The Nominations
Non-fiction Picture Books

It’s Nov 21 and nominations for The Cybils are now officially closed.  Longlists of nominated titles are trickling in and we’ll be posting them all by the week’s end.

First up–Non-fiction Picture Books. Chris Barton of Bartography has coordinated the Non-fiction Picture Books category, a job much more complicated than it first appeared. Think about it: What is Non-Fiction, especially in the Picture Book category?  After much haggling, discussion and consideration, a longlist of 40 titles resulted. And here it is:

Non-fiction Picture Books

3-D ABC: A Sculptural Alphabet
written and illustrated by Bob Raczka
Milbrook Press

A Place for Butterflies
written by Melissa Stewart; illustrated by Higgins Bond

Aliens Are Coming!: The True Account Of The 1938 War Of The Worlds Radio Broadcast
written and illustrated by Meghan McCarthy

Almost Gone: The World’s Rarest Animals
written and illustrated by Steve Jenkins

American Slave, American Hero: York of the Lewis And Clark Expedition
written by Laurence Pringle; illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright & Ying-Hwa Hu
Calkins Creek

An Egg Is Quiet
written by Dianna Aston; illustrated by Sylvia Long
Chronicle Books

An Island Grows
written by Lola M. Schaefer; illustrated by Cathie Felstead
Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins

Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Sharks and Other Sea Monsters
written and illustrated by Robert Sabuda & Matthew Reinhart
Candlewick Press

Extreme Animals: The Toughest Creatures on Earth
written by Nicola Davies; illustrated by Neal Layton
Candlewick Press

George Did It
written by Suzanne Tripp Jurmain; illustrated by Larry Day
Dutton Books

Great Estimations
written and illustrated by Bruce Goldstone
Henry Holt

Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook
written by Georgeanne Brennan; illustrated by Dr. Seuss
Random House

Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas
written by Cheryl Bardoe; illustrated by Jos. A Smith

Honky-Tonk Heroes & Hillbilly Angels: The Pioneers of Country and Western Music
written by Holly George-Warren; illustrated by Laura Levine
Houghton Mifflin

The Illustrator’s Notebook
written and illustrated by Mohieddine Ellabbad

I’m a Pill Bug
written by Yukihisa Tokuda; illustrated by Kiyoshi Takahasi

It’s Not the Stork!: A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends
written by Robie H. Harris; illustrated by Michael Emberley
Candlewick Press

Little Lost Bat
written by Sandra Markle; illustrated by Alan Marks

M Is for Masterpiece: An Art Alphabet
written by David Domeniconi; illustrated by Will Bullas
Sleeping Bear

The Magic School Bus and the Science Fair Expedition
written by Joanna Cole; illustrated by Bruce Degen

written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter
Harcourt Children’s Books

Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor
written and illustrated by Emily Arnold McCully
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
written by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Jump At The Sun

Near Mama’s Heart
written and illustrated by Colleen Newman

Nobody Gonna Turn Me ‘Round: Stories and Songs of the Civil Rights Movement
written by Doreen Rappaport; illustrated by Shane W. Evans
Candlewick Press

Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin
written and illustrated by Gene Barretta
Henry Holt

Oh, Rats! The Story of Rats and People
written and illustrated by Albert Marrin
Dutton Books

Our Seasons
written by Grace Lin and Ranida T. Mckneally; illustrated by Grace Lin

Owen & Mzee: The True Story Of A Remarkable Friendship
written by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff & Paula Kahumbu; illustrated by Peter Greste

Perfect Timing: How Isaac Murphy Became One of the World’s Greatest Jockeys
written by Patsi B. Trollinger; illustrated by Jerome LaGarrigue

Selvakumar Knew Better
written by Virginia L. Kroll; illlustrated by Xiaojun Li
Shen’s Books

The Story of Salt
written by Mark Kurlansky; illustrated by S. D. Schindler

Su Dongpo: Chinese Genius
written and illustrated by Demi
Lee & Low Books

The True Story of Stellina
written and illustrated by Matteo Pericoli

This Jazz Man
written by Karen Ehrhardt; illustrated by R.G. Roth
Harcourt Children’s Books

What Athletes Are Made Of
written and illustrated by Hanoch Piven
Atheneum/Ginee Seo

What Is Science?
written by Rebecca Kai Dotlich; illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa
Henry Holt

What the Sea Saw
written by Stephanie St. Pierre; illustrated by Beverly Doyle

written and illustrated by Taylor Morrison
Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine

The World’s Greatest Elephant
written by Ralph Helfer; illustrated by Ted Lewin

If a Dolphin Were a Fish
written by Loran Wlodarski; illustrated by Laurie Allen Klein
Sylvan Dell