A Cybils Graphic Novel Nominee for #TBT

We are going to close our Cybils-centric series of Throwback Thursday selections with the Graphic Novel category. In 2009, Matt Phelan’s The Storm in the Barn was a nominee in the Elementary / Middle Grade subcategory. The Storm in the Barn written by Matt Phelan illustrated by Matt Phelan Candlewick Press, 2009 It is a miserable summer for Jack Clark and his family. As if the parched land and dying cattle and “dust dementia” aren’t enough, Jack is the target of local bullies and his dad’s frustration. Jack spots something in the Talbot’s Barn, but that’s off limits. Since when has that ever stopped a young boy? But what if it turns out to be bigger than him? This is … Read more

Graphic Novels – Cybils 2012

Welcome to the last of our second trilogy of posts about the panelists and judges for the 2012 Cybils. Beginning last week and continuing through September 30, 2012 we are blogging about each of the Cybils categories as we count down toward our opening day for 2012 nominations: October 1, 2012 We are working our way backwards through the alphabet, so today’s featured Category is Graphic Novels and our chair Liz Jones. Category: Graphic Novels Category Chair: Liz Jones Karen blogs at lizjonesbooks.livejournal.com and tweets at @lizjonesbooks During the day, I’m a mobile family therapist, a high school writing coach, and a part time prof in children’s literature. The rest of the time, I’m a writer/illustrator, a fiddler, singer and … Read more

Readers Rejoice: CYBILS Winners Announced

Happy Valentine’s Day … okay. Now that the formality is out of the way, let’s party … CYBILS style!! This morning over on the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards (CYBILs) Website, Anne announced the 2011-2012 winners. Two rounds of passionate readers (aka panelists) winnowed the nominations list from 1,289 books to 12 winners. From Book Apps to poetry and elementary to young adult readers  we’ve got all the winners here. I do want to point out that the CYBILS is a pioneer, as it is the first to include Book Apps as an awards category! It is always a great experience to be part of the process … and this year, to have a chance to be part … Read more