REVIEW: The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

Today’s blog review features Middle Grade Fiction finalist The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya. Round 2 judge Greg Pattridge reviewed this one a while back–Greg is a teacher, mentor and writer from Colorado who reviews middle grade books at his blog, Always in the Middle. The story is both heartwarming and funny, but most of all it …

REVIEW: Alice Paul and the Fight for Women’s Rights

Cybils veteran and Round 1 judge Louise Capizzo of The Nonfiction Detectives brings us our featured blog review of the day–she’s Youth Services Manager at a library in Maine and has served on a number of awards committees, including ours! One of her reviews looked at Senior High Nonfiction finalist Alice Paul and the Fight for Women’s Rights: From the …

2017 Cybils Reactions, Part 2

A few more reactions have come in over the weeks, and we’d like to highlight them. Yay for all the reactions!  Picking up where we left of: Congrats to @GingerlyWrites #SueeAndTheShadow, which was just chosen as a 2017 @cybils finalist for “Elementary / Middle Grade Graphic Novels” https://t.co/bB8ceHZNGh — ABRAMS Kids (@abramskids) January 3, 2018 @cybils Belated huge thanks for …

REVIEW: Creepy Pair of Underwear!

Our featured blog review for today looks at Fiction Picture Books finalist Creepy Pair of Underwear! written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown. A few months ago, Round 1 judge Jennifer Dieleman reviewed this book on her blog, picturebooks4learning: I teach younger children, so I tend to stay away from books that will give them nightmares. I love …

REVIEW: Spirit Hunters

Round 1 Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction judge Katy Kramp is a public librarian who blogs at A Library Mama, and she brings us our featured review of the day. A couple of months ago she reviewed finalist title Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh: Here’s a super-creepy book by We Need Diverse Books founder Ellen Oh for those who want to …

REVIEW: Soupy Leaves Home

It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day! For an excellent look at the history of King’s time period, check out the March graphic novel series by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and illustrated by Nate Powell. (March, Book 3 was one of our winners in last year’s contest.) The featured finalist review of the day also looks at a YA graphic novel: …

REVIEW: Shark Lady

The category of the day today is Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction, and the featured blogger is Jen Naughton, a writer and homeschool educator who blogs at Geek Reads Kids. Recently, she reviewed Elementary Nonfiction finalist Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist, written by Jess Keating and illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens: I’d …

REVIEW: We Need More Nuts! (Penguin Young Readers, Level 2)

Cybils category chair Jennifer Wharton blogged about today’s featured title back in October on her blog Jean Little Library, where she writes book reviews of titles for all ages as well as posting about the library life. We Need More Nuts! (Penguin Young Readers, Level 2) by Jonathan Fenske is a finalist this year in the Easy Readers category: Fenske’s …

REVIEW: The Hate U Give

As we enter the Round 2 judging period, we have the opportunity to look at reviews of our fabulous finalist titles from throughout the previous year, and our first such review looks at Young Adult Fiction finalist The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This widely buzzed title was reviewed by high school teacher William Polking at the group blog …

REVIEW: Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Today’s finalist review is one of six worthy competitors from the Young Adult Speculative Fiction category–Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo, author of the acclaimed Shadow and Bone trilogy. This novel brings readers a new story featuring the beloved DC character recently rebooted on the silver screen. Round 1 judge and YA author Tanita Davis reviewed it on Finding Wonderland …