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476. Cybils: Poetry books not yet nominated

The Cybils are the "Children's & Young Adult Blogger's Literary Awards." This is the only book award started, run and awarded by bloggers. We focus on the very best books with strong kid appeal that have been published in the last year. Anyone can nominate one book in each category. I've used my votes already so I'm going to list some suggestions for those of you who haven't done it yet. Books

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477. Cybils: what's not on the lists yet?

I've been watching the Cybils nominations over the past week and making my nominations. We only have five more days to put books on the lists! The Cybils are the "Children's & Young Adult Blogger's Literary Awards. This is the only book award started, run and awarded by bloggers. We focus on the very best books with strong kid appeal that have been published in the last year. Anyone can nominate

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478. NFPB - Calling All Nominees!

Last year at this time I published a list of nominated books for the Cybils in nonfiction picture books and named some titles that were startlingly absent. We have a terrific list of nominees to date, but some excellent titles are still missing. Won't you head on over and make a nomination? Here are some of the books I have yet to see on our list.
I'm sure there are many other worthy titles still waiting to be nominated as well. I may be pushing for nonfiction picture books here, but don't forget there are 7 other categories you can nominate titles in. They are:
So, what are you waiting for? Head on over and nominate a title today! Don't forget, that nominations close on October 15th.

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479. If you’re looking

for a book to nominate for the Cybils, Becky and Amanda have some ideas. And so *cough* do I. In addition to their suggestions, how about:

Debbie Harry Sings in French by Meagan Brothers
I Know It’s Over by C. K. Kelly Martin [nominated!]
The President’s Daughter by Ellen Emerson White (or White House Autumn. Or Long Live the Queen) [My bad! Sorry Angie, they're not actually eligible. :( ]

Or a bunch of books that I haven’t read yet, but maybe you have. (Out of the Pocket by Bill Konigsberg? [nominated!] Getting the Girl by Susan Juby? All We Know of Love by Nora Raleigh Baskin?) Nominations close in less than a week, so nominate your favorite book published between January 1 and October 15 of this year before it’s too late.


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480. Remember to Nominate Your Favorite Books for the Cybils!

Remember to put in your votes for the Third Annual Cybils Awards. You have until next Wednesday, October 15th, to nominate a favorite title.  

Here are the rules.

Come on.  Nominate your favorite title.  Click on one of the links to the nine genres below and leave a comment. It's that easy.  

Thank You!

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481. Lament, by Maggie Stiefvater

Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception, by Maggie Stiefvater (Flux 2008, 336pp) is a great addition to the sub-genre of fantasy in which human girls find their destinies entwined with non-human types (faeries, vampires, and such like).

Deirdre had no idea, when she met Luke, and began to play music with him, that she was at the beginning of a perilous encounter with the hosts of faerie...Her love for Luke, strange and beautiful (and dangerous?), her growing awareness of her own fey powers, and her realization that she has become involved in a life or death struggle against inhuman beings make for a gripping read.

Just a quick warning--things are not wrapped up neatly at the end (although the worst of the danger seems to be over). So you'll have to wait until the sequel, Ballad, comes out next fall to see what happens to Luke and Deirdre...

Here's another, more detailed, review at The Story Siren.

Lament has been nominated for the Cybils in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category.

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482. The Robe of Skulls, by Vivian French

The Robe of Skulls, by Vivian French, illustrated by Ross Collins (2008, Candlewick, 200pp, for ages 8-11)

When a wicked witch realizes to her horror that she doesn't have the gold on hand with which to pay for her new gown (the titular robe of skulls), what else can she do but come up with an evil magical plot? In this case, she hatches a scheme to turn all the princes of the neighboring realms into frogs, and ransom them back to their grief-stricken parents in return for cash. But pitted against her are a spunky girl, escaping a miserable family situation, a prince who would rather run off and explore than mingle pleasantly with other royal children, and the most charming bats I've ever met in a work of fiction. Plus the Ancient Crones!

This is a funny and fast-paced book, and the black and white illustrations are an amusing and engaging addition to the text. Next year, when my oldest is a more confident, nine-year-old reader, I'm absolutely certain that I am going to pressing this, and other books by Vivian French, into his hands. And I have no qualms at all in urging those who already have such a child to seek out this book.

Here are two other reviews, at Kiss the Book and Adventures in Reading.

The Robe of Skulls has been nominated for the Cybils in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category. There's still time to nominate your own favorite books of 2008, so head on over!

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483. Three Reasons To Get Excited For Cybil Season

You have one week left to nominate a favorite book for a Cybil. Here are three reasons why you should.

Reason 3: It's Free

No, I'm not making some kind of joke. Some book awards require a nomination fee. The National Book Award for instance, requires a $125 entry fee as well as a contribution of $1,000 from the publisher toward a promotion campaign if the book becomes a finalist. Some state awards (I'm not talking about the state readers' choice awards for children's books) also require a nomination fee.

I don't mean to suggest that there's anything wrong in requiring a nomination fee. There are expenses involved with running an award program, and, since many thousands of books are published every year, the fee probably helps keep the number of books in contention at a manageable level. Or nearly so. But I do think that the fee has an impact on awards. Of course a publisher that has to come up with $125 for every book it nominates for the National Book Award isn't going to nominate every book it published. Anyone can nominate a title for the Connecticut Book Award, but I don't think I have any fans who are so enthusiastic that they'd want to come up with $50 or $75 to do so. (There was a sliding fee determined by the number of copies published, two years ago, anyway.). So I'm guessing that people who want to use their money wisely, look at their books and decide what has the best shot of winning. That decision may be made on the basis of the book's quality or it may be made on the basis of the book's quality and its similarity to books that won the award in the past.

