Monthly Archives: September 2013

Do I get a robe and gavel?

I read 27 picture books in August. I should have read 40. Wait. I’m way behind on my goal for the year, and to catch up I should have read 162. What’s a girl to do to get her butt in gear and reach her goal?

Voila! Cybils to the rescue!

I’ve been chosen to be a Round One judge in the Fiction Picture Books category of the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards seventh annual competition. That means I’ll be reading and evaluating about 200 books nominated this year. It should help me catch up on my reading, don’t you think?

I’m honored to be selected, and I’m eager to put my opinionated self expertise to work. I can hardly wait to begin discussing favorites with the other judges.

Nominations will be accepted October 1-15. If you want to nominate a favorite children’s book, check out the guidelines and how-to details here.

If you’re curious about becoming a judge for next year, you can learn more here.

And now here’s what you’ve all been waiting for (right?) – my favorite reads of August:

  • ALL THOSE SECRETS OF THE WORLD by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Leslie Baker, 1991, Little, Brown & Company
  • COWPOKE CLYDE AND DIRTY DAWG by Lori Mortensen, illustrated by Michael Allen Austin, 2013, Clarion Books
  • EACH KINDNESS by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E.B. Lewis, 2012, Nancy Paulsen Book (Penguin Young Readers Group)
  • EVEN ALIENS NEED SNACKS by Matthew McElligott, 2012, Walker BFYR (Bloomsbury Publishing)
  • GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE DINOSAURS by Mo Willems, 2012, Balzar + Bray (HarperCollins Publishers)
  • MINETTE’S FEAST by Susanna Reich, illustrated by Amy Bates, 2012, Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • THE MONSTERS’ MONSTER by Patrick McDonnell, 2012, Little Brown and Company (Hachette Book Group)
  • MY FATHER’S ARMS ARE A BOAT by Stein Erik Lunde, illustrated by Oyvind Torseter, 2012, Enchanted Lion Books
  • WHEN THE COWS GOT LOOSE by Carol Weis, illustrated by Ard Hoyt, 2006, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)

By the way, if you live in or will be visiting Western Mass any time in the next 5 months, check out “Seriously Silly: A Decade of Art and Whimsy by Mo Willems” at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. The exhibit will be on display through February 23, 2014.

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