Meet the 2015 Organizers: Jone MacCulloch, Poetry Chair

Jone  has been involved with the CYBILS since 2006.  She’s currently the chairperson of the poetry category.  Poetry is part of her everyday life especially in the K5 library where she teaches. Her students’ poems have appeared at “Check It Out”  These students also send poetry postcards to recipients throughout the world for National Poetry Month. Last year, Jone embarked …

Meet the 2015 Organizers: Liz Jones, Graphic Novels Chair

Liz Jones has been part of Cybils graphics since 2007, and fully credits it for introducing her to the wonderful variety in graphic storytelling on the market, even though her local market doesn’t offer much in this category. She connects readers to graphics via the children’s lit class she teaches at the University of Pittsburgh, the students who attend art classes at her studio …

Meet the 2015 Organizers: Terry Doherty, Fiction Picture Books Chair

Telling you that I love books for young readers would come as no surprise to you. I can hear the chorus of “duhs” from here. But did you know that I thank my daughter every day for igniting this passion? It’s true. Fifteen years ago, I started building a library for my daughter’s nursery. Since coming home from the bookstore …

Meet the 2015 Organizers: Katie Fitzgerald, Easy Reader/Early Chapter Books Chair

Katie Fitzgerald is a trained children’s librarian who has worked in small and large public libraries in upstate New York and Washington, DC. In addition to her blog, Story Time Secrets, which focuses on books, literacy activities, and library service for children and their families, she is also currently writing a book on story time for Rowman and Littlefield’s Practical …

Meet the 2015 Organizers: Cathy Potter, Book Apps Chair

Cathy Potter is K-5 school librarian at Falmouth Elementary School in Maine where she enjoys finding innovative ways to use iPads with her students. Cathy has served as a CYBILS panelist for several years and now chairs the the Book Apps category. If you walk into Cathy’s library you’re likely to find her recommending her favorite books to young readers, …

Meet the 2015 Organizers: Melissa Fox, Co-Blog Editor

Melissa has gained the reputation at work for being overly excitable… as evidenced by her squeals when 1) a new Middle Grade or YA book comes out, 2) when she gets to do a fun story time, 3) she gets to meet a cool author, or 3) whenever she finds a new (YA or Middle Grade, mostly) book she loves. …

Meet the 2015 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. Last year she stepped aside from …

Meet the 2015 Organizers: Jen Robinson, Literary 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 2015 Organizers: Sheila Ruth, Publisher Liason

It all started with Harry Potter and homeschooling. After bonding over reading Harry Potter together, kidlit became a family activity. Dad wrote a book, mom (Sheila) published it, and mom and son started a book website, Wands and Worlds, as a homeschooling activity. Blogging followed soon after, which in turn led to the Cybils, which Sheila has been passionately involved …

Meet the 2015 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 …