2015 Nerdy Book Awards

Fiction Picture Books

Boats for Papa by Jessixa Bagley

First Grade Dropout by Audrey Vernick, illus. by Matthew Cordell

Float by Daniel Miyares

If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer, illus. by Oliver Jeffers

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk, illus. Brendan Kearney

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena, illus. by Christian Robinson

Lenny and Lucy by Philip C. Stead, illus. by Erin E. Stead

Leo, a Ghost Story by Mac Barnett, illus. by Christian Robinson

Lost. Found. by Marsha Diane Arnold, illus. by Matthew Cordell

Mango, Abuela, and Me by Meg Medina, illus. by Angela Dominguez

McToad Mows Tiny Island by Tom Angleberger, illus. by John Hendrix

Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins

Pool by Jihyeon Lee

Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall

Sidewalk Flowers by Jon Arno Lawson, illus. by Sydney Smith

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach

The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt, illus. by Oliver Jeffers

The Moon is Going to Addy’s House by Ida Pearle

The Nonsense Book by Eric Carle

The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

The Whisper by Pamela Zagarenski

This is Sadie by Sara O’Leary, illus. by Julie Morstad

To the Sea by Cale Atkinson

Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins, illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky

Waiting by Kevin Henkes

What About Moose by Corey Rosen Schwartz & Rebecca J. Gomez, illus. by Keika Yamaguchi

Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman, illus. by Zachariah OHora

Yard Sale by Eve Bunting, illus. by Lauren Castillo


Non Fiction Picture Books

Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark, illus. by April Chu

Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle, illus. by Rafael López

Emmanuel’s Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson, illus. by Sean Qualls

Enormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings by Matthew Burgess, illus. by Kris D. Giacomo

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick, illus. by Sophie Blackall

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh

Gingerbread for Liberty by Mara Rockliff, illus. by Vincent X. Kirsch

Growing Up Pedro by Matt Tavares

How to Swallow a Pig by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans by Phil Bildner, illus. by John Parra

Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France by Mara Rockliff, illus. by Jacopo Bruno

Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate

Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Hunstville, Alabama by Hester Bass, illus. by E.B. Lewis

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder, illus. by Julie Morstad

The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko, illus. by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko

Tree of Wonder: The Many Marvelous Lives of a Rainforest Tree by Kate Messner, illus. by Simona Mulazani

The Impossibly True Story of Tricky Vic: The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower by Greg Pizzoli

Voice of Freedom, Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carol Boston Weatherford, illus. by Ekua Holmes

Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Prevót, illus. by Aurélia Fronty

Water is Water by Miranda Paul, illus. by Jason Chin

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear That Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker, illus. by Jonathan D. Voss


Early Readers and Chapter Books

Ballet Cat and the Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea

Completely Clementine by Sara Pennypacker; Illustrated by Marla Frazee

Dory and the Real True Friend by Abby Hanlon

Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon

I Will Take a Nap by Mo Willems

Piper Green and the Fairy Tree by Ellen Potter; Illustrated by Qin Leng

Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party #2 by Shannon Hale

Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner

Shelter Pet Squad: Merlin by Cynthia Lord

The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi

What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig by Emma J. Virjan

Middle Grade/Young Adult Non Fiction

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose

Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary by Gail Jarrow

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin

The Octopus Scientist by Sy Montgomery, photographs by Keith Ellenbogen

Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights by Ann Bausum

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shastakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson

Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Untamed: The Wild Life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey

Why’d They Wear That: Fashion as the Mirror of History by Sarah Albee


Graphic Novels

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans by Don Brown

Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed the Earth by Judd Winick

Little Robot by Ben Hatke

Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure by Nadja Spiegelman and Sergio García Sánchez

Lumberjanes Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

March Book Two by by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Sunny Side Up by Jennifer and Matthew Holm


Poetry and Novels in Verse

28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World by Charles R. Smith, illus. by Shane W. Evans

Audacity by Melanie Crowder

Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose

Enchanted Air Two Cultures Two Wings A Memoir by Margarita Engle

Flutter and Hum/ Aleteo y Zumbido by Julie Paschkis

Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton

House Arrest by K.A. Holt

My Seneca Village by Marilyn Nelson

National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry selected by J. Patrick Lewis

Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott

Sweep Up the Sun by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder

The Death of The Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects selected by Paul B. Janeczko

Middle Grade Fiction

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielson

All the Answers by Kate Messner

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

George by Alex Gino

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams Garcia

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff

Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan

The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

The Nest written by Kenneth Oppel, Illustrated by Jon Klassen

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin


Young Adult Fiction

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

I Crawl Through It by A.S. King

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Read Between the Lines by Jo Knowles

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz & Kekla Magoon