2012 Nerdy Book Awards

What began as a list of 154 nominated books in 7 categories  has now been voted on to give us these chosen titles for the following categories. Please note that the category titles contain links to the announcement posts. (Categories that have not had winners announced yet will still have nominees listed.)

Picture Books: Fiction

Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman and Dan Yaccarino

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson and E. B. Lewis

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

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

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen


Picture Books: Nonfiction 

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

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

Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman

The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins


Early Reader/ Chapter Books 

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

Marty McGuire Digs Worms! by Kate Messner and Brian Floca


Graphic Novels 

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

Cardboard by Doug TenNapel

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Legends of Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke

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



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

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

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

Step Gently Out by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder

UnBEElievables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian


Middle Grade and Young Adult Nonfiction 

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

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

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

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

Titanic: Voices From the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson


Middle Grade Fiction

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Wonder by R.J. Palacio


Young Adult Fiction 

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein

Every Day by David Levithan

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

The Raven Boys Maggie Stiefvater

See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles