FRIZZY by Claribel A. Ortega a #CYBILS πŸ“šπŸŽΆΒ 

FRIZZY By Claribel A. Ortega Illustrated by Rose Bousamra First Second Books Middle Grade Contemporary, Family, Growing Up, Realistic Fiction Finalist – Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels 2023 CYBILS Awards The Book   FrizzyΒ by Claribel Ortega is an exploration of cultural expectations connected to hair and respectability. Marlene loves art and hanging out with her best friend. But she does not …

BIG by Vashti Harrison a #CYBILS πŸ“šπŸŽΆ

BIG By Vashti Harrison Little, Brown Books for Young Readers All Ages African American, Emotion, Mental Health, Realistic Fiction, Storytime Winner – Fiction Picture Book 2023 CYBILS Awards The Book   Big by Vashti Harrison is a stunning picture book that explores the meaning of being big in a world that often values small. The story follows a young girl …

LONG WAY DOWN by Jason Reynolds a #CYBILS πŸ“šπŸŽΆΒ 

LONG WAY DOWN By Jason Reynolds Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books Poetry young adult, family, ghost stories, realistic fiction CW: violence Winner – Poetry 2018 CYBILS Awards The Book Long Way Down is a tour de force work of poetry. The entire novel in verse takes place on an elevator ride as a young man whose brother has been shot and killed …

VINCENT AND THEO by Deborah Heiligman a #CYBILS πŸ“šπŸŽΆ

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VINCENT AND THEO: THE VAN GOGH BROTHERS By Deborah Heiligman Henry Holt Young Adult NonfictionArt & Creativity, Family, Mental Health Winner – High School Nonfiction2017 CYBILS Awards The Book Β  Vincent and Theo is a story of brotherly love. The Van Gogh children were raised to help and look out for each other. Theo, though younger than Vincent, took this …

A DASH OF TROUBLE by Anna Meriano #CYBILS πŸ“šπŸŽΆ

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It’s not Friday, but today seems like the perfect day to share Riya’s newest playlist! A DASH OF TROUBLE; LOVE SUGAR MAGIC, Book 1 by Anna Meriano Walden Pond Press Finalist Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction 2018 CYBILS Awards See also A SPRINKLE OF SPIRITS (LOVE SUGAR MAGIC, Book 2) 2019 Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction finalist The Book Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction family, fantasy, …

REFUGEE by Alan Gratz CYBILS πŸ“šπŸŽΆ

2017 MGLit Fiction winner

REFUGEE by Shannon Stocker illustrated by Devon Holzwarth Scholastic Winner – Middle Grade Fiction 2017 CYBILS Awards The Book Middle Grade Fiction historical fiction, realistic fiction, war Three children, three countries, three points in history. Three stories in one. Refugee by Alan Gratz is an important story for our times. The writing is tension-filled and although the young characters are …

LISTEN by Shannon Stocker #CYBILS πŸ“šπŸŽΆ

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LISTEN: How Evelyn Glennie, A Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion by Shannon Stocker illustrated by Devon Holzwarth Dial Books Finalist – Elementary Nonfiction 2022 CYBILS Awards The Book Nonfiction Picture Book Disability, Picture Book, Music The illustrations of music, sound, and rhythm in this biography of a famous percussionist almost seem to boom in your ears as you read this; seeing …

PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING by Randy Ribay #CYBILS πŸ“šπŸŽΆ

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PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING by Randy Ribay Kokila Books Finalist – Young Adult Fiction 2019 CYBILS Awards The Book Young Adult Fiction Contemporary, Family, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Social Justice More than just a murder mystery, PATRON SAINTS OF NOTHING tells a poignant, powerful story about a Filipino-American teen who travels to the land of his birth to investigate the wrongful …

WATERCRESS by Andrea Wang #CYBILS πŸ“šπŸŽΆ

2021 picture book winner

WATERCRESS by Andrea Wang illustrated by Jason Chin Neal Porter Books Winner – Fiction Picture Book 2021 CYBILS Awards The Book Fiction Picture Book Culture & Tradition, Family, Realistic Fiction, Social Issues Watercress is a beautiful lyrical story that transports your mind and heart through words and images. It incorporates a universal childhood desire to fit in while at the …

EVERYWHERE BLUE by Joanne Rossmassler Fritz #CYBILS πŸ“šπŸŽΆ

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Right after we launched our book playlist feature, Joanne Rossmassler Fritz contacted us to share the Spotify playlist her son created for her book EVERYWHERE BLUE. Riya describes it as “stunning.”Β Β  EVERYWHERE BLUE By Joanne Rossmassler Fritz Holiday House Winner – Poetry 2021 CYBILS Awards The Book Young Adult Climate Change, Family, Growing Up, Mental Health, Music, Mystery, Realistic Fiction …