Fall 2020 Kids’ Indie Next List

The American Booksellers Association has a preview of the titles that will appear on the Fall 2020 Kids’ Indie Next List. They select a top ten as well as an additional 40 books to highlight in the coming season. The picks are based on recommendations from independent bookstores across the country. Here are the books on the List:


The Blue House by Phoebe Wahl

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian by Tim Probert

Lobizona by Romina Garber

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Short & Sweet by Josh Funk, Brendan Kearney

Skunk and Badger by Amy Timberlake, Jon Klassen

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Witches of Brooklyn by Sophie Escabasse

A Wolf for a Spell by Karah Sutton


AGES 4-8

Arlo & Pips: King of the Birds by Elise Gravel

Attack of the Underwear Dragon by Scott Rothman, Pete Oswald

Buttercup the Bigfoot by Douglas Rees, Isabel Munoz

Donut Feed the Squirrels by Mika Song

Escape Goat by Ann Patchett, Robin Preiss Glasser

Every Little Letter by Deborah Underwood, Joy Huang Ruiz

Fern and Otto: A Story About Two Best Friends by Stephanie Graegin

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, Gordon C. James

I Promise by LeBron James, Nina Mata

Margaret’s Unicorn by Briony May Smith

The Oboe Goes Boom Boom Boom by Colleen AF Venable, Lian Cho

The Ocean Calls: A Haenyeo Mermaid Story by Tina Cho, Jess X. Snow

Pea, Bee, & Jay: Stuck Together by Brian “Smitty” Smith

Sometimes People March by Tessa Allen

Thesaurus Has a Secret by Anya Glazer


AGES 9-12

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson

A Cat Story by Ursula Murray Husted

Cattywampus by Ash Van Otterloo

Cinders & Sparrows by Stefan Bachmann

Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf

Ikenga by Nnedi Okorafor

Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte, Ann Xu

One Time by Sharon Creech

The Places We Sleep by Caroline DuBois

Premeditated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce

Séance Tea Party by Reimena Yee

The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman

Three Keys: A Front Desk Novel by Kelly Yang

A Whale of the Wild by Rosanne Parry, Lindsay Moore



Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

Fable by Adrienne Young

Hush by Dylan Farrow

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

The Truth Project by Dante Medema