IBW Book Award


We are pleased to announce the winners of this year's Independent Bookshop Week Book Award.

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  • Adult Category
The Green Road by Anne Enright (Vintage)
  • Children’s Category
Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre (Oxford University Press)
  • Children’s Picture Book Category
Stanley the Amazing Knitting Cat by Emily MacKenzie (Bloomsbury Children's Books)
 
The Adult and Children’s category winners will now go through to a ‘Best of the Best’ shortlist alongside the previous winners of the IBW Book Award since its launch ten years ago. The Adult category will be chosen by independent booksellers and their customers, via instore voting cards that will list all previous IBW Book Award-winning titles in the Adult category, including the 2016 winner.  Voting will begin on the first day of IBW, Saturday 18 June, and run until the end of July, with booksellers and their customers invited to choose their one favourite book from the list. 

There were twelve titles on both the Children’s and Picture Book Award shortlists, which were judged this year by Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times; Sally Nicholls, author and 2015 winner; Steven Pryse, Pickled Pepper Bookshop; and Carrie Morris, Booka Bookshop.  All the shortlisted and winning titles will be featured in nearly 400 independent bookshops around the UK, on posters, bookmarks and leaflets.  The Children’s Awards are:
 
  • Children’s Category
Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre (Oxford University Press)
  • Children’s Picture Book Category
Stanley the Amazing Knitting Cat by Emily MacKenzie (Bloomsbury Children's Books)
 
 The Children’s Category winner now goes through to a ‘Best of the Best’ shortlist alongside the previous winners of the IBW Book Award in the Children’s Category since its launch ten years ago.  A judging panel comprising five children, who have been chosen from over 600 entries in a national competition with National Book Tokens’ Caboodle, will decide on the Children’s ‘Best of the Best’ award. 
 
In addition, the IBW Book Award Adult Category was won by Anne Enright’s The Green Road.  The Adult Category ‘Best of the Best’ will be chosen by independent booksellers and their customers, via instore voting cards, beginning on the first day of IBW, Saturday 18 June, with voting running to the end of July, with booksellers and their customers invited to choose their one favourite book from the list.
 
The ‘Best of the Best’ winners for both categories will be announced in September.
 
Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre, winners of the Children’s Category, said: “We're thrilled to win the Independent Bookshop Week Children's Book Award! We'd like to thank all the independent bookshops, who have been amazingly supportive in hosting our events, displaying our book and recommending it to customers. Even comic book shops have stocked Pugs just because they love illustrated books; it's been incredible. Huge thanks to the judges and everyone who took part in organising the award. And we'd also like to thank the team at OUP, and the 66 pugs who dragged the sleds of our imaginations all the way to the North Pole.”
 
Emily MacKenzie, winner of the Children’s Picture Book Category, said: “I'm completely thrilled to have won this award for Stanley the Amazing Knitting Cat, a book that celebrates friendship, creativity and individuality – all the things I believe are at the heart of great independent bookshops! Thank you so much to the judges, and all of the independent booksellers who have supported, and hand-sold my books over the last year and a half. I love visiting independents because each shopping experience feels unique. Cosy and welcoming, I love that independent bookshops give you a glimpse into the personality and passions of the booksellers behind them. I always leave an independent bookshop with an unexpected find, feeling recharged and inspired, which is a wonderful thing.  It means a great deal that Stanley the Amazing Knitting Cat is nestled in so many wonderful shops, waiting to be discovered by new readers!” 

2016 Judges
For the Adult category, the judges are Emma Healey, author, Elizabeth is Missing (shortlisted in 2015); Claire Armitstead, The Guardian; Simon Heafield, Foyles; and Sue Lake, White Rose Bookshop. Children's and Picture Book categories will be judged by Nicolette Jones, The Times; Sally Nicholls, author and 2015 winner; Steven Pryse, Pickled Pepper Bookshop; and Carrie Morris, Booka Bookshop. BA Vice President Ros de la Hey (The Mainstreet Trading Company) will chair the judging meetings for all three categories and help determine the winners. 

