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Monday, September 1, 2014

Kids' Indie Next List Autumn Reading Challenge & Giveaway

This challenge is closed but you can check out the Winter 2014 Challenge HERE!
(This challenge's winner was Belle from Belle's Beautiful Books. Congrats, Belle!)

For those of you who don't know, each season (Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter) the American Booksellers Association and IndieBound releases a list of the top independent bookseller picks for kids, which includes picture books through YA. The top picks are then put on a flyer available at independent bookstores and online.The list generally includes something for everyone and highlights both debut and established authors. In sum, it's a pretty well rounded list. Of course, there are great titles that get left out - only 51 titles make the list each season - but it's still a great list.

Here's what I propose: 

Read and review at least one book from the Autumn Kids' Indie Next List and win a book of your choice from the list. 

It can be any book from any age level represented on the list, so a picture book, middle grade novel, or young adult novel. The more titles you read and review, the more entries you'll earn and, therefore, the better your odds of winning a free book of your choice!

Don't have a blog? No worries! You can post your review on Goodreads, LibraryThing, Facebook, Tumblr, anywhere as long as you can provide me with a link. Of course, I'll visit each review, comment, and spread the love!

Ready to take the challenge?! Start by browsing the Kids' Autumn Next List titles included below - the bold titles are ones I've read so far (and can wholeheartedly vouch for)!

Top 10: 

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Jackaby by William Ritter
The Witch's Boy by Kelly Barnhill
Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato
Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; Brigette Barrager
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Skink: No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

Picture Books:

Bad Dog Flash by Ruth Paul
Blue on Blue by Ruth White; Beth Krommes
The Bunny Rabbit Show! by Sandra Boynton
Draw! by Raul Colon
The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee
Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
Hermelin the Mouse Detective by Mini Grey
Julia's House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke
Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Bob Shea; Lane Smith
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo
Lion, Lion by Miriam Busch
Miss Brooks' Story Nook by Barbara Bottner; Michael Emberley
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett; Jon Klassen
The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts
This Book Just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne

Middle Grade:

Animalium by Katie Scott; Jennie Broom
The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pinchon
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart
Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle by George Hagen
Nest by Esther Ehrlich
The Only Thing Worse Than Witches by Lauren Magaziner
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney; Shane W. Evans
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
The Scavengers by Michael Perry
The Swap by Megan Shull
The Turtle of Oman: A Novel by Noami Shihab Nye  

Young Adult:

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire
The Eye of Zoltar: Chronicles of Kazam, Bk 3 by Jasper Fforde
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Hepperman
Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp
The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin
Trust Me, I'm Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer

Ready to take the challenge?

Read (at least) one of the 51 eligible titles, post your review, then stop back and add your review link to the Mr. Linky below before November 30, 2014! One lucky reader will win their choice of a finished Indie Next List title! This challenge is open internationally because the enjoyment of a great book shouldn't be limited by pesky things like borders and oceans.

You can also earn an extra entry by tweeting about this challenge - something like this will do:

Join the Autumn Reading Challenge at @thehidingspot and win a book of your choice!

Questions? Feel free to ask in the comments or send me a tweet!


  1. I'm reading If I Give You the Sun right now. It's... Odd.

  2. I'll be honest: the first time I started that book, I put it down. Not because it wasn't beautifully written and interesting, but because I just wasn't in the mood. The second time, I was completely transfixed and couldn't put it down. So I get what you mean - I just had to be in the right head space! I hope you end up enjoying it... and linking your review!

  3. I am enjoying it, but as you said- it's mood dependent. I wasn't expecting them to be so young either. My YA is usually grittier. But yes, I will definitely review and link!!

  4. Yay! Great challenge - I've already done a few of these and I've got a few more planned so I'm excited!

  5. Fun challenge - a whole lot bunch of books I loved on this list! I wish I were a better review so I would've known how to do the others justice.

  6. Again so much good books to read this season! Sadly my reading time decreased a little bit because of school, but I will try very hard to read lots of books!
    Isla was one of my favorite book of the year. I smiled through the entire reading.


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