Monday, October 1, 2018

Cybils Suggestions

It's that time of year again! Unlike awards such as the Newbery and Prinz, YOU have the power to make sure your favorite book from the past year is seen and considered for an award! Absolutely anybody can nominate one book for each of the Cybils categories - but, only one! In case you are having trouble with some of the categories, I have listed some of my favorites below - too many for me to nominate them all myself. If you have a few minutes, head over to and look over the categories, then consider giving some of these a nod!

(click on title link for Amazon information)

Board Books:

Can You Hear a Coo Coo? by Jamie Kiffel-Alcheh - 9781512444438 (my review here) NOMINATED

Peek-a-Who? by Elsa Mroziewicz - 9789888341573 (my review here)

Middle Grade Fiction:

Bat and the Waiting Game by Elana Arnold - 9780062445858 (my review of the first Bat book here) - NOMINATED

The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse by Nicholas Gannon - 9780062320971 (my review here)

Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo - 9780763694630 (my review here) - NOMINATED

The Dollar Kids by Jennifer Jacobson - 9780763694746 (my review here) -NOMINATED

Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction

Fossil by Fossil: Comparing Dinosaur Bones by Sara Levine - 9781467794893 (My review here)

Secret Lives of Insects series by Ruth Owen (pick one!) - 9781788560108

Americans by Douglas Wood - 9781416927563

Benedict Arnold: Battlefield Hero or Selfish Traitor? by Jessica Gunderson - 9781476534077

Meet My Family by Laura Purdie Salas - 9781512425321 (my review here) - NOMINATED

Magnetism Investigations by Karen Kenney - 9781512440058 (my review here)

Fiction Picture Books

Don't Wake Up the Tiger by Britta Teckentrup - 9780763689964

Holes in the Sky by Patricia Polacco - 9781524739485

A Heart Just Like My Mother's by Lela Nargi - 9781512420982 (my review here)

Perfectly Norman by Tom Percival - 978168119852

Ready or Not Woolbur Goes to School by Leslie Helakoski - 9780061366574

Don't Eat That by Drew Sheneman - 9781101997291 (my review here)

I'm Sad by Michael Ian Black - 9781481476270 (my review here) NOMINATED

Your Hand in My Hand by Mark Sperring - 9780545806428 (my review here)

The Big Bed by Bunmi Laditan - 978-374301231 (my review here)

I Got a Chicken for My Birthday by Laura Gehl - 9781512431308 (my review here)

Come Home Already by Jory John - 978006270976 (my review here)

Three Little Monkeys by Quentin Blake - 9780062670670 (my review here)

The Day the War Came by Nicola Davies - 9781536201734 (my review coming 10/12/18)

YA Speculative Fiction

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand - 9780062318503 (my review here)

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland - 9780062570604 - NOMINATED

***Disclaimer - I have not double-checked all of the publication dates. To qualify, they must have been published since October 15, 2017.


  1. My only quibble would be Dig in - doesn't have enough narrative to be eligible.

    1. Well that's disappointing - I was expecting more mocking and less logic. Are you feeling okay today? ;)

  2. Thank you, Ami, for nominating MEET MY FAMILY! That means a lot that a children's librarian nominated it--I really appreciate it!

  3. i used up all my mockery explaining to patrons about the parking lot not being finished lol