That's what I'd do, anyway.

So for a lot of book awards, the winner is not necessarily the best book of the year, but the best book that was nominated.

Reason 2: It's Your Chance To Influence An Award

You know all that talk about mavericks and outsiders we've been hearing lately? Well, that's sort of what the Cybils are because readers--any readers--have a hand in the decision making. Remember Reason 3, which you should have just read. Any book award is given to the best book of those nominated. You have a chance to nominate a brilliant book that the professionals haven't noticed.

Reason 1: It Gets Book Titles Out In Front Of Readers

Books disappear very rapidly from the public consciousness. Even award winning books. Within a month or two of the Newbery and Caldecott announcements, I see people on listservs starting to speculate about the next year's winners. This year's winner is so yesterday. It's time to go on to the next big thing.

Bloggers are the judges who make decisions about your nominations. And what do bloggers do? They blog. Unlike other book awards where decisions are made behind closed doors (not that there's anything wrong with that), the Cybils panelists and judges are allowed to talk about what they're reading. That means that nominated titles from back as far as January can get some attention again. The attention is good for the books, and it's good for you readers.

While only one book can win, there are thousands of good books out there. During Cybil Season, you'll get a chance to read about them. And one of the books you--and thousands of others--read about could be a book you nominated.

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484. Nominate these!

I've already made almost all of my own Cybils nominations, but there are still several books that I think definitely deserve the nomination opportunity and I haven't seen anyone nominate them as of yet. These are some of my favorites of the year, so if you're wanting to nominate, but aren't quite sure which ones to pick, these are awesome contenders!

Willow by Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan (Picture Books)

Ma! There's Nothing to Do Here! by Barbara Park(Picture Books)

The Little Bit Scary People by Emily Jenkins (Picture Book)

Little Boy by Alison McGhee (Picture Books)

Sister Wife by Shelly Hrdlitschka (Young Adult)

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485. Wednesday Links

Have you headed over to the Cybils (the premier Web awards for children's literature) to nominate your favorite book of 2008 yet? Don't forget to do it by October 15! You can read the rules here. Remember, once a book has been nominated it's in. No need to second that nomination.

I'm looking forward to nominating a book this year. Last year I had the honor of being one of the judges in the fiction picture book category, and felt it would be wrong to have a favorite going in. But not to worry. Others liked a certain book just as much as I did. It made it to the finals! With the first-round panelists narrowing it down to these outstanding finalists, it was a fierce battle. But in the end, a well deserved win went to The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County.

Pam Coughlan, the organizer of the 2008 Cybils fiction picture book category, sums it up best. "A good picture book is a pleasing merger of text and artwork. A great picture book is a celebration of story and illustration, with lasting appeal for kids and/or adults. The best picture books completely excel in art, story, kid-friendliness, and adult appeal."

Check out these links for all the previous winners.
2006 Cybils Awards
2007 Cybils Awards

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486. Please Adopt Us for the CYBILS

As I did last year, I'm going to share some lists of un-nominated books here, in the hopes that someone will nominate them. In my opinion, the more books we have to consider for the CYBILS honors, the better!

Today, I'm sharing books from Wordsong that haven't yet been nominated.



Black Stars in a White Night Sky

Crossing of Zebras 

Monarch's Progress - I shared a poem from  this one here.

Where the Steps Were

More Than Friends
 - I shared a poem from this one near the bottom of this post.

If you haven't already nominated a book in the poetry category, please check out some books (these or others) and nominate one here. The
deadline is October 15!



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487. Saving Juliet for Timeslip Tuesday

Saving Juliet, by Suzanne Selfors (Walker and Company, 2008, 242pp, ages 10 (-ish) and up).

Ever since she was old enough to be trusted not to run off the stage screaming (that is, at three years old), Mimi has been thrust into the Shakespearean plays put on at her family's famous theater. No one ever asked if she wants to act--her mother, struggling to keep the theatre going after her father's death, assumes that the theater is Mimi's destiny. And her mother needs the money from Mimi's trust fund to keep things afloat.

So now Mimi is Juliet, playing opposite teen music star Troy Summer, and feeling so sick with stage fright that she pukes on stage. Escaping into the snowy night of Manhattan, she wishes she were somewhere else, perhaps Verona, and as a small vial of the ashes from one of Shakespeare's quills breaks, and the ash flies into her face, that's where she finds herself. And once there, meeting the real Juliet, a fun and freckle-faced girl, she vows to save her from the trap that Shakespeare wrote her into, a trap that mirrors her own circumstances. Juliet is about to be married off to an old and repellent man in order to bring money into the family. She hasn't met Romeo, yet...

Thrust willy-nilly into a world of feuding Capulets and Montagues, Mimi struggles with the harsh realities of Renaissance Italy, falls hard for Benvolio (so did I, when I watched the Zephirelli movie when I was 13), and scrambles to keep herself safe (and, of course, to save Juliet). Things become more complicated when Mimi finds Troy, wounded by the Capulet bad boy Tybalt, struggling to keep Friar Laurence from applying leaches to his leg.

