Thursday, October 8, 2009

My Cybils Nominations to Date; or, if you don't know what to nominate I can sure help you there

This year, I was going to wait until the last minute so I could make sure my favorites got on the list. Well, I couldn't wait any longer so I got started! But I still haven't decided in a couple categories.

*Nominated by me!

Easy Readers/Short Chapter Books (my panel!)
*Bad to the bone by Lucy Nolan
This is such a fun, sweet book and very popular at my library.

As you can see, I'm TORN. If any of these were favorites of yours, please nominate some and help me make up my mind!
  • Runaway Dragon by Kate Coombs (I haven't reviewed this yet, but it's so much fun! I love it!)
  • Serial Garden by Joan Aiken (I'm not sure this is actually eligible b/c it's reprinted stories, but it does include some new ones and I loooove Joan Aiken)
  • Flight of the Phoenix by R. L. LaFevers (This was one of my favorites of the ARCs I got at ALA. My review here)
  • Faceless ones by Derek Landy (Squee! Who could leave out Skulduggery?)
  • Violet Wings by Victoria Hanley (Haven't reviewed this yet...but it's Hanley!)
  • NERDS by Michael Buckley nominated! (I loved this one too, as you can see here)
  • Alien Expedition and/or Camp Alien by Pamela Service (See, I would call this a beginning chapter book, but for Cybils they're shorter than my definition, which is just fine, everybody defines them differently, but I can't really see this going into middle grade fiction, but SOMEBODY MUST nominate this...oh dear. Not convinced? Check out my review here)
Fiction Picture Books (I can't decide here either. Help!)
  • Duck and Cover by Jackie Urbanovic (I just pulled this out in storytime this morning and several kids said delightedly, "that's Max!" Yup. We loves us our Max the duck)
  • Trudy by Henry Cole (and our Henry Cole)
  • Snow day by Sakai (Betsy Bird and I both liked it! So you know it's good!)
  • Welcome to the zoo by Alison Jay (This one just missed last year's Cybils - it was published Oct. 16! It really should go in this year. See my review.)
  • It's picture day today by Megan McDonald (see my review)
  • Sergio saves the game by Edel Rodriguez (see my review)
  • Doggone dogs by Beaumont (David Catrow fans? See my review)
  • Do not build a Frankenstein by neil numberman
  • On our way home by Sebastien Braun (see my review)
  • Panda and Polar bear by Matthew Baek (combined review)
Graphic Novels
  • *Girl Genius 8: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones by Phil & Kaja Foglio
  • Blue Beetle: Boundaries (I don't know if this is eligible b/c I assume the separate comics were published...separately. I am a big Blue Beetle fan
  • World of Quest 2 by Jason Kruse (Calvin and Hobbes meets Conan the Barbarian. These are huge at my library - so much fun!)
Middle Grade Fiction - I'm really torn here too
  • Homeschool Liberation League nominated! by Lucy Frank (Somebody has GOT to nominate this. Just has to. If nobody does, I will. See my review and it's not just me - this has been flying of the shelf at my library)
  • *Melonhead by Katy Kelly nominated by me! (But how can I neglect poor Melonhead? I laughed myself sick on this book and promoted it to all the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade classes on my school visits. See my review)
  • Dessert First by Hallie Durand nominated! (This is another one that in my definition would be a beginning chapter book. But whatever. It's fun. See what I said here)
  • Happy birthday Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel (Ok, I admit I haven't read it. But only because I'm on the hold list and my copy hasn't come yet. come on, everybody loves Bad Kitty)
Non-fiction MG/YA
  • *Which way to the wild west by Steve Sheinkin
  • Science Warriors by Sneed Collard (See my review)
  • Sea cows shamans and scurvy by Ann Arnold (see my review)
Non-fiction picture books
  • *About penguins: a guide for children by Cathryn Sill

Poetry - I don't think I nominated anything in this category last year either. I think I've bought maybe 2 poetry books for the library this past year. I got dinosaur and train books instead.

Young Adult Fiction - All the ya stuff I love is usually fantasy and the couple things I liked are already nominated, so I'm good! Might think of something later...


Infant Bibliophile said...

OK, I'm totally going over to nominate There are Cats in this Book. My son adores it.

Jennifer said...

Yay! I can't help thinking there's some reason it's ineligible, because I can't believe nobody has nominated it!

Charlotte said...

Hi Jennifer,

I am glad you have those middle grade sf/f books up your sleeve--I am a little anxious that we are missing too many good ones...and I know there will be a flurry toward the end, but still it is nail biting!

Jennifer said...

Yeah, I really want to see Runaway Dragon on the list - but I also really want Pamela Service's Alien Agent series to show up! She's got two that are eligible, so either one...and I adored Faceless Ones, and I'm a big R. L. LaFevers fan and her new series is fab, get the picture. I'm torn.

Charlotte said...

Faceless Ones and Flight of the Phoenix are now nominated!

I am much too into this for my own sanity, but that's what makes it fun...