Cybils Nominations!

The Cybil Award nominations close tomorrow!  Remember, anyone can nominate a book.  Teachers, librarians, parents, readers, teens, grandparents- anyone!

The Rules (courtesy of the Cybil Awards website)

The rules:

  • One book per genre per person. Have two young adult books you love? Get a best friend, co-worker or random stranger to nominate the other one.
  • Anyone may nominate. Anyone! This means you. And me. And that person over there, and the guy who cut you off in traffic. Or that kid you won’t sit next to at lunch. Anyone!
  • The book must have been published between the last contest and this close of this one. In other words, between Oct. 16, 2009 and Oct. 15th 2010.
  • The book can be bilingual, but one of the languages must be English.
  • As long as a book has a nomination, it’ll be considered. You don’t need to try and nominate it over and over. The nomination form will kick it back to you anyway.

All you need is the 13-digit ISBN number, easily found on Amazon.  Now, nominations are almost closed, but there are still some great books that need to be nominated!  Looking for some ideas?


Middle Grade/YA Nonfiction:

Lost States: True Stories of Texlahoma, Transylvania, and Other States That Never Made it by Michael J. Trinklein- Everyone knows the fifty states but did you know about the hundreds of other statehood proposals that never worked out? This book is a tribute to the great unrealized states of West Florida, South California, Half-Breed Tracts, Rough and Ready, and others.

Saving the Baghdad Zoo: A True Story of Hope and Heroes by Kelly Milner Halls- The true story of volunteers from all over the world who worked to save the animals of the Baghdad Zoo during the war in Iraq.

Journey into the Deep: Discovering New Ocean Creatures by Rebecca L. Johnson- An exploration of ocean research sites all over the world who participated in the Marine Life Census from 2000-2010.

Liberty or Death: The Surprising Story of Runaway Slaves who Sided with the British During the American Revolution by Margaret Whitman Blair- The real story of African Americans during the Revolutionary War.

The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According To Susy) by Barbara Kerley- A look at Mark Twain’s life through the eyes of young Susy Clemens.

William Shakespeare: His Life and Times by Kristen McDermott- A creative biography of William Shakespeare, presented as a scrapbook made for his daughter.

Cleopatra Rules!: The Amazing Life of the Original Teen Queen by Vicky Alvear Shecter- I haven’t read this one yet, but the design is great and it’s gotten pretty good reviews!

YA Fiction:

The Beautiful Between by Alyssa Sheinmel- I loved this quiet coming-of-age novel set in New York City.


All of my favorite middle-grade books have been nominated.  Yay!