Booksellers at ABA member stores around the country have until Wednesday, April 24, to choose the winners of the 2019 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards.
ABA member booksellers can go online now to vote for their favorite titles from a list of finalists in nine categories, which ABA released Wednesday, April 3. The winners will be announced in Bookselling This Week on Wednesday, May 1.
All of this year’s finalists represent the types of books that indie booksellers champion best. The E.B. White Read-Aloud finalists also 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.
Every bookseller at an ABA member store is encouraged to vote; one ballot per person will be accepted. One book in each category will be declared the winner, with the exception of the Picture Book Hall of Fame, where booksellers will choose three inductees. The winners will be celebrated along with the honor book recipients at the new Indies Choice and E.B. White Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 30, at 1:15 p.m., which will take place on the Choice Stage on the showroom floor at BookExpo 2019 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.
The finalists in the Indies Choice Book Award categories of Adult Fiction, Adult Nonfiction, and Adult Debut were chosen by a jury of five ABA member booksellers from titles appearing on the 2018 Indie Next Lists. The finalists for the Indies Choice Book Award in the Young Adult category and for the E.B. White Read-Aloud Middle Reader and Picture Book awards were chosen by a jury of five children’s booksellers from the ABC Children’s Group at ABA. Finalists were chosen from titles appearing on the 2018 Kids’ Indie Next Lists, with additional titles for the E.B. White awards nominated by ABC Group members. The finalists for the 2019 Indie Champion Award were chosen by both juries. The finalists for the audiobook category were chosen by a jury of three indie booksellers.