The Nominations
Non-fiction (Middle Grade and YA)

In the time of awards season, some of you may be wondering, why another children’s book award?  We’ve already mentioned that we seek to strike a balance with our awards, by finding the best in kid-friendly, entertaining, and worthy books for the youngsters. 

But, there’s another reason behind The Cybils. Many genres are overlooked during awards season, most notably Poetry, Graphic Novels, and Non-fiction. To that end, we seek to find the best books in a number of genres, giving equal attention to fiction and non fiction titles.

And, it has paid off.  Forty books have made the long list for Non-fiction Picture Books and now we present 37 titles for Non-fiction (Middle Grade and YA). Mindy of has coordinated this category and presents the list of nominated titles:

Non-fiction (Middle Grade and YA)

101 Things to do Before You’re Old and Boring

written by Richard Horne and Helen Szirtes
Walker Books for Young Readers

All Made Up

written by Audrey Brashich

Walker Books for Young Readers

Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself

written by Maxine Anderson

Rebound by Nomad Press

American Story, The

written by Jennifer Armstrong; illustrations by Roger Roth

Knopf Books for Young Readers

Buffalo and the Indians, The

written by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent; photography by William Munoz

Clarion Books

Chew on This

written by Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson

Houghton Mifflin

Edward Jenner, Conqueror of Smallpox

written by Ana Maria Rodriguez

Enslow Publishers


written by Sid Fleischman


Fairy Tale Feasts

written by Jane Yolen; recipes by Heidi E. Y. Stemple; illustrated by Philippe Beha

Crocodile Books

Freedom Walkers

written by Russell Freedman

Holiday House

Good Fortune: My Journey to Gold Mountain

written by Li Keng Wong
Peachtree Publishers

Hiding Edith

written by Kathy Kacer
Second Story Press

I’m Still Scared

written by Tomie DePaola

Putnam Juvenile

Immersed in Verse

written by Alan Wolf
Lark Books

Into the West

written and illustrated by James McPherson

Isaac Newton

written by Kathleen Krull; illustrated by Boris Kulikov
Viking Juvenile

Jane Addams

written by Dennis Brindell Fradin and Judith Bloom Fradin

Clarion Books

Kids Make History

written by Susan Buckley and Elspeth Leacock; illustrated by Randy Jones

Houghton Mifflin

Little People and a Lost World

written by Linda Goldenberg

Twenty-First Century Books

My Childhood Under Fire 

written by Nadja Halilbegovich

Kids Can Press

One Kingdom

written by Deborah Noyes

Houghton Mifflin

Peril and Peace

written and illustrated by Brandon and Mindy Withrow

Christian Focus Publications

Quilt of Belonging

written and illustrated by Janice Weaver

Maple Tree Press


written by Sandra Markle

Millbrook Press

Robert Cormier: Daring to Disturb the Universe

written by Patty Campbell

Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Something Out of Nothing

written by Carla Killough McClafferty

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


written by Jacqueline Adams
Lucent Books

Tales of the Cryptids 

written by Kelly Milner Halls, Rick Spears, Roxyanne Young

Darby Creek Publishing

Team Moon

written by Catherine Thimmesh

Houghton Mifflin

Teddy’s Travels: America’s National Parks

written by Trefoni Michael Rizzi

TDB Press

Tools of the Ancient Romans

written by Rachel Dickinson

Nomad Press

Trapped in Ice!: An Amazing Whaling Adventure

written by Martin Sandler

Scholastic Nonfiction

Tsunami: The True Story of an April Fools’ Day Disaster 

written by  Gail Karwoski; illustrated by John MacDonald

Darby Creek Publishing

Wand in the Word, The 

edited by Leonard S. Marcus


Wicked History of the World 

written by Terry Deary; illustrated by Martin Brown

Scholastic Reference

With a Little Luck

written and illustrated by Dennis Fradin

Dutton Juvenile

Writing Magic

written by Gail Carson Levine