Will Mimi be able to change Shakespeare's story, and the story of her own life? Is Benvolio the boy of her dreams, or is there more to Troy than meets the eye? And what of Juliet and her Romeo?

All right, maybe this isn't exactly a genuine time travel book. Mimi herself says, at one point, "I had already established that this was not insanity or a dream. Clearly I was not the victim of time travel. Romeo and Juliet are fictional characters." But I'm just going to gloss over that little detail. There's enough here about the Verona of four hundred-ish years ago for this book to count, in my opinion. Even though Mimi is rather relieved that the fictional folk of Verona are comfortable with modern American English...

In short, a fun and clever book!

There's another review at Rightbook, or you can watch a book trailer here at YA Books and More!

This is my first Official Review of a book nominated for the Cybils. If you haven't yet nominated your own favorites, head over and do so before Oct. 15. I have a list here of what's been nominated in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category.

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488. At Last It Can Be Told

I'm going to be a judge again for the Cybils! I'll be a Round II judge for the graphic novel category. Graphic novels--very hip and happenin' as one of my cousins likes to say. (Of other things.)

I think I've been very plain here that I can become obsessive when I get interested in something. I've felt obsession coming on ever since Kelly asked me back in September if I'd throw my lot in with the graphic novel folks. I don't believe my work for the Cybils will actually begin until after Christmas. But this fall I plan to be reading graphic novels and reading about graphic novels to get myself prepared for the rigors of judging.

You'll be hearing more about this, believe me.

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489. Spread The Love Around

You still have nine days to nominate your favorite books of 2008 for a Cybil award, the children's and young adult bloggers' literary award.

I was just over at the nominting site to see how things are going. The Fantasy and Science Fiction category already has more nominations than we dealt with when I was on the panel during the first year. YA and middle grade fiction already have serious numbers of nominations, too.

But I'm surprised to see that Graphic Novels is a little slow collecting titles. Some of the nominations are duplicates or for books published in 2007, so ineligible this year. This is a genre that I thought had really taken off in recent years, so I expected to see a lot more nominations.

And what about Easy Readers? This is a new category for the Cybils. We need to support the Cybilistas' willingness to promote books for this age group by nominating titles.

Here's the thing about nominating books in a category that doesn't have a lot of titles--your nomination won't have a lot of competition. The chances of your title winning are better with fewer titles to compete with.

So if you've been thinking that nominating a book wasn't worth the effort because nothing you like ever wins, you need to think again. Get over to the Cybils' site and throw your favorite title in the ring.

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490. Cybils Update

The Cybils are totally rocking! Bloggers in the Kidlitosphere is going above and beyond to let teachers, librarians, writers, publishers, and parents know about the Cybils. Go team! Head to the individual category on the Cybils website to leave your nomination in the comments section of each post. Nominations are open in all categories for nine more days.

Remember that there is a one-book-per-category rule for nominations, and that multiple nominations of a book don't help its chances. I’m organizing the category of Fiction Picture Books and serving as a first-round panelist. Right now there are about seventy books in this category! Keep those nominations coming!

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491. The Science Fiction/Fantasy title nominated for the Cybils Award, with links to reviews

http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifThere are 161 nominees in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category, which has been split into books for young and older readers.

Here are the panelists who will be reading them all, and making a short list of fivish books in each category:

Laini Taylor Grow Wings
Charlotte Taylor Charlotte's Library
Alyssa Feller The Shady Glade
Em Em's Bookshelf
Nettle The Puck in the Midden
Tizrah Price The Compulsive Reader
Amanda Blau Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

An alphabetical list of all the books follows, with links to both my reviews and reviews by my fellow panelists (a work in progress). If it's in bold means I've read it (37 so far; my goal (growing more unrealitic with each passing minute) is 50 by the end of the month...).

There are 65 books that fall in the Middle Grade Category:

The 39 Clues (The Maze of Bones, Book 1) by Rick Riorden (Amanda's review)
A Best Friend For Claudia by Bebe Weinberg Katz
Airman by Eoin Colfer
Boots and Pieces by Emily Ecton
Boy of All Time by Che Dee
The Cabinet of Wonders by Marie Rutkoski (Nettle's review)
The Dark Legacy by K.G. McAbee
Dark Whispers (Unicorn Chronicles) by Bruce Coville
The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau
Dinosaur Blackout by Judith Silverthorne
Dragon Flight by Jessica Day George
The Curse of Cuddles McGee
Eclipse Warriors Power of III By Erin Hunter
Escape the Mask, by David Ward
Ever by Gail Carson Levine (Tizrah's review)
Fablehaven: Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull
The Facttracker by Jason Carter Eaton
Family Matters Partners in Time #4 by Kristen Sheley
Farworld: Water Keep by J. Scott Savage
Fish and Sphinx by Rae Bridgman
Flora's Dare by Ysabeau Wilce
The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester (my review)
Gods of Manhattan by Scott Mebus
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Grim Hill: The Secret Deepens by Linda DeMeulemeester
The Gypsy Crown, by Kate Forsyth
Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go, by Dale Basye
The House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones
Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
Kaimira: The Sky Village, by Monk Ashland and Nigel Ashland
Lamplighter, by D.M. Cornish
The Land Beyond the Clouds by Valerie Bishop
Magic and Other Misdemeanors by Michael Buckley
The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas (my review, Nettle's review)
Mary Lamb Enters the World of Maze by F. T. Botham
Masterpiece by Elise Broach
Misty Forest Fables by Acrid Hermit
Monks in Space, by David Jones
Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman
The Order of the Odd Fish by James Kennedy
The Other Side of the Island by Allegra GoodmanLinkOttoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell
Out of the Wild, by Sarah Beth Durst (Nettle's review)
Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Philippa Fisher's Fairy Godsister by Liz Kessler
Portal by Jaqlyn Von Eger
Queste by Angie Sage
The Remarkable & Very True Story of Lucy & Snowcap by H.M. Bouwman
Ring Dragonz Mister Rengerz
The Robe of Skulls, by Vivian French (my review, Nettle's review)
Runemarks, by Joanne Harris
Savvy by Ingrid Law (Amanda's review)
The Seer of Shadows by Avi
The Shadow Diamond by S. Brooke
Sisters of the Sword by Maya Snow (Amanda's review)
Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with fire by Derek Landy
The Softwire: The Betrayal on Orbis 2 by PJ Haarsma
Things That Are by Andrew Clements
Thornspell by Helen Lowe
Travelers Market by Maureen McQuerry
The Tygrine Cat by Inbali Iserles
Unnamables Ellen Booraem
Well Witched by Francis Hardinge
Wild Magic by Cat Weatherill
Winter Wood, by Steve Augarde

