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2017 CYBILS Award Winners

15 Feb

cybils.pngBoard Books
Changing Faces: Meet Happy Bear by Nathan Thoms, illustrated by Carles Ballesteros

Fiction Picture Books
Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper

Easy Reader
King & Kayla and the Case of the Secret Code by Dori Hillestad Butler

Early Chapter Books
Wedgie & Gizmo by Suzanne Selfors

Elementary Non-Fiction
Hatching Chicks in Room 6 by Caroline Arnold

Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels
Where’s Halmoni? by Julie Kim

Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction
The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

Middle Grade Fiction
Refugee by Alan Gratz

Middle Grade Non-Fiction
Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive! by Ammi-Joan Paquette

Poetry
I’m Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups by Chris Harris

Junior High Non-Fiction
The Whydah: A Pirate Ship Feared, Wrecked, and Found by Martin W. Sandler

Senior High Non-Fiction
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

Young Adult Graphic Novels
Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld

Young Adult Fiction
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

Young Adult Speculative Fiction
Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Learn more about the CYBILS and how you can be a part of the process on the CYBILS website!

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My #24in48 Experience

31 Jan

So, while most people spend their weekends relaxing, hanging out with friends and doing housework/running errands, I spent this past weekend reading for 24 hours. Now, I could never read for 24 hours straight, but between 12:01AM on Saturday morning to 11:59PM on Sunday night, I read and read and read and well, you get the idea. It was a super intense experience and I’m so glad I finally got a chance to participate this year (it’s been on Bucket List for a few years now).

I read 13 titles during the weekend – middle grade, young adult, graphic novels, chapters books and listened to a half of two different audiobooks. The audiobooks really saved me and gave my eyes a break from all the text. I used the audiobooks while I walked the dog, prepped and ate meals and while I was getting ready for a birthday party on Saturday night. I think what worked best for me was that I switched up my genres and formats allowing my eyes a break and keeping me engaged with the books I was reading. Graphic novels were really helpful as were some chapter books geared toward a younger audience with larger fonts and illustrations.

As of right now, I can’t remember all the details from all the titles I read, but it was such an amazing experience! I read for 24-hours in a 48-hour period and still had time spare. It was nice to spend that much time reading and not necessarily feel guilty about doing so. If you want to learn more about the readathon and how to participate, check out the #24in48 Readathon website.

Mark your calendars for the next #24in48 Readathon for July 21-22, 2018!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 1/29/18

29 Jan

I’m tooting my own horn today, because I participated in #24in48 and read for 24 hours during a 48 hour period this weekend! It was A LOT of reading and I’m really proud of myself for being able to do it! I’ll be talking more about my experience this week, as for now – here’s what I read this week:

  • The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Every Shiny Thing by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison (Netgalley ARC)
  • Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh (short stories)
  • Louis Undercover by Fanny Britt (graphic novel)
  • Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke (graphic novel)
  • The Time Museum by Matthew Loux (graphic novel)
  • Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz (chapter book)
  • The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill (chapter book)
  • Three Pennies by Melanie Crowder (middle grade realistic fiction)
  • Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes (middle grade realistic fiction)
  • Big and Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd) by Julie Bowe (middle grade realistic fiction)
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord (YA romance)
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (YA realistic fiction)
  • Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway (YA realistic fiction)

And I listened to half of each of these books:

  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (Overdrive/audiobook)
  • The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer (Playaway/audiobook)

I didn’t get to as many fantasy titles as I had planned or my Netgalley ARCs because my old-school Nook was acting up, but I’m happy with how many titles I read and really enjoyed the variety of what I chose. What I’ve got left includes:

  • The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone (Netgalley ARC)
  • Saint Philomene’s Infirmary for Magical Creatures by W. Stone Cotter (Netgalley ARC)
  • A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always by the Ocean! by Kir Fox and M. Shelley Coats (Netgalley ARC)
  • Beyond the Green by Sharlee Glenn (Netgalley ARC)
  • Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley (middle grade magical realism)
  • Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly (middle grade fantasy)
  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (middle grade fantasy)
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (YA fantasy)
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (YA realistic fiction)
  • The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (YA short stories)
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber (YA fantasy)
  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer (YA science fiction)

I’m not sure how many of these I’ll get to this week, but I’m still excited to read these and will probably hop between Netgalley ARCs and young adult titles!


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Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR

It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up for the 24in48 Readathon

26 Jan

IMG_20180124_192421421.jpgI took a giant step in my reading life and decided to sign up for my first 24in48 Readathon where it will be my goal to read 24 hours during a 48 hour period. Seems crazy, right? Well, I’ve had my eye on this challenge for a while and I knew I would need a weekend that was as clear as possible so that I would be distracted or feel like I had too many other things to do, so I cleared my schedule and other than a friend’s birthday on Saturday night, I’m ready to go!

