Awards

The Booksellers' Choice Awards recognises three Australian new release books our booksellers have selected as their favourite hand-sells in the previous year.

The ABA Bookseller awards recognise the unique role played by booksellers in distributing learning, ideas, and literature to communities across the country.

The Booksellers' Choice Awards

The Booksellers' Choice Book of the Year Awards recognises the books that booksellers most enjoyed reading and handselling during the previous year.

We believe this is a special award because it is decided by the people who personally recommend and care enough to put a book in the hands of the reading public.

2022 winners

ABA Nielsen Book Booksellers’ Choice - Adult Fiction Book of the Year award (sponsored by Nielsen BookData)

Love & Virtue by Diana Reid (Ultimo Press)

ABA Nielsen Book Booksellers’ Choice Non-Fiction (sponsored by Nielsen BookData)

Love Stories by Trent Dalton (Fourth Estate)

ABA Kids' Reading Guide Booksellers’ Choice - Children's Book of the Year (sponsored by Kids' Reading Guide) 

Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief by Katrina Nannestad (ABC Books)

For more details visit https://www.abaconference.org.au/awards 

ABA Hardie Grant Children's Publishing Children's Bookseller of the Year

The ABA in partnership with Hardie Grant Publishing is thrilled to announce a new Bookseller of the Year award.

The ABA Hardie Grant Children's Publishing Bookseller of the Year award recognises individual children's specialist booksellers for their outstanding achievements in the past twelve months. The winner will not only be identified for their exceptional performance within the bookshop that they work in but also for their achievements within the book industry as well as the local and wider community. This award gives booksellers the chance to be recognised by the book industry for innovation, excellence and career achievements. The recipient of the award will receive $1,000. 

2022 winner: Becky Lucas, Shakespeare’s Bookshop

ABA Penguin Random House Young Bookseller of the Year

The ABA Penguin Random House Australia Young Bookseller of the Year award recognises and rewards the excellence of a bookseller 35 or under and promotes bookselling as a career choice for young people. This award gives booksellers the chance to exhibit their retailing skills, and be recognised by their peers, the book industry, and the general community for their career achievements, innovation and outstanding performance in their stores as well as the local and wider community. The recipient of the award will receive $1,000. 

2022 winner: Kimaya Charlton, Where the Wild Things Are

ABA Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year Award

The ABA Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year award recognises an individual bookseller for their outstanding achievement in the past twelve months. The winner will not only be identified for their exceptional performance within the bookshop where they work but also for their achievements within the book industry as well as the local and wider community. This award gives booksellers the chance to exhibit their retailing skills, and be recognised by their peers, the book industry, and the general community for their career achievements, innovation and outstanding performance in their stores. The recipient of the award will receive $1,000. 

2022 winner: Melanie Peacock, Constant Reader