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Cybils Awards of 2011

For the KidLitosphere, Valentine’s Day is also a celebration of our love of books, with the announcement of the Cybils Awards. With months of evaluating and discussing books at an end, my Fiction Picture Book committee has selected our top winner:

Me... Jane
by Patrick McDonnell
published by Little, Brown

Me... JaneMe... Jane is a touching glimpse into the life of a young Jane Goodall as a curious girl with a love of nature, and books, and a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee. A unique combination of dreamy watercolor vignettes and nature-inspired vintage engravings complement a simple and evocative text. Every element of the book’s design, from its album-like cover and heavy yellowed pages to the inclusion of photographs and Goodall’s own childhood drawings, helps create a picture book that feels like a relative’s cherished scrapbook. Readers of all ages will take inspiration from a young girl who so fully follows her dreams.

Find all the rest of the winners at the Cybils site and place your orders for a bunch of new kid-friendly, blogger-approved books to arrive at your doorstop. Personal thanks go out to my panelists and judges, and thanks out to all of you who work for and support this unique and special book awarding venture we call Cybils!

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Patricia T. said...

Love, this book! Thanks for posting a review.

Anonymous said...

I was so glad to see this won! It was one of my very favorite books overall this year--touching and interesting and lovely.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

This looks really cute, thanks!

Julie Hedlund said...

Just bought this one. So glad it won!

Annie said...

Such a beautiful book! The drawings remind me of Mary Jo Scott.

Ali B said...

Hooray for Me - Jane! On a related note, I saw the movie trailer for Chimpanzee while waiting with my daughter for The Secret World of Arrietty to begin. It looks outstanding! Can't wait to see it.

I also wanted to thank you for your comment at http://literarylunchbox.blogspot.com/ My son was thrilled to get so much encouragement and love from my fellow bloggers. Thank you!

Jacqueline Houtman said...

Why was this book in the fiction category? It sure seems like nonfiction to me.