Thursday, January 01, 2009

And the Finalists Are ... Cybils Nonfiction Picture Books

After weeks of reading and reviewing books, the shortlist for nonfiction picture books is in. HURRAY! I am so pleased to have been a part of this process. Working with Becky (In the Pages), David (Adventures at Wilder Farm), Jone (Check It Out), and Debbie (Readerbuzz), was a wonderful experience. I also can't forget to mention our fearless leader, author and blogger extraordinaire, Fiona Bayrock of Books and 'Rocks. Thanks to all!

This year we had the difficult task of selecting 7 finalists from a pool of 59 very worthy titles. We are thrilled to hand this list off to the judging panel, confident that they will have much to discuss in the days ahead. The folks who will work together to make the final decision are:
Without further ado, here are the finalists in the Cybils nonfiction picture book category.

Astronaut Handbook
written and illustrated by Meghan McCarthy

Duel! Burr and Hamilton's Deadly War of Words
written by Dennis Brindell Fradin and illustrated by Larry Day

Fabulous Fishes
written and illustrated by Susan Stockdale

Nic Bishop Frogs
written and photographed by Nic Bishop

A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams
written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Wanda Gág: The Girl Who Lived to Draw
written and illustrated by Deborah Kogan Ray
Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa
written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter

Now that you've seen one list, do head on over to the Cybils and check out all of the finalists.


  1. I've read every one of these books, Tricia, and I agree with you and the judges that they all should be honored. It's an excellent list.

    And I'm thrilled that a book I nominated (Wanda Gag) made it to the finalist list!

  2. Jeanette Winter is a wonderful author! I can't wait to read "Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa."