Indies 2012 Book Awards

Independent American book sellers have listed their picks for the 2012 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards.  If you haven’t read them yet, click on the title for the review and decide where to start reading…

Adult Fiction Book of the Year: The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Adult Nonfiction Book of the Year: Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton

Adult Debut Book of the Year: The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht

When was the last time you read a book aloud?  Even to yourself? The E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards offer some ways to start.

E.B. White Read-Aloud Award – Middle Reader:

E.B. White Read-Aloud Award – Picture Book: I Want My Hat Back by Klassen

I Want My Hat Back

Picture books can be just as much for adults as children.  The double entendre in the last line of  It’s A Book started a controversy – but it bothered some adults more than the children.  I just got a tip from an avid reader that a new book – that has the New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year imprimatur – is “going viral.”  I Want My Hat Back is witty and fun.

When a bear loses his hat, he questions all his animal friends, but, of course, no one has seen it – not even when it’s in plain sight.

I haven’t seen anything...” Sound familiar?

When he realizes he’s been had – the bear sees red – and gets his stolen hat back.

Get a copy and reread it out loud a few times with someone.