Thursday, January 1, 2015

Cybils Finalists: Easy Readers and Early Chapter Books

The Cybils finalists have been announced, so at long last, I and my fellow round one judges in the Easy Reader/Early Chapter Book category  - Caroline FloryMaggi IdzikowskiMike LewisKimberley MoranDebbie Nance, and Melissa Taylor - are able to share with you our shortlists. These lists are the end result of hours of reading, reviewing, and discussing, and they represent the best-written books published this year that beginning readers will love to read. 

Easy Readers

  • Extraordinary Warren: A Super Chicken by Sarah Dillard (Aladdin)
  • Okay, Andy! by Maxwell Eaton (Blue Apple Books)
  • Clara and Clem Under the Sea by Ethan Long (Penguin USA)
  • Pigsticks and Harold and the Incredible Journey by Alex Milway (Candlewick Press)
  • The Ice Cream Shop: A Steve and Wessley Reader by Jennifer E. Morris (Scholastic)
  • Inch and Roly and the Sunny Day Scare by Melissa Wiley (Simon Spotlight)
  • My New Friend Is So Fun! by Mo Willems (Disney-Hyperion)

Early Chapter Books

  • Violet Mackerel's Possible Friend by Anna Branford (Atheneum)
  • The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin (Atheneum)
  • The Lion Who Stole My Arm by Nicola Davies (Candlewick Press)
  • Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon (Dial Books)
  • Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door by Hilary McKay (Albert Whitman & Company)
  • Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake by Julie Sternberg (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
  • Lulu's Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst (Atheneum)
View this list, along with our blurbs, on the Cybils website

Starting today, these books will be handed over to the round 2 judges: Narineh Ferderer, Amanda Furman, Catherine Nichols, Mia Wenjen, and Matthew Winner. They will choose one winner from each subcategory, which will be announced on February 14. 
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