Indies Choice Book Awards

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The Indies Choice Book Award (formerly known as Book Sense Book of the Year 2000-2008) is an American literary award that was inaugurated at BookExpo America 2000. The American Booksellers Association (ABA) rededicated the award (previously known as the ABBY) in recognition of a new era in bookselling, as well as the important role the Book Sense Picks List has played for independent booksellers in discovering and spreading the word about books of quality to all stores, and readers, nationwide. 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' favorites from more than 1,200 independent bookstores with Book Sense.

The award was renamed the Indies Choice Book Award in 2009. The winners are announced in conjunction with The E.B. White Read Aloud Award

Indies Choice Book Award Winners[edit]



  • Fates and Furies: A Novel, by Lauren Groff (Riverhead)


  • Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau)


  • Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel, by J. Ryan Stradal (Pamela Dorman Books/Viking)


  • Anna and the Swallow Man, by Gavriel Savit (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
  • Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson (HarperTeen)


  • Richard Russo


  • Eloise, by Kay Thompson, Hilary Knight (Illus.) (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Olivia, by Ian Falconer (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
  • Strega Nona, by Tomi dePaola (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, by William Stieg (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Adult Fiction Honor Books

  • City on Fire: A Novel, by Garth Risk Hallberg (Knopf)
  • Get in Trouble: Stories, by Kelly Link (Random House)
  • A Little Life: A Novel, by Hanya Yanagihara (Doubleday)
  • The Sympathizer: A Novel, by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press)
  • Welcome to Braggsville: A Novel, by T. Geronimo Johnson (William Morrow)

Adult Nonfiction Honor Books

  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, by Erik Larson (Crown)
  • Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt, by Kristin Hersh (University of Texas Press)
  • H Is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald (Grove Press)
  • Hold Still: A Memoir With Photographs, by Sally Mann (Little, Brown & Company)
  • Where the Dead Pause, and the Japanese Say Goodbye: A Journey, by Marie Mutsuki Mockett (W.W. Norton & Company)

Adult Debut Honor Books

  • Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, by Mary Norris (W.W. Norton & Company)
  • Dragonfish: A Novel, by Vu Tran (W.W. Norton & Company)
  • The Meursault Investigation: A Novel, by Kamel Daoud (Other Press)
  • Our Endless Numbered Days: A Novel, by Claire Fuller (Tin House Books)
  • The Turner House: A Novel, by Angela Flournoy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Young Adult Honor Books

  • Dumplin’, by Julie Murphy (Balzer + Bray)
  • More Happy Than Not, by Adam Silvera (Soho Teen)
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli (Balzer + Bray)
  • Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad, by M.T. Anderson (Candlewick)

Indie Champion Honorees

  • Dave Eggers
  • Louise Erdrich
  • Loren Long
  • Celeste Ng
  • Maggie Stiefvater





Book Sense Book of the Year Winners[edit]


Adult Fiction Winner: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Adult Fiction Honor Books:

Adult Nonfiction Winner: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver (HarperCollins)

Adult Nonfiction Honor Books:

Children's Literature Winner: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (Scholastic Press)c

Children's Literature Honor Books:

Children's Illustrated Winner: Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children)

Children's Illustrated Honor Books:

  • Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy by Jane O'Connor, Robin Preiss-Glasser (Illus.) (HarperCollins)
  • Pirates Don't Change Diapers by Melinda Long, David Shannon (Illus.) (Harcourt Children's Books)
  • The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis (Frances Foster Books/FSG)
  • Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney (Viking Juvenile/Penguin Young Readers Group)


Adult Fiction Winner: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Adult Fiction Honor Books:

Adult Nonfiction Winner: I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

Adult Nonfiction Honor Books

Children's Literature Winner: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Children's Literature Honor Books

Children's Illustrated Winner: Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Paul Kahumbu, Isabella Hatkoff and Dr. Paul Kahumbu and photos by Peter Greste

Children's Illustrated Honor Books:


Adult Fiction Winner: The Historian: A Novel by Elizabeth Kostova (Little, Brown)

Adult Fiction Honor Books:

Adult Nonfiction Winner: Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (William Morrow)

Adult Nonfiction Honor Books:

Children's Literature Winner: Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (Chicken House/Scholastic)

Children's Literature Honor Books:

Children's Illustrated Winner: Zen Shorts by Jon J Muth (Scholastic Press)

Children's Illustrated Honor Books:


Adult Fiction Winner: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)

Adult Fiction Honor Books:

Adult Nonfiction Winner: Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II by Robert Kurson (Random House)

Adult Nonfiction Honor Books:

Children's Literature Winner: Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett, illustrated by Brett Helquist (Scholastic Press)

Children's Literature Honor Books:

Children's Illustrated Winner: Duck for President by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Children's Illustrated Honor Books:


Adult Fiction Winner: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Doubleday)


Adult Nonfiction Winner: Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi (Random House)


Children's Literature Winner: Eragon: The Inheritance, Book I by Christopher Paolini (Knopf)


Children's Illustrated Winner: How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long; illus. by David Shannon (Harcourt)


Paperback Winner: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (Penguin)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2016 Indies Choice and E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Winners Announced". American Booksellers Association. 2016-04-13. Retrieved 2017-02-02.