There are still a few hours left to nominate a book for the Cybils awards, if you haven't already. Polls close tonight, at midnight.
I've got my nominations in. I know a lot of these aren't front-runners. But, they're books that I think deserve a look, nonetheless. I thought long and hard about what to put for my middle-grade graphic novel pick... ultimately, I decided there are so many great books nominated already in that category, I couldn't think of any to add. Clearly, it's an area that requires more reading, on my part! Here's the complete list of what I put forth.
Early Chapter Books: Mallory Goes Green! by Laurie B. Friedman
Easy Readers: Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Spring Babies by Erica Silverman
Fantasy and Science Fiction - middle/elementary: The Magic Thief: Found by Sarah Prineas
Fantasy and Science Fiction - teen: Monster High by Lisi Harrison
Fiction Picture Books: The Trucker by Barbara Samuels
Graphic Novels - teen: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Graphic Novel by Jane Austen
Middle Grade Fiction: Ratfink by Marcia Thornton Jones
Non-Fiction - middle/teen: Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration by Ann Bausum
Non-fiction/Information Picture Books: Country Road ABC: An Illustrated Journey Through America's Farmland by Arthur Geisert
Poetry: All Around the Seasons by Barney Saltzberg
Young Adult Fiction: Stranded by J. T. Dutton
Looking over my choices, I wish I had 10 more votes for the following picture books! Some are sharp and funny, others very tender and cosy, all of them are great.
Santa Duck - David Milgrim 978-0399255410
Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn't Fit - Catherine Rayner 978-0374322175
Brownie and Pearl See the Sights - Cynthia Rylant 978-1416986379
Dinosaur vs. the Potty - Bob Shea 978-1423133391
Everyone Needs a Friend - Kolanovic 978-0843199185
Welcome Home, Mouse - Elisa Kleven 978-1582462776
Little Wolf's Song - Britta Teckentrup 978-1907152337
Snow Happy! - Patricia Hubbell 978-1582463292
Socksquatch - Frank W. Dormer 978-0805089523
Babyberry Pie - Heather Vogel Frederick 978-0152059279
10 of my favorite KidLit Blogs:
Eve's Book Addiction
Oops, Wrong Cookie
Wands and Worlds
The Book Aunt
The Happy Nappy Bookseller
Finally, a shout-out to a few of my favorite independent bookstores, Little Shop of Stories in Decatur has wonderful storytimes, and bright, clean, pretty displays. When I lived in Austin, TX, I frequently could be found shopping at Book People, a Texas-sized independent with a cool stage/magic passage/storytelling spot in the children's area. No other store could ever take the place in my heart of Children's Bookworld in Los Angeles though, with their fabulous selection, busy line-up of author visits and highly-knowledgable staff. I was lucky to work there for over 6 happy years!