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Monday, November 24, 2014

Kids' Indie Next List Winter Challenge & Giveaway

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.

Here's what I propose: 

Read and review at least one book from the Winter 2014-2015 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' Winter Next List titles included below - the bold titles are ones I've read so far (and can wholeheartedly vouch for)!

Top 10: 

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett & Jory John; Kevin Cornell
Goodnight Already! by Jory John; Benji Davies
Mortal Heart: His Fair Assassin, Book 3 by Robin LaFever
A Bed for Bear by Clive McFarland
Absolutely Truly: A Pumpkin Falls Mystery by Heather Vogel Frederick
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley
Mr. Squirrel and the Moon by Sebastian Meschenmoser

Picture Books:

Albie's First Word by Jacqueline Tourville, Wayne Evans
And Away We Go! by Migy
Cat & Bunny by Mary Lundquist
Emmanuel's Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson
Finding Spring by Carin Berger
George in the Dark by Madeline Valentine
Harlem Renaissance Party by Faith Ringgold
Herman's Letter by Tom Percival
Jim's Lion by Russell Hoban; Alexis Deacon
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena; Christian Robinson
Maple & Willow Together by Lori Nichols
The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie by Chris Van Allsburg
The Mouse Mansion by Karina Schaapman
Outside by Deirdre Gill

Middle Grade:

Fish in a Tree by Linda Mullaly Hunt
Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polansky
Kid Presidents: True Tales of Childhood From America's Presidents by David Stabler
Legacy of the Claw: Animas: Book One by C.R. Grey
Masterminds by Gordon Korman
The Book of Storms by Ruth Hatfield
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
The Last Dragon Charmer 1: Villain Keeper by Laurie McKay
The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis

Young Adult:

All Fall Down: An Embassy Row Novel by Ally Carter
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen by Garth Nix
The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi
Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang
Stone Cove Island by Suzanne Myers
Talon by Julie Kagawa
Unbroken: The Young Adult Adaptation by Laura Hillenbrand
The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
Zodiac by Romina Russell

Ready to take the challenge?

Read (at least) one of the eligible titles, post your review, then stop back and add your review link to the Mr. Linky below before February 28, 2015! 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 Winter Reading Challenge at @thehidingspot and win a book of your choice!
Questions? Feel free to ask in the comments or send me a tweet!

Check out the past challenges too:

Summer 2014 Challenge
Autumn 2014 Challenge


  1. This is so much fun! What a nice way to spread the book love around. :)

  2. Cannot wait to read at least one of these :)

  3. I'd love to read All the Bright Places!

  4. This sounds fun! I will definitely try to do at least one of these this winter! Thanks for doing the giveaway along with the challenge. That's amazing!


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