Meet the 2016 Organizers: Terry Doherty, Fiction Picture Books

Some things never change. Four years ago, my daughter would say everything I did was “weird.” She still does. Almost 15 years ago, said daughter rekindled my love of children’s literature. That fire is an eternal flame.    Hardly a day goes by that I don’t read an adorable board book and wish I still had a toddler, or come …

Meet the 2016 Organizers: Melissa Fox, Co-Blog Editor

Melissa has gained the reputation at work for her happy dances… which she breaks into whenever  1) a new Middle Grade or YA book she’s particularly excited about comes out, 2) when she gets to do a fun story time, or 3) she gets the opportunity to bring a cool author (favorite so far? Maggie Stiefvater!) to Wichita. In short: she loves her …

Meet the 2016 Organizers: Sarah Stevenson, Co-Blog Editor

Sarah Stevenson–a YA author, freelance writer, artist, and graphic designer–has been a part of the Cybils since its inaugural year in 2006, and was blog editor for the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012 Cybils. She’s also helped out behind the scenes with the Cybils logo and flyers, and as a judge in various categories. She is very happy to be back …

Meet the 2016 Organizers: Jen Robinson, Literacy Evangelist and Social Media Guru

Jen Robinson loves reading, listening to, and recommending books. Although she works in the high tech industry, she feels that she can actually make a difference in the world if she helps parents, teachers, and librarians to connect kids with books. She does this by purchasing books for as many kids in her life as possible, and by reviewing books …

Meet the 2016 Organizers: Anne Levy, Executive Director

I’m the Cybils spokes-model, getting paid big bucks to show off my glamorous self and sell these sleek awards. Only I don’t get paid, and I’m in my PJs, and the awards are free. I’m not really sure why organizers keep me around a decade after co-founding the awards, actually, except as some sort of mascot. I wave a lot …

Meet the 2015 Organizers: Jackie Parker, Young Adult Fiction

Jackie has gotten to the point in her life where she no longer feels compelled to finish bad books. Because of this she finds awards and vetted booklists incredibly helpful. Especially if they come from a trustworthy source with an excellent record. Cybils is just that, and Jackie has been proud to have been involved since the inaugural year. A …

Meet the 2015 Organizers: Stephanie Charlefour, Young Adult Non-Fiction Chair

A lifelong reader, some of Stephanie’s most vivid memories from her childhood are centered around books–from volunteering in her middle school library, curling up with a great book on a rainy day and sharing books with her best friends at recess. Now as a tween and teen librarian, Stephanie gets to share her love of reading focusing on those in …

Meet the 2015 Organizers: Karen Yingling, Middle Grade Fiction Chair

A middle aged, middle school librarian from the Midwest, I’ve been blogging since 2006 at Ms. Yingling Reads. When first hired at my school, I vowed to read every hard cover fiction book in the library so that it’s easier to get the right book for the right child at the right time. It was sad when I finished because …

Meet the 2015 Organizers: Charlotte Taylor, Elementary and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction Chair

Charlotte Taylor has been fan of fantasy since she was a toddler, and spent her childhood rejecting her sisters’ importunings to come play in favor of peaceful reading. She still spends as much time as possible reading (mostly middle grade speculative fiction, but other genres too, because she wants to read All the Things), but she is hampered her day job as a professional archaeologist, …

Meet the 2015 Organizers: Jennifer Wharton, Early and Middle Grade Non-Fiction Chair

Jennifer has been involved with Cybils since 2009 and is excited to be chairing the Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction category for another year. When not obsessively reading and blogging at one of her many blogs, including Jean Little Library, she is the head of the youth services department for the Matheson Memorial Library in Elkhorn, WI. She has recently reorganized much of the library to make …