy, Ian Schoenherr (Illus.) (Putnam Juvenile)
Wildwood by Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illus.) (Balzer + Bray)
E.B. WHITE READ-ALOUD AWARD – PICTURE BOOK: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press)