2016 Blue Ribbons

The Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books has announced their 2016 Blue Ribbons. These are books they consider the best of the year and wonderfully their list contains a lot of books that I haven’t seen on other ones. Here are the books that received ribbons:


Afterward Anna and the Swallow Man

Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

The Call The Door by the Staircase

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

The Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh

Ghosts The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

My Sister Rosa Riverkeep

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

Riverkeep by Martin Stewart

The Sun Is Also a Star Weekends with Max and His Dad

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Weekends with Max and His Dad by Linda Urban



Animals by the Numbers: A Book of Infographics Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science

Animals by the Numbers by Steve Jenkins

Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science be Jeannine Atkins

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph 26240705

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Francis Vellajo

Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus by John Hendrix

Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White

Samurai Rising by Pamela S. Turner

Some Writer: The Story of E.B. White by Melissa Sweet

24945405 The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk

This Bridge Will Not Be Gray by Dave Eggers, illustrated by Tucker Nichols

The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk by Jan Thornhill

When Green Becomes Tomatoes: Poems for All Seasons

When Green Becomes Tomatoes by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Julie Morstad



The Airport Book Frank and Lucky Get Schooled

The Airport Book by Lisa Brown

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled by Lynne Rae Perkins

25774391 Goodnight Everyone

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

Goodnight Everyone be Chris Haughton

I Hear a Pickle: and Smell, See, Touch, & Taste It, Too! 25689038

I Hear a Pickle (and Smell, See, Touch, and Taste It, Too!) by Rachel Isadora

Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke

Old Dog Baby Baby 28118479

Old Dog Baby Baby by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Chris Raschka

The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito, illustrated by Julia Kuo

Super Happy Magic Forest Thunder Boy Jr.

Super Happy Magic Forest by Matty Long

Thunder Boy, Jr. by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Yuyi Morales



The Heartless Troll 28818354

The Heartless Troll by Øyvind Torseter

The Princess and the Warrior by Duncan Tonatiuh

The Singing Bones Snow White: A Graphic Novel

The Singing Bones by Shaun Tan

Snow White by Matt Phelan

Bob, Not Bob! by Liz Garton Scanlon


Bob, Not Bob! by Liz Garton Scanlon & Audrey Vernick, illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Released February 14, 2017.

An awful cold can cause chaos, especially if you have a dog named Bob. Little Louie is big enough that he doesn’t need his mother all the time, but when he gets sick he needs her quite a bit more. As his cold grows, his congestion makes him talk differently. So when he calls for his Mom, it comes out as “Bob.” Unfortunately though, when he calls “Bob” his dog comes running. As his cold gets worse, he only wants his mom near him, confusing his sister with confusing sentences and continuing to call his dog accidentally. Luckily though, his mom knows just what he needs.

This book is seriously fun to read aloud. The cover instructs you to read it “as though you have the worst cold ever.” And it’s a delight. The phrases that seem confusing on the page pop into sense when read aloud. The book also delights by having a child who wants his mom around him when he’s not feeling well and who also manages to confuse everyone about what he actually wants and needs. The result of the confusion though is lovely motherly warmth and attention, so actually everyone gets exactly what they need.

Cordell’s illustrations add to the zingy energy of the book. He takes the confusing language that Louie uses and creates large words with them that show those reading aloud exactly what to say in that wonderful congested voice. The family shown are people of color, giving a nice touch of diversity to the book. Add in the huge dog that bounds on the page and you have pure joy on the page.

Perfect for anyone home sick in bed, this picture book will please any kid who has a terrible cold or a great sense of humor. Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from copy received from Disney Hyperion.