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Indiana Authors Awards Honoree

Gabrielle Balkan

Gabrielle Balkan

2020 Children’s Shortlist

Gabrielle Balkan is best known for non-fiction books that delight readers ages 5-12 with curious and essential facts about the United States and animal record-breakers. Reviewers have called her books “playful”, “thought-provoking”, “rib-tickling”, “engaging”, and “splendid.” Recommended by the National Council for the Social Studies-Children’s Book Council and International Literacy Association, Gabrielle’s books include The 50 States, 50 CitiesBook of BonesBook of Flight, and, coming in September, Whose Bones? An Animal Guessing Game. She grew up across from the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis with oodles of cats, a handful of dogs, and teacher parents. Visit her online at and chat with her on social media at @gabriellebalkan. 

See the entire children’s shortlist or learn more about the 2020 Awards.