Finalists: Middle Grade Fiction

Another popular category with 63 titles. Here’s the short list: Drowned Maiden’s Hair, A Laura Amy Schlitz Candlewick This gothic page-turner features a feisty orphan, a houseful of secrets, and a villain preying on unsuspecting victims. Framed Frank Cottrell Boyce Harper Collins Take a small grey Welsh town. Add great works of art. Stir. Heat Mike Lupica Philomel A heartwarming …

Finalists: Non-fiction (Middle Grade and YA)

The Top Five, from a long list of 40: Escape! written by Sid FleischmanGreenwillow Freedom Walkerswritten by Russell FreedmanHoliday House Immersed in Versewritten by Alan WolfLark Books Isaac Newtonwritten by Kathleen Krull; illustrated by Boris KulikovViking Juvenile Team Moonwritten by Catherine ThimmeshHoughton Mifflin

Finalists: Young Adult Fiction

Eighty nominated YA books contended for a Top 5 berth: Book Thief, The written by Markus ZusakKnopf Books for Young Readers Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life, A written by Dana ReinhardtWendy Lamb Books Hattie Big Sky written by Kirby LarsonDelacorte Books for Young Readers Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist written by Rachel Cohn and David LevithanKnopf Books for Young …

Finalists: Fiction Picture Books

Nominations: 111. Finalists: 5. Phew. Many thanks to the fiction picture book panelists who winnowed the looooong list: Emily’s Balloon Written and illustrated by Komako Sakai Chronicle Books A bittersweet glimpse into the mind of a toddler who has befriended a yellow balloon. Learning to Fly Written and illustrated by Sebastian Meschenmoser Kane/Miller A simple book with an important message, …

Non-fiction Picture Book Finalists

Out of 40 nominations in this category, here are the five finalists: 3-D ABC: A Sculptural Alphabet written and illustrated by Bob Raczka Milbrook Press This art exhibit in a book begins with "A is for Arrow" and ends with "Z is for Zigzags." In between a and z, readers are treated to a visual feast, with the different types …

Poetry Finalists

Here are the Top Five poetry books, out of 26 nominations: Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadowwritten by Joyce Sidman; illustrated by Beth KrommesHoughton Mifflin Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich written and illustrated by Adam RexHarcourt Children’s Books Handsprings written and illustrated by Douglas FlorianGreenwillow Books/ HarperCollins Jazz written by Walter Dean Myers; illustrated by Christopher MyersHoliday House Tour America: A Journey …