Monthly Archives: December 2014

Cybils News and a Whole Lot of Favs

Round One of Cybils judging is done! Whew!

We (me and six more judges for the picture book category) have chosen seven books from a list of 229 that were nominated this year. Want to know which we chose? Can you keep a secret? Because I’m not supposed to tell, but if you can keep a secret…

Yeah, right. I’m not tellin’! Finalists for all categories will be announced January 1, 2015. On that day, you should be able to find the announcement here.

Meanwhile, I’ve been remiss in posting my favorite picture books, so check out this list from books I’ve read in June through November.

  • ALL DIFFERENT NOW: JUNETEENTH, THE FIRST DAY OF FREEDOM by Angela Johnson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis, 2014, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)
  • BAD BYE, GOOD BYE by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Jonathan Bean, 2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pub. Co.
  • THE BAMBINO AND ME by Zachary Hyman, illustrated by Zachary Pullen, 2014, Tundra Books
  • BEAR HUG by Katharine McEwen, 2014, Templar Books (Candlewick Press)
  • BEN & ZIP, TWO SHORT FRIENDS by Joanne Linden, illustrated by Tom Goldsmith, 2014, Flashlight Press
  • THE BOY ON THE PAGE by Peter Carnavas, 2014, Kane Miller (EDC Publishing)
  • CAPTAIN CAT by Inga Moore, 2013, Candlewick Press
  • COCK-A-DOODLE OOPS! by Lori Degman, illustrated by Deborah Zemke, 2014, Creston Books
  • THE CROCODILE WHO DIDN’T LIKE WATER by Gemma Merino, 2013, North South Books, Inc.
  • EXTRAORDINARY JANE by Hannah E. Harrison, 2014, Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin Group)
  • THE FARMER AND THE CLOWN by Marla Frazee, 2014, Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)
  • THE FLAT RABBIT by Bardur Oskarsson, 2014, Owlkids Books
  • FRAIDYZOO by Thrya Heder, 2013, Abrams Books for Young Readers (Abrams)
  • FROODLE by Antoinette Portis, 2014, A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press (Holtzbrinck Publishing)
  • THE GIRL AND THE BICYCLE by Mark Pett, 20114, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)
  • GOING PLACES by Peter H. Reynolds, illustrated by Paul A. Reynolds, 2014, Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)
  • THE GRUDGE KEEPER by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler, 2014, Peachtree Publishers
  • HAVE YOU HEARD THE NESTING BIRD? by Rita Gray, illustrated by Kenard Pak, 2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • HENNY by Elizabeth Rose Stanton, 2014, A Paula Wiseman Book (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)
  • HERMAN AND ROSIE by Gus Gordon, 2013, A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press (Holtzbrinck Publishing)
  • HI, KOO A YEAR OF SEASONS by Jon J Muth, 2014, Scholastic Press (Scholastic Books)
  • THE HOLE by Oyvind Torseter, 2013, Enchanted Lion Books
  • HOPPER AND WILSON FETCH A STAR by Maria van Lieshout, 2014, Philomel Books (Penguin Group)
  • HOW TO BEHAVE AT A TEA PARTY by Madelyn Rosenberg, illustrated by Heather Ross, 2014, Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • I KNOW AN OLD LADY WHO SWALLOWED A DREIDEL by Caryn Yacowitz, illustrated by David Slonim, 2014, Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic Inc.)
  • I LOVE YOU JUST ENOUGH by Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen, illustrated by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen, 2014, Sleeping Bear Press
  • IMANI’S MOON by JaNay Brown-Wood, illustrated by Hazel Mitchell, 2014, A Mackinac Island Book (Charlesbridge)
  • JOY IN MUDVILLE by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Glin Dibley, 2014, Carolrhoda Books (Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.)
  • KID SHERIFF AND THE TERRIBLE TOADS by Bob Shea, illustrated by Lane Smith, 2014, Roaring Brook Press (Holtzbrinck Publishing)
  • A LIBRARY BOOK FOR BEAR by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton, 2014, Candlewick Press
  • THE LION AND THE BIRD by Marianne Dubuc, 2014, Enchanted Lion Books
  • MADAME MARTINE by Sarah S. Brannen, 2014, Albert Whitman and Company
  • MATILDA’S CAT by Emily Gravett, 2012, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)
  • MOGIE, THE HEART OF THE HOUSE by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by Marc Rosenthal, Atheneum Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)
  • MONSTER NEEDS HIS SLEEP by Paul Czajak, illustrated by Wendy Grieb, 2014, Scarletta Kids (Scarletta)
  • THE MOST MAGNIFICENT THING by Ashley Spires, 2014, Kids Can Press (Corus Entertainment)
  • MUMBET’S DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE by Gretchen Woelfle, illustrated by Alex Delinois, 2014, Carolrhoda Books (Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.)
  • MY TEACHER IS A MONSTER! (NO I AM NOT) by Peter Brown, 2014, Little, Brown & Company
  • THE NOISY PAINT BOX, THE COLORS AND SOUNDS OF KANDINSKY’S ABSTRACT ART by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary Grandpre’, 2014, A Borzoi Book/Alfred A Knopf (Random House Children’s Books/Random House, Inc.)
  • OH, HARRY! by Maxine Kumin, illustrated by Barry Moser, 2011, A Neal Porter Book (Roaring Brook Press)
  • ONCE UPON AN ALPHABET, SHORT STORIES FOR ALL THE LETTERS by Oliver Jeffers, 2014, Philomel Books (Penguin Group/A Penguin Random House Company)
  • ONE BIG PAIR OF UNDERWEAR by Laura Gehl, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, 2014, Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)
  • THE ONLY ALEX ADDLESTON IN ALL THESE MOUNTAINS by James Solheim, illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler, 2014, Carolrhoda Books (Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.)
  • OUT OF THE BLUE by Alison Jay, 2014, Barefoot Books
  • PAUL MEETS BERNADETTE by Rosy Lamb, 2013, Candlewick Press
  • PEGGY, A BRAVE CHICKEN ON A BIG ADVENTURE by Anna Walker, 2012, Clarion Books
  • PLANET KINDERGARTEN by Sue Ganz-Schmitt, illustrated by Shane Prigmore, 2014, Chronicle Books
  • QUEST by Aaron Becker, 2014, Candlewick Press
  • THE ROCKABILLY GOATS GRUFF by Jeff Crosby, 2014, Holiday House
  • RUPERT CAN DANCE by Jules Feiffer, 2014, Michael di Capua Books (Farrar Straus Giroux)
  • TAKE AWAY THE A by Michael Escoffier, illustrated by Kris DiGiacomo, 2014, Enchanted Lion Books
  • THOSE MAGNIFICENT SHEEP IN THEIR FLYING MACHINE by Peter Bently, illustrated by David Roberts, 2014, Andersen Press USA (Andersen Press Ltd)
  • THREE BEARS IN A BOAT by David Soman, 2014, Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin Group)
  • WHAT DO YOU DO WITH AN IDEA? by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom, 2013, Compendium Kids

Let me know if any of these are your favs, too.

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