The shortlisted titles for 2016 are:

           Adult Category Shortlist  Children's Shortlist

                                                                       Picture Book Shortlist
 

ADULT CATEGORY

  • A Spool of Blue Thread - Anne Tyler (Vintage)       
  • A God in Ruins - Kate Atkinson   (Black Swan)       
  • The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District - James Rebanks   (Penguin)       
  • The Green Road - Anne Enright    (Vintage)       
  • SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome    - Mary Beard (Profile Books)       
  • The Road to Little Dribbling - Bill Bryson (Black Swan)       
  • The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees - Robert Penn (Penguin)       
  • The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science  - Andrea Wulf (John Murray)       
  • The Loney - Andrew Michael Hurley (John Murray)       
  • A Place Called Winter  - Patrick Gale  (Tinder Press)     




 

CHILDREN’S FICTION

  • Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright - Chris Riddell  (Macmillan Children's Books)       
  • How to Fight a Dragon's Fury    -Cressida Cowell  (Hodder Children’s Books)       
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here  -Patrick Ness  (Walker Books)       
  • The Astounding Broccoli Boy   - Frank Cottrell Boyce (Macmillan Children’s Books)       
  • Pugs of the Frozen North - Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre  (Oxford University Press)       
  • My Brother is a Superhero  - David Solomons (Nosy Crow)       
  • The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair - Lara Williamson   (Usborne Publishing)       
  • Kensuke's Kingdom - Michael Morpurgo (Egmont)       
  • Whistling in the Dark - Shirley Hughes  (Walker Books)       
  • One - Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury) 
  • The Person Controller - David Baddiel (HarperCollins)        
  • Time Travelling with a Hamster - Ross Welford (HarperCollins)     

CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK

  • What the Ladybird Heard Next  -Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks   (Macmillan Children's Books)       
  • GRRRRR! - Rob Biddulph    (HarperCollins)        
  • Mog and Barnaby - Judith Kerr   (HarperCollins)        
  • Tree - Patricia Hegarty and Britta Teckentrup (Little Tiger Kids)      
  • Stanley the Amazing Knitting Cat  - Emily MacKenzie (Bloomsbury Children's Books)       
  • The Bear Who Went Boo - David Walliams & Tony Ross (HarperCollins)        
  • The Mouse who Reached the Sky - Petr Horacek  (Walker Books)  
  • Vikings in the Supermarket  - Nick Sharratt (David Fickling Books)       
  • Warning! This Book May Contain Rabbits - Tim Warnes (Little Tiger Press)       
  • I'm a Girl  - Yasmeen Ismail   (Bloomsbury Children's Books)       
  • The Bear and the Piano - David Litchfield  (Frances Lincoln) Children's Books       
  • Grandad's Island - Benji Davies    (Simon & Schuster)      


 

Commenting on his shortlisted nomination in the Adult Category, Patrick Gale said:We are so lucky, in the UK, to have such a thriving network of independent bookshops.  Anyone who lives, as I do, far from a big city, can testify to their power to energise a neglected high street and act as much loved community hubs.   Enthusiastic hand-selling, reflective of a bookseller's informed tastes, trumps online algorithms every time!”

On receiving her shortlist nomination in the Picture Book Category, Julia Donaldson said: “I am a big fan of independent bookshops. I like the way they each have their own character, with buildings ranging from cottage-y to cavernous, with window displays by local artists or creative staff members, and with stock reflecting the tastes and passions of their owners and customers.  But one thing they almost all have in common is the knowledge, dedication and enterprise of their staff.”
 

On receiving his IBW Award shortlist nomination in the Children’s Category, Chris Riddell said:
 

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The IBW Book Award 2015 winners were - Adult category: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters (Virago); Children’s Fiction category: An Island of our Own by Sally Nicholls (Scholastic), and Children’s Picture Book category: A Walk In Paris, Salvatore Rubbino (Walker Books).