The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. After naming the nominees for each category this past winter, the finalists have finally been revealed. For a full list of all award winners in each category, click here.
March, Book 3 has been named the 2016 Cybils Award winner for the Graphic Novels category. Congressman John Lewis' graphic memoir is also the first graphic novel to win the National Book Award, the 2016 recipient of the Walter award, and most recently awarded several prestigious medals from the ALA Mid-Winter Institute. To see a full list of the graphic novels nominated for the 2016 Cybils Graphic Novel Award, click here.
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March Volume 3 concludes the story of Congressman John Lewis’s early career as a crusader for human rights, covering the battle for voting rights and the all the events culminating in the March on Selma. The March trilogy has won many awards to date, and it’s clear why: the subject matter is timely and important, its execution is literary while also remaining accessible enough for a wide audience, and it brings history alive in a way that will appeal to a variety of readers. It also doesn’t shy away from the horrors of violence that black Americans suffered during the civil rights movement. The story touches on key figures such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X as well as the roles of many lesser-known heroes of the civil rights era. The drawing style adds drama and a sense of action, making this much more than a static depiction of historical events. Above all, March reminds readers that despite all the progress that has been made, there’s still a lot of work to be done—and history can help inform and inspire us in our current era of protest.