#CybilsAwards Backlist Booklist: Poetry!

It’s National Poetry Month, and what better way to celebrate than to share some of our favorite books! There are sooo many good poetry books for kids out there, that I think we’ll narrow it down first by sharing all the winners over the years that Poetry has been a category here at the Cybils Awards.  To see the finalists …

2021 Panelists and Judges: Poetry

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Round 1  Carol Grannick Carol’s Facebook  Twitter: @carolcgrannick Instagram: @carolcovengrannick Nicole Hewitt Feed Your Fiction Addiction  Twitter: @NicoleMHewitt Instagram: @NicoleFictionAddiction Rae Longest Powerful Women Readers  Margaret Simon Reflections on the Teche  Twitter: @MargaretGSimon Instagram: @margaretsmn Anastasia Suen #Kidlit Book of the Day  Twitter: @AnastasiaSuen Round 2 Linda Baie TeacherDance  Twitter: @LBaie Instagram: @lbaie Alex Baugh Randomly Reading  Twitter: @randomlyreading Instagram: …

#CybilsAwards Backlist Book List Summer: It’s a Wrap

Last week we posted our last Backlist Book List for 2021. We hope you have had as much fun exploring the curated lists as we had in creating them! Nine lists: 6 read-alike lists, 3 themed lists.  Ten years of nominations, finalists, and winners. 154 recommended books for readers toddler to teen. What made them particularly fun was discovering books …

#CybilsAwards Backlist Book List: Verse Novels

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We’re turning over the Backlist Book List reigns to Gary Anderson, who chairs the Young Adult Fiction category.  He has some recommendations for verse novels that, like Cybils 2020 Finalist Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam, deal with tough contemporary societal issues. As Gary explains: This is not poetry for the butterflies and sunflowers set but tough …

#CybilsAwards Backlist Book List: Dino-might

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Does anyone else remember that one-word exclamation from a 1970s show called Good Times? Here’s a little trivia for you: Jimmie Walker, the character who used that phrase, also used it in a series of Panasonic commercials for, wait for it … cassettes and 8-track tapes. [Source: Wikipedia] So, as you’ve probably already guessed, our “din-o-might” is a bit different …

#CybilsAwards Backlist Book List: #BatterUp

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In a little less than a week, baseball fans will be celebrating the 91st Midsummer Classic, also known as Major League Baseball’s 2021  All-Star Game. Last year, because of the pandemic, this annual event didn’t happen. But this year, well … we’re ready! To help get ready for the big game, let’s have some fun with a little trivia. ⚾ …

#CybilsAwards Backlist Book List for #SharkWeek 🦈

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First let’s mark our calendar: July 11, 2021. Shark Week. Less than two weeks away. You probably already know that #SharkWeek was created by the Discovery channel, but did you know … Caged in Fear, the first Shark Week episode, premiered on 17 July 1988? Sometimes Shark Week is in August, not July? From 2005-2011 shark lovers could purchase DVD …

Backlist Book List: #STEM + #DiverseBooks For Young Creators

In 2019, Frankie Sparks and the Class Pet by Megan Frazer Blakemore won the Cybils Award in the Early Chapter Book. In selecting Frankie Sparks as a finalist, the panelists said:     … This promising first book in a series will have children learning about animals, design thinking, and emotional intelligence while turning the pages to meet the new pet. …

#Cybils Awards Backlist Book List: Voices for Social Change

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Civil Rights. Voting Rights. Individual Rights. Human Rights. These are some of the many issues in our society where people are moved beyond voicing opinions to “doing something” to influence change. Sadly, while they may seem “new” to our children’s consciousness, these ills are not new to us.  For better or worse, since 2016, nearly 100 Cybils-nominated books have centered …

REVIEW: The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems

Today’s review The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems (Amazon, IndieBound) comes from Poetry round one panelist Anastasia, who has a blog on her author website. She wrote:  Be they practical or fanciful, the poems in this book boast a flair and joy that you won’t find in any instruction manual.  Read the whole review here.