Friday, February 14, 2014

The Cybils Winners Are Here!

I am so thrilled to announce that winners of the Cybils have been selected!  For those of you not familiar with the Cybils, they are the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards.  The goal of the award is to select books that combine high literary merit and kid appeal.  These books are fun and good for ya!

I was fortunate enough to be one of the finalist judges for Early Readers and Early Chapter Books, so we got to pick two winners.  How about that for lucky?  And without further ado, the winners are:

Early Reader Winner

It’s a busy day at City Hospital where Doctor Glenda, and Nurse Percy have their hands filled assisting a little girl in a red coat who had lost her grandmother.  The excitement of the day only increases when Pengamedics wheel in a choking wolf.  Can Nurse Percy put aside his fears of wolves in order to assist Doctor Glenda? And what is that thing or is it a someone stuck in the wolf’s throat? With dogged determination, Doctor Glenda and her team work to save the choking wolf and rescue whoever is stuck.   

Dosh Archer brings a new twist to a classic favorite in Urgency Emergency! Big Bad Wolf.  With laugh out loud text, Archer delivers up a fast paced adventure that will delight both beginning readers and the adults who read alongside them. Though the text is accessible to developing readers, children will discover some new connections with multiple read throughs with this book.  In the end, Archer provides children with an opportunity to celebrate alongside Doctor Glenda and her team for a job well done.

Early Chapter Book Winner

Liam Finn and his sister just moved into the old Cropsey house. Their father has transplanted his family from Hopeville to Upstate New York. Liam and Kelley are both opposed to the move, but since the death of their mother eighteen months earlier the family is struggling to survive. Upon moving into the house, Liam begins to hear strange noises and even receives a threatening message in a mirror.  When Kelley’s friend, Mitali, comes for a visit and summons “Bloody Mary”, the tale quickly escalates to a spine-tingling conclusion.

Preller takes an urban myth and creates an enjoyable little tale of horror that will appeal to the lower grade students. Bruno’s illustrations insert an appropriate amount of creepiness that adds to the ambiance of the tale.  Younger readers will appreciate this scary tale without the graphic and gory details of older horror reads.  This little page turner could become a camp fire classic!

Please visit the Cybils website to see the winners in all 11 categories, which include Book Apps, Graphic Novels and Middle Grade Fiction.  No matter who you are searching for, this site will have a thoughtful recommendation that will appeal to kids.

I also want to share the websites of the other judges in this process.  Many are bloggers I respect and have enjoyed following.  Perhaps you will find another favorite in this group of lovely ladies (and one dapper gentleman.)

Travis Jonker, 100 Scope Notes
Sara Brown, Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms
Alyson Beecher, Kid Lit Frenzy
Nicole Barnes, Daydream Reader

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