The Road to Oz

Readerbuzz is the blog of Debbie Nance, who is a primary school librarian and mom, but also a panelist for this year's Non-Fiction Picture Books category. She posts excellent booklists in the form of the Sunday Salon, puts together interesting themed reading challenges at her other blog, and has a great link list. She's also known for her succinct and fast-paced book roundups, which she's been regularly posting during the Cybils reading period.

One of her recent roundups included a review of The Road To Oz: Twists, Turns, Bumps, and Triumphs in the Life of L. Frank Baum, written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. Krull, a well-known author of biographies for younger readers, tells the story of how L. Frank Baum grew from an imaginative boy into the author of the well-loved children's books about Oz. According to Debbie:

Krull presents a picture of a boy lost in his imagination who grows into a man who never really wants to leave the world he loved as a boy.

Read the full review here, along with brief reviews of several other Cybils NFPB nominees.