More Author/Publisher Reactions from Cybils Finalists

Here are a few more reactions from the authors and publishers who were named 2013 Cybils finalists on January 1st. Extra points to Andrew Karre for using the word "galavanting". See others in this post.  Ursula Vernon, author of Dragonbreath, responded in a blog comment: "Oh, wow! That is so cool–thank you for letting me know!"  Macmillan Kids | @MacKidsBooks: …

Author and Publisher Reactions to Being Cybils Finalists

We're seen a LOT of enthusiasm about the Cybils shortlists on blogs, Twitter, and Facebook over the past couple of days. Thank you so much to everyone who has helped to spread the word about our wonderful finalists. Here, we've selected some author and publisher reactions on Twitter and Facebook: Sarah Beth Durst | @SarahBethDurst: Happy New Year! Awakened to lovely …

The Ones that Got Away: Favorites that Didn’t Make the Shortlists

Our 2013 shortlists are fabulous. But, as is the case every year, some of our Round 1 panelists mourn the ones that got away. These are the titles that they loved, but that for one reason or another didn't make it onto the shortlists. So, if the finalists don't offer a sufficient number of reading suggestions for you, try these …

Sharing the Love

We love our Cybils winners, and they think we aren't too bad ourselves–at least, judging by the tweets and blog posts reacting to Thursday's announcement of the 2012 winning titles. We're always happy to share the love, so here are a few of our favorites: Laura Salas, author of winning Poetry title BookSpeak (and former Cybil-ite and longtime blogger herself) …

More Author/Illustrator Love

Did you see our fabulous list of finalists yet? Yes? Well, have you noticed all the love we've been getting from the honored (and honorable!) finalist authors and illustrators? We did one post about it already, and here are a few more lovely tweets we wanted to share: Stefan Bachmann (@Stefan_Bachmann), SFF finalist, says: Woah, so The Peculiar is shortlisted …

Triumphantly Tweeting Authors

In the wake of our announcement of the Cybils finalists a couple of days ago, a number of triumphant tweets have come to our attention. Frankly, we're tickled pink at the kind words that we've been getting from authors and illustrators. Here's just a small sampling: Mac Barnett (@macbarnett), FPB finalist, says: Oh, thank you—it was a a surprise and …

Two Cybils judges get a promotion

Congrats to Travis Jonkers of 100 Scope Notes and John Schumaker of Mr. Schu Reads for winning a berth on an ALA judging committee. Travis moves up from judging Fiction Picture Books with us to the fancy-shmancy  Caldecotts this coming year and John, a former Graphic Novel judge, goes over to the Newberys. Full announcement is here. Naturally, we take …

Some Cybils love

From indie author Susan Ee, who wrote "Angelfall," the first digital-born book to make our finalists.

A few more

Author reactions are still trickling in as they get word they made the Cybils finals. Here's the original post on that. Add to that Stephanie Perkins typing a giant Eeeeep! after learning Anna and the French Kiss was shortlisted in Young Adult Fiction: Oh, man! This is the biggest honor that Anna has received, and I couldn't be more over-the-moon. …

Stuff that makes me cry

I am a sentimental fool. I just am. I refuse to cry at funerals because I think I should be all stoic, even when my heart is breaking. But when I hear the words "thank you," I start to sob all over myself. It's embarrassing. Who does this to be thanked? Not me. I do it to fill up the …