2014 Nerdy Book Awards



Clicking on the category titles will take you to the announcement posts

Fiction Picture Books

A Dance Like Starlight by Kristy Dempsey

Blizzard by John Rocco

Emily’s Blue Period by Cathleen Daly

Flashlight by Liz Boyd

Flora and the Penguin by Molly Idle

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio

Hooray for Hat by Brian Won

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

Kid Sheriff and the Terrible Toads by Bob Shea and Lane Smith

Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato

Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light

My Teacher Is a Monster by Peter Brown

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo

Ninja! by Arree Chung

Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

Quest by Aaron Becker

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Sparky by Jenny Offill

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

The Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee

The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

The Pigeon Takes a Bath by Mo Willems

The Troublemaker by Lauren Castillo


Non Fiction Picture Books

Creature Features by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox, Illustrated by Brian Floca

Eye to Eye: How Animals See the World by Steve Jenkins

Feathers Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart, Illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen

Grandfather Gandhi by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus, Illustrated by Evan Turk

Handle with Care: An Unusual Butterfly Journey by Loree Griffin Burns, Photographs by Ellen Harasimowicz

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of a Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate, Illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Josephine: Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell, Illustrated by Christian Robinson

Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward, Illustrated by Steve Jenkins

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis, Illustrated by Gilbert Ford

Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California’s Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy

Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh

Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914 by John Hendrix

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos by Stephanie Roth Sisson

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan, Illustrated by Hadley Hooper

The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry by Peter Sís

The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus by Jen Bryant & Melissa Sweet

The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life by Lois Ehlert

Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes by Nicola Davies, Illustrated by Emily Sutton


Early Readers and Chapter Books

My New Friend is So Fun! by Mo Willems

Waiting is Not Easy by Mo Willems

The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Princess in Black by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale

Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon

Lulu’s Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst

Shelter Pet Squad #1: Jelly Bean by Cynthia Lord

Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets by Kate Messner

Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake by Julie Sternberg


Middle Grade/Young Adult Non Fiction

Angel Island: Gateway to Gold Mountain by Russell Freedman

Beetle Busters: A Rogue Insect and the People Who Track It by Loree Griffin Burns

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Bugged: How Insects Changed History by Sarah Albee

Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices edited by Lisa Charleyboy

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines by Paul Fleischman

Guys Read: True Stories Edited by Jon Sciesczka

How They Choked: Failures, Flops, and Flaws of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg

Plastic, Ahoy!: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch by Patricia Newman and Annie Crawley

Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steven Sheinkin

Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat by Gail Jarrow

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl by Esther Earl


Graphic Novels

Amulet 6: Escape from Lucien by Kazu Kibuishi

Bird and Squirrel on Ice by James Burks

Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice by Mike Maihack

Comics Squad: Recess! Edited by Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm and Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Happy Birthday, Babymouse by Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm

Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust by Loïc Dauvillier, Marc Lizano (illustrator), and Greg Salsedo (Ink)

Lowriders in Space by Cathy Camper and Raul Gonzalez

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood (A World War I Tale) by Nathan Hale

Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Review Presents Macbeth by Ian Lendler and Zack Giallongo (illustrator)

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll


Poetry and Novels in Verse

Caminar by Skila Brown

Dear Wandering Wildebeest: And Other Poems from the Water Hole by Irene Latham, illustrated by Anna Wadham

Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Harlem Hellfighters by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Gary Kelley

Hi, Koo! by Jon J. Muth

How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Hadley Hooper

On the Wing by David Elliott, illustrated by Becca Stadtlander

Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty by Christine Heppermann

Santa Clauses: Short Poems from the North Pole by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Chuck Groenink

Sequoia by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Wendell Minor

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Shane Evans

Water Can Be… by Laura Purdie Salas, illustrated by Violeta Dabija

Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen


Middle Grade Fiction

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

Boys of Blur by N.D. Wilson

Circa Now by Amber McRee Turner

Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington

Dash by Kirby Larson

Death by Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart

Five, Six, Seven, Nate by Tim Federle

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm

The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

How to Outrun a Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied by Jess Keating

The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson

Nest by Esther Ehrlich

Nightingale’s Nest by Nikki Loftin

Rain, Reign by Ann M. Martin

Revolution by Deborah Wiles

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing by Sheila Turnage

The Meaning of Maggie by Jean Sovern

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The Riverman by Aaron Starmer

The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holzcer

The Witch’s Boy by Kelly Barnhill

Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie Lamana

West of the Moon by Margi Preus


Young Adult Fiction*

100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A. S. King

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

Pointe by Brandy Colbert

Silver by Chris Wooding

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The Secret Sky: A Novel of Forbidden Love in Afghanistan by Atia Abawi

The Story of Owen by E.K. Johnston

The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Threatened by Eliot Schrefer

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

*There is a second YA Fiction post that you can access at the bottom of the one linked above.