Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2012 Cybils Finalists Challenge Wrap-up

It's almost time for the 2013 Cybils finalists to be announced, so I've completed my read of the 2012 book in the nick of time! Now I can record my favorites and then finally peek at the winners to see how we compare.

I forgot to force my kids to rate them, so I'll have to come back and revise this post next week. And although I bought an iPhone this year, I didn't manage to get hold of any of the Book Apps, so I'm not comparing those.

I think I'll do this by color -- my winners will be Blue, and if I get anyone one else to rate, they'll get their own colors. Everything defaults to yellow, since that indicates that I read it.

And now I can go back to refreshing the Cybils page to see what is up for next year!

Easy Readers/Early Chapter Books - DONE!~
Easy Readers
  1. A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse (Toon)  by Frank Viva
  2. Bink and Gollie, Two for One by Kate DiCamillo. I'm tempted to go read any other Bink & Gollies I can find.
  3. Penny and Her Doll by Kevin Henkes
  4. Penny and Her Song by Kevin Henkes
  5. Pinch and Dash Make Soup (Pinch & Dash by Michael J. Daley
Early Chapter Books - DONE!
  1. Ivy and Bean Make the Rules (Book 9) by Annie Barrows
  2. Marty McGuire Digs Worms! by Kate Messner
  3. Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover by Cece Bell
  4. Sadie and Ratz by Sonya Hartnett. This was delicious!
  5. Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot by Anna Branford
Fantasy & Science Fiction (Middle Grade)
  1. Beswitched by Kate Saunders
  2. Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities by Mike Jung
  3. The Cabinet of Earths by Anne Nesbet
  4. The False Prince: Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  5. The Last Dragonslayer (The Chronicles of Kazam) by Jasper Fforde
  6. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. This one has stuck with me all year.
  7. The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann
Fantasy & Science Fiction (Young Adult) DONE!
  1. And All the Stars by Andrea K Höst
  2. Every Day by David Levithan. Lots of good choices, but this one continues to resonate with me.
  3. Planesrunner (Everness, Book One) by Ian McDonald
  4. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  5. The Curiosities: A Collection of Stories by Brenna Yovanoff, Tessa Gratton,  and Maggie Stiefvater
  6. The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
  7. Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst
Fiction Picture Books DONE
  1. Black Dog by Levi Pinfold
  2. Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex. I'm a sucker for meta.
  3. Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown
  4. Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen. Cute.
  5. Home for Bird, A by Philip C. Stead
  6. Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford, illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska
  7. One Special Day by Lola M. Schaefer, illustrated by Jessica Meserve
Graphic Novels
Elementary/Middle Grade
  1. Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller (Center for Cartoon Studies Presents) by Joseph Lambert
  2. Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado
  3. Hilda and the Midnight Giant byLuke Pearson
  4. Little White Duck: A Childhood in China (Single Titles) by Na Liu
  5. Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad! by Nathan Hale. I want to hunt out all the other books in this series.
Young Adult   DONE!
  1. Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White by Lila Quintero Weaver
  2. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  3. Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
  4. Ichiro by Ryan Inzana
  5. Marathon by Boaz Yakin. Even though I couldn't always tell the people apart, it was a strong story.
Middle Grade Fiction
  1. Almost Home by Joan Bauer
  2. Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
  3. Fourmile by Watt Key
  4. Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
  5. The Adventures of Beanboy by Lisa Harkrader. This stuck with me.
  6. The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine. I read this on my way around the library.  A good sense of history, if from a well-worn perspective.
  7. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Nonfiction for Tweens & Teens DONE
  1. Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
  2. Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War by Marsha Skrypuch
  3. Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose. I honestly thought this would be boring, since I can't tell a crow from an eagle in the sky, but it held me and had me pushing it upon any innocent bystanders.
  4. Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery
  5. Titanic: Voices From the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
Nonfiction Picture Books DONE 
  1. Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet
  2. Dolphin Baby! by Nicola Davies
  3. Eggs 1, 2, 3: Who Will the Babies Be? by Janet Halfmann
  4. Island: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin. This was a wonderful readaloud.
  5. Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman
  6. Mrs. Harkness and the Panda by Alicia Potter
  7. Nic Bishop Snakes by Nic Bishop
Poetry DONE
  1. BookSpeak! Poems About Books by Laura Purdie Salas
  2. In the Sea by David Elliott
  3. Last Laughs: Animal Epitaphs by J. Patrick Lewis
  4. Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge. I picked it up reluctantly, and then ended up handing it to my high schooler, who devoured it without even noticing he was reading poetry.
  5. National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar! by National Geographic Children's Books
  6. UnBEElievables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian
  7. Water Sings Blue by Kate Coombs
Young Adult Fiction
  1. Boy21 by Matthew Quick
  2. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I want this for my shelves. I gave this as a Christmas present.
  3. Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
  4. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
  5. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  6. Storyteller, The by Antonia Michaelis
  7. Theory of Everything, The by J.J. Johnson
Book Apps
  1. Bats! Furry Fliers of the Night written by Mary Kay Carson
  2. Dragon Brush created by John Solimine and Andy Hullinger
  3. Rounds: Franklin Frog written by Emma Tranter illustrated by Barry Tranter
  4. The Voyage of Ulysses developed by Elastico Srl
  5. Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery written by Jamie Lee Curtis illustrated by Laura Cornell


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