The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Limited
Indie Book of the Month launched as Independent Booksellers’ Children’s Book of the Season in Autumn 2017. The initiative proved so popular that it became a monthly campaign in January 2019.

In January 2020 the campaign was rebranded as ‘Indie Book of the Month’ with a stunning new logo designed by children’s author and illustrator, Sophy Henn. In March 2020 an adult fiction title was introduced to the campaign, to run alongside the children’s title.

Indie Book of the Month is designed to showcase independent bookshops’ power to drive sales as a sector. It aims to demonstrate the impact independent booksellers can make by working together to build readerships for the books they love.

The titles for each month are chosen by a panel of independent booksellers from publisher submissions. The Panel read and rate each title.  The BA then collate the votes from the panel and the titles with the highest overall number of votes is the Book of the Month.  
If you are interested in being on one of the bookseller panels for the Book of the Month (these change for every quarter) then please email stating whether you would like to be on the Fiction or the Children’s Panel.

Contact Sharon Benton if you have any questions or would like to participate in Indie Book of the Month.
Fiction and Children's Books of the Month for January 2022
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Fiction Book of the Month: Little Wing by Freya North
Children's Book of the Month: Jummy at the River School by Sabine Adeyinka
Little Wing by Freya North is a compelling story of family secrets, courage and resilience, which moves between the story of a pregnant teenager sent to a remote part of the UK in the 1960s, and Nell and Dougie, whose lives collide in the early millennium as secrets surface and answers are sought, all against the backdrop of The Isle of Harris.

Little Wing is published by Welbeck on 20th January 2022 and is available to preorder in bookshops now.
Freya North said of the book’s selection, “Independent bookshops have always been my sanctuary - my favourite place to browse, buy and be with like-minded bookworms! During lockdown, my local bookshops were truly the beating heart of our community - going above and beyond to keep our spirits up, even delivering books to doorsteps. I'm profoundly grateful for the support the indies have always extended to me and my novels since I was first published in 1996.”

Jummy at the River School is the debut novel by Sabine Adeyinka, following Jummy, who is excited to have won a place at the River School, the finest girls’ boarding school in Nigeria, even though her best friend Caro can’t join her. School is everything she dreamt of, but when Caro arrives to work, rather than learn, Jummy has to bring her friends together to help.

Jummy at the River School is published by Chicken House on 6th January 2022 and is available to preorder in bookshops now.

Author Sabine Adeyinka said, “If you have an independent bookshop near you, that’s a winner! From the bell as you walk through the door to the tantalising smell of new books just begging to be read, there’s a vast variety of books especially for children. They’re an authentic space for inquisitive minds to fill their minds in the community, and it’s an honour for Jummy at the River School to be championed by indies across the UK”

Independent bookshops around the UK and Ireland will be promoting Little Wing and Jummy at the River School throughout January on social media and instore.

The Booksellers Association will be supporting the promotion of the Indie Books of the Month through social media and promotional material.

Previous Indie Book of the Month titles 
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- Children's Book of the Month

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