February 17, 2017

ICYMI: The 2016 Cybils Award Winners

While we were all celebrating Valentine's Day/not celebrating Valentine's Day/lamenting the latest political news, there was another occurrence of note on February 14th: the final announcement of Cybils winners!

Over the past month and a half, the Round 2 judges have been busily reading and pondering the shortlists and coming to a decision about the ultimate winning titles for 2016. Over in the Graphic Novels category, we had TWO shortlists--one for Elementary/Middle Grade books and one for YA titles. I'll be posting my own impressions of the GN winners and finalists over the coming weeks, but in the meantime, here's a list of all the winning books (and click here for full descriptions of each one with links to buy):
  • Audiobooks: The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz 
  • Board Books: Cityblock (Alphablock) by Christopher Franceschelli, illustrated by Peskimo 
  • Early Chapter Books: Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig (Book One) by Polly Faber 
  • Easy Reader: Snail and Worm: Three Stories About Two Friends by Tina Kugler 
  • Elementary Non-Fiction: Giant Squid by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann 
  • Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels: Lowriders to the Center of the Earth (Book 2) (Lowriders in Space) by Cathy Camper and Raúl the Third 
  • Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction: Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan 
  • Fiction Picture Books: A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins 
  • Juvenile Non-Fiction: Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White by Melissa Sweet 
  • Middle School Fiction: Ghost (Track) by Jason Reynolds 
  • Middle Grade Non-Fiction: Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson 
  • Poetry: The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary by Laura Shovan 
  • Young Adult Fiction: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys 
  • Young Adult Graphic Novels: March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell 
  • Young Adult Non-Fiction: Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea by Sungju Lee and Susan McClelland 
  • Young Adult Speculative Fiction: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 
Bonus: the Cybils got a wonderful mention of genre winners and finalists in Locus Magazine! We're not worthy, we're not worthy!

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