Greetings, fellow bookworms. Our sixth season culminates with a new list of our favorite books of 2011, the ones that kids couldn't put down and adults couldn't refuse. We don't want Mom frowning or the Librarian to catch any flak, after all. One way to look at the Cybils is that instead of telling kids what we think they should be reading, we take a look at what they already are reading (or likely will read) -- and then pick out the best of them.
And that brings us to this year's winners. If you're an author or an illustrator and you spot your name on this list, don't forget we have shiny gold stickers now and a fancy logo for you.
For everyone else, get ready to update your "To Be Read" pile.
The moment is almost here. Instead of editing the blurbs for the winning titles, I spent my last day of the 2011-12 Cybils season in a courtroom filling out a jury questionnaire. I did my civic duty and am now free to finish the post, which goes up at one minute after midnight my time. Arizona exists in a parallel universe with a slipstream time current (I'm not really sure what that means, but it sounds good), so that's 2 a.m. on the East Coast and 11 p.m. for the West Coast.
We'll be announcing winners in all eleven genres, including the brand-spanking-new Book Apps. Join us tonight for The Big Reveal.
This was the scene in my living room the other week as I finally sent out a huge batch of fountain pens for the 2009 Cybils. Yes, you read that right, the 2009 awards just went out.
There were various reasons for the delays: I still don't even have all the addresses I need. The 2010 awards are next and fundraising woes have kept me from even ordering those awards. I have enough for 2010 now, but not for 2011.
Plus, I have the organizational skills of a cyclone, which is to say that things get messier for my having been around.
Even so, I felt a sense of triumph at my little tower the other week. I got some nice thank yous from the winning authors too. Hopefully, I'll get the remainder out before they all retire.
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