Friday, October 15, 2010

Still time to nominate!

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:
Forever YA
Eve's Book Addiction
Oops, Wrong Cookie
Jacket Whys
Stacked Books
Wands and Worlds
Charlotte's Library
The Book Aunt
Chasing Ray
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!


  1. Thanks Madigan!

    I think your list is least, the ones I've read...(Monster High I haven't read, but have put on my list--it looks intriguing!)

  2. Monster High is a bit silly... different from everything else that's out there, for sure. I'll be posting a review of it soon.

  3. Thanks so much for including me in your list of blogs. That's a great list and I'm honored to be included. Your bookstore recommendations sound great!



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