It's Cybils time, book lovers! Time to recognize those books that combine both "the highest literary merit" and "kid appeal." You can leave your nominations (one per category) at the Cybils blog, starting Oct. 1.
I'll be nominating my favorites, too, but the best news for me is that for the second time, I'm honored to serve as a second round judge for the Poetry Panel. I love this job, people! I get to discuss five or six or seven extraordinary books of poetry which were chosen by the amazing Round One Panelists below, and I get to have those discussions with the fabulous folks listed there as Judges (Round Two.) It's intense; it's exhilarating; and last time, it gifted me with an even deeper love of the work of some of our finest YA and children's poets.
Here's the full panel. Now it's up to YOU to nominate the poetry books we should discuss.
THE 2009 CYBILS POETRY PANEL
Our fearless organizer:
Kelly Fineman of Writing and Ruminating.
Panelists (Round 1)
- Bruce Black of Wordswimmer
- Kristy Dempsey of Reverie: Abstract Musings on a Hopeful Life
- Kelly Fineman of Writing and Ruminating
- Tricia Stohr-Hunt of The Miss Rumphius Effect
- Sylvia Vardell of Poetry for Children
Judges (Round 2)