Happy New Year! Did you stay up to midnight? I’m one of those persons who ignore the pressure to stay up late and just treat the evening as a normal one. I am not a night person. I love the fact that my husband is the same way and my son doesn’t know any better either. I love my full night of sleep!
The best way to celebrate, though, that as we celebrate the New Year, we also get to discover the finalists for the first round of the CYBILS!
As you know, I’ve been a Round 1 Judge for the Fiction Picture Book Category for the CYBILS. In the past three months, I’ve been reading the nominated works1 and then, with the rest of the committee, we decided which ones were the best of the best in terms of kid appeal, quality of story, quality of illustrations, and so forth.
The Fiction Picture Book finalists are listed here. Others I would have loved to include on the best of the best lists included Grandpa Green by Lane Smith, Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman, A Few Blocks by Cybele Young, I Must Have Bobo by Eileen Rosenthal, and Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen. (I’ve written about these elsewhere.) These, as well as the seven our committee selected, are simply fantastic books. In fact, there are dozens more fantastic books on the nominees lists. On this blog, I’ve posted about more than 100 of the CYBILS nominees in my category. Browse the CYBILS 2011 tag to see my thoughts.
I’ve loved this experience. I feel I’ve discovered a world of gems in the picture books around me. I knew there were gems there, but I love discovering the newest ones out there. Also, I want to give a shout out to all the wonderful librarians and circulation attendants who helped who helped me track down the majority of the nominees. I love my library and the neighboring libraries! Thanks, guys! It was so fun to be a part of my committee; thanks to Pam for the wonderful organization and to the others for having great insights in the picture books. I’ve enjoyed following their blogs as we’ve read through the nominees. It’s been a great fall.
And yet, my category was not the only one. Check out the finalists in many other categories here!
Because this has been such a fantastic fall, I want to keep discovering more great books. I will try to read the finalists for the Nonfiction Picture Books, and maybe the Early Readers/Early Chapter Books and Nonfiction Middle Grade books as well before the February 15th winners are announced. We’ll see how this goes, as that’s getting rather close to my baby’s due date. I may only get the seven nonfiction picture books read. At any rate, it’s so much fun to be a part of this, and I’m excited to keep discovering winners.
Which finalists are you most excited to see on the list? Are you going to try to read any of the finalists before the winners are announced?
- I read a total of 260 of the 264 nominees; the last four books were ones I could not get access to, although some others on the committee did find copies. ↩