CYBILS Finalist Lists: Easy Readers and Short Chapters

Childrens and Young Adult Bloggers AwardsI’ve spent the past few days browsing the 2009 Cybils finalist lists. With each list, I got more and more excited!  For once, there is a list with books I know and have read. I even nominated a short-chapter book finalist. What are the odds?

Serving on the Easy Reader/Short Chapter Book panel was a blast. I was already a fan of Sarah Neal (In Need of Chocolate); Anastasia Suen (Picture Book of the Day among others); Jennifer Wharton (Jean Little Library); and Melissa Young (Sweet On Books). But having the chance to talking books with them was just too cool.

There were a number of the books that I wasn’t initially familiar with, and I am glad to have had the chance to read them. It is nice to see such a variety of choices for new and developing readers.  I’ve got the covers and nomination data for the finalists, here, but I would HIGHLY recommend that you head over to the Jean Little Library, where Jennifer reviews all the nominated easy readers and short chapter books.

Easy Reader Finalists

Dinosaur Hunt (Max Spaniel)
by David Catrow
Orchard Books
Nominated by: Becky

Good Dog, Aggie
by Lori Ries
Nominated by: EM

Mr. Putter & Tabby Spill the Beans
by Cynthia Rylant
Nominated by: Tara Lazar

Shampoodle (Step into Reading)
by Joan Holub
Random House Children’s Books
Nominated by: Barbara Eppenger

Watch Me Throw the Ball! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
by Mo Willems
Nominated by: Melissa

Short Chapter Book Finalists

Alice’s Shooting Star
by Tim Kennemore
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Bad to the Bone (Down Girl and Sit)
by Lucy Nolan
Marshall Cavendish Childrens Books
Nominated by: Jennifer Wharton

How Oliver Olson Changed the World
by Claudia Mills
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Nominated by: Elizabeth Bird

Mercy Watson: Something Wonky This Way Comes
by Kate DiCamillo
Candlewick Press
Nominated by: Alyson

Roscoe Riley Rules #7: Never Race a Runaway Pumpkin
by Katherine Applegate
Nominated by: yours truly

Whittling these lists to one book in each category is not going to be an easy task for the Round II Judges.

Heather Acerro, ACPL Kids, ACPL Mock Geisel
Amanda Blau, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Sharon Hrycewicz, Bend in the Road
Cynthia Lord, Cynthia Lord’s Journal
Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books

These are great books, all, with a lot of diversity in presentation and audience reading level.

More on other categories in the days to come.


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4 responses to “CYBILS Finalist Lists: Easy Readers and Short Chapters

  1. I was so excited to see the finalists listed! There were so many in the beginning round, I don’t envy those of you trying to narrow down the long lists, but now that it seems more manageable I’m going to pick up a few this week. My son has really been getting into the Mo Williams Elephant and Piggie books recently, but I want to see how he takes to the others. Great finalists, I can’t wait to hear who wins!

  2. Just picking among the Elephant and Piggie books is hard! Shampoodle is great for some laughs … I liked A Birthday for Bear, too. Can’t wait to see what you find and how your son likes them!

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