Saturday, December 17, 2016

Cybils Fiction Picture Books - Batch 13

All of the books listed in this Cybils Fiction Picture Book roundup were sent to me by the publisher. Many are publisher nominated entries, which means that they're from smaller publishers.


I am giving some of these books as Christmas gifts, I'm donating some to my public library since these were the books they didn't have in their catalog, and I may use a few for marketing via Little Free Libraries.

Butterflies Keep Flying by Ali Pfautz (ages 3-6)

This book was published after a Kickstarter campaign. It is beautiful story about a delicate butterfly that sometimes wishes she were a lion, an elephant, or a giraffe. It's a story about "Butterfly Children," children with Epidermolysis Bullosa, but really it works for any child whose body can't always do what he/she wants it to.

4 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.

Fishing with Grandma by Susan Avingaq (ages 6-8)


This story is very interesting. A Inuit boy and his sister learn how to jig for fish (ice fish) from their grandmother. It's a cute story about learning from elders, and it includes some Inuit terms. A great book to expose kids to another culture.

3 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.


Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian (ages 4-8)

I love this book! Worm and Worm are in love and want to get married. Their friends keep stopping them and saying they need things: flowers, rings, a veil. The worms decide they can both be the bride and the groom. It's a celebration of love, no matter what form.

5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.


Putting Bungee to Bed by Linda Neptune (ages 3-6)

This book is meant to help parents who struggle to get their preschoolers to sleep on their own. Ben's monkey Bungee loves bouncing, and he has a hard time stopping to sleep at night, but he's keeping Ben up all night, and he's exhausted. He comes up with rules, and eventually Bungee gets it.

3 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.


Sanctuary by Wendy Marloe (ages 4-8)

This book highlights many places that might be one's sanctuary. Everyone needs a special place, and this book will help children and their parents think about those places that are sacred to them. It's simple, but powerful.

4 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.




Pug Meets Pig by Sue Lowell Gallion (ages 3-6)

Pug is happy in his dog house. He has everything he needs. But then Pig comes along and gets in the way. Pug moves into the house through the doggy door, but Pig can't fit. Pug widens the door for Pig, and they coexist happily inside together. It's a cute friendship story.

3 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.

What Color Is the Wind? by Anne Herbauts (ages 3-6)

This book is full of abstract illustrations and textures pages. It would be perfect for a sensory child. A little giant seeks to find out the color of the wind. Everyone/everything he asks has a different answer. The conclusion is that the color of wind is everything in the book.

3 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.


A Most Mysterious Mouse by Giovanna Zoboli (ages 4-6)

This book is very strange. It features a cat who cannot stop thinking about mice. All different kinds of mice. But there's one mouse he cannot seem to imagine, but also cannot stop thinking about. When that mouse comes knocking on his doors, he's astonished. And they become friends. Say what?

2 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.


Mittens to Share by Emil Sher (ages 2-4)

A little girl loses her mitten in the snow. She heads inside to find a new pair, and then she's right back out again looking for the lost mitten. When she finds it, a bird has been using some yarn for her nest. With very simple text, this story is sweet and wintery.

3 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.


Scribble by Ruth Ohi (ages 3-5)

Circle, Square, and Triangle has opinions about the way shapes should be. When Scribble arrives with too many points but no shape, they're scared and unsure. Circle joins in playing with Scribble first and realizes what fun he can help create. It's an imaginative and relevant story.

3 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.

Cordelia by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt (ages 4-8)

Cordelia can fly and the more she believes in herself, the higher she can go. But then other people start to tell her she's wrong. She cannot fly. And she believes them and starts walking like everyone else. But her world gets gray and she misses the sky. She decides not to care what others think, and she can fly once more.

3 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.


Another Chicken Story: The Stranger Danger by Kenneth R. McClelland
(ages 4-8)

This book is meant to help illustrate the danger of strangers. It expands on the Stranger Danger concept that many people teach their children. The story of the chicken who crossed the road and is eaten by a sly fox is meant to show the harm that could come to a child who goes off with a stranger. It's a little intense and still too vague on the lesson for my taste.

3 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to judge for Cybils.



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