2013 Nerdy Book Awards

What began as a list of 93 nominated books in 8 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 Book Fiction

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, illustrated by Matthew Myers

Bluebird by Bob Staake

Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenhel

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

Journey by Aaron Becker

Little Red Writing by Joan Holub, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

The Story of Fish & Snail by Deborah Freedman


Picture Book Nonfiction  

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Building Our House by Jonathan Bean

Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton by Meghan McCarthy

Frog Song by Brenda Z. Guiberson, illustrated by Gennady Spirin

Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animals’ Lives by Lola M. Schaefer, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

Look Up: Bird Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children by Jan Pinborough, illustrated by Debby Atwell

No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart and Allen Young, illustrated by Nicole Wong

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne, illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky

Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth

Something to Prove: The Great Satchel Paige Vs. Rookie Joe DiMaggio by Rob Skead, illustrated by Floyd Cooper

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos by Deborah Heiligman, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins, illustrated by Jill McElmurry

Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell  by Tanya Lee Stone, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman


Early Reader/ Chapter Books

A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems

Bink and Gollie: Best Friends Forever by Kate DiCamillo & Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile

Bowling Alley Bandit by Laurie Keller

I’m a Frog! by Mo Willems

Ling & Ting Share a Birthday by Grace Lin

Like Bug Juice on a Burger by Julie Sternberg

Penny and Her Marble by Kevin Henkes

The Quirks: Welcome to Normal by Erin Soderberg

The Show Must Go On! by Kate Klise & M. Sarah Klise

The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes


Middle Grade and Young Adult Nonfiction

The Animal Book: A Collection of the Fastest, Fiercest, Toughest, Cleverest, Shyest–and Most Surprising–Animals on Earth by Steve Jenkins

Courage Has No Color, The True Story of the Triple Nickles: America’s First Black Paratroopers by Tanya Lee Stone

Eruption!: Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives by Elizabeth Rusch, illustrated by Tom Uhlman

Lincoln’s Grave Robbers by Steve Sheinkin

Locomotive by Brian Floca

Seymour Simon’s Extreme Oceans by Seymour Simon

Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Ropeby Bridget Heos, illustrated by Andy Comins

The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible . . . on Schindler’s List by Leon Leyson, Marilyn J. Harran, & Elisabeth B. Leyson

The Mystery of Darwin’s Frog by Marty Crump Ph.D,  illustrated by Steve Jenkins and Edel Rodriguez  

The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb


Graphic Novels  

Babymouse #17: Extreme Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm  

Bluffton: My Summers with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan

Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party by Nathan Hale

Lunch Lady #9: Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci and Sara Varon

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks

Poseidon: Earth Shaker by George O’Connor

Squish #5: Game On! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matt Holm

The Great American Dust Bowl by Don Brown

The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth


Poetry and Novels in Verse

Forest Has a Song: Poems by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, illustrated by Robbin Gourley

Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Josee Masse

God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Marla Frazee

Gone Fishing: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger, illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War by Helen Frost

Pug: And Other Animal Poems by Valerie Worth, illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Stardines Swim High Across the Sky: and Other Poems by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Carin Berger  

The Pet Project: Cute and Cuddly Vicious Verses by Lisa Wheeler

What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms, and Blessings by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

Words with Wings by Nikki Grimes


Middle Grade Fiction

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle

Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Doll Bones by Holly Black

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Every Day After by Laura Golden

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell

Hold Fast by Blue Balliet

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams Garcia

Rump: The True Story of Rumplestilskin by Liesl Shurtliff

The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech

The Center of Everything by Linda Urban

The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt

The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Wake Up Missing by Kate Messner


Young Adult Fiction

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Paperboy by Vince Vawter

Reality Boy by A.S. King

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Winger by Andrew Smith

Nominees and Winners!

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