2015 Cybils Fiction Picture Book Introductions (Round 2)

2015 Cybils Fiction Picture BooksIt is with great pleasure – and even more excitement! – that I introduce to you the Judges for the 2015 CYBILS (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards) Fiction Picture Book Category. Yesterday I introduced the Fiction Picture Book Panelists for Round 1.

Today please welcome the Round 2 Judges. This group of five jurists begin their work on January 1, 2016, when the list of finalists is announced. From that group of 5 to 7 books they will name the 2015 Cybils Fiction Picture Book winner.  [The winner is announced February 14, 2016 – in case you want to mark your calendar!]

2015 Cybils Fiction Picture Book Judges

These introductions were created using each blogger’s about page and avatar. The words are (mostly) their own; minor changes were made to emphasize their experience and expertise in the fiction picture book genre.

Myra Bacsal bloggerMyra Garces-Bacsal @GatheringBooks

Assistant Professor Myra Garces-Bacsal is a Teacher Educator and Coordinator of the Masters and Bachelor’s Program in High Ability Studies and Gifted Education at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

GatheringBooks is a collaborative blog created by bibliophiles who celebrate timeless narratives written for the young-at-heart!

Andrea Mack authorAndrea Mack @AndreaL_Mack
That’s Another Story

I write children’s books! I love to chat about writing or reading books. The ideas and inspiration for my stories often come from my love of nature and the escapades of one or more of my family members.

I’m currently living near Toronto, but I grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario where I spent a lot of time climbing trees, hiking in the woods and observing wild creatures.

benji martin librarianBenji Martin @MrBenjiMartin
Tales of an Elementary School Librarian

I’m an elementary school librarian at an independent school in Montgomery, Alabama. A lot of my posts are anecdotes about the crazy things that happen in the library, but I also discuss and review kid’s books pretty frequently.

logonautsKatie McEnaney @thelogonauts
The Logonauts

Katie is currently in her eighth year of teaching language arts, social studies, and drama to enthusiastic third (and in previous years fourth) grade students. She is a life-long reader and enjoys ensnaring others in the web of life-long reading.

As a traveler, photographer, and former archaeologist, she has visited four continents, numerous countries, and 41 of the 50 US States. She loves introducing her students to the wider world and fostering their excitement about other countries and cultures.

Julie Rowan-Zoch illustratorJulie Rowan-Zoch @JulieRowanZoch
Julie Rowan-Zoch

I’m a reformed graphic designer, concocting and sculpting story ideas and illustrations – every day. I’ve been called opinionated (I like to share) and hyper (ready for anything), and a Pollyanna (isn’t that nice?). Originally from New York, she spent a big chunk of her life in Germany, and transplanted to Colorado.

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Cybils Fiction Picture Book Introductions (Round 1)

fiction picture books panel 2015It is with great pleasure – and even more excitement! – that I introduce to you the Round 1 Panelists for the 2015 Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (CYBILS) Fiction Picture Book Category.

Today I’m introducing the Fiction Picture Book Panelists for Round 1. This is the group of seven bloggers who, beginning October 1, will winnow all of your outstanding nominations into a shortlist of finalists.

Fiction Picture Book Panelists

These introductions were created using each blogger’s about page and avatar. The words are (mostly) their own; minor changes were made to emphasize their experience and expertise in the fiction picture book genre.

power of picture booksSandy Brehl @pbworkshop
also @SandytBrehl
Unpacking the Power of Picture Books

Allow me to introduce myself, in a blogging sort of way. I am, first and foremost, a reader. Always have been, always will be. Also, a writer. Oh, and a thinker. Also a gabber. In addition I’m an elementary educator, a teacher trainer, a library advocate, a book reviewer, an animal lover, and the child who was read to every single night.

I’ve found there are many adults (and kids) who think picture books are limited to the narrow (although admittedly valuable) categories of board books, concept books, and wordless books. This is as far from reality as I am from becoming America’s next super-model. Some of the finest quality fiction and non-fiction, the most challenging content, the most lyrical and inspiring language and intriguing images can be found between the covers of picture books.

Fiction Picture Books Panelist Carrie BrownCarrie Charley Brown  @carriebrowntx 
Carrie On…Together
ReFoReMo: Reading for Research

Everything starts with a story, and Carrie’s began with an extreme passion for storytelling, dramatics, and literary presentations as a child and teen. Never forgetting her dream to write and publish children’s books, she opened a new chapter in her life, as a picture book writer, in 2012.

Carrie’s current literary projects include writing picture books, kidlit blogging, freelance writing, picture book critiques, and video production for kidlit writers.  She is the founder and leader of the 2015 ReFoReMo Challenge– Reading for Research Month- Helping Picture Book Writers Reform Writing by Reading.