And here are the Young Adult nominees:

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson (Nettle's review)
Angel by Cliff McNish (my review)
Aurelia by Anne Osterlund
Aurelie: A Faerie Tale by Heather Tomlinson
Battle of the Labyrinth, Rick Riordan
Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle (my review)
Bliss Lauren Myracle (Nettle's review)
The Book of Names by D. Barkley Briggs
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Em's review Tizrah's review)
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini (Amanda's review)
Chalice by Robin McKinley
A Charm for a Unicorn by Jennifer Macaire
Cherry Heaven by L. J. Adlington
The City in the Lake by Rachel Neumeier
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (Amanda's review, Tizrah's review)
The Crimson Thread by Suzanne Weyn
A Curse Dark as Gold
, by Elizabeth Bunce (Em's review, Tizrah's review , Nettle's review)
Cybele's Secret by Juliet Marillier
Cycler by Lauren McLaughlin (Em's review)
Damosel by Stephanie Spinner
The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Dead Girl Walking by Linda Singleton
Dead is the New Black by Marlene Perez
The Devouring, by Simon Holt (Nettle's review)
Dingo by Charles de Lint
The Dragon Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
Dream Girl by Lauren Mechling
Evernight by Claudia Gray
The Explosionist by Jenny Davidson (Laini's review)
First Duty by Marva Dasef
Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix (my review)
Frostbite by Richelle Mead (Tizrah's review)
Generation Dead by Daniel Waters (Nettle's review, Amanda's review, Tizrah's review)
The Ghosts of Kerfol by Deborah Noyes
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier ()
The Humming of Numbers, by Joni Sensel
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Amanda's review, Tizrah's review)
Impossible by Nancy Werlin (Nettle's review, Tizrah's review)
In The Company of Whispers by Sallie Lowenstein
Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
Invisible Touch by Kelly Para
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Lament, by Maggie Stiefvater
The Last of the High Kings by Kate Thompson
Lifeblood, by Tom Becker
Little Brother, by Cory Doctrow (Nettle's review)
Lonely Werewolf Girl, by Martin Millar (Amanda's review)
The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
Masks: Rise of Heroes by Hayden Thorne
Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce
Moonstone, by Marilee Brothers
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit, by Nahoko Uehashi
Must Love Black by Kelly McClymer
Nation by Terry Pratchett
Night Road by AM Jenkins
Nightworld No 1: Secret Vampire et al. by L.J. Smith (Tizrah's review)
Nobody's Prize by Esther Friesner
Noman, William Nicholson
Oh.My.Gods by Tera Lynn Childs (Tizrah's review)
The Other Book by Philip Womack
Pillage by Obert Skye
Poison Ink by Christopher Golden (Nettle's review)
A Posse of Princess by Sherwood Smith
Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
Princess Ben, by Catherine Gilburt Murdock (Em's review)
Ranger's Apprentice: The Battle for Skandia by John Flanagan
Ratha's Courage, Clare Bell.
The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner
The Resistance - Gemma Malley
Revealers by Amanda MarronBolde (Nettle's review, Tizrah's review)
Sapphique (Incarceron Book 2) Catherine Fisher
Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors (my review)
Sea of Wind - by Fuyumi Ono
The Secret of Bailey's Chase, by Marlis Day
Secrets of the Survivors,by Mark L. Eastburn
The Sky Inside by Clare Dunkle
Spellspam by Alma Alexander
Starclimber, by Kenneth Oppel
The Stone Crown by Malcolm Walker
The Stowaway by R.A. and Geno Salvatore
A Stranger to Command by Sherwood Smith
Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley (Em's review, Tizrah's review)
The Summoning, by Kelly Armstrong (Tizrah's review, Em's review)
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Mariot
Switch by Carol Snow (Em's review)
Tender Morsels Margo Lanagan
Tim, Defender of the Earth by Sam Enthoven
The Time Paradox by Eion Colfer
Treason in Eswy by K.V. Johansen
Two Pearls of Wisdom, by Alison Goodman
Untamed by P.C. + Kristin Cast
Wake, by Lisa McMann (Tizrah's review)
Wild Talent by Eileen Kernaghan (my review)
Zoe's Tale by John Scalzi.
Zombie Blondes by Brian James

So there you have it--the most beloved books in this genre for 2008! Which will make the shorelists? (coming in January) Which will win the highest honors? (coming in February). How many can you read by December 31st? (more to the point, how many can my brave fellow panelists and I read...) So exciting!

