This year I was a proud judge for the CYBILS (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards) for the category of Fiction Picture Books. We had to decide which picture book of the final seven was the most distinguished and outstanding. It was such a hard decision because we had such wonderful and different books to discuss. You can see all the finalists from the picture book category here.
And the winner is…
Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell (Little, Brown)
Here’s what I wrote about why we picked this book as the winner:
“Me…Jane is a touching glimpse into the life of a young Jane Goodall as a curious girl with a love of nature, and books, and a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee. A unique combination of dreamy watercolor vignettes and nature-inspired vintage engravings complement a simple and evocative text. Every element of the book’s design, from its album-like cover and heavy yellowed pages to the inclusion of photographs and Goodall’s own childhood drawings, helps create a picture book that feels like a relative’s cherished scrapbook. Readers of all ages will take inspiration from a young girl who so fully follows her dreams.”
I’m really happy with this choice and want to thank my amazing fellow judges and book bloggers for making this such a great experience! For a complete list of winners in all the categories click here.