Congratulations Cybils 2009 winners!

A few special shout-outs for a few special Cybils 2009 winners:

Non-Fiction For Young Adults
The Frog Scientist
by Pamela S. Turner; illustrated by Andy Comins
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Nominated by: Laurie Thompson (YAY, that’s me!)
Again, what a field. Each of the books in this category blew me away. It’s thrilling to see these exciting topics being covered in depth in such interesting formats for upper middle grade and young adult readers. I was shopping a teen nonfiction book awhile back, and an agent told me, “Nobody buys teen nonfiction.” Look at this list (and any other awards list this year!), and it’s obvious that is so not true. I think each of these books will leave an important and lasting impression on their readers, but special congratulations to Pamela!

Picture Book (Non-Fiction)
The Day-Glo Brothers
by Chris Barton; illustrated by Tony Persiani
Nominated by: Cynthia Leitich Smith
As soon as I heard Chris was working on this, I figured it would be a slam dunk. What a great topic idea! Chris and Tony REALLY pulled it off, though. Chris’ insane research adds so much depth (reminding me to always do my homework, because you never know what you’ll find), and what kid (or adult) could resist Tony’s Day-Glo cartoon-style illustrations? (Not me!)

Fantasy & Science Fiction (Middle-Grade)
Dreamdark: Silksinger (Faeries of Dreamdark)
by Laini Taylor
Putnam Juvenile
Nominated by: Melissa
Wow, this was a tough category for me–so many great finalists! I know (and love) Joni, Laini, and Grace, so I was cheering for all three (if that’s possible). I bet it was even harder for the judges, though, don’t you think? It’s got to be a win for all just to be going up against the likes of Neil Gaiman, I guess. But, huge congratulations are due to the dear, sweet, ridiculously talented, and super hardworking Laini Taylor. Both Dreamdark books are true masterpieces.

Picture Book (Fiction)
All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon; illustrated by Marla Frazee
Beach Lane Books
Nominated by: Cynthia Leitich Smith
I LOVE this book, and I can’t decide which I love more, the words or the illustrations. This is a perfect example of a picture book, standing equally on both legs. It’s a beautiful message for today and always–sure to become a classic.

Middle Grade Fiction
by Laurie Halse Anderson
Simon & Schuster
Nominated by: melissa
This is historical fiction at its best, and a book that needed to be written. The only thing missing is book two. I can’t wait! Exellent choice, judges!

Easy Reader
Watch Me Throw the Ball! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
by Mo Willems
Nominated by: Melissa
You just gotta love Elephant and Piggie. ‘Nuf said. Although I think THERE’S A BIRD ON YOUR HEAD will always be my favorite.

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