If you might like to buy one of these books in a way that supports the Cybils Awards, here at the Cybils website are clickable links.

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492. 2009 Caldecott, Newbery and Geisel predictions

I'm putting this post up now, so it will have an October 2008 date stamp and because I want to keep from getting swayed by all the predictions that are about to pop up everywhere. I do feel a little strange, though, about sticking my neck out so early with these predictions.

I'm a book buyer for an independent toy and book store. There's a lot at stake for book buyers in correctly picking the Newbery and Caldecott winners and honor books. If you guess correctly, you'll have tons of copies of the magic books during the week that everyone wants them.

If you guess incorrectly, you won't have the magic book and you'll have to wait two months or more for it to be reprinted. Or you'll have a huge pile of books that no one is looking for that you'll probably end up returning to the publisher. This is particularly important for small independents, who thrive on having the right book at the right time... and who can't afford to keep as much stock on hand as larger chains.

If you're curious about my predictions and reactions about last year's American Library Association Awards, see:

Enough with previous years. Let's move on to this year.

I just finished The Underneath by Kathi Appelt. Wow. What a book. I know I've already predicted a Newbery for Trouble by Gary Schmidt, but I think The Underneath is a force to be reckoned with. My current thought is that The Underneath will get a shiny gold sticker, and Trouble will get a shiny silver sticker. But, there's lots of other books with buzz swirling around them that I haven't yet read (including some on the list below), so I don't have firm predictions yet.

Warning about The Underneath: DON'T judge this book by its cover. It's for an older audience than the cute dog and cat pictures seem to indicate.

At this moment, here's the books I'm planning on having on hand at the book store when the Newbery announcement is made:
On to the Caldecott. As a book buyer, I've read literally hundreds of picture books this year. Here's some of the ones that have risen to the top for me and that I'm planning on having on hand at the store when the Caldecott announcement is made:
I'm not sure where to put We Are The Ship by Kadir Nelson, but my guess is that it has a shot at the Caldecott, Newbery and Sibert. It'll be interesting to see what happens with it.

Do you think I missed a few very obvious titles? Take a look at the Caldecott medal terms and criteria on the American Library Association website.

"The Award is restricted to artists who are citizens or residents of the United States."

And, also look at the following definition within the criteria:

"'Resident' specifies that author has established and maintained residence in the United States as distinct from being a casual or occasional visitor."

So this means, that some of the books with lots of buzz around them are out of the running for the Caldecott. These include:
For the Geisel Award (the new early reader award), here are some of the ones I'm thinking about:
My best guess for the newly created Odyssey award for audio books so far is Jim Dale's narration of Alice in Wonderland.

This year's announcement is particularly exciting for me. I'm attending the 2009 ALA Midwinter conference in Denver, so for the first time, I'll get to hear the award announcements live.

Do you want to nominate your favorite book from 2008 for an award? Check out the wonderful Cybils (the Children and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards). Nominations are open from now until October 15, 2008. Finalists will be posted on January 1, 2009 and winners will be posted on February 14, 2009. Check out the Cybils website and see this post on Jen Robinson's Book Page for more information. The Cybils nominations and finalist lists are also a great way to get a sense of which books are being talked about.

Want to hear ALA Award prediction buzz and offer your own thoughts? The Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana has four terrific blogs set up for just this purpose. Here are links to their Mock Newbery, Mock Caldecott, Mock Sibert and Mock Geisel blogs.

What are your thoughts at this early date? Leave the titles I didn't mention and your opinions about your early favorites in the comments. I posted about the Caldecotts, Newberys and Geisels, but predications about other ALA awards are definitely welcome. (Printz, Sibert, Coretta Scott King, Odyssey, Batchelder, Belpré, Carnegie, and the American Indian Youth Literature Award). Also, there's an award being given out for the first time... the William C. Morris Debut Award for for first time authors of young adult literature.

If any authors, illustrators, publishers and editors of the books listed above happen to land on this post via a Google search, please comment. I'd love to hear what you think. (If you feel weird about posting your comment for everyone to see, you can e-mail me at: wizardwireless at gmail dot com. (Yes, it's "wizard" not "wizards" because the plural version was already in use). And I'd love to hear opinions from everyone else, too, of course.

Also, if you, or anyone you know, has posted a "best of the year" children's book list... I'd love to see it. Please leave links in the comments.

Check back when the announcements are made on Monday, January 26, 2009, and we'll see if any of us guessed correctly.

And, be sure to vote in the new poll on the sidebar!

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493. Time for 2008 Cybils award nominations

It’s time again to nominate your favorite books for the Cybils Award, the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards. This year, awards will be given in nine categories including poetry, of course. Anyone can nominate books in these categories (one nomination per person per category). Nominated titles must be published between January 1st and October 15th of this year, and the books must be in English (or bilingual, where one of the languages is English).

