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Cybils Award Winners!

The Cybils Award winners have been announced, and I᾿m especially excited to share the winner for Fiction Picture Books, where I served as a panelist and the category organizer. Here’s the write-up from the Cybils site:
How to Heal a Broken WingHow to Heal a Broken Wing
written and illustrated by Bob Graham
Candlewick Press

This deceptively simple book achieves so much more than telling the story of a boy who notices a wounded bird in a busy city. By alternating single and double-page spreads with clusters of small panels, Graham creates almost a film strip of time passing. The artistic technique lends both intimacy and urgency to the boy and his family’s precarious mission to save the injured pigeon. The text is commendably lean, supporting the strong visual narrative and keeping a lighter touch to the theme. The cartoon-style, watercolor illustrations provide the perfect tone, and the accessible story offers connections for picture book readers of all ages. For all of these reasons, How to Heal a Broken Wing distinguishes itself as the rare picture book that speaks quietly, yet has volumes to say about courage, kindness, and hope.
Want the rest of the awards? I know you do. Head over to the Cybils page to see the other winners. And hey, while you’re there, buy a book. The purchases help show how the award has a relevance in the language of Amazon ranking, plus the Cybils get a referral fee for Amazon purchases. I can easily recommend purchasing How to Heal a Broken Wing not only for parents of young kids and general picture book lovers, but as a gift for teachers of preschool or early-elementary students. The end of the school year is just around the corner — or at least it feels like it should be.

Edited to add: Oh yeah, VALENTINE’S DAY! Here’s a video I posted last year that again can serve as my Valentine to all of blogger friends.

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Franki said...

SOooooo Happy to see that HOW TO HEAL A BROKEN WING was the winner! I loved the whole list!

Unknown said...

What a wonderful little video. Simple and powerful. Funny and lovely. Thanks.