It's the tenth anniversary of the Cybils and we have our awesome shortlists out for your delectation!
My own rambling thoughts on the lists I use most are contained herein
Elementary and Middle Grade Nonfiction
This is the category which I preside over as organizer. We had a really great group of panelists this year and I know the second round judges have a challenge ahead of them!
- Kid Presidents by David Stabler
- I have to admit this is one that I personally disliked. However, part of Cybils is taking another look at things - so I'll be taking another look at this one!
- Fatal Fever by Gail Jarrow
- I personally find Jarrow's books fascinating. I don't think the covers are as grabby as they could be, but I have high hopes for this one and purchased it for the library.
- Emmanuel's Dream by Lauren Thompson
- I enjoyed this one, even though I'm usually pretty meh about older elementary picture books. Thompson has a light touch though and keeps the story realistic and inspiring while still making it accessible to the younger audience.
- One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul
- The enthusiasm for this one got me to take a second look (no, I am not part of the judging process - at most, I moderate, so the panelists can definitely surprise me!)
- Untamed: The wild life of Jane Goodall by Anita Silvey
- We had some really great middle grade nonfiction this year and this is one that's been very popular in my library.
- I, Fly by Bridget Heos
- I'm looking forward to using this one in storytimes.
- Guts and Glory: The Vikings by Ben Thompson
- If I'd read this before nominations this would have been nominated by me! I am absolutely wowed by this new series and have been recommending it to all and sundry.
Easy Readers and Early Chapters
I was a first round panelist in this category and it's one I always enjoy participating in.
- Slither Snake by Shelby Alinsky
- This was my nomination and I'm thrilled it made it to the shortlist! I hope this will inspire more libraries, especially in my consortium, to purchase National Geographic pre-readers so I can use them in my beginning reader book club...
- Ling and Ting: Twice as Silly by Grace Lin
- I rediscovered this series and remembered how much I loved it with this latest title
- Don't Throw it to Mo by David Adler
- I'm very pleased to see an easy reader featuring sports and a diverse protagonist make it to the shortlist!
- Rosa Parks by Kitson Jazynka
- This is the easy reader that made me rethink my entire stance on easy reader biographies. Stunning.
- In, Over, and On the Farm by Ethan Long
- I think Long is a worthy successor to Elephant and Piggie. My review of this hasn't posted yet, but rest assured, I loved it.
- A Pig, A Fox, and a Box by Jonathan Fenske
- I always enjoy Fenske's art.
- Sofia Martinez by Jaqueline Jules
- Love, love, love it. Can't wait to order this whole series for my library.
- Dory and the real true friend by Abby Hanlon
- I felt conflicted about the first book in the series, but this one really grabbed me. I have a review coming soon.
- My Pet Human by Yasmine Surovec
- I can't wait for there to be enough copies of this in the consortium that I can use it for my book club! Loved it.
- Magical Animal Adoption Agency: Clover's Luck by Kallie George
- All the feels for George's new book! One of the few times I wish I was a child again so I could discover this.
- Big Bad Detective Agency by Bruce Hale
- This didn't click with me, but kids do love mysteries and this will definitely have an audience.
- Ranger in time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner
- This is possibly the most popular title I've had in book club all last year. It hits pretty much every point of what kids are looking to read right now.
- West Meadows Detectives: The Case of the Snack Snatcher by Liam O'Donnell
- I hadn't heard of this one at all and it really grabbed me. I can't wait to introduce this new mystery series to my library patrons! Review coming soon.
- Lulu and the Hamster in the Night by Hilary McKay
- Is this my favorite Lulu? It's so hard to decide. I love it lots though.
Another favorite category of mine, although I was not involved this year.
- Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
- Oh yeah, this one ROCKS.
- Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm
- I haven't been able to read this because it's always checked out.
- Baba Yaga's Assistant by Marika McCoola
- I really enjoyed this one. Of course, I love Baba Yaga....I'll definitely be buying this, but it will probably go in teen in my library.
