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2016 CYBILS Awards

15 Feb

The awards have been announced! The CYBILS (Children’s and Young Adult Blogger’s Literary Awards) are announced on February 14th of each year. The award began in 2009 to “recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal.” The categories include:

  • Audiobooks
  • Book Apps (Currently Inactive)
  • Early Chapter Books
  • Easy Readers
  • Fiction Picture Books & Board Books
  • Graphic Novels
    • Elementary/Middle-Grade
    • Young Adult
  • Middle-Grade Fiction
  • Nonfiction
    • Juvenile/Elementary
    • Middle-Grade/Young Adult
  • Poetry
  • Speculative Fiction
    • Elementary/Middle-Grade
    • Young Adult
  • Young Adult Fiction

And now, for the winners of the 2016 CYBILS, congratulations!

2016 CYBILS.pngAudiobooks – The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
by Adam Gidwitz
Read by Vikas Adam, Mark Bramhall, Jonathan Cowley, Kimberly Farr, Adam Gidwitz, Ann Marie Lee, Bruce Mann, John H. Mayer, and Arthur Morey.
Listening Library

Board Books – Cityblock (Alphablock)
by Christopher Franceschelli, illustrated by Peskimo
Harry N Abrams

Early Chapter Books – Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One)
by Polly Faber, illustrated by Clara Vulliamy
Candlewick Press

Easy Reader – Snail and Worm: Three Stories About Two Friends
by Tina Kugler
HMH Books for Young Readers

Elementary Non-Fiction – Giant Squid
by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann
Roaring Brook Press

Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels – Lowriders to the Center of the Earth (Book 2) (Lowriders in Space)
by Cathy Camper and Raúl the Third
Chronicle Books

Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction – Shadow Magic
by Joshua Khan

Fiction Picture Books – A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals
by Lucy Ruth Cummins
Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Juvenile Non-Fiction – Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White
by Melissa Sweet

Middle Grade Fiction – Ghost (Track)
by Jason Reynolds
Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Middle Grade Non-Fiction – Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story
by Caren Stelson
Carolrhoda Books

Poetry The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary
by Laura Shovan
Wendy Lamb Books

Young  Adult Fiction – Salt to the Sea
by Ruta Sepetys

Young Adult Graphic Novels – March: Book Three
by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Top Shelf Productions

Young Adult Non-Fiction – Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea
by Sungju Lee and Susan McClelland

Young Adult Speculative Fiction – Illuminae
by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers


28 Jan

In all my excitement to celebrate the Year of the Rooster with a great booklist for Lunar New Year, I missed Multicultural Children’s Book Day yesterday!  A day to celebrate multicultural books and reading.  Take a few minutes to check out the Read Your World hashtag on Twitter with lots of librarians, parents, authors and illustrators chiming in and stop by the library today to pick up a few multicultural books for your family!  Looking for a booklist… look no further than:





2016 CYBILS Finalists

4 Jan

cybils-logo-2016-web-lgLooking for more to add to your TBR list? Look not further than the 2016 CYBILS Finalists. Over the thirteen different categories, there were 1,163 books nominated.  99.7% of which were read by at least one reviewer while 98.6% were read by more at least two reviewers.  That is a lot of man power and reading power for all of those books! At this point, these lists go on to a whole other set of reviewers to choose a winner in each category, which will be announced on February 12th.  Take a look and enjoy some new titles!

Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books
Elementary/Juvenile Non-Fiction
Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels
Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction
Fiction Picture Books
Board Books
Middle-Grade Fiction
Middle Grade/Young Adult Non-Fiction
Young Adult Graphic Novels
Young Adult Fiction
Young Adult Speculative Fiction

Top Ten Tuesday: All About Books You Read Because of Recommendations

11 Oct
  1. The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller
    This is a title that is one of my favorite professional resources because it’s so relatable and makes so much sense!  Although it’s definitely geared toward teachers, there is plenty of information for librarians as well about creating book loving kids.  I think this was a recommendation from Twitter and one that I’m glad I read early on in my children’s librarian career.
  2. Cartwheeling In Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell
    I didn’t get to listen this on audio, which is how it was recommended to me, but I did get to read it.  I had a colleague on the Notable Sound Recording Committee for ALA and this was a title she told me I had to get.
  3. Just a Drop of Water by Kerra O’Malley Cerra
    This was just recently recommended to me from someone who read my blog post about the books written about the September 11th Terrorist Attacks and although I hadn’t heard about it, I was happy to find it in my library and just finished it a couple weeks ago.
  4. The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
    This was recommended to me at a Children’s Literature Conference by a woman who is a HUGE middle grade and young adult reader and always does a great job recommending new books.  What made me pick up this graphic novel?  “The graphic novel for people who don’t really like graphic novels.” Done.
  5. Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever by Mem Fox
    Another professional reference title that I think was recommended by the Family Place Library as a great, accessible resource for parents and caregivers about the importance of reading aloud – a must for all new parents!
  6. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
    This was a book that my The Broke and the Bookish Secret Santa was talking about nonstop on Twitter and for a good reason – an amazing story that everyone should read.
  7. Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
    A crazy story – this book was recommended to me by Jamie from The Broke and the Bookish (one of the founding members) who actually comes into my library!  So I knew of her on the Internet and knew her in person and finally at an independent bookstore author visit of Sarah Dessen connected these two identities together!  I’m so glad we’ve become friends and this was an awesome book, I completely agree with her recommendation!
  8. Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
    I love working in a library with other librarians who enjoy books and recommend titles to me that they know I’ll love and sometimes things I wouldn’t pick up on my own.  This was a title my coworker knew I’d love and passed it on to me as we both love art and art history.
  9. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
    One of those books that I heard so much about, again mainly on the blogs I follow and the only thing I heard was, “It’s amazing!  I can’t tell you anything about it, but you NEED to read it.”  Needless to say, I actually got a chance to listen to this on a car ride and it completely blew my mind… never saw it coming!
  10. When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons by Julie Fogliano
    A book that just kept coming up on podcasts, blogs, Twitter feeds and more, I finally got my hands on a copy and it was totally worth it.  A beautiful book of relatable poetry for kids and adults to enjoy together throughout the year.


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created byThe Broke and the Bookish

National Book Award Shortlist

7 Oct

The National Book Foundation has released the shortlist for this year’s National Book Award.  So, if you’re looking for something new to read, check out this list and pick up a book you might not have if you passed it on the shelf of your local library or independent bookstore.


  • Chris Bachelder, The Throwback Special
  • Paulette Jiles, News of the World
  • Karan Mahajan, The Association of Small Bombs
  • Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad
  • Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn


  • Arlie Russell Hochschild, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
  • Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
  • Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War
    Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America
  • Heather Ann Thompson, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy



  • Daniel Borzutzky, The Performance of Becoming Human
  • Rita Dove, Collected Poems 1974 – 2004
  • Peter Gizzi, Archeophonics
  • Jay Hopler, The Abridged History of Rainfall
  • Solmaz Sharif, Look

Young People’s Literature

  • Kate DiCamillo, Raymie Nightingale
  • John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell, March: Book Three
  • Grace Lin, When the Sea Turned to Silver
  • Jason Reynolds, Ghost
  • Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star
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