I’m so excited to be a judge for this year’s CYBILS (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards) in the Fiction Picture Book category. For months, the first panelists have been reading and analyzing hundreds of books from 2011, which were nominated by the public, and have finally chosen the best of the best. The categories for the awards include: Book Apps, Easy Reader & Early Chapter Books, Fantasy & Science Fiction for Middle Grade, Fantasy & Science Fiction for Young Adults, Fiction Picture Books, Graphic Novels, Middle Grade Fiction, Nonfiction for Middle Grade and Young Adults, Nonfiction Picture Books, Poetry, and Young Adult Fiction.
Now, the judges must pick a winning book from each group of finalists in each category. You can see the full list of finalists here. It’s definitely going to be a tough call. There are so many amazing books on these lists!
Here are the finalists for the Fiction Picture Book category. How will we ever pick ONE?
Blackout by John Rocco (Hyperion)
Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea, illustrated by Tom Slaughter (Blue Apple Books)
I Had a Favorite Dress by Boni Ashburn, illustrated by Julia Denos (Abrams for Young Readers)
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen (Candlewick Press)
Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell (Little, Brown)
Press Here by Herve Tullet (Chronicle Books)
The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett, illustrated by Poly Bernatene (Walker Books for Young Readers)
What do you think? Do you have any favorites from the list? Is there something you were hoping would make the final cut, but didn’t?
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