The day has arrived to announce the Cybil's short list for fiction picture books. Five of us on this Cybil's committee read more than 100 fiction picture book titles over the last two months to choose the shortlist of 7 titles we recommended to the judging panel. The judges will choose one of the seven to win the Cybil's award in the Fiction Picture Book category.
While I'm sure my mail man is happy that this contest has drawn to a close, it sure is wonderful to have books arrive at your door almost daily. For a book lover, it's pretty close to nirvana. And picture books are short so they don't involve the same commitment of time as the other categories. You can read the shortlisted finalists for all categories at the Cybil's blog.
But here is the quick list for our category here:
All of the reading and judging panels are book bloggers. While sometimes book bloggers focus on the same titles, what they see and how they talk about the book can be very different indeed. Check some of the following blogs. They belong to my fellow panelists and reflect a wide and diverse perspective on books and reading. But each one of us is fueled by a passion to share our love of reading with others.
Julie Danielson Our Fearless Leader
We were priviliged to read many fine books for this project and the authors and illustrators of these seven titles can be very proud of their accomplishment. To tell a compelling story with art that both complements and stands alone in an age-appropriate way is a difficult task. Because it is so difficult to do it well, it is art.
Congratulations to the finalists.