Children's Chapter Book/Middle Grade:
- Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (Scholastic/Chicken House)
- Flush by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf)
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick)
- The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket (HarperCollins)
- Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud (Miramax)
I don't know if I want Inkspell or Ptolemy's Gate to win! Both are excellent books.
Children's Illustrated Book:
- Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser (HarperCollins)
- If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff, illus. by Felicia Bond (HarperCollins/Geringer)
- John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith (Hyperion)
- Walter the Farting Dog Goes on a Cruise by William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray and Elizabeth Gundy, illus. by Audrey Colman (Dutton)
- Winter's Tale: An Original Pop-up Journey by Robert Sabuda (Little Simon)
I don't read many picture books, so I'm not as familiar with the books in this category. But I love Robert Sabuda's work, so I'd probably vote for that.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Eldest by Christopher Paolini
- Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
- King Dork by Frank Portman
- Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Surprisingly, I haven't read many of these, either, so I'm not sure what I'd vote for.
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