Armchair Cybils

It’s time for one of the few book challenges that I participate in. I’ve been greatly looking forward to the Armchair Cybils challenge at Hope is the Word. This year I’m going to do the same thing I did last year and concentrate on reading as many books as I can in the fiction picture book and nonfiction picture book categories. I’m sure to read a lot of great new books and the bonus is that it encourages me to spend a little extra time reading with my kids. Who can argue with that as a goal?

For this first post I thought I’d copy Amy and make a list of all the Cybils nominated titles we’ve already read.

Fiction Picture Books

And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
Another Brother by Matthew Cordell
Bea at Ballet by Rachel Isadora
Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein
Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet by Jane O’Connor
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead
Homer by Elisha Cooper
I Don’t Want to be a Pea by Ann Bonwill
Lady Hahn and Her Seven Friends by Yumi Heo
The Lonely Book by Kate Bernheimer
More by I. C. Springman
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses by Ian Falconer
One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo
Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson
Squid and Octopus: Friends for Always by Tao Nyeu
Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur: A First Book of Manners by Judy Sierra
The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool
Two Little Monkeys by Mem Fox
Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
Zoe Gets Ready by Bethanie Murguia

Non-Fiction Picture Books

Annie and Helen by Deborah Hopkinson
Balloons over Broadway: The Ture Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade by Melissa Sweet
Bird Talk: What Birds are Saying and Why by Lita Judge
Dolphin Baby by Nicola Davies
Freedom Song: The Story of Henry “Box” Brown by Sally M. Walker
If You Lived Here: Houses of the World by Giles Laroche
Just a Second by Steve Jenkins
Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Claire A. Nivola
Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman
Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter
Ocean Sunlight: How Tiny Plants Feed the Seas by Molly Bang
The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins
The Camping Trip that Changed America by Barb Rosenstock
Those Rebels, John and Tom by Barbara Kerley
We March by Shane W. Evans


A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play by Marilyn Singer
Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems by Gail Carson Levine
The President’s Stuck in the Bathtub: Poems About the Presidents by Susan Katz
Water Sings Blue by Kate Coombs

 Young Adult Fiction

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Well. That’s a longer list than I realized. We are lucky to have a great library system with a nice fat new book shelf. Most of the picture books were picked up browsing there. I had planned on writing brief blurbs on the ones of these I hadn’t previously reviewed but this post is getting too long as it is.

There are some glaring absences, most notably in the middle grade categories. Skimming over the list of nominated middle grade books, I found many that I’d l like to read with John or have him read alone, especially in the fantasy category. I may have to think about how to incorporate those into this challenge as well.

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