The 24in48 Readathon happens a couple of times a year where you block off 48 hours to try and read for 24 of them. This year the first readathon will happen this weekend beginning at 12:01am Saturday morning and running until 11:59pm Sunday night. I can break up my reading any way I like to try and reach the goal of 24 hours. Why? Because being able to lock down that many reading hours is truly magical and why not?

Here’s my list of titles I have ready for the weekend, hoping to break up text heavy books with graphic novels and using audiobooks when I can’t have my head between the covers of a great book (like when I’m making dinner or getting a shower)! Granted, there is no way I’m getting to all of these titles in one weekend, but I went a little overboard in ordering ILLs from my library and this is what came in!

  • The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone (Netgalley ARC)
  • Every Shiny Thing by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison (Netgalley ARC)
  • Saint Philomene’s Infirmary for Magical Creatures by W. Stone Cotter (Netgalley ARC)
  • A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always by the Ocean! by Kir Fox and M. Shelley Coats (Netgalley ARC)
  • Beyond the Green by Sharlee Glenn (Netgalley ARC)
  • The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer (Playaway/audiobook)
  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (Overdrive/audiobook)
  • Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh (short stories)
  • Louis Undercover by Fanny Britt (graphic novel)
  • Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke (graphic novel)
  • The Time Museum by Matthew Loux (graphic novel)
  • Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz (chapter book)
  • The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill (chapter book)
  • Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley (middle grade magical realism)
  • Three Pennies by Melanie Crowder (middle grade realistic fiction)
  • Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly (middle grade fantasy)
  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (middle grade fantasy)
  • Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes (middle grade realistic fiction)
  • Big and Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd) by Julie Bowe (middle grade realistic fiction)
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (YA fantasy)
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (YA realistic fiction)
  • The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (YA short stories)
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber (YA fantasy)
  • Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway (YA realistic fiction)
  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer (YA science fiction)
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord (YA romance)
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (YA realistic fiction)

I’ll be updating my progress over the weekend on Twitter, so make sure you’re following me there (@literacious) and if you’ve got a minute drop me a line of encouragement! I’m excited for this new challenge and can’t wait to see what the weekend has in store!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 1/21/18

22 Jan

I’m currently on a reading roll, I love how much time I’m devoting to reading and I feel better for doing so. I tend to feel a little more balanced, relaxed and comfortable when I’m reading regularly. This week I read:

  • A Rambler Steals Home by Carter Higgins
  • The Poet’s Dog by Patricia MacLachlan
  • The Unicorn Quest by Kamilla Benko

And I’m currently at the beginning of The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente ( a rather lengthy title), but one that I’m intrigued to dive deeper into. This week, I’ve got a HUGE pile of titles at my disposal because I’ll be participating in the 24in48 Readathon where the goal is to read for 24 hours over the weekend (from Saturday at 12:01am to Sunday at 11:59pm). So I’m stocking up on a variety of titles, genres, and formats to ensure that I can power through that much reading! Here’s my list:

  • The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone (Netgalley ARC)
  • Every Shiny Thing by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison (Netgalley ARC)
  • Saint Philomene’s Infirmary for Magical Creatures by W. Stone Cotter (Netgalley ARC)
  • A Friendly Town That’s Almost Always by the Ocean! by Kir Fox and M. Shelley Coats (Netgalley ARC)
  • Beyond the Green by Sharlee Glenn (Netgalley ARC)
  • The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer (Playaway/audiobook)
  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket (Overdrive/audiobook)
  • Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh (short stories)
  • Louis Undercover by Fanny Britt (graphic novel)
  • Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke (graphic novel)
  • The Time Museum by Matthew Loux (graphic novel)
  • Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz (chapter book)
  • The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill (chapter book)
  • Tumble & Blue by Cassie Beasley (middle grade magical realism)
  • Three Pennies by Melanie Crowder (middle grade realistic fiction)
  • Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly (middle grade fantasy)
  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (middle grade fantasy)
  • Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes (middle grade realistic fiction)
  • Big and Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd) by Julie Bowe (middle grade realistic fiction)
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (YA fantasy)
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (YA realistic fiction)
  • The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo (YA short stories)
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber (YA fantasy)
  • Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway (YA realistic fiction)
  • Renegades by Marissa Meyer (YA science fiction)
  • When We Collided by Emery Lord (YA romance)
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (YA realistic fiction)

As I typed this list out, I realized that I may have gone a little overboard putting books on hold for myself. Well, I can’t argue that I don’t have anything to read this week!

 


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Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR

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