- Dragons Beware! by Jorge Aguirre
- I didn't get around to reading this sequel, but it's a popular title in the library.
- Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang
- I'm still not sure how I feel about this one, but I bought it and it's circulating briskly.
- The Marvels by Brian Selznick
- My only complaint is that this book does not display well at all.
- Courtney Crumin vol. 7: Tales of a Warlock by Ted Naifeh
- One last hurrah for Courtney Crumrin! I keep these in teen though.
- Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
- I have to admit I couldn't get into this one, but I have ordered it for the library and I think it will be popular.
- Ms. Marvel vol. 1
- Ordered. Circulates briskly.
- Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash
- Still haven't decided if this will circulate or not.
- Terrorist: Gavrilo Princip the assassin who ignited World War I by Henrik Rehr
- Graphic nonfiction only circulates for my younger readers
- March Book Two by John Lewis
- Adult might have bought this - I know they have the first volume.
- Oyster War by Ben Towle
- Haven't heard of this one
- Lion of Rora by Christos Gage
- Or this one
Fiction Picture Books
I wasn't involved in this category either, but I love looking at the nominations and lists.
- Last stop on Market Street by Christian Robinson
- This had a wonderful rhythm to it.
- Blizzard by John Rocco
- I know I bought it...and I remember I liked it.
- Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson
- Lovely art
- Mango, Abuela and Me by Meg Medina
- Haven't read it because it's always checked out
- Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor
- Oh, I LOVED this one! Review coming soon.
- In a village by the sea by Muon Van
- Not owned in my consortium - shall probably change that.
- Bug in a vacuum by Melanie Watt
- This seems to be one you either get or you don't. It's....different.
Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction
I'm curious to see what came out on this list - I've bought a lot of juvenile fiction in the past year, but it was almost all filling in series.
- Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes
- I've been moving this on and off the order list for a while. Time to move it on permanently I think.
- Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
- I enjoyed the one Hardinge book I read, but it didn't have an audience in my library.
- Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon
- MY NOMINATION ALL THE LOVE YAYYYYY!!
- Wings of Fire: Moon Rising by Tui Sutherland
- Very popular at the library. Just realized I missed the last release, darn it.
- Dungeoneers by John David Anderson
- I bought this because I liked the cover. Now you know.
- Fog Diver by Joel Ross
- Huh. Haven't heard of this at all.
- Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall
- Another one that's been on and off the list.
Middle Grade Fiction
I plan to use this to populate my lists for my high-level reading group.
- Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands
- We have this but somehow it ended up in teen. The cover definitely feels more middle grade. Maybe I should take it back...
- Listen, Slowly by Thanhai Lai
- Lai is one of the most popular new authors I've been promoting. Lovely covers, lovely books.
- Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly
- I bought this because I was intrigued by the description, but I'm skeptical that any of my library kids know who the Beatles are. Alas for the younger generation.
- Book Scavenger by Jennifer Bertram
- Haven't heard of this one at all!
- Footer Davis is probably crazy by Susan Vaught
- Or this one!
Young Adult Nonfiction
I'm really working on this collection and am eager to see what they selected.
- Symphony for the city of the dead by M. T. Anderson
- I haven't had time to read this and decide if it will circulate or not.
- Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsburg and the secret history of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin
- First Sheinkin book I haven't had time to read )-:) but I did purchase it and it's actually circulated.
- I will always write back by Patricia Tilton
- Haven't heard of this one
- Tommy: The gun that changed America by Karen Blumenthal
- This was fascinating.
- Courage and Defiance: Stories of Spies, Saboteurs and Survivors in World War II Denmark by Deborah Hopkinson
- Haven't had time to read it yet, but it's on order for the library
- Give me wings by Kathy Lowinger
- Not sure if it's memoir-ish enough to circulate.
- Bayard Rustin: The Invisible Activist by Jacqueline Houtman
- Haven't heard of this one