Monday, January 6, 2014

The Magnificent Seven Cybil Poetry Book Award Finalists--read all about 'em!

Howdy, Campers!

Quick quiz: why are the Cybils called the Cybils?  
The word kinda sorta comes from
Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards

I had the great honor to be a first-round judge on the 2013 Cybils Poetry Book Award committee this year.

Our able leader was Jone MacCulloch, who many of you know and love, and whose job it was to herd, help and cajole the judges to read the nominated books and then turn in reviews of the best by the day after Christmas

While Santa was delivering presents, Jone was pulling out her eyebrows.

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I was in extraordinary company. Round One Judges were:

Ed deCaria, Think, Kid, Think!  @edecaria
Kelly Fineman, Writing and Ruminating @kellyfineman
Jone MacCulloch, Check It Out  @JoneMac53
Anastasia Suen, Poet! Poet! @asuen1
Sylvia Vardell, Poetry for Children @SylviaVardell
Bridget Wilson, What is Bridget Reading? @bridgetrwilson
and moi: April Halprin Wayland, Teaching Authors  @aprilhwayland

We've whittled our pile of nominated poetry books down to seven and sent our list off to the second-round judges.  Winners will be announced on Valentine's Day (awww...)
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And here, Campers, are our seven finalists and our reviews (in no particular order) :

posted by April Halprin Wayland



Linda B said...

April, this is terrific poetry love, only wish I didn't have to choose! Our second round is going to be tough! Love that button at the end-so cute!

April Halprin Wayland said...

Good luck, Linda--yours will be an interesting job! Wish I could be a fly on the wall of your meeting room. Oh, wait--it's all done by email. Don't you wish it could be everybody in one cozy room talking about the finalists?

Jone said...

I would love to be able to actually be in a room together. Love the eyebrow pic. Mine aren't that nice.
Thanks, April

Jone said...

I would love to be able to actually be in a room together. Love the eyebrow pic. Mine aren't that nice.
Thanks, April

Anonymous said...

Ah me, so many poems, so little time. Gotta hit the bookstore and/or library and read these. Thanks for whittling down 1st round, April and crew. Good luck with the next, Linda. Hi Jone, you Chrismas whip-cracker, you! April, see you tonight--in the same room. (I just took a teeny-weeny break from critiquing to surf what my kidlit facebook friends were up to.) ha-ha.

jan godown annino said...

Thank you for this post, which is also a great guide for taking out books at the library.

Happy New Year!

April Halprin Wayland said...

Jone--remember that in cyberspace, your eyebrows ARE that nice!

Denise & Jan--thanks for stopping by--g'luck with that stack of reading!