#Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: Some Early Thoughts on Mock Sibert

It's November. Holiday season is in full swing by the look at TV commercials and a glimpse at any store. The Hallmark Channel is running their holiday movies. And newspapers, libraries and others are beginning to share their end of the year best of lists. So, I have started to scroll through the 2017 nonfiction releases that I have read with an eye towards my own best of list. I am still am frantically looking for titles that I haven't read yet and know I need to find and read.

Aside from the end of the year best of lists, I have been chatting with friends about ALA's Sibert Award and Mock Sibert or Sibert Smackdown lists. Last year, when the Sibert Award was announced, I was surprised that it skewed towards the higher age range. Only one picture book made the list.  I keep wondering about this year. Will it lean towards the older or younger end of the age range? Will it somehow resonate with where we are as a country? 

Here are a few titles that are popping up onto an early Mock Sibert list for me....


Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers, Illustrated by Shawn Harris (Chronicle Books)


Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion by Chris Barton, Illustrated by Victo Ngai (Millbrook Press)


How to be An Elephant by Katherine Roy (David McCaulay Studios)


The Hidden Life of a Toad by Doug Weschler (Charlesbridge Publishing)


The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, A Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson, Illustrated Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)

Check back in a couple of weeks for my official 2018 Mock Sibert post.

Some related posts to check out: Melissa Stewart's Getting Ready for the Sibert Smackdown | Sibert Smackdown Wrap-Up | My Mock Sibert 2017 | My Mock Sibert 2017 Winners Post | Mrs. Knott's Book Nook Mock Sibert 2017

 Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017

Artwork by Sarah S. Brannen ©2017

Don't forget to link up your nonfiction reviews....