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October 18, 2006


Little Willow

Will this category encompass verse novels (Hugging the Rock, etc) as well as poetry collections? Let me know before I nom.


Anthologies are eligible. "Hugging the Rock" is eligible in the middle-grade novel category, not poetry. On the whole, verse novels will be treated as fiction.

Kelly Fineman

Mites to Mastodons:A Book of Animal Poems Small and Large by Maxine Kumin, illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski


This is a HARD category... I love children's poetry but I love lots of old stuff. My nomination for this year's is Meow Ruff: A Story in Concrete Poetry.


Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich
by Adam Rex

Hilarious book. Every poem included is a winner. Illustrated throughout in a wide variety of styles, each style superb as well.


"Once Upon A Tomb: A Collection of Gravely Humorous Verses" by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Simon Bartram.

Judy Freeman

Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow by Joyce Sidman

Elizabeth Bird

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex

Jonathan Hunt

I, too, love FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH, and I haven't seen JAZZ yet, so I'm going to spend my nomination on . . . BEHOLD THE BOLD UMBRELLAPHANT, FLAMINGOS ON THE ROOF, or TOUR AMERICA . . . Okay, I'll go with the small press book: TOUR AMERICA by Diane Siebert, illustrated by Stephen Johnson, published by Chronicle.

Beverly Bixler

Naomi Shihab Nye
A Maze Me: Poems for Girls

Susan Thomsen (poetry administrator)

"A Maze Me" was published in 2005. Only books from 2006 are eligible for an award. But do come back and post your 2006 favorite.


I also tend to prefer the older stuff, plus there were several wonderful anthologies from 2005. This year for me is harder...

One of my sons just remembered "Rhyme & Punishment" by Brian Cleary.


Hey There, Stinkbug!
Leslie Bulion, illustrated by Leslie Evans


A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl - Tanya Lee Stone


I guess I should have put Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich into this category. Doh.

Little Willow

Thanks, Susan. Then I don't know what to nominate yet. Hmm.

Susan Thomsen (poetry administrator)

We are treating verse novels as fiction. "A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl" can be considered in the Young Adult Novels category. Thanks!


Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary by Julie Larios, Illustrated by Julie Paschkis

Jeanne Nicholson

The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems
Compiled and Illustrated by Jackie Morris
Thank you!!

Sylvia Vardell

I would like to nominate THE BRAID, an amazing verse novel by Helen Frost.


I would like to nominate a book called "The Friendly Four" by Eloise Greenfield, with illustrations by Jan Spivy Gilchrist.



handsprings by douglas florian (I finally was able to track down a copy and it was well worth the hunt!)


Meow Ruff: A Story in Concrete Poetry by Joyce Sidman and Michelle Berg.


Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant by Jack Prelutsky because I'm a sucker for silly animal poems.


Schoolyard Rhymes reminded me of elementary school. :)

Susan Thomsen

Kaitlin, thanks so much for stopping by. I wish we could consider "Schoolyard Rhymes," but it was published in 2005. I'd love to hear your suggestion from 2006, so do post again!


I nominate "Handsprings" by Douglas Florian. There have been poems about springtime since practically the beginning of poetry, but Florian's book manages to make the whole concept as fresh and sprightly as the season it celebrates.


"Blackbeard, the Pirate King," by J. Patrick Lewis (National Geographic).


And I'd like to nominate:

JAZZ, by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Christopher Myers.


Man in the Moon Fixer's Mask by JonArno Lawson. Very hard to define by age - but I think the 12& Up crowd will find much food for thought in this collection. (Both funny and serious poems - very well balanced.)

It came out from Boyds Mill this year but might have been published in Canada prior to that - I think it counts though from US date, right?


Thanks, Colleen. Yes, it's eligible.


There is a Flower at the End of My Nose Smelling Me by Alice Walker, illustrated by Stphen Vitale. I'm nominating this in picture books too.


Thanks, Wendy. Thank you! "There Is a Flower" will be considered in poetry only, going by the Library of Congress's designation, i.e. it's an 811.


Sylvia, thank you for nominating "The Braid," by Helen Frost. We are treating verse novels as fiction, so I will move the nomination to YA Fiction.


Sylvia, thank you for nominating "The Braid," by Helen Frost. We are treating verse novels as fiction, so I will move the nomination to YA Fiction.

Edward Vielmetti

"Bee-Bim Bop!" by Linda Sue Park. (I think it fits here.)

Susan Thomsen (poetry administrator)

"Bee-Bim Bop!" is a wonderful book, but it was published in 2005. We're considering 2006 titles for theses awards. I hope you'll return and post your 2006 favorite.

Sylvia Vardell

I would like to nominate DEAR MR. ROSENWALD by Carole Boston Weatherford and published by Scholastic. It tells a story through poems, but I would consider it a book of poetry.


I would like to nominate a fabulous collection of sweet little poems for children of all ages... "I Heard It From Alice Zuchinni" by Juanita Havill


When the Horses Ride by: Children in the Times of War by Eloise Greenfield


I'd like to nominate "Oh No Not Ghosts" By Richard Michelson and Illustrated by
Adam McCauley.

Read this book before Halloween, and it is just as funny now. Not sure if it should be under poetry or fiction picture books but this category seemed fitting.

Susan Thomsen (poetry administrator)

Derek, thanks! Oh No Not Ghosts is a fun one. It should go in Fiction Picture Books, so I will move it.

d elzey

I'm awfully fond of "Wing Nuts: Screwy Haiku" by Paul Janecko and Patrick Lewis. Very clever, a solid mix of haiku and puns.


I am nominating GOT GEOGRAPHY by Lee Bennett Hopkins. The poems are
creative and inspiring, with illustrations that are bright and bold.


I nominate CASTLES: OLD STONE POEMS by J. Patrick Lewis and Rebecca Kai Dotlich, illustrated by Dan Burr.
This enchanting book explores the history and lore of sixteen castles. The two poets blend style and voice to create a wondrous journey into the past. The rich, detailed art captures the allure or menace of each Medieval monument. Backmatter of facts and timeline add accurate information for teachers who want to use this as a supplemental text in history classes.

Anne (Web mistress)

I'm moving this nomination from a Jennifer Christie over from Picture Books:

When the Horses Ride By by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist


Sheila Ruth

Poetry Speaks to Children

Sheila Ruth

Nevermind. It was published in 2005. I should have checked BEFORE I nominated, not after. My bad. Sorry! I swear it seems like just a few months ago that it came out. Where does the time go?

Susan Thomsen

Sheila, I so know what you mean. Many of the books I thought of nominating were from 2005. Hello, where did that year go?

Laura Salas

FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH, which I just read, is the cleverest poetry collection I've read in a while. I was laughing out loud. It's got my vote.

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