2020 Indie Book Awards Longlist

The 2020 Indie Book Awards Longlist has been announced. The awards celebrate the best books from Australia every year. They include books in a variety of categories, including ones for young people. Here are the youth books on the longlist:

YOUNG ADULT

Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle, #1) How It Feels to Float

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

How It Feels to Float by Helena Fox

I Am Change Invisible Boys

I Am Change by Suzy Zail

Invisible Boys by Holden Sheppard

It Sounded Better in My Head

It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood

Land of Fences by Mark Smith

Monuments The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling

Monuments by will Kostakis

The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

This is How We Change the Ending Weapon (Whisper, #2)

This Is How We Change the Ending by Vikki Wakefield

Weapon by Lynette Noni

 

CHILDREN’S 

The Glimme How to Make a Movie in Twelve Days

The Glimme by Emily Rodda, illustrated by Marc McBride

How to Make a Movie in 12 Days by Fiona Hardy

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals Wolf Girl: Into the Wild

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals by Sami Bayly

Into the Wild: Wolf Girl Book 1 by Anh Do, illustrated by Jeremy Ley

Mr Chicken All Over Australia The Painted Ponies

Mr. Chicken All Over Australia by Leigh Hobbs

The Painted Ponies by Alison Lester

Tilly The Tiny Star

Tilly by Jane Godwin, illustrated by Anna Walker

The Tiny Star by Mem Fox & Freya Blackwood

A Trip To The Beach Gwyn Perkins Young Dark Emu

A Trip to the Beach by Gwyn Perkins

Young Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe

News to Wake Your Brain Cells Dec 6

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

The 25 Best Children’s Books of 2019 – New York Times

2019 CBC Diversity Awards: “A movement, not a trend” – Publisher’s Weekly

Children have sharper vocabulary skills by age 3 when parents read with them early on – People

Children’s Starred Reviews 2019 – Publisher’s Weekly

NPR’s favorite books of 2019 – NPR

NYPL Best Books for Kids – NYPL

LIBRARIES

Books on wheels: when the library comes to the homeless shelter – The Christian Science Monitor

‘We wanted our patrons back’ – public libraries scrap late fines to alleviate inequity – NPR

Why the library intimidates me: interview with a non-user – Princh

YA LIT

All the new young adult SFF books coming out in December – Tor

December 2019 YA releases – BookRiot

Former Netflix International Exec Erik Barmack to adapt Australian teen novel ‘On the Jellicoe Road” – Deadline

Jason Reynolds on wanting writer role models: ‘Judy Blume never came and hollered at us’  – Salon

YA anthologies: Discovering and using new collections for teen readers – SLJ

The young adult book genre has become a literary juggernaut – Datebook