To nominate titles, visit the Cybils blog between October 1st and 15th. A separate post is available for each category - simply nominate by commenting on those individual posts. If you are not sure which category to choose for a particular book, a questions thread is also be available. The Cybils were founded by Anne Boles Levy and Kelly Herold in 2006. This year's winners will be announced on February 14th, 2009.

Kelly Fineman reminds us: When deciding if something belongs in the poetry category, ask yourself "Is this a collection of poems?"
* A picture book that is written in rhyme belongs over in the picture book section, not here.
* Poetry collections for older kids and teens belong here as well.
* A novel written in free verse belongs with all the other novels for the appropriate age range.

I have been honored to participate in this process each year in the poetry category. Interestingly, poet Joyce Sidman has won the poetry award BOTH years for:
*Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow (Houghton Mifflin, 2006)
*This Is Just To Say; Poems Of Apology And Forgiveness (Hougton Mifflin, 2007)
Who will be next?

If you’re looking for poetry to nominate this year, I’ve been trying hard to compile a comprehensive list of this year’s poetry for young people (and review each title here—although I’m behind!) and will share my list-in-progress. Please let me know if you spot any poetry books that I’ve missed. (NOTE: My list is very inclusive and embraces verse novels and poetry-linked books that aren’t eligible in the poetry category, but are eligible in other categories. FYI)

Poetry for Young People 2008 (so far)

1. Adoff, Jaime. 2008. The Death of Jayson Porter. New York: Jump at the Sun/Hyperion.
2. Alarcón, Francisco X. 2008. Animals Poems of the Iguazú / Animalario del Iguazú. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press.
3. Ardelius, Gunnar. 2008. I Need You More Than I Love You and I Love You to Bits. Asheville, NC: Front Street.
4. Ashman, Linda. 2008. M is for Mischief. New York: Dutton.
5. Ashman, Linda. 2008. Stella, Unleashed. New York: Sterling.
6. Beck, Carolyn. Buttercup’s Lovely Day. Custer, WA: Orca Books.
7. Bryant, Jen. 2008. A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams. New York: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.
8. Bryant, Jen. 2008. Ringside 1925; Views From the Scopes Trial. New York: Knopf.
9. Cheng, Andrea. 2008. Where the Steps Were. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills/Wordsong.
10. Dickinson, Emily. 2008. My Letter to the World. Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault. New York: Kids Can Press.
11. Elliott, David. 2008. On the Farm. Cambridge, MA: Candlewick.
12. Engle, Margarita. 2008. The Surrender Tree. New York: Holt.
13. Fehler, Gene. 2008. Beanball. New York: Clarion.
14. Field, Eugene. 2008. Wynken, Blynken, and Nod. Illustrated by Giselle Potter. New York: Schwartz and Wade Books.
15. Frank, John. 2008. Keepers: Treasure-Hunt Poems. New York: Roaring Brook.
16. Frost, Helen. 2008. Diamond Willow. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
17. Gerber, Carole. 2008. Winter Trees. Ill. by Leslie Evans. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
18. Ghigna, Charles. 2008. Score! 50 Poems to Motivate and Inspire. New York: Abrams.
19. Giovanni, Nikki. Coll. 2008. Hip Hop Speaks to Children. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks.
20. Greenberg, Jan. 2008. Side by Side: New Poems Inspired by Art from Around the World. New York: Abrams.
21. Greenfield, Eloise. 2008. Brothers and Sisters: Family Poems. New York: Amistad/HarperCollins.
22. Harley, Avis. 2008. The Monarch’s Progress: Poems with Wings. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills/Wordsong.
23. Harrison, David. L. 2008. Pirates. Ill. by Dan Burr. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills/Wordsong.
24. Herrick, Steven. 2008. Naked Bunyip Dancing. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills/Wordsong.
25. High, Linda Oatman. 2008. Planet Pregnancy. Asheville, NC: Front Street.
26. Holbrook, Sara and Wolf, Allan. 2008. More Than Friends; Poems from Him and Her. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press.
27. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. 2008. America at War. New York: McElderry.
28. Hopkins, Lee Bennett. 2008. Hamsters, Shells, and Spelling Bees. New York: HarperCollins.
29. Iyengar, Malathi Michelle. 2008. Tan to Tamarind: Poems About the Color Brown. San Francisco, CA: Children’s Book Press
30. Katz, Alan. 2008. Oops. New York: Margaret K. McElderry.
31. Larios, Julie. 2008. Imaginary Menagerie: A Book of Curious Creatures. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
32. Lawson, Jonarno. 2008. Black Stars in a White Night Sky. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills/Wordsong.
33. Lewis, J. Patrick, and Janeczko, Paul B. 2008. Birds on a Wire. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press.
34. Lewis, J. Patrick. 2008. The World’s Greatest: Poems. San Francisco: Chronicle.
35. LeZotte, Ann Clare. 2008. T4. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
36. Maddox, Marjories, 2008. A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills/Wordsong.
37. Michael, Pamela, Ed. 2008. River of Words. Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed.
38. Mora, Pat. 2008. Join Hands! The Ways We Celebrate Life. Photographs by George Ancona. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge.
39. Nelson, Marilyn. 2008. The Freedom Business. Asheville, NC: Front Street.
40. Nye, Naomi Shihab. 2008. Honeybee. New York: Greenwillow.
41. Prelutsky, Jack. 2008. Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face and Other Poems. New York: Greenwillow.
42. Prelutsky, Jack. 2008. My Dog May Be a Genius. New York: Greenwillow.
43. Prelutsky, Jack. 2008. Pizza, Pigs, and Poetry; How to Write a Poem. New York: Greenwillow.
44. Reibstein, Mark. 2008. Wabi Sabi. Ill. by Ed Young. New York: Little, Brown.
45. Rovetch, Gerda. 2008. There Was a Man Who Loved a Rat; And Other Vile Little Poems. New York: Philomel.
46. Salas, Laura Purdie. 2008. Lettuce Introduce You: Poems About Foot (A+ Books). Minneapolis, MN: Capstone.
47. Sanderson, Ruth. 2008. Mother Goose and Friends. New York: Little, Brown.
48. Sierra, Judy. 2008. Beastly Rhymes to Read After Dark. Ill. by Brian Biggs. New York: Knopf.
49. Singer, Marilyn. 2008. First Food Fight This Fall. New York: Sterling.
50. Singer, Marilyn. 2008. Shoe Bop! New York: Dutton.
51. Smith, Hope Anita. 2008. Keeping the Night Watch. New York: Henry Holt.
52. Soto, Gary. 2008. Partly Cloudy; Poems of Love and Longing. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
53. Wassenhove, Sue Van. 2008. The Seldom-Ever-Shady Glades. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills/Wordsong.
54. Weatherford, Carole Boston. 2008. Becoming Billie Holiday. Honesdale, PA: Wordsong/Boyds Mills Press.
55. Wesiburd, Stefi. 2008. Barefoot: Poems for Naked Feet. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills/Wordsong.
56. Weston, Robert Paul. 2008. Zorgamazoo. New York: Razorbill/Penguin.
57. Winters, Kay. 2008. Colonial Voices, Hear Them Speak. New York: Dutton.
58. Wong, Janet. 2008. Minn and Jake's Almost Terrible Summer. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
59. Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn. 2008. 42 Miles. New York: Clarion.
60. Zimmer, Tracie Vaughn. 2008. Steady Hands: Poems About Work. New York: Clarion.

