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Indie book awards

26th Jun 20

Independent booksellers have awarded The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson (Usborne) the Children's Fiction award for the Books are My Bag award. Don't Worry, Little Crab by Chris Haughton (Walker Books) won the Picture Book category.

The award is judged by a panel of independent booksellers, authors and industry influencers, and highlight the best books in paperbacks to read this summer.

There is also an adult category, with the fiction award won by Bernardine Evaristo for Girl, Woman, Other (Penguin) with Lara Maiklem taking the non-fiction award for Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames​ (Bloomsbury).

Here are the children's shortlists for each award:


- Toffee by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)

- Deeplight by Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children's Books)

- Chinglish: An Almost Entirely True Story by Sue Cheung (Andersen Press)

- The Star Outside my Window by Onjali Q. Rauf (Orion Children's Books)

- The Somerset Tsunami by Emma Carroll (Faber and Faber)

- The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson (Usborne)


- Animalphabet by Julia Donaldson, illus Sharon King-Chai (Two Hoots)

- Greta and the Giants by Zoe Tucker, illus Zoe Persico (Frances Lincoln Children's Books)

- Don't Worry, Little Crab by Chris Haughton (Walker Books)

- Alfie on Holiday by Shirley Hughes (Puffin Books)

- I'm Sticking With You by Smriti Halls, illus Steve Small (Simon & Schuster)

- Franklin and Luna Go To The Moon by Jen Campbell, illus by Katie Harnett (Thames and Hudson)

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