2016 Cybils Shortlist

While I’m not going to attempt to read all of the Cybils Finalists, I will be reading many of them — and I encourage you to read them as well. They are always excellent books. ALWAYS. (And, I’m really excited by the audiobook category! And, I’m confused by the board book category…)


Out of Abaton, Book 1 (Library Edition): The Wooden Prince
Raymie Nightingale
The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
When the Sea Turned to Silver

Easy Readers and Early Chapters

Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! The Cookie Fiasco
Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! We Are Growing!
Rabbit and Robot and Ribbit
Snail and Worm: Three Stories About Two Friends
The Great Antonio
The Infamous Ratsos (Ratso Brothers)
Dory Fantasmagory: Dory Dory Black Sheep
Juana and Lucas
Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) (Mango & Bambang 1)
The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde
Weekends with Max and His Dad
Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume Three

Elementary Non-Fiction

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear
Giant Squid
Pink is for Blobfish
Plants Can’t Sit Still
Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness
The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial by Susan E. Goodman (2016-01-05)
Tortuga Squad: Kids Saving Sea Turtles in Costa Rica
Animal Planet Strange, Unusual, Gross & Cool Animals
Floodwaters and Flames: The 1913 Disaster in Dayton, Ohio
Masters of Disguise: Amazing Animal Tricksters
Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White
The Inventors of LEGO Toys (Awesome Minds)
The Slowest Book Ever
Will’s Words: How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk

Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels

Bera the One-Headed Troll
Compass South (Four Points)
Lowriders to the Center of the Earth (Book 2) (Lowriders in Space)
Mighty Jack
Princess Princess Ever After
The Nameless City
The Wolves of Currumpaw

Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction

Shadow Magic
The Evil Wizard Smallbone
The Firefly Code
The Goblin’s Puzzle: Being the Adventures of a Boy with No Name and Two Girls Called Alice
The Memory Thief
The Voyage to Magical North

Fiction Picture Books

A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals
Ida, Always
One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree
Strictly No Elephants
The Night Gardener
There’s a Bear on My Chair
They All Saw a Cat

Board Books

Cuauhtemoc: Shapes/Formas
Dinosaur Dance
Follow the Yarn
Look, Look again


Fresh Delicious
Garvey’s Choice
Guess Who, Haiku
The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary
To Stay Alive: Mary Ann Graves and the Tragic Journey of the Donner Party
When Green Becomes Tomatoes

Middle Grade Fiction

Full of Beans
Ghost (Tracked)
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse
Ms Bixby’s Last Days
Save Me a Seat
Some Kind of Happiness

Middle Grade/YA Non-Fiction

A Storm Too Soon: A Remarkable True Survival Story in 80 Foot Seas (True Storm Rescues)
Bubonic Plague: When Plague Invaded America
Fashion Rebels: Style Icons Who Changed the World through Fashion
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story
Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter, Nellie Bly
This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler
Blood Brother: Jonathan Daniels and His Sacrifice for Civil Rights
Blood, Bullets and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA
Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea
In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives
Radioactive: How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World
The Borden Murders: Lizzie Borden and the Trial of the Century
The Plot to Kill Hitler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Spy, Unlikely Hero

YA Graphic Novels

Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey
Faith Vol 1: Hollywood and Vine
Lucky Penny
March Book Three
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening
Ms. Marvel Vol. 5: Super Famous

YA Fiction

A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes Novel)
Salt to the Sea
The Serpent King
The Weight of Zero
This Is Where It Ends

YA Speculative Fiction

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas)
Still Life with Tornado
The Door at the Crossroads
The Keeper of the Mist
This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity)
When the Moon was Ours: A Novel