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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 are discussed at a Zoom meeting with the panel and the BA, where the selections for the Books for the Month are confirmed.
 
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 sharon.benton@booksellers.org.uk stating whether you would like to be on the Fiction or the Children’s Panel.

Submissions are now open for July - September 2024
- Fiction Book of the Month submission form 
- Children's Book of the Month submission form
 
For more information, please email sharon.benton@booksellers.org.uk

Fiction and Children's Books of the Month for February 2024
 
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Fiction Book of the Month: Cuddy by Benjamin Myers 
Children's Book of the Month: Pablo and Splash by Sheena Dempsey
 

A bold and experimental retelling of the story of the hermit St. Cuthbert, unofficial patron saint of the North of England, Cuddy was a real favourite of indies in hardback. The book straddles historical eras – from the first Christian-slaying Viking invaders of the holy island of Lindisfarne in the eighth century, to a contemporary England defined by class and austerity.

Incorporating poetry, prose, play, diary and real historical accounts to create a novel like no other, the book was described as a ‘sensational piece of storytelling’ and ‘a singular and significant achievement’ by The Guardian, and won the Goldsmiths Prize in 2023. Cuddy is published by Bloomsbury and is available to buy now.

As the BA’s Fiction Indie Book of the Month, independent bookshops around the UK and Ireland will be promoting Cuddy throughout February on social media and in-store, with the book available for pre-order online as well as in physical bookshops.

Benjamin Myers said: “Independent bookshops are my churches, my cathedrals. They are places of worship and wonder, each one different yet full of infinite potential. In my mind they are sanctified spaces. The indie booksellers themselves are a rare breed – passionate, welcoming, interesting - and the great unsung heroes of the literary world. Most of my free time is spent seeking them out, wherever I go.”

Meanwhile, the brilliantly funny full-colour graphic novel Pablo & Splash has been selected as the BA’s Children’s Indie Book of the Month for February.

Pablo and Splash are polar opposites and besties for life. Sick to her flippers of the harsh, freezing weather, Splash persuades Pablo to go on a holiday with her, but the pair will end up in a time-travel machine that takes them back to the age of the dinosaurs! Pablo & Splash is published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books on 18 January and is available to buy in bookshops now.

Sheena Dempsey said: “I'm delighted that Pablo and Splash has been selected as Children's Indie Book of the Month for February. Sincere thanks to the booksellers who voted for these penguins, it means the world to me that Pablo and Splash will find their way into the hands (and hopefully the hearts) of so many new readers via independent bookshops. Pablo and Splash love independent bookshops. And so do I.”

The Indie Book of the Month titles are selected by panels of booksellers from publisher submissions. The Children’s panel for February comprised members from Children’s Bookshop, Huddersfield; Children’s Bookshop, Muswell Hill and The Thoughtful Spot Bookshop. The Fiction panel were from Literary Cat, Red Lion Books and Devizes Books.


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

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