2007 Nonfiction Picture Book Finalists

The Nonfiction Picture Book panelists had some fabulous books to choose from this year, and the ones that made the short list are representative of all the best things this category has to offer: informative and engaging text, brilliant illustrations, and lots of appeal for young readers. — Eisha Prather, Nonfiction Picture Books organizer.  Guess What is Growing Inside this …

2007 Graphic Novel Finalists

The hardworking Graphic Novels panel has narrowed down the nominees to five finalists at the teen/young adult age level and five at the elementary & middle-grade level, for a shortlist that’s truly dazzling as well as diverse: fantasy, manga, animals, humor–there’s a little bit of everything. Oh, and robots. You gotta have robots. —Sarah Stevenson, Graphic Novels organizer Teen/Young Adult: …

2007 MG/YA Nonfiction Finalists

The middle grade/young adult nonfiction committee has selected, from the 45 nominated books, a collection of seven high-quality, kid-friendly titles. Looking to read more nonfiction in 2008? Any or all of these titles will get you off to an excellent start. Of course, there are other wonderful titles on the nominations list, too, but the committee felt that these seven …

2007 Science Fiction & Fantasy Finalists

It was difficult to choose only ten books out of the 94 outstanding nominations we received in fantasy and science fiction, but the panelists worked hard and passionately to choose the best of the best. We selected five finalists for the teen/young adult age level and five for the elementary & middle grade level. We hope you enjoy these books …

2007 Fiction Picture Books Finalists

Pssst!by Adam RexHarcourt Children’s BooksBuy From Amazon | Buy from BookSense Pssst! is a funny, light-hearted fantasy that uses snappy text and surreal post-modern oil-and-acrylic illustrations to tell the tale of a girl who visits a zoo with crafty animals who all want something from her. This results in a surprise ending and one of the year’s most unforgettable illustrated …

2007 Poetry Finalists

Animal Poemswritten by Valerie Worth, illustrated by Steve JenkinsFarrar, Strauss & Giroux The poems about twenty-three different animals (some common and some very unusual) are told using free verse–not a typical choice in collections for children these days (at least not when it’s the sole type of verse). And these poems are spectacular in their use of imagery and metaphor. …

2007 Middle Grade Finalists

A Crooked Kind of Perfectby Linda UrbanHarcourtBuy from Amazon | Buy from BookSense "I teach middle school, and sometimes I find that I have more choices for my readers who like edgy YA stories than I do for those kids who read well but aren’t quite ready for teenager issues. A Crooked Kind of Perfect is a perfect kind of …

Welcome to the Cybils

Results are now in for the first-ever Cybils, which recognizes childrens’ and YA books with a mix of literary quality and kid appeal. Click here for the list of winners, or download a printer-friendly version of the entire short list to take with you to the library or bookstore. 

Finalists: Fantasy and Science Fiction

One of the most complex and broad of all the categories, Fantasy and Science Fiction received 87 nominations. Shiela Ruth headed the busy panel that winnowed them down to five: Ptolemy’s Gateby Jonathan StroudHyperion: Miramax Magician John Mandrake (a.k.a. Nathaniel), rebel commoner Kitty, and wise-cracking, sarcastic djinni Bartimaeus are drawn together in spite of their differences to battle a powerful …

Graphic Novels Finalists

Although a manageable 35 titles were nominated in this category, organizers decided to split it by age group to level the playing field for books pitched to little kids. So there are 10 finalists: Ages 12 and under Amelia Rules, vol. 3: Superheroes by Jimmy GownleyRenaissance PressThis book has a great cast of characters and bright, colorful art that uses …