Indie Titles For Children, Tween, and Teen Readers: IBPA Summer 2019
Hello Librarian Friends,

We're inspired by this Gore Vidal quote, “As every author—and every reader—knows, writing well is the best trip of them all.”

We hope you'll find new journeys for your young readers in this selection of books from our publishers, who have garnered rave reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Foreword Reviews, Kirkus Reviews, Midwest Book Review, and other leading reviewers. Their titles have also received numerous awards. The selection presented is a variety-pack of fascinating reading, and each book is sure to appeal to many of your patrons.

Thank you for your time, and for all that you do!

All of us at the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)

Table of Contents:

Children's Picture Book: Fiction

Young Reader: Fiction

Teen: Fiction

Adult Crossover/Teen Interest

Children's Picture Book: Fiction

by Mary Elizabeth Smith
Illustrated by Linda Carol Carter
Senigami Publishing

Annie thinks she sees fairies but isn't sure. She turns to her grandmother for explanation and reassurance. Through imaginative encounters, Grandma elevates Annie’s ability to see things in a new way, allowing her creativity to soar. This builds Annie’s, and any child's, self-esteem and confidence.

Includes activities to stimulate creativity for classroom or home.

ISBN: 978-1732440548 (Hardcover)
978-1732440555 (Paperback)
978-1732440531 (eBook)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, Ingram Wholesale

A Scientifically Stunt-tastic Sisterhood
by Michele McAvoy
Illustrated by Jessica Gibson
Cardinal Rule Press

A story of friendship that transcends stereotypes, and shows readers that it may not be what you have in common that sparks friendship, but instead how you differ.

This title is a Top Shelf title with IPG.

ISBN: 978-0997608588 (Hardcover)
978-0997608595 (Paperback)
978-1732841840 (eBook)
Ordering info: IPG,

by Jennifer Butenas
Illustrated by Shennen Bersani
The Perfect Moment

Gold Winner of the Mom’s Choice Award for Excellence.

Struttin’ and strollin’ at the end of the day. A family’s adventure in their own unique way. They ramble and roam. They climb and they run. An evening together, each moment is fun.

“What a wonderful message to children and families.” —Hayley Van-Gils, Children’s Librarian

ISBN: 978-0984003921 (Paperback)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, Ingram Wholesale, Amazon

by Brenda Faatz & Peter Trimarco
Illustrated by Peter Trimarco
Notable Kids Publishing

It’s Just a Bunnypalooza champions the power of imagination to bring people together.” – Foreword Clarion

“Infectiously enthusiastic about dance and imagination... bouncy, vibrant verbs make this an excellent read-aloud... full-color, whimsical illustrations capture the story’s kinetic joy.” – Kirkus Reviews

Lizzy learns to dance from animals, but is embarrassed when children giggle at her over-active imagination.

ISBN: 978-0997085174 (Hardcover)
Ordering info: IPG, Follett, Ingram Wholesale

by Jennifer Butenas
Illustrated by Charlotte Cheng
The Perfect Moment

Moonbeam Award Winner.

A fun loving story in rhythm and rhyme about a family of four and their moment in time! It's a beautiful day and this family is savoring every moment. Experience the delight, the joy and exhilaration a mindful moment can bring!

“Charlotte Cheng’s illustrations are big and bright, while Jennifer Butenas’ rhymes are perfect to read aloud.” —Melanie Lauwers, The Cape Cod Times

ISBN: 978-0984003914 (Paperback)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, Ingram Wholesale, Amazon

Everyone Works on a Family Farm
by Dana Sullivan
North Dakota Farmers Union Foundation

It’s a busy life on the Rhodes Family Farm, where Rocky the dog and his gal pal Dusty help feed livestock and harvest grain with the family’s trusty farm equipment. When Coretta the combine breaks down, Rocky saves the day by retrieving the one person who can fix her.

ISBN: 978-0692155431 (Hardcover)
Ordering info: North Dakota Farmers Union

Young Reader: Fiction

by Richard Ballo
Illustrated by Lisa J. Michaels
Tolman Main Press

It is tough being small, and a mouse, being chased by people and a cat. The Mouse in the White House shows a mouse with a playful attitude. Kids will see the interior of the White House, learn about people who work there, and the kid solves the mouse problem.

