Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Cybils Nonfiction Picture Books: The Numbers

Yay! I have read and reviewed all 87 Cybils Nonfiction Picture Books nominations. I have some interesting numbers if anyone would care to share my obsession with statistical data...I don't guarantee all these numbers are correct - tell me if you see a mistake!

Also, a reminder that all of my reviews etc. reflect my opinion and not that of the judging committee, etc.

Animals (including bugs, fish, and birds) (21)
  • A butterfly is patient
  • A place for fish
  • About hummingbirds
  • After the kill
  • Animal fights
  • Animalogy
  • Bring on the birds
  • Bugs by the numbers
  • Can we save the tiger
  • Eco dogs
  • Gorillas
  • Hatch!
  • Howler monkey
  • Olivia's birds
  • Saving animals from oil spills
  • Star of the sea
  • Guardian team
  • Incredible life of Balto
  • Thunder birds
  • Time to eat
  • Zeal of zebras
These books featured the following animals:
  • 2 insects
  • 1 fish
  • 5 birds
  • 1 mollusk
  • 4 mammal (gorillas, dogs, monkeys)
  • 8 covered a variety of animals

  • 15 wild animals
  • 3 domesticated animal
Biographies (24)
  • A nation's hope: the story of boxing legend Joe Louis
  • Before there was Mozart (Joseph Boulogne)
  • Ben Franklin
  • Diego Rivera
  • Eliza's cherry trees (Eliza Scidmore)
  • For the love of music (Maria Anna Mozart)
  • Henrietta King
  • In the bag (Margaret Knight)
  • Irena Sendler
  • J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Jim Henson
  • Just being Audrey (Audrey Hepburn)
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Night Flight (Amelia Earhart)
  • Nurse soldier spy (Sarah Edmonds)
  • Pablo Neruda
  • Queen of the falls (Annie Taylor)
  • Sarah Emma Edmonds was a great pretender
  • She loved baseball (Effa Manley)
  • House Baba built (Ed Young)
  • Quite contrary man (Joseph Palmer)
  • Watcher (Jane Goodall)
  • Tillie the terrible Swede (Tillie Anderson)
  • When Bob met Woody (Bob Dylan)
This breaks down to:
  • 10 male
  • 13 female

  • 10 well-known
  • 13 obscure
Occupations
  • 3 musicians
  • 4 sports
  • 1 artist
  • 4 politician/activist
  • 2 business
  • 3 author
  • 2 actor/entertainer
  • 2 other
  • 1 being annoying
  • 1 scientist
Time period
  • Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
  • Joseph Boulogne (1745-1799)
  • Maria Anna Mozart (1751-1829)
  • Joseph Palmer (1791-1894)
  • Harriet Tubman (1820-1913)
  • Henrietta King (1832-1925)
  • Margaret Knight (1838-1914)
  • Annie Taylor (1838-1921)
  • Sarah Edmonds (1841-1898)
  • Eliza Scidmore (1856-1928)
  • Tillie Anderson (1875-1956)
  • Diego Rivera (1886-1957)
  • J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973)
  • Amelia Earhart (1897-1937)
  • Effa Manley (1900-1981)
  • Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)
  • Irena Sendler (1910-2008)
  • Joe Louis (1914-1981)
  • Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993)
  • Ed Young (1931-still alive)
  • Jane Goodall (1934-still alive)
  • Jim Henson (1936-1990)
  • Bob Dylan (1941-still alive)
Location
  • 16 North America
  • 1 South America
  • 5 Europe
  • 1 Asia
Gardening and Food (5)
  • Edible alphabet
  • First garden: White house garden
  • How did that get in my lunchbox
  • Rah rah radishes
  • Watch me grow
Geography (7)
  • A walk in London
  • Arlington
  • Celebritrees
  • Cursed grounds
  • Only the mountains do not move
  • Orani
  • T is for Taj Mahal
Destinations in these books by continent
  • 2 Europe
  • North America
  • Africa
  • 2 World
  • 1 India
History (8)
  • Basketball Belles
  • Big Wig
  • Franklin and Winston
  • I feel better with a frog in my throat
  • Right where you are now
  • Unforgettable season
  • Underground
  • Wild women of the wild west
Events in history
  • 2 sports
  • 2 political
  • 1 misc.
  • 3 timeline (covers a series of events throughout history)
Time periods
  • Underground railroad 1860s
  • Wild West 1860s
  • 1890s
  • 2 WWII 1941
  • 3 timeline
Geography
  • 4 North America
  • 3 World
Science (Weather, Nature, Ecology) (12)
  • All the water in the world
  • Energy island
  • How hybrid cars work
  • How the weather works
  • Meadowlands
  • Monster hunt
  • Mystery math
  • Planting the wild garden
  • Prairie storms
  • Super science: Feel the force
  • Swirl by swirl
  • Case of the vanishing golden frogs
Featuring the following scientific...things
  • 3 water cycle/weather
  • 2 alternate energy
  • 1 ecology
  • 2 research
  • 1 math
  • 1 propagation
  • 1 physics
  • 1 patterns
Other Subjects (10)

  • Mali under the night sky (no idea. It's not really a biography, or about art, kind of about being a refugee, but not really, not really about activism...of the three libraries in my consortium which own it, 1 put it in picture books and 2 in the 700s for art. But...the featured art isn't by the artist it's about so...)
  • Manners mash up (etiquette)
  • Picture yourself writing poetry (writing)
  • Relativity (doesn't actual explain the concept, so doesn't really have a subject)
  • Ruby violet lime (colors - concept)
  • Spiky slimy smooth (texture - concept)
  • Great big book of families (family relationships)
  • Human body (uh, human body)
  • Mangrove tree (activism? there isn't enough about the scientist to make it a biography, not enough about the trees to make it science)
  • What does it mean to be safe (safety)

More Numbers
  • 72 books had illustrations (paint, collage, drawing, etc.)
  • 13 books had photographs
  • 1 combined photos and illustrations

  • 4 were alphabet books
  • 3 had movable parts/foldouts/pop ups
And which ones ended up in my library?

I purchased for the library:
  • Butterfly is patient
  • About Hummingbirds
  • All the water in the world
  • Edible alphabet
  • Can we save the tiger
  • Hatch!
  • Jim Henson
  • Monster hunt
  • Planting the wild garden
  • Rah rah radishes
  • Time to eat
  • Watch me grow
Currently on a wishlist/potential order list (obviously my eyes are bigger than my budget):
  • Walk in London
  • Arlington
  • Ben Franklin
  • Big wig
  • Bring on the birds
  • Cursed grounds
  • Eco dogs
  • Energy island
  • Howler monkeys
  • I feel better with a frog in my throat
  • In the bag
  • Just being Audrey
  • Mystery math
  • Nurse soldier spy
  • Ruby violet lime
  • Saving animals from oil spills
  • Spiky slimy smooth
  • Star of the sea
  • Swirl by swirl
  • Case of the vanishing golden frogs
  • Guardian team
  • House Baba built
  • Watcher
  • Thunder birds
  • Wild women of the wild west
And, Finally, Storytime Picks!
  • Butterfly is patient
  • About hummingbirds
  • All the water in the world
  • Edible alphabet
  • Planting the wild garden
  • Bring on the birds
  • Rah rah radishes
  • Swirl by swirl
  • Guardian team
  • Watcher

1 comment:

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

What an interesting break-down. I've really enjoyed the nonfiction picture books I've read for my Armchair Cybils challenge. Such a diverse group of books! You judges have a difficult job on your hands.