Cyblis Awards 2018, Growth Mindset

Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail By Jennifer Thermes

grandma gatewood

Back of Book:
Emma Gatewood’s life was far from easy. In rural Ohio, she managed a household of 11 kids alongside a less-than-supportive husband. One day, at age 67, she decided to go for a nice long walk . . . and ended up completing the Appalachian Trail. With just the clothes on her back and a pair of thin canvas sneakers on her feet, Grandma Gatewood hiked up ridges and down ravines. She braved angry storms and witnessed breathtaking sunrises. When things got particularly tough, she relied on the kindness of strangers or sheer luck to get her through the night. When the newspapers got wind of her amazing adventure, the whole country cheered her on to the end of her trek, which came just a few months after she set out.

My Review:

This is an inspiring story of one woman who decided to do the unimaginable and hike The Application Trail. Emma Gatewood was not going to let anything stop her from reaching her goal. The text does a beautiful job of describing the different types of environment that Grandma Gatewood went through. I love that maps are included in the illustrations so readers can see examples of what she hiked through. The colors are bright and detailed. The back of the book has a detailed section of notes and a timeline. This book is a strong look at the power of never giving up. A great nonfiction story that can be used to teach growth mindset in the classroom.
Ages 6 and up
48 Pages

Animals, Cyblis Awards 2018


Back of Book:
Timely and inspiring, The Hyena Scientist sets the record straight about one of history’s most hated and misunderstood mammals, while featuring the groundbreaking, pioneering research of a female scientist in a predominately male field in this offering by Sibert-winning duo Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop.

As a scientist studying one of the only mammalian societies led entirely by females, zoologist Kay Holecamp has made it her life’s work to understand hyenas, the fascinating, complex creatures that are playful, social, and highly intelligent—almost nothing like the mangy monsters of pop culture lore.
My Review:
I have never studied much about hyenas and found this book to be a fantastic nonfiction text that teaches readers all about this slightly unknown animal. The book follows zoologist Kay Holecamp as she studies the resistance and intelligence of hyenas. I love that the text is broken down into chapters with easy to understand titles. Readers know what they will be reading before they read it. The color photos are beautiful and show hyenas in their natural habitats. This is an excellent book to share in classrooms and gives readers a new perspective on hyenas.
80 Pages
Ages 10 and up

Black History Month, Cyblis Awards 2018, History

Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present


Back of Book:
Meet 52 icons of color from the past and present in this celebration of inspirational achievement—a collection of stories about changemakers to encourage, inspire and empower the next generation of changemakers. Jamia Wilson has carefully curated this range of black icons and the book is stylishly brought together by Andrea Pippins’ colorful and celebratory illustrations.. All children deserve to see themselves represented positively in the books they read. Highlighting the talent and contributions of black leaders and changemakers from around the world, readers of all backgrounds will be empowered to discover what they too can achieve. Strong, courageous, talented and diverse, these extraordinary men and women’s achievements will inspire a new generation to chase their dream… whatever it may be.
My Review:
I was excited to read this book as a part of the Cybils Awards. It is a fantastic look at 52 African Americans who have made an impact on the world around them. It is an excellent resource to teach children about some of the bold, brave, and gifted men and women who have stood for equality and honor. I loved that the text covers heroes from our past like Harriet Tubman, but also discusses people who are making an impact now like Simone Biles. I appreciated the welcome note from the author and illustrator in the front of the book. I can tell that they put a great deal of thought and research into the men and women in this book. I can see using this book in class as an opening to many discussions involving, race, equality, history, and activism. The illustrations are appealing and vibrant. A great addition to any school library or classroom. I also see it as a great book for Black History Month.
Ages 8 and up
64 Pages