Friday, October 3, 2008

Anokaberry's Salute to the Cybils 2008

Cybils 2008: The Children's & Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards
The Cybils are the premier Web awards for children's literature. The public is invited to nominate books (one nomination in each category) from October 1-15, 2008. Panels of bloggers award the prizes. Finalists are announced on January 1, the winners on February 14. Cybils have nine categories, Anokaberry has added "Early Juvenile Fiction" to these nine, to make up the 10 you see below. Anokaberry has made her nominations but salutes the Cybils here by listing our favorites so far this year. There are stacks (dozens, hundreds?) of books still to be read - either not yet officially published or that are waiting for us so this list is Anokaberry's Salute to the Cybil's List, October 2008.

Young Adult Fiction:
Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne
After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueling Woodson
Black Box by Julie Schumacher
Deep Down Popular by Phoebe Stone
Game by Walter Dean Myers
Girl Who Saw Lions by Berlie Doherty
Girl, Hero by Carrie Jones
The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine by April Lurie
Shift by Jennifer Bradbury
Skin Deep by E.M. Crane
Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers
Trouble by Gary Schmidt

Middle Grade Fiction:
42 Miles by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
Along Came Spider by James Preller
The Comeback Season by Jennifer Smith
A Difficult Boy by M.P. Barker
Floating Circus by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer
Grow by Juanita Havill
I Am Apache by Tanya Landman
Jimmy's Stars by Mary Ann Rodman
Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park
Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith
Ringside, 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial by Jen Bryant
Rits by Mariken Jongman
Six Innings by James Preller
A Thousand Never Evers by Shana Burg
Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
Walls of Cartagena by Julie Durango
Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls
Where the Steps Where by Andrea Cheng

Honeybee: Poems & Short Prose by Naomi Shibab Nye
There Was a Man Who Loved a Rat: and Other Vile Little Poems by Gerda Rovetch
Hip Hop Speaks to Children With Audio CD: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat by Nikki Giovanni
The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle

Nonfiction Picture Books:
Keep Your Eye on the Kid: The Early Years of Buster Keaton by Catherine Brighton
Mazes Around the World by Mary D. Lankford
Sandy's Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder by Tanya Lee
Women Daredevils by Julia Cummins

Nonfiction Middle Grade/Young Adult Books:
Ain't Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry by Scott Reynolds Nelson
Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders by Eric Etheridge
The Great Race: The Amazing Round-the-World Auto Race of 1908 by Gary Blackwood
Little Leap Forward: A Boy in Beijing by Gue Yue
The Mayflower & the Pilgrims' New World by Nathaniel Philbrick
One Hundred Young Americans by Michael Franzini
A People's History of American Empire by Howard Zinn
War is...: Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk about War by Marc Aronson
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
What the World Eats by Peter Menzel
Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: Making Comics: Manga, Graphic Novels, and Be ... by Jessica Abel

Graphic Novels:
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Life Sucks by Jessica Abel
Little Vampire by Joann Sfar
Skim by Mariko Tamaki

Fiction Picture Books:
Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman
Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett
My Friend, the Starfinder by George Ella Lyon
Traction Man Meets Turbo Dog by Mini Grey
McFig and McFly: A Tale of Jealousy, Revenge, and Death (with a Happy Ending) by Henrik Drescher

Fantasy and Science Fiction:
Facttracker by Jason Carter Eaton
Gods of Manhattan by Scott Mebus
Heck: Where the Bad Kids Go by Dale E. Basye
Jeremy Cabbage and the Living Museum of Human Oddballs and Quadruped Delights by David Elliott
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Last of the High Kings by Kate Thompson
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman
Storyteller by Edward Myers
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry

Early Juvenile Fiction:
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look
Clementine's Letter by Sara Pennypacker
The Frandidate by Jim Benton
Kaline Klattermaster's Tree House by Haven Kimmel
Lulu Atlantis and the Quest for True Blue Love by Patricia Martin
Manolito Four-Eyes by Elvira Lindo
Mr. Karp's Last Glass by Cary Fagan
Rex Zero, King of Nothing by Tim Wynne-Jones
You're a Bad Man, Mr. Gum by Andy Stanton

Easy Readers:
I Love My New Toy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems
Stinky (Toon Books) by Eleanor Davis


Jen Robinson said...

Wow! This is quite a list, Nan. Thanks for the salute to the Cybils.

You know what's amazing, though? How few of the books that you've listed that I've read. And you know, I read a fair bit. It just goes to show how difficult it is for anyone to keep up, and how valuable sites like Anokaberry, and awards like the Cybils, are in helping people to zoom in on some good titles.

Nan Hoekstra said...

You are still with me! I'm so glad - you know, you were the first person I reached out to when I started this blog adventure and hearing from you is a hug! Thank You. Yes, I want to salute and honor the Cybils -- what an amazing structure you have created and what a service you provide. It is so valuable to librarians, like me! And to others - young people, teachers, parents - that give it a look. We are all so close in this environment and accessible! to each other. My excitement and fervor is as strong - stronger? - now as it was when this Anokaberry began swirling in my heart so long ago. I am with you all, our endeavor is so important -- maybe some year I will be able to serve on a Cybil panel...