Cybils

Book Review: The Bear’s Song By Benjamin Chaud

The Bear's Song cover

Happy New Year everyone! December was such a crazy month. I’m so glad I did another year of 25 Days of Christmas books and the Cybils round 1 panelist job was a blast but incredibly exhausting leading right up into the holiday. Thanks for being patient with my bit of an extended break. I hope you’ll come back and read with me again! I am now ready for a new year of reviews and lists and other fun book blogging ideas my brain is sorting through.

To start off the new year, I cannot wait to share this book with you. Did you see the list of Cybils finalists revealed last week? Our fiction crew had such a hard time narrowing it down to our seven choices; but this one made the list and I fought hard for it too! I cannot wait to see what the final Cybils choices are; but in the meantime, allow me to convince you of this book’s beauty as well. This is The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud, 2013. Read the full post…

Book Review: Building Our House By Jonathan Bean

BuildingHouse 1

Seems like forever since I have done a book review, but this one has maintained a steady spot at the top of my favorites pile since I began this Cybils craziness. I readily admit, that I didn’t give it much thought when I heard and saw it coming out earlier this year, and now I’m making up for lost time. This is a sweet book about a little girl’s family working together to build their dream home and all the time and effort and love that makes up those walls. Here is Building Our House by Jonathan Bean, 2013. Read the full post…

The Cybils Have Me Hopping… Err… Reading!

Cybils piles

This poor sad blog is being greatly neglected lately and I figured it is worth popping in briefly to share why. That picture above shows only a small portion of the recent chaos and piles of books I find myself under.

Back in September, I was selected as one of the first round panelists for the fiction picture book category of the 2013 Cybils (the Children and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards). My job is to sift through about 200+ fiction picture books published between October 15, 2012 to October 15, 2013 and select my favorites. I have two months to do it before passing on my top-secret ideas to the final round judges along with my fellow first round panelists. So, between library runs, list sorting, opening publisher submissions and reading til I’m dizzy, I and my blog are getting buried. But oh is it fun! I have so many books I can’t wait to talk about here. This year has seen some stunning creations. And it has made me even more excited about the Caldecott awards coming up early next year! I love to speculate about what books other people are loving and listing.

So, thanks for your patience. I sincerely hope there are still a few people awaiting my forthcoming posts. The first one is on its way Monday (fingers-crossed), if I can get my thoughts coherent and written down while simultaneously reading and listing with my other hand. Stay tuned!