List Fun: Readable Nonfiction

As a teen/tween public librarian, I specialize in students from third grade through high school. My colleagues often will pull me in to help a teen or tween reader find books that will help them survive their school assignments. Usually without fail the one assignment I am called in to help with more times than not is when we have …

List Fun: Young Adult High Fantasy

Game of Thrones returns to television this week, and in celebration, here’s a list for those who can’t get enough high fantasy. The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) defines high fantasy as “Fantasies set in Otherworlds, specifically Secondary Worlds, and which deal with matters affecting the destiny of those worlds.” In essence, high fantasy stories are set in fully imaginary worlds …

List Fun: Ten Cybils Poetry Books That I Love

It’s always a challenge to select just one CYBILS Poetry book as the winner. Here are ten CYBILS finalists I love. Check them out for National Poetry Month. Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, written and illustrated by Adam Rex (finalist 2006): This was one hilarious poetry book for the first year of the CYBILS. The kids at my school check this book out …

List Fun: Fun and Funny Fantasy Read Alouds for the Whole Family

Family story time is a special time and if, like me, you have a wide span of years between your kids, finding a book that will satisfy all those young minds and hearts can be a challenge. Here are some books that combine fun adventure and humor sure to appeal and entertain everyone from the youngest kids able to listen …

We Need YOUR Help

Hopefully, you’ve been enjoying the interviews with the winners (I know I have!) and looking over our themed lists as they’ve gone up this past month. We have a lot more in store for you this summer… but we are also looking for participants! If you would like to be a part of the Cybils blog, we are looking for …

List Fun: Kid-Friendly Biographies

As a panelist, we always discuss all books on their merits both literary and kid appeal.  Sometimes, librarians find picture book biographies to be a tough sell.  Not me!  I am fortunate in my school to have the opportunity to collaborate with some amazing classroom, special education, and special area teachers.  The third grade team at my school has created …

List Fun: Read Aloud Fiction Picture Books

Whether you’re snuggled up with your own kids, or you’re seated in the “teacher chair” for a group story time, if you want a lively read aloud experience, you look for picture books that encourage children to think, to notice, and, quite often, to laugh. Here are book suggestions from the Cybils archives. Too Many Toys written and illustrated by David …

List Fun: Robot Stories for Elementary Readers

Robots are a perennially popular topic among books nominated for the Cybils. Here are some favorites from seasons past. Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino Nominee, Fiction Picture Books, 2012 When a boy’s new robot friend falls down and bumps his power switch, the boy brings him home to nurse him back to health, only to …

List Fun: Read Aloud Non-Fiction

In recent years there has been an upsurge in nonfiction that’s great for reading aloud to preschool and kindergarten-age kids, either one-on-one or in classrooms and storytimes. Here are a few great read-aloud titles that Cybils has taken note of. Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Steawart:  The 2014 Finalist and Winner in the Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction Category is a great read-aloud. Simple sentences make …