I felt so privileged to be on the fiction picture book committee this year and really felt like I learned a lot from Jules, our fearless leader (7-Imp), Pam (MotherReader), Annie (Crazy for Kids' Books), and Cheryl Rainfield (her blog). These ladies are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about children's books.
I loved so many of these books. It was fun to read titles that I might not have otherwise found (because many of them were not in my library or local bookstore)--so thanks to the generous publishers who made some of the review titles available. It made me realize the importance of bloggers and the Cybils awards. Hopefully people are being exposed to and encouraged to read books that are FABULOUS books, but are not necessarily in every bookstore or library. We hope you will go out and try to find these books and read them.
There were so many books that were hits with me. We picked seven for the shortlist, but I think we would all agree we had so many favorites. I have reviewed many on this blog.
And without further ado, here are the titles chosen for the shortlist for fiction picture books:
Written and illustrated by Adam Rex
by Natasha Wing
illustrated by Sylvie Kantorovitz
by Janice N. Harrington
Illustrated by Shelley Jackson
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2007
Written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein
Putnam Juvenile, 2007
by Karen Williams and Khadra Mohammed
Illustrated by Doug Chayka
Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2007
Written and illustrated by Mo Willems
Written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers