2012 Nerdy Book Club Award Nominees

I spent the day combing through your 2012 Nerdy Book Club Award nominations–discovering many new titles and revisiting many books that my students, colleagues, and I enjoyed reading this year. Thank you to the hundreds of readers who took the time to nominate books. Narrowing a wonderful year of reading into a short list of titles challenges avid readers, and I know you had to make tough choices!

The 2011 Nerdies shortlist contained 97 titles. Click the link on the blog’s tool bar if you would like the 2011 list or visit last year’s Nerdy Book Club Award finalists post, Mooning Over Book Lists. This year’s finalists’ list contains 154 titles in seven categories. We planned to shortlist the top twenty nominees in each category, but tie votes and landslide nominations for many books resulted in more or less titles than twenty in some categories. You don’t mind more books, do you?

In two weeks, we will open the final ballot and invite readers to select our final 2012 Nerdy Book Club Award winners. These two weeks will give readers time to review the finalists and consider titles before voting begins. I plan to spend the next fourteen days catching up on the unread Nerdy nominees I have in my to-read pile. I want to be as informed as possible before I cast my final vote! I hope you enjoy poring over the list and finding new books to read and share.

Congratulations to our Nerdy Book Club Award authors and illustrators! Your work has been chosen by teachers, librarians, children, booksellers, and readers everywhere as one of the best books of 2012. Thank you for providing marvelous reading experience for the children in our lives (and us). Everyone here at the Nerdy Book Club looks forward to sharing your books with more readers!

2012 Nerdy Book Club Award Nominationschopsticks rosenthall

Picture Books: Fiction (22)

A Home For Bird by Philip C. Stead

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano and Erin Stead

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead and Erin Stead

Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman and Dan Yaccarino

Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett and Adam Rex

Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Scott Magoon

Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson and E. B. Lewis

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

hello! hello! by Matthew Cordell

I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi

The Monsters’ Monster by Patrick McDonnell

Oh, No! by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann

One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo and David Small

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean and Eric Litwin

Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole

Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham and Paul Zelinsky

Picture Books: Nonfiction (20)brothers at bat

A Leaf Can Be . . . by Laura Purdie Salas and Violeta Dabija

A Rock Is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long

Annie and Helen by Deborah Hopkinson and Raul Colon

Birds of a Feather by Bernadette Gervais and Francesco Pittau

Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child by Jessie Hartland

A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson and John Hendrix

Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team by Audrey Vernick and Steven Salerno

Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd

Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asim and Bryan Collier

Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller by Doreen Rappaport and Matt Tavares

Here Come the Girl Scouts!: The Amazing All-True Story of Juliette ‘Daisy’ Gordon Low and Her Great Adventure by Shana Corey and Hadley Hooper

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr. and Kadir Nelson

Island: A Story of the Galápagos by Jason Chin

It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw by Don Tate and R. Gregory Christie

Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A. Nivola

Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman

Nic Bishop Snakes by Nic Bishop

The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins

There Goes Ted William: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived by Matt Tavares

Those Rebels, John and Tom by Barbara Kerley and Edwin Fotheringham

Early Reader/ Chapter Books (10) marty mcguire

Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel

Bink and Gollie, Two for One by Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee and Tony Fucile

Let’s Go For A Drive! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

Listen to My Trumpet! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

Lulu Walks the Dogs by Judith Viorst and Lane Smith

Marty McGuire Digs Worms! by Kate Messner and Brian Floca

Penny and Her Doll by Kevin Henkes

Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes

Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell

Sadie and Ratz by Sonya Hartnett and Ann James

Graphic Novels (20)Cardboard

Amulet #5: The Prince of Elves by Kazu Kibuishi

Babymouse #16: Babymouse for President by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm

Bird & Squirrel on the Run by James Burks

Cardboard by Doug TenNapel

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony & Rodrigo Corral

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Earthling! by Mark Fearing

Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre

Hades: Lord of the Dead (Olympians) by George O’Connor

Legends of Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke

Little White Duck: A Childhood in China by Na Liu and Andres Vera Martinez

Lunch Lady #7: Lunch Lady and the Mutant Mathletes by Jarrett Krosoczka

Lunch Lady #8: Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril by Jarrett Krosoczka