For more this Poetry Friday, go to Two Writing Teachers.

Picture credit: http://dadtalk.typepad.com/cybils/

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494. Nominate your favorite children’s and teen books

Do you have a favorite picture book, children’s book, or YA book from 2008? Do you want to have your opinion be heard? Then head on over to the Cybils 2008 awards, where YOU–yes, you!–can nominate one book in every category–any category–you want. There are nine categories you can nominate a book in–Fiction Picture Books; Non-Fiction Picture Books; Easy Readers; Middle Grade Fiction; Non-Fiction: Middle Grade and Young Adult; Young Adult Fiction; Graphic Novels; Poetry; and Fantasy and Science Fiction.

The book/s you nominate must have been. published between Jan. 1 - Oct. 15 this year.

Nominations are open from now (October 1st) til October 15th, 2008. Please consider nominating a book you love!

The Cybils children’s and young adult bloggers’ literary awards are web awards that children’s literature bloggers give to outstanding children’s and YA books each year.

Love books? Please help spread the word.

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495. The Cybils and a HUGE giveaway!!!

So the yearly Cybil Awards are once again beginning and the blogs are hopping with info and opinions on nominations! Head over the the Cybils blog to nominate your favorite books of the year in a bunch of different categories...but remember...you can only vote once between today and October 15th, so choose your nominations wisely!! I am probably going to wait until the end of the nomination period to put my choices in. I read so many great books this year, it's so hard to decide!

I'm lucky enough to have been chosen to be on the YA panel this year, with some awesome ladies! Last year I was on the Middle Grade fiction panel and loved it...can't wait to get started reading some of these books!

In honor of the Cybil Award nominations beginning, I'm going to host a huge contest for one of my absolute favorite picture books of the year. I have 5 SIGNED copies of Willow, written by Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan and beautifully illustrated by Cyd Moore. I loooved this book and you can read my review here. That's 5 SIGNED-by-the-author copies, all up for grabs. How to enter? Follow these easy rules:

1. Go nominate at least one book for the Cybil Awards. It can be in any category you want, but the more you nominate, the more entries in the contest you get! Leave a comment telling me what you nominated. If you've already nominated a few, go ahead and leave a comment now. If you nominate more by Sunday night, leave another comment telling me of the additions.

2. If for some (odd) reason you would rather not actually nominate a book, simply tell me your favorite book you've read this year, preferably children's related, but not necessary.

3. Do this by Sunday night at 12:00am and you're entered for this fabulous contest!
Just a note on some rules often overlooked in nominations, don't forget these important ones:

1. Do not nominate a book someone else has already nominated. It does not get counted twice. We read everything that gets a nomination! Don't waste your vote on something that doesn't count!

2. You can only vote for ONE title. Not 5. I wish it could be 5, but then I would be reading until next October, so please, only 1.

3. Be careful the genre you nominate a book for. Even if a graphic novel is considered young adult content, it should still be nominated in the graphic novel category, not the YA category. If you have questions as to where your book should go, there is a special section on the Cybils page to ask those questions.

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Nominations are now being accepted for the third annual Cybils Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards

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497. Have a favorite children’s or YA book of the year?

It’s October, and that means its Cybils awards time.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Cybils, they are “the premier Web awards for children’s literature.  You, the public, nominate the books.  Then we, the bloggers, read them and hand out prizes.” You can nominate any book published between January 1 and October 15 of this year in the following nine categories:

One book per category, please. (Complete rules here.)

