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October 01, 2007


Cheryl Rainfield

There are many picture books from 2007 that I love, it was hard for me to decide, but I finally settled on one: The Incredible Book-Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers, (HarperCollins). This book is incredibly well written, illustrated, and designed, even to the point of including a "bite" out of the back cover on both the hardcover and paperback. The artwork is immensely creative, with so much, visually, to look at, including what looks like text and images from books--and the storyline works beautifully, and promotes a real love of books. So this is my first choice for a picture book. (Though I wish I could suggest two, or three. :)

Marcie Atkins

I highly recommend Jack of All Tails by Kim Norman, a laugh out loud funny book in text and pictures!

Marcie Atkins

I highly recommend Jack of All Tails by Kim Norman, a laugh out loud funny book in text and pictures!

Marcie Atkins

Sorry--I didn't mean to double my comment. Feel free to delete. It said it didn't go through.

Jo Knowles

I'd like to nominate The Magic Rabbit, written and illustrated by Annette LeBlanc Cate.




Susan Kusel

When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach, illustrated by David Small


The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice N. Harrington and illustrations by Shelley Jackson

Liz Jones

There's a Yak in my Bed!, Lillian Kay Pluta, Blooming Tree


I hope you will consider Carmen Agra Deedy's Martina the Beautiful Cochroach. It is a Cuban folktale told by a lively storyteller and illustrated with masterful humor by Michael Austin.

Dori Chaconas

Squirrel's World by Lisa Moser, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev. A total delight!


Wolf's Coming! by Joe Kulka

Lisa Moser

VIRGINNIE'S HAT by Dori Chaconas

This book is a romp in the swamp with a delightful end.

Jennifer R

Knuffle Bunny II by Mo Willems


Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard


Mama's Saris by Pooja Makhijani

Susan Thomsen

Never Tease a Weasel, by Jean Conder Soule; illustrations by George Booth (Random House)

Beth Binns

I'd like to nominate PLAYING BY THE RULES: A STORY ABOUT AUTISM written by Dena Fox Luchsinger and illustrated by Julie Olson.


I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

Alex De Luca

I strongly nominate "Lost Treasures of the Pirates of the Caribbean" by James A. Owen, Jeremy Owen, Lon Saline and Mary McCray.


Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett


I'd like to nominate LET IT SHINE by Ashley Bryan, but I'm not sure it's strictly fiction. Some libraries would put it with the picture books, others in with the music non-fiction.

Any help here?

Donna Earnhardt

I would like to nominate:

There's a Yak in my Bed!, Lillian Kay Pluta, Blooming Tree


Donna, that was has already been nominated and noted! Thanks, though.

Brooke, we're currently discussing where Let It Shine should go (fiction picture bookss or non-fiction) -- will get back to you soon to let you know!


Psst! by Adam Rex


The Impossible Patriotism Project by Linda Skeers; illustrated by Ard Hoyt!

Cheryl Rainfield

Oh, I'm so glad you nominated Psst!, Jules; I love that book. And there are so many others here that look interesting that I want to check out. :) I love the Cybils; I always find such good books.


17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore by Jenny Offill

Laurel Snyder

The End, by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Richard Egielski


Alex, Lost Treasures of the Pirates of the Caribbean will be moved over to the Fiction Middle-Grade category, as it seems to be geared to those older readers. Thanks!


Thanks for the nominations today, everyone! Keep 'em coming.

General note: We will move titles to other categories if we think (1) it is a better fit with another category or (2) remove them if they are ineligible because of copyright year.

Literacy Teacher

Sugar Cane: A Caribbean Rapunzel by Patricia Storace. It's 48 pp., but it's worth the time to read it!

Andrea B

I'd like to nominate PEST FEST by Julia Durango and illustrated by Kurt Cyrus. Great rhyme. Funny story. And Fabulously cool illustrations.

Katie U.

IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts. It's brand new!


Terrell, just wanted you to know that your nomination, Martina the Beautiful Cochroach, will get moved over to Non-Fiction Picture Books, because it's considered Folklore by the Library of Congress, as in a 398.2'er.

Thanks for the nomination!


Brooke, according to the Library of Congress, Let It Shine is a 782 classification. I think I'll send it over to the Non-Fiction Picture Books category. Thanks for the nomination! (It's a beautiful book).


Literacy Teacher, Sugar Cane is also considered a 398.2'er, so I'm moving it to Non-Fiction picture books. Thanks for the recommendation!


Sock Monkey Rides Again
by Cece Bell!


Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy, by Jane O’Connor


I want to nominate Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. It's already become a favorite in our family.

Jessica Wald

The Lonely Moose by John Segal. Funny, sweet and sad. Gorgeous art, too.

Jen Barney



Terrell, Brooke, and Literacy Teacher, I TAKE IT BACK! :)

Last year, the Cybils looked at the categories this way: "Nonfiction" implied that information-based titles. And things like folklore, illustrated songs, etc. were considered other types of fiction. So, that's how we'll handle it this year, and I'll keep your three nominations in this category.

Thanks again for the nominations, and sorry if I confused anyway.

Jim Walker

"Hugo and Miles In I've Painted Everything" by Scott Magoon (Author and Illustrator) - I love reading this one to my two grandchildren. It is so much more than the run-of-the-mill children's book, with its tounge-in-cheek humor about everything from the Mona Lisa to travel by air. It introduces children to the ideas of art and what makes the artist click, while entertaining the adult reader with its creative play on words.

Anne-Marie - A Readable Feast

Samsara Dog by Helen Manos - this one made me cry.


To the person who posted under "pussreboots" -- Little Pea has an '05 copywright date. Thanks, but try again! :)

Gina MarySol Ruiz

Old Penn Station

Gina MarySol Ruiz

Old Penn Station


A Story With Pictures by Barbara Kanninen


PRINCESS JUSTINA ALBERTINA by Ellen Dee Davidson, illustrated by Michael Chesworth. (My own shameless plug.)

Johanna I.

Violet Goes to the Country (Mitford for Children, Book 2) by Jan Karon, Melanie Cecka, and Emily Arnold McCully

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