Monday Books | #CYBILS2023 Reviews 01.29.2024

This week? Books for all your senses. With a nod to nature: a textured board book (watch out for the cactus) to things we cannot see (hold onto your hat, there’s a breeze today) to where colors come from! And a nod to creativity, ingenuity, and family: There are makers and artists, a party planner, birthdays to celebrate, and some …

#CYBILS2023 The Ones That Got Away – Poetry Edition

If you’re looking for books that evoke all the emotions, then you need to check out this list of poetry books that our judges loved, but which didn’t make the finalist lists. . If you are saying to yourself but I don’t like poetry, then read on. No, seriously. We think Sarah, Sheri, and Matt can change your mind. History. …

The IN be-TWEEN | #CYBILS2023 Reviews 01.17.24

We won’t keep you … there are a lot of fascinating, I-want-to-read-that books on the list. Including a novel in verse!! One thing we will also want to point out is that several reviewers recommended listening to the audio editions … and not just fiction!  Summaries excerpted from Goodreads. Click the book cover to go to see more details. Middle-Grade …

Monday Books | #CYBILS2023 Reviews 01.15.2024

Without really intending to, we’re shooting for the stars with today’s selection of featured reviews. From the literal making of stars to wishing upon a star to (kidlit) star power, we explore the concept in all its brilliance! Summaries excerpted from Goodreads. Click the cover to see full descriptions. EARLY CHAPTER BOOK The Mountain Bookie @ Goodreads – This book …

#CYBILS2023 The Ones That Got Away: Middle-Grade Edition

Remember when we said our judges read more than 1,240 books for the 2023 CYBILS Awards? Well, more than 350 of those books were written for the middle-grade audience. As you might expect, there were some books that judges crossed their fingers and toes for in hopes *that book* making the finalist list – that weren’t on those lists. HOWEVER. …

Monday Books | #CYBILS2023 Reviews 1.8.24

It’s time to get back to the books … the #CYBILS2023 books, that is. We’ve introduced the finalists for each of the categories. Truth is, they are a small portion of the books that readers nominated and believe are CYBILS worthy. So we’re going to keep going. If a reader nominated it and a (round 1) judge wrote a review, …

Fiction Fri YA | #CYBILS2023 Book Reviews 12.29.2023

It was a dark and stormy night … or should we say a dark and stormy life? Today’s reviews feature characters dealing with different kinds of darkness. The Black Queen is a YA murder mystery. Duchess Simmons is sure she knows who killed her best friend, and she’s determined to “go to the dark side” [befriending her prime suspect] to prove …

See Me Read! | #CYBILS2023 Book Reviews 12.28.2023

Today’s featured books draw on classic styles of storytelling. They meet young audience not just where they are as readers, but also offer them choice in the kinds of stories they want to read. One of our judges likened Bear and Bird: The Picnic and Other Stories to Winnie the Pooh and Frog and Toad. Classic stories from our youth …

Wee Ones Wednesday | #CYBILS2023 Book Reviews 12.27.2023

Hint: According to our reviewers, young kiddos are going to be captivated by – and draw a lot from – the illustrations in these two picture books. Be prepared to read these again and again, as these books will engage young readers in similar, yet unique ways.  Firehouse Rainbow explores colors, but it also gives young readers a day-in-the-life look at …

Nonfiction Tuesday | #CYBILS2023 Book Reviews 12.26.2023

Tell us. What do these three things have in common: extraterrestrials, a Jewish musician, and a conspirator to kill the President of the United States. You guessed it! Each of them is the subject of a 2023 CYBILS Awards nonfiction nominee! Debbie’s Song is a picture book biography for an elementary audience. Both Is There Anybody Out There? and Hanged! …