Mal and Chad: Food Fight! by Stephen McCranie

Squish #3: The Power of the Parasite by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm

Squish #4: Captain Disaster by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm

Teen Boat by John Green and Dave Roman

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle and Hope Larson

The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci and Nate Powell

Poetry (20)water sings blue

Dare to Dream…Change the World by Jill Corcoran and J. Beth Jepson

Edgar Allan Poe’s Pie: Math Puzzlers in Classic Poems by J. Patrick Lewis and Michael Slack

Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart by Mary Ann Hoberman and Michael Emberley

Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems by Gail Carson Levine and Matthew Cordell

In the Sea by David Elliott and Holly Meade

I’ve Lost My Hippopotamus by Jack Prelutsky and Jackie Urbanovic

Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge and Andrea Dezso

A Meal of the Stars: Poems Up and Down by Dana Jensen and Tricia Tusa

National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar! by J. Patrick Lewis

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman

Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies and Mark Hearld

Poem Runs: Baseball Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian

The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems About the Presidents by Susan Katz and Robert Neubecker

Step Gently Out by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder

A Stick Is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play by Marilyn Singer and LeUyen Pham

A Strange Place to Call Home: The World’s Most Dangerous Habitats & the Animals That Call Them Home by Marilyn Singer and Ed Young

UnBEElievables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian

Walking on Earth and Touching the Sky: Poetry and Prose by Lakota Youth at Red Cloud Indian School by Timothy P. McLaughlin, S. D. Nelson and Joseph Marshall III

Water Sings Blue by Kate Coombs and Meilo So

What’s Looking At You Kid? by J. Patrick Lewis

Middle Grade and Young Adult Nonfiction (19)tuberculosis

Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass: The Story Behind an American Friendship by Russell Freedman

Beyond Courage: The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocaust by Doreen Rappaport

A Black Hole Is Not a Hole by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano and Michael Carroll

Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

The Book of Blood: From Legends and Leeches to Vampires and Veins by H.P. Newquist

The Fairy Ring: Or Elsie and Frances Fool the World by Mary Losure

Guy-Write: What Every Guy Writer Needs to Know by Ralph Fletcher

The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure by Martin W. Sandler

Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure by Jim Murphy and Alison Blank

The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity (Scientists in the Field Series) by Elizabeth Rusch

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose

The Plant Hunters: True Stories of Their Daring Adventures to the Far Corners of the Earth by Anita Silvey

Seymour Simon’s Extreme Earth Records by Seymour Simon (new addition to the list)

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery and Temple Grandin

The Giant and How He Humbugged America by Jum Murphy

Titanic: Voices From the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson

Unusual Creatures: A Mostly Accurate Account of Some of Earth’s Strangest Animals by Michael Hearst, Jelmer Noordeman, Christie Wright and Arjen Noordeman

We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson

Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature’s Undead by Rebecca L. Johnson

Middle Grade Fiction (22)one and only ivan

Capture the Flag by Kate Messner

The Cloak Society by Jeramey Kraatz

Crow by Barbara Wright

Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner

Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood

The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

The Humming Room by Ellen Potter

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

May B by Caroline Starr Rose

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Young Adult Fiction (21)grave mercy

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

Boy21 by Matthew Quick

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein

The Crown of Embers (Girl of Fire and Thorns) by Rae Carson

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Every Day by David Levithan

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Grave Mercy by R.A. LaFevers

Immortal Lycanthropes by Hal Johnson

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Me & Earl & the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and R. Gregory Christie

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

The Raven Boys Maggie Steifvater

See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

The Wicked and the Just by Jillian Anderson Coats

** Corrections

No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson and R. Gregory Christie was incorrectly placed in the nonfiction category. It has been moved to the YA fiction category. Thanks to Monica Edinger for the heads-up.

How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg and Kevin O’Malley is ineligible because it was originally published in 2011. Seymour Simon’s Extreme Earth Records by Seymour Simon earned the next nomination slot.

Donalyn Miller is a fourth grade teacher at Peterson Elementary in Fort Worth, TX. She is the author of The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child. Donalyn co-hosts the monthly Twitter chat, #titletalk (with Nerdy co-founder, Colby Sharp), and facilitates the Twitter reading initiative, #bookaday.