Today is the announcement of the Cybils 2011 winners! See all the winners here.
The Fiction Picture Book winner is Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell. It’s not the one of the seven I personally would have chosen (although, I’m glad I didn’t have to try to make that call!) and yet it is a fantastic book. I wrote about it here. I found the Nonfiction Picture Book winner (I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat) the most funny of the seven (thoughts here). I have not read all the early reader finalists, but I always love Elephant and Piggie. Other winning books I’ve read include The Cheshire Cheese Cat (thoughts here; I really didn’t like it that much. I found the writing stilted and the plot meh.) and Anya’s Ghost (thoughts here; I really liked this one!).
I am looking forward to reading the nonfiction winner, Amelia Lost, which I’ve heard is fantastic, and I think Raisin and I may give the early chapter book winner a try as well. I’m curious about the volume of Poetry (I actually want to give all the finalists a try some day), and the middle grade fiction is now on my radar. I’m not sure Middle Grade Fiction and the Young Adult novels are my thing, though, as I often find it rather unexciting and get frustrated with the general writing style.
Which books are you most excited to see on the Cybils winning list?
A note: I have not been posting reviews as frequently as I’ve been reading! I have recently finished about four books (The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, a history of the world from the perspective of Islam, A Bear Called Paddington, and a review book on medieval children’s poetry).
I’d really liked to write posts on all of these, but I am sitting here 38 weeks pregnant and not finding my brain very cooperative. As much as I want to sit up and type up my thoughts, my body and brain say “just go read some more, this is your last chance.” And “Ugh. You feel miserable. Go to sleep.” So not much energy left for reviewing. When my little one does come, I will probably disappear for a little while, so in short, this blog may be rather quiet for a while until I get my groove back.