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2017 CYBILS Award Winners

15 Feb

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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

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!


ALA Youth Media Awards

13 Feb

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  • Newbery AwardHello, Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • Caldecott Award –  Wolf in the Snow illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell
  • Coretta Scott King Author Award – Piecing Me Together written by Renée Watson
  • Coretta Scott King Illustrator AwardOut of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets illustrated by Ekua Holmes
  • Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent AwardThe Stars Beneath Our Feet written by David Barclay Moore
  • Michael L. Printz Award – We Are Okay written by Nina LaCour
  • Schneider Family Book Award (young children) – Silent Days, Silent Dreams written and illustrated by Allen Say
  • Schneider Family Book Award (middle grades) – Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess written by Shari Green
  • Schneider Family Book Award (young adult) – You’re Welcome, Universe written and illustrated by Whitney Gardner
  • Mildred L. Batchelder Award – The Murderer’s Ape written and illustrated by Jakob Wegelius
  • Odyssey AwardThe Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas and narrated by Bahni Turpin
  • Pura Belpré Award Author Award – Lucky Broken Girl written by Ruth Behar
  • Pura Belpré Award Illustrator Award – La Princesa and the Pea illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book AwardTwelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 written by Larry Dane Brimner
  • Stonewall Book AwardLittle & Lion written by Brandy Colbert and The 57 Bus written by Dashka Slater
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel AwardCharlie & Mouse written by Laurel Snyder and illustrated by Emily Hughes
  • William C. Morris Award – The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas
  • YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults – Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers written by Deborah Heiligman

Learn more about these awards by visiting the ALA website!

#NF10for10 – Prehistoric from Dinosaurs to Cave Paintings

10 Feb


  1. Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton
  2. Dinosaurs Roar, Butterflies Soar! by Bob Barner
  3. Dinosaurs Galore! by Giles Andreae, illustrated by David Wojtowycz
  4. The Magic School Bus In The Time Of The Dinosaurs by Joanna Cole, illustrated by Bruce Degen
  5. Jurassic Poop: What Dinosaurs (and Others) Left Behind by Jacob Berkowitz, illustrated by Steve Mack
  6. Grand Canyon by Jason Chin
  7. Fossil by Bill Thomson
  8. Mammoths on the Move by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
  9. The First Drawing by Mordicai Gerstein
  10. Stone Age Boy by Satoshi Kitamura


In 2010 Cathy and I hosted our first picture book event.  In 2013, Julie Balen suggested we add a nonfiction picture book event that worked the same.  Participants choose 10 – well, usually 10 (they’re a crafty bunch) – nonfiction picture books to share.  On the day of the event, we’ll ask that you visit the Google Community site to add your nonfiction link to the 2018 #nf10for10 tab.
  • What:  10 nonfiction picture books you can’t live without.
  • Hashtag:  #nf10for10
  • Who:  Anyone interested — educators, media specialists, librarians, parents, and book lovers.
  • When:  Saturday, February 10th
  • Where:  All posts will be linked on the 2018 #nf10for10 page of our Picture Book 10 for 10 Google Community Site.
  • How:  Stop by our community site, join the community, and share your favorites on February 10th.

Celebrate Black History Month – Activists

9 Feb

I’m working on creating a booklist to celebrate Black History Month highlighting nonfiction and biographies (with a few historical fiction titles as well). First up, is activists – now this list could go on for days, but to keep it somewhat contained (and to fit on my brochure for the library) I chose 16 titles. There are many more titles out there and if you have some you love please add them to the comments section to share with other readers!

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  1. The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko, illustrated by Sean Qualls
  2. Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton, illustrated by Raúl Colón
  3. Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  4. Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  5. I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  6. Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz, illustrated by A G Ford
  7. March Trilogy by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell
  8. Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis by Jabari Asim, illustrated by E.B. Lewis
  9. Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Bryan Collier
  10. She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland by Loki Mulholland, artwork by Carlotta Janssen
  11. Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney
  12. Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
  13. Turning Fifteen on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery as told by Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley, illustrated by P.J. Loughran
  14. The Underground Abductor: An Abolitionist Tale about Harriet Tubman by Nathan Hale
  15. Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Euka Holmes
  16. The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

Celebrating Black History Month

2 Feb

black-history-month-2067633_960_720.pngI plan on highlighting some biographies of African American men and women throughout Black History Month, but until then, check out these four booklists featuring black main characters as well as nonfiction and biographies highlighting the accomplishments of black men and women throughout history.


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