Cybils Awards to Be Announced February 14

cybilsAre you excited about this Sunday, February 14? Can you hear the sound of drum rolls?

February 14 is a huge day because, in addition to being Valentine’s Day, the 2009 Cybils Award winners are going to be announced.

The Cybils are annual book awards given by children’s and young adult book bloggers. The Cybils have only two criteria: literary merit and kid appeal.

The judges are 100+ bloggers who write about children’s and teen’s books every day. As some of you already know, I have been acting as a Round II judge in the category of nonfiction picture book (Is there any other genre? 🙂 ).

Here is a list of the nonfiction picture book finalists that were announced on January 1st. Check the Cybils website for more information on each book. (If you are looking for books to share with your children, the other genre finalists are fantastic as well.)

Which of these finalists do you think will be the 2009 winner? Do you have a favorite?

2009 Non-fiction Picture Book Finalists:

Mermaid Queen: The Spectacular True Story Of Annette Kellerman, Who Swam Her Way To Fame, Fortune & Swimsuit History!

by Shana Corey


The Day-Glo Brothers

by Chris Barton
 and illustrated by Tony Persiani

Life-Size Zoo: From Tiny Rodents to Gigantic Elephants, An Actual Size Animal Encyclopedia

Created by Teruyuki Komiya with photographs by Toyofumi Fukuda

Seven Footer Press

14 Cows for America

by Carmen Agra Deedy


Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

by Brian Floca


Down, Down, Down: A Journey to the Bottom of the Sea

by Steve Jenkins

Houghton Mifflin

Faith (Global Fund for Children Books)

by Maya Ajmera, Magde Nakassis, and Cynthia Pon for the Global Fund for Children


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