I’m especially pleased to see that I’ve already read some of the nominees in the YA category. Why? Because I’m lucky enough to be on the nominating panel again! I wrote about being on last year’s panel back in January, and can’t wait to get started this year.

And here are the YA Fiction committees for this year.

YA Fiction Panelists
Leila from Bookshelves of Doom
Becky from Becky’s Book Reviews
Amanda from A Patchwork of Books
Trisha from The YA YA YAs (hey, that’s me!)
Kate from Author2Author
Jocelyn from Teen Book Review
Abby from Abby (the) Librarian

YA Fiction Judges (Round II)
Jackie from Interactive Reader
Sarah from Finding Wonderland, Readers’ Rants
Allie/Little Willow from Bildungsroman
Lili from Inside a Dog
Casey from Avid Teen Reader


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498. Go! Nominate a Book! CYBILS Nominations Are Now Open!

The third year of the CYBILS (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards) has just begun! Nominations will stay open until Wednesday, October 15, 2008.

This year, awards will be given in nine categories
Easy Readers
Fantasy & Science Fiction
Fiction Picture Books
Graphic Novels
Middle Grade Novels,
Non-Fiction Middle Grade/Young Adult Books
Non-Fiction Picture Books
Young Adult Novels

From Jen Robinson’s blog:

“Anyone can nominate books in these categories (one nomination per person per category). Nominated titles must be:

**published between January 1st and October 15th of this year

**the books must be in English (or bilingual, where one of the languages is English).

To nominate titles, visit the Cybils blog between October 1st and 15th. A separate post will be available for each category - simply nominate by commenting on those individual posts. If you are not sure which category to choose for a particular book, a questions thread will also be available.

Between October 16th and January 1st, Cybils panelists (children’s and young adult bloggers) will winnow the nominations down to a 5-7 book short list for each category. A second set of panelists will then select the winning titles for the different categories. The winners will be announced on February 14th, 2009.

I am leaving the poetry category this year and will be on the Non-fiction Picture Book Panel.

 So what great books published in 2008 have you read?  Go! Nominate a book!

Happy Reading.



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499. Sci Fi Fantasy Cybils fun

I am going over to the Cybils site many times a day, to excitedly read the nominations for the category I'm involved in--Sci. Fi./ Fantasy.

I realized during the summer, as Cybils season approached, that this was the category I wanted to be part of, and (perhaps foolishly) decided not to focus my reading efforts fantasy-ward (although I cracked on a few, such as The Hunger Games, The Adoration of Jenna Fox, Chalice, and a few others). Result: there are lots of books I'm looking forward to reading in the coming months! (but a few that I want to read haven't been nominated yet...so if you haven't nominated one in this category yet, ask yourself--"What would Charlotte like?" (tongue in cheek here, in case that's not obvious).

One thing I that is dawning on me (joke, keep reading) is that I have a lot of reading of non-nominated books to do. For instance, Breaking Dawn is nominated, but I (gulp) haven't read any of the earlier books. I feel as though I have, but it's just not true. There are several others like that--second, third, or even higher in a series. So I have come up with a Plan to help me clearheadedly and calmly navigate the reading waters of the coming fall.

Happily, I am home sick with a cold today. This will help me implement today's part of the Plan:

1. finish reading and writing reviews of all the books that need to be read and have reviews written of them (to do today). Write to all the publishers who sent me books giving them links to all my reviews.

2. check Twilight out of the library (today), read Twilight (today?).

3. clean and remodel house, split and stack 3 cords of wood, go to grocery store, trying not to be a Vector of Disease (my children scold me all the time for not coughing into my armpit, the way they are taught to in school these days. But it's hard to learn new tricks), prepare cheap but nourishing food for my young (and my husband too, unless he's doing the cooking), explain (again) to my 8 year old why I got so cross with him yesterday when he very meanly told my 5 year old that Santa didn't exist (today).

4. check Cybils website again. Re-read list of nominations in sci. fi. fantasy. Read YA nominations, noting which ones we will probably get in our category. Muse about the fact that they had something like 93 nominations in sci.fi/fantasy last year. Decide to make tidy list of our books to post here when the dust clears. Wonder if we will get more nominations than YA gets this year (to do repeatedly).

5. rest.

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500. Mix 'n' Match

Sometimes my posts seem but a faint echo of the clamor all over the Kidlitosphere... but hey, for the sake of posterity, I'll chime in anyway.

First, the second annual Kidlitosphere Conference has come and gone. For a taste of what you (and I) missed, check out the numerous wrap-ups by attendees.

Second, nominations are now open for the third annual Cybil Awards. This is your chance to nominate your favorite books of 2008 for these blogger-run children's and YA literature awards. Jen Robinson explains in further detail. Nominations are only open until October 15, so make sure your favorites get on the list for consideration!

And for something completely different: I love the Chicago Tribune's online historical photo galleries. Hundreds of fascinating photos, some idyllic, some brutal, evoke eras past in the Windy City.

The current feature is Stroll the White City, photos from the Chicago World's Fair a whopping 115 years ago. What a spectacle! It's pretty much impossible to imagine Chicago putting on such an extravagant show ever again—all the beautiful (temporary) buildings, the amazing artifacts from all over the world, the throngs of people! Then again, there's that whole 2016 Olympic bid.

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