April Crews Book Buzz for KidsApril Crews @writerinDC
Book Buzz for Kids

I’m a professional writer and editor, and aspiring children’s book writer and novelist. I am fortunate to have a very animated family including more than 10 wacky nieces and nephews whom I get lots of ideas from for my children’s books.

Sondra Eklund of SonderbooksSondra Eklund  @Sonderbooks

I’m Sondra Eklund, a book lover, librarian, and a writer. I began Sonderbooks in 2001, as an e-newsletter to share with my friends all the wonderful books I was reading now that I was working at a library. One thing I have loved most about writing Sonderbooks is connecting with people who love the books I love. I’ve actually made some new friends through this website, which is an incomparable treasure.

Sondy is the Youth Services Manager at City of Fairfax Regional Library, a large public library in northern Virginia. In 2008, 2009, and 2013, she served on the Fairfax Country Summer Reading Selection committee, selecting a list of books to promote for Summer Reading.

Hannah de Camp kidlit bloggerHannah De Camp @hrdreads
Hannah De Camp

I am many things–a children’s literature enthusiast, literacy advocate, librarian(-ish), bookseller, storyteller …

I think the best kids’ books, fiction or nonfiction, present the world “honestly, fearlessly, and clearly.” This is my place where I try to put the focus on some of the books I find that are doing just that. Miss Rumphius is my patronus.

books for squidsMaggi Rohde @mama_librarian
Mama Librarian | Books for Squids

I’ve been a teacher and a librarian for fifteen years. I’ve taught children from ages 4 to 13 in classrooms and libraries. I’m a published author. Prior to that, I was a database designer, a molecular biologist, and an opera singer. I have two children who sometimes help with reviews too.

I primarily read picture books and middle grade books of all genres, nonfiction and fiction, for a K-5 audience.I also specialize in early/easy readers, beginning chapter books and graphic novels.

Jodell Sadler picture book specialistJodell Sadler @PacingStory2WOW
also @KidLitCollege
Kidlit College.com | Picture Book Lunch
Sadler Creative Literary

Jodell Sadler is the founding agent of Sadler Children’s Literary. She also founded KidLit College, an webinar & workshop organization that brings writers, editors, and agents together to further craft.

Jodell works on picture books through Young Adult. She is best known for her original study on Pacing Picture Books and Beyond (2008).

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Tomorrow: Meet the Cybils 2015 Round Two Judges for the Fiction Picture Book category.

Wolf Pie by Brenda Seabrooke a #TBT Book Review

As y’all know, I am a H-U-G-E fan of the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards. The judging application process has just ended, which means the really fun part is about to begin: nominating books. This week – and for the next few weeks – we’re going to feature CYBILS-nominated books for our Throwback Thursday book reviews. This week it is Brenda Seabrooke’s Wolf Pie, a nominee in the Easy Reader / Short Chapter book category for the 2010 Cybils.

wolf pie by Brenda SeabrookeWolf Pie

by Brenda Seabrooke
illustrated byLiz Callen

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010

Remember the 3 little pigs? This is the modern version of the story. The wolf starts out being the big bad wolf, but learns to be friends with the pigs, turns vegetarian, goes on vacation with them, and then actually saves them from a hungry pack of migrant wolves. The wolf learns how to change his evil ways and the pigs learn, over time, to trust the wolf.

Reading Tub book review Wolf Pie – September 2011

Why a Throwback Thursday for Book Reviews?

Those of us who blog about books are a community. We read lots of books, we write lots of reviews, and we share those reviews with fellow book lovers and those in search of books for children and teens on our blogs, websites, and via social media.

We write so many reviews that, over time, they get buried by other, newer reviews. BUT! that book we read three years ago will always be new to some reader, somewhere. So why not share that review with a new audience?

Everyone is welcome! Here are the participation guidelines:

  • If you reviewed the same book we’re featuring, add your permalink to the original review on the Reading Tub website or in the InLinkz Linkup.
  • Want to (re)share a review you posted in September 2010, then add your permalink in the InLinkz Linkup. [No, it doesn’t have to be a book you loved; but it does have to be a review you take a lot of pride in.]
  • Add any notes about the review in the comments, please.

The spammers have been having a blast with our Throwback Thursday posts … now its your turn to take back blogging from those nuisances. Add your reviews to our InLinkz linkup above or the comments section below.

Too late for this week’s Martha Freeman #TBT linkup?

Our InLinkz linkup is open for one week from publication date. If you didn’t find this post in time, no worries. Add your review on our review page at the Reading Tub.

NOTES: The Wolf Pie cover image links to amazon.com. The Reading Tub has an affiliate relationship with Amazon. 100% of any income from this source is used for our literacy mission.