Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Cybils Finalists

Second only to Dave Barry's Annual Year in Review, we have the 2017 Cybils Award Finalists announced today! 

As a member of the Board Book/Fiction Picture Book panel, I can heartily attest to the statement that this was "a difficult year". In addition to the craziness mentioned in today's announcement post, I have to say this was the most diverse panel I have been on. Well that is definitely a good thing, as it means more readers are represented, it meant a LOT more discussion was needed in order to come up with a final seven. While conversations were at times emotional, they were always professional and respectful, which is something I think the world as a whole could use more of in 2018. 

Without further ado, here are the short-lists for each category - these are the books you MUST order, if you are a librarian. If you are like me you will be silently flogging yourself for each title you don't already have. That's one of the beauties of Cybils, though: since virtually anyone can nominate a title, we get to see a multitude of titles that may otherwise have escaped out notice. Below are titles and authors, head over to Cybils to read descriptions and rave reviews!

Easy Readers
Early Chapter Books
Barkusby Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Marc Boutavant
Dragons and Marshmallows (Zoey and Sassafras)by Asia Citro, illustrated by  Marion Lindsay
Heartwood Hotel, Book 2 The Greatest Giftby Kallie George, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
My Fantástica Family (Sofia Martinez)by Jacqueline Jules, ‎ illustrated by Kim Smith
Overboard! (Survivor Diaries)by Terry Lynn Johnson, illustrated by Jani Orban
Princess Cora and the Crocodileby Laura Amy Schlitz, illustrated by Brian Floca
The Princess in Black Takes a Vacationby Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Wedgie & Gizmoby Suzanne Selfors, illustrated by ‎ Barbara Fisinger 

Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction

Adrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survivalby Written by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch with Tuan Ho, illustrated by Brian Deines
Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusionby Chris Barton, illustrated by Victo Ngai
Hatching Chicks in Room 6by Caroline Arnold
Once Upon a Jungleby Laura Knowles, illustrated by James Boast  
by Deborah Lee Rose and ‎ Jane Veltkamp
Fred Korematsu Speaks Up (Fighting for Justice)by Written by Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi; Illustrated by Yutaka Houlette
Red Cloudby S.D. Nelson
Two Truths and a Lie: It’s Alive!by Ammi-Joan Paquette and‎ Laurie Thompson,‎ illustrated by Lisa Weber 
Zoo Scientists to the Rescueby Patricia Newman

Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels

Pashminaby Nidhi Chanani
Real Friendsby Shannon Hale, ilustrated by LeUyen Pham
Suee and the Shadowby Written by Ginger Ly. Illustrated by Molly Park

The Big Bad Foxby Benjamin Renner
The Dam Keeperby Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi 
Where’s Halmoni?by Julie Kim

Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction

A Face Like Glassby Frances Hardinge 
A Properly Unhaunted Placeby William Alexander
Spirit Huntersby Ellen Oh
The Countdown Conspiracyby Katie Slivensky

Fiction Picture Books

Baabwaa and Wooliamby David Elliott, illustrated by ‎ Melissa Sweet
Big Cat, Little Catby Elisha Cooper
Creepy Pair of Underwear!by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown  
Escargotby Dashka Slater, illustrated by Sydney Hanson 
Flowers for Sarajevoby John McCutcheon, illustrated by Kristy Caldwell
The Book of Mistakesby Corinna Luyken

Board Books

Bears Are Bigby Douglas Florian,  illustrated by Barbara Bakos
Changing Faces: Meet Happy Bearby Nathan Thoms, illustrated by Carles Ballesteros
One Happy Tigerby Catherine Rayner
Peek-a Moo!by Nina Laden
When Your Lion Needs a Bathby Susanna Leonard Hill, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman


Bullby David Elliott
Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Marketby Michelle Schaub, illustrated by Amy Huntington
Keep a Pocket in Your Poem: Classic Poems and Playful Parodiesby J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by Johanna Wright
Miguel’s Brave Knight: Young Cervantes and His Dream of Don Quixoteby Margarita Engle, illustrated by Raúl Colón
Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poetsby Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley,‎ and Marjory Wentworth,‎ and ilustrated by Ekua Holmes

Middle Grade Fiction

Amina’s Voiceby Hena Khan
Armstrong and Charlieby Steven B. Frank
Caleb and Kitby Beth Vrabel
Refugeeby Alan Gratz
Restartby Gordon Korman

Junior/Senior High Nonfiction

Young Adult Graphic Novels

Buddha: An Enlightened Lifeby by Kieron Moore; Illustrated by Rajesh Nagulakonda
Soupy Leaves Homeby Cecil Castellucci, illustrated by Jose Pimienta
Spill Zoneby Scott Westerfeld, ‎ illustrated by Alex Puvilland
Spinningby Tillie Walden

Young Adult Fiction

Moxie: A Novelby Jennifer Mathieu
Piecing Me Togetherby Renée Watson
Saints and Misfits
by S. K. Ali
The Hate U Giveby Angie Thomas
The Inexplicable Logic of My Lifeby Benjamin Alire Saenz
The Lake Effectby Erin McCahan

Young Adult Speculative Fiction

Scythe (Arc of a Scythe)by Neal Shusterman
Song of the Currentby Sarah Tolcser
The Hearts We Soldby Emily Lloyd-Jones
They Both Die at the Endby Adam Silvera
Wonder Woman: Warbringerby Leigh Bardugo

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