Quills Finalists

The finalists for the Quills have been announced.  Each category will have a single winner decided by a board of 6,000 booksellers and librarians.  The category winners will be announced in mid-September.  Then the public will get the chance to vote for the overall winner of all categories.

Of course the categories of interest to me are the ones for children and teens.  Here are the lists of nominees:

Children’s Picture Books

The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon by Mini Grey

Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy by Jane O’Connor

Flotsam by David Wiesner (My top pick!)

Orange Pear Apple Bear
by Emily Gravett (My second to the top pick)

Owen & Mzee: The Language of Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff

Children’s Chapter/Middle Grade

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker (YES!)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney (one of my son’s favorites of the year)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (one of my favorites of the year, and my top pick)

Pick Me Up by Jeremy Leslie

The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

Young Adult/Teen

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (YES!)

The Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages

Incantation by Alice Hoffman (one of my favorites of last year)

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Sold by Patricia McCormick (my top pick)

It’s a very nice selection of great books.  What are your favorites?

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