2021 Children’s Indie Book Awards Shortlist

The Indie Book Award shortlist has been announced for 2021.

Recognising and rewarding the best Australian writing as chosen by Australian independent booksellers. The Awards celebrate the enormous depth and range of literary talent in this nation. 

The Awards recognise titles in the following categories:​​

  • Indie Book Awards Book of the Year– Best Australian Book (chosen out of the following categories):

    • Category Winner – Fiction
    • Category Winner – Debut fiction
    • Category Winner – Non-fiction
    • Category Winner – Illustrated Non-fiction
    • Category Winner – Children’s books (up to 12 yo)
    • Category Winner –Young Adult fiction (12+)

Below is the shortlist for the Children’s books category (up to 12 years), reserve your copy and decide who you think should win before the winners are announced on 22 March 2021.

Link to Catalogue record for The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals

The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals by Sami Bayly

Dangerous animals get a bad rap, but this illustrated encyclopaedia helps us appreciate the incredible features of some of our more hair-raising animal species. With more than sixty of the most deadly and dangerous animals from across the world to explore, every page of this volume is more eye-opening than the last. You will learn interesting facts about these fascinating species, (many of which you won’t have even known were deadly) such as how they have adapted to survive and whether we should be threatened by these animals or appreciate them for their incredible features. Children and adults alike will pore over the breathtaking scientific illustrations of unusual animals from the geography cone snail to the wolverine, the Irukandji jellyfish to the slow loris, debating their relative dangerous features, learning about science and nature along the way.

Link to Catalogue record for Sing Me The Summer

Sing Me The Summer by Jane Godwin, illustrated by Alison Lester

Splash into summer with this glorious love letter to the seasons. Combining Jane Godwin’s sparkling text and Alison Lester’s whimsical watercolours, Sing Me the Summer celebrates those precious everyday moments that stay with us forever.

Link to Catalogue record for The Grandest Bookshop in the World

The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor (also available as an ebook)

Pearl and Vally Cole live in a bookshop. And not just any bookshop. In 1893, Cole’s Book Arcade in Melbourne is the grandest bookshop in the world, brimming with every curiosity imaginable. Each day brings fresh delights for the siblings: voice-changing sweets, talking parrots, a new story written just for them by their eccentric father. When Pearl and Vally learn that Pa has risked the Arcade – and himself – in a shocking deal with the mysterious Obscurosmith, the siblings hatch a plan. Soon they are swept into a dangerous game with impossibly high stakes: defeat seven challenges by the stroke of midnight and both the Arcade and their father will be restored. But if they fail Pearl and Vally won’t just lose Pa – they’ll forget that he and the Arcade ever existed.

Link to Catalogue record for Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow

Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (also available as an audiobook)

Morrigan Crow and her friends have survived their first year as proud scholars of the elite Wundrous Society, helped bring down the nefarious Ghastly Market, and proven themselves loyal to Unit 919. Now Morrigan faces a new, exciting challenge: to master the mysterious Wretched Arts of the Accomplished Wundersmith, and control the power that threatens to consume her. But a strange illness has taken hold of Nevermoor, turning its peaceable Wunimals into mindless, vicious unnimals on the hunt. As victims of the Hollowpox multiply, panic spreads. And with the city she loves in a state of fear, Morrigan quickly realises it is up to her to find a cure for the Hollowpox, even if it will put her – and the rest of Nevermoor – in more danger than ever before…