ISBN: 978-1945518003 (Hardcover)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor Publisher Services

by Stone Soup Editors
Children's Art Foundation–Stone Soup

Meet the most memorable animals that have appeared in the pages of Stone Soup magazine. From the day-to-day pleasures of a beloved pet to the imaginary space of a wild animal’s experience, this collection of stories by kids brings to life the joy, adventure, and love we experience through animals.

ISBN: 978-0894090592 (Paperback)
978-0894090684 (eBook)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, Ingram Wholesale,

Teen Fiction

by R. Scott Boyer
Koehler Books

A fast-paced adventure with a unique blend of fantasy and spirituality. Abducted and taken to a secluded monastery in Tibet, Bobby must navigate a cesspool of conspiracy and betrayal to uncover ominous family secrets.

“The balanced blend of fantasy and action is superb, as is R. Scott Boyer's ability to juxtapose discovery, tension, and struggle.” – Midwest Book Review

ISBN: 978-1633937475 (Hardcover)
978-1633937451 (Paperback)
978-1633937468 (eBook)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale, Overdrive

by Sage Sask
Sask Entertainment

“A diverting, character-driven sci-fi tale with a compelling protagonist... a thoroughly engrossing launch of a prospective series.” — Kirkus Reviews

“The book was amazing. I loved every second of it. It had a lot of twist and turns that I was not expecting...” — NetGalley Reviewer, 5 out of 5 stars

ISBN: 978-1733579339 (Hardcover)
978-1733579391 (Paperback)
978-1733579384 (eBook)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale, Amazon

A Story in Four Parts
by J. Arthur Moore
OmniBook Company

In a war in which more than 200,000 boys served, Journey Into Darkness, a researched blend of fact and fiction, is a young boy’s experience in the Civil War.

Written especially for students, enjoyed by adults, it takes the student reader into the events of the war with a peer. Includes historic background, maps, references, and more.

ISBN: 978-6214340507 (Hardcover)
978-6214340491 (Paperback)
978-6214340514 (eBook)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, Ingram Wholesale, Barnes & Noble

by Tobi Little Deer
Woodwrit, Inc. Editions

“This wonderful book features the adventures of a thoughtful little dog whose perceptive observations in the small Vermont town of Lake Isle are touching and poignant.” —I.P.Vt. Hist. Soc. Letter

“This beautifully observant story... should resonate with dog lovers of any age.”
Kirkus Reviews

ISBN: 978-1949596014 (Hardcover)
978-1949596007 (Paperback)
978-1949596021 (eBook)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale

by Bradley W. Wright
Black Opal Books

The Place Inside the Storm appeals to the weird in all of us, not only for its shining moral about acceptance but also for its unlikely heroes. It is an enjoyable, light read with plenty of action. If you're in the mood for a unique dystopian future and a badass robot cat, this book is for you.” — Independent Book Review

ISBN: 978-1644371152 (Hardcover)
978-1644370438 (Paperback)
978-1644370421 (eBook)
Ordering info: SPU-IPG, Ingram Wholesale, Amazon

by Christopher Pickert
Wingseed Press

What is paradise for a fourteen-year-old boy? For Conrad it's certainly not dusty Los Angeles.

“Elegantly written, with vivid, nuanced characters and a strong sense of place.” — IndieReader

2019 Discovery Awards winner for Best First Book; 2019 Eric Hoffer Award finalist; and 2019 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist for both fiction and first novel.

ISBN: 978-1732472013 (Paperback)
978-1732472020 (eBook)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale

Adult Crossover/Teen Interest

A Memoir
by Vanya Erickson
She Writes Press

Winner of three awards, including the Silver IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice: Nonfiction.

From a young age, Vanya Erickson became fluent in two languages. The language of her Christian Scientist mother dripped with honeyed versions of the truth. Her rancher father’s words stung like the back of his hand.

“A fantastic read!” —Laura Davis, best-selling author of The Courage to Heal

ISBN: 978-1631524653 (Paperback)
9781631524660 (eBook)
978-1624615665 (Audiobook)
Ordering info: Ingram Publisher Services, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

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