Meet J.L. Bell

J.L. Bell is a writer and reader of fantasy literature, with a special fondness for L. Frank Baum of Oz fame. He is the editor of Oziana, creative magazine of the International Wizard of Oz Club, and an Assistant Regional Advisor in the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. A judge in the Fantasy and Science Fiction category, he …

Meet Jone Rush McCulloch

Jone Rush McCulloch blogs as MsMac at Check It Out.  She’s a teacher librarian in a K-5 school and is serving as a judge for the Poetry category.  In order to get better acquainted, we asked her a few questions. Q: How long have you been blogging, Jone? A: Since February 2006 Q: Why do you blog? A: I started …

Meet Kelly Fineman

Kelly Fineman is a judge for the Poetry category. She’s a children’s writer who blogs at Writing and Ruminating.  On her blog, Kelly reviews books and talks about writing and life. To get to know her better we sent her a series of questions. Q: How long have you been blogging? A: Since May 11, 2005. Q: Why do you …

Meet Wendy Betts

Today’s Cybils Judge of the Day is Wendy E. Betts.  Wendy runs the popular children’s literature blog, Blog from the Windowsill.  She also writes and edits Notes from the Windowsill, an e-zine devoted to children’s books.  Wendy is serving as a judge for the Poetry category. To get to know Wendy better, we asked her some questions.  Q: How long …

Meet Tasha Saecker

We’d like to introduce you to Tasha Saecker, director of the Menasha Public Library in Menasha, WI. Tasha started her career as a children’s librarian, and continues to read mainly books for children and young adults. She’s been blogging at Kids Lit, one of the most well-respected blogs in the kidlitosphere, since August of 2003. Kids Lit is "a warm, …

Meet Anne-Marie Nichols

Anne-Marie’s blogging career has taken her from her Mommy blog to the popular Dot Moms and then to a cooking blog, among many others. She’s now getting paid to combine her passion for kidlit and cooking over at ClubMom, where she writes A Readable Feast. We’re not sure when she finds the time for Cybils, but we’re glad she’s joined …

Meet Sarah Beth Durst

Today we’re pleased to bring you an interview with Sarah Beth Durst. Sarah is a writer, and has her debut novel, Into the Wild, coming out in 2007. She blogs at Sarah’s Journal and also has a MySpace page. She started blogging in September 2006, and has jumped in with both feet as a judge for the Middle Grade Fiction …

Meet Sherry Early

Today’s Cybils judge of the day is Sherry Early, blogger at Semicolon since October of 2003. According to her blog, Sherry is a "a 40-something homeschool teacher, foolish Christian, conservative Republican, bookreading fanatic, happily married, mother of eight." She is also the originator of the Saturday Review of Books series (in which dozens of people each link to their favorite …

Meet Greg Fishbone

Greg Fishbone makes stuff up at his blog, which, dontcha know it, is titled I Make Stuff Up! But he doesn’t, really. He coins witty terms and then defines them with true trivia, factoids and news items. Check out this take called ‘Eternal Dog,’ which he defines as "a supreme being worshipped by dyslexics" before telling us about a type …

Meet Andi

Today we meet Andi, aka cloudscome, of A Wrung Sponge.  Andi writes about the books she’s reading, parenting, gardening, and cooking at her fabulous blog. Oh, and she’s also a librarian. Kelly at Big A little a sent Andi an interview so we can get to know her better. Kelly: Hi Andi!  It’s nice to talk to you.  How long …