This is the sixth year of the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers Literary- (The Cybils). I always look forward to Cybils time. In 2009, my middle grade fantasy pick, The Prince of Fenway Park by Baggott was a finalist.
For the most part(difficult to do in poetry genre) I only nominate books that feature kids of color or a diverse cast because they need the exposure. Even if a nominated title doesn't move beyond the first round, it still got into the hands of seven readers, all of whom are bloggers and book lovers. The judges who like it will tell others about it, increasing the books visibility.
Below is a list of some eligible yet to be nominated titles. The books in bold are ones I really want to see nominated. Since I am doing this as an independent, its okay if I play favorites. Nominations are open until Oct. 15th, so there's still a little time to do a quick library run.
My Hands Sing the Blues by Jeanne Walker Harvey
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match by Monica Brown
Waiting for the Biblioburro by Monica Brown - nominated
The Boy in the Garden by Allen Say - nominated
Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson - nominated
One Love by Cedella Marley
Dear Baobab by Cheryl Foggo
Non Fiction Picture Book
Play Ball Jackie by Stephen Krensky
Before There Was Mozart by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Short Chapter Books
Almost Zero by Nikki Grimes
Zapato Power:Freddie Ramos Zooms to the Rescue by Jacqueline Jules - nominated
Invasion of the Potty Snatchers by Dav Pilkey
Middle Grade Fiction
Alvin Ho: Allegric to Dead Bodies, Funreals and other Fatal Circumstances by Lenore Look
How Tia Lola Ended Up Starting Over by Julia Alvarez
With the Might of Angels by Andrea Davis Pinkney
I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly by Joyce Hansen
Middle Grade Fantasy
Nerds: The Cheerleaders of Doom by Micheal Buckley
Dragons Silk by Laurence Yep
Young Adult Fantasy
The Boy from IIysies by Pearl North
The Death Cure by James Dashner
Young Adult Fiction
Silhouetted by the Blue by Traci L. Jones
If I Could Fly by Judith Ortiz Cofer
Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez
Glitz by Philiana Marie Boles -nominated
Skatefate by Juan Felipe Herrera
Jazz in Love by Neesha Meminger -nominated
Blank Confession by Pete Hautman
A Good Long Way by Rene Saldana Jr.
My Name is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson
Middle Grade/YA Non fiction
A Girl Named Faithful Plum by Richard Bernstein
I thought this wonderful book trailer for One Love tied in perfectly and couldn't resist sharing.