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: Giant Squid

Who isn’t fascinated by the idea of giant squid? It certainly makes a great topic for a picture book–like today’s featured book, a finalist in Elementary/Juvenile Nonfiction. Giant Squid by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann, was reviewed last year by Round 2 Judge Alyson Beecher. Alyson, an educator and writing mentor for elementary students, blogs at Kid Lit Frenzy. …

REVIEW: They All Saw a Cat

Today’s featured review can be found on Literary Hoots, the blog of Round 2 Fiction Picture Books judge Emily Andrus. Emily is a stay-at-home mom and children’s librarian who posts book reviews, library musings, booklists, literacy info, and more. A few months ago, she reviewed Fiction Picture Books finalistย They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel: “This book has been …

REVIEW: Puddles!!!

Over here in your trusty co-blog-editor’s neighborhood, the fall/winter rains have been starting, so it seems like a good time to post a blog review of Puddles!!! by Kevan Atteberry, a nominee for Fiction Picture Books. The review comes from Round 1 judge Lynne Marie Pisano, a children’s author from South Florida who blogs at My Word Playground. In her …

REVIEW: Big Chickie, Little Chickie: A Book of Opposites

Hey, everyone–it’s another new category this year! Today’s blogger review is a nominee from our new Board Books category, which is a subdivision of Fiction Picture Books. Round 1 panelist Ami Jones blogs at A Mom’s Spare Time, where she posts book reviews and blogs about life as a Youth Services Librarian. Earlier this year, she reviewed Board Books nominee …

List Fun: Math-Related Picture Books

Curated from past Cybils nominees and finalists, these ten picture books introduce a wide range of math-related concepts: from basic counting to using numbers to solve real-life problems. –Amy Johnson, Sunlit Pages Animal 123 by Britta Teckentrup (2012 Fiction Picture Books Nominee)Britta Teckentrup’s beautifully textured illustrations are a perfect introduction to numbers and the concept of adding one more. Using …

REVIEW: Last Stop on Market Street

Today’s blog review features a title that’s gotten a lot of attention this year for being the Newbery Award winner: Fiction Picture Books finalist Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la Peรฑa and illustrated by Christian Robinson. Our reviewer is Cybils veteran Mary Ann Scheuer of the blog Great Kid Books–this year she’s a Round 2 judge …

REVIEW: Blizzard

Since we’re in the throes of winter (although “throes” may be debatable, depending on where you’re located), it seems fitting that today’s featured finalist review is the Fiction Picture Book title Blizzard, written and illustrated by John Rocco. Our blog review for this title was posted to Gathering Books, and was written by the blog’s founder Myra Garces-Bascal, who does …

REVIEW: Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Amy Broadmoore, who is a Round 1 judge this year for Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction, is an aspiring children’s librarian, mom of 3, former attorney, and founder of International Book Giving Day. At her blog Delightful Children’s Books, she focuses primarily on great picture books, and has a fantastic range of booklists sorted by age range and theme/subject matter. Earlier this …

REVIEW: Blue on Blue

Today’s featured review comes from Round 1 Fiction Picture Books judge Sandy Brehl, who blogs at Unpacking the POWER of Picture Books. She’s an Education Outreach presenter and writer, so her blog has a number of well-thought-out book lists on topics like Math Picture Books and Graphic Novels. She also posts reviews to Goodreads, and that’s where she reviewed today’s …