And I am on a roll as I printed out and checked a few of the Cybils fiction picture book finalists and winners from 2006 until 2011. I am pretty fortunate that I have two different libraries that I can visit here: the amazing public libraries and my own institution’s library (where I can borrow up to 40 books at one go). As we are celebrating Crazy over Cybils until February, I thought that it would be good to familiarize myself with a few ‘old’ winners and ‘finalists.’ Here are a few that I borrowed from the NIE Library.
Library Loot: Old Cybils Winners and Finalists
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown and Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty are both 2009 Cybils Finalists, A Visitor for Bear written by Bonny Becker and illustrated by Kady Denton is a Cybils 2008 Finalist.
Dark Emperor and other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Rick Allen is a finalist for the 2010 Cybils Poetry Category; Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors written by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski is the winner for the 2009 Poetry Category in Cybils; Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein is the Winner for the 2010 Cybils Fiction Picture Book, while Auntie Yang’s Great Soybean Picnic by Ginne Lo and Illustrations by Beth Lo is nominated for 2012 Fiction Picture Book category. I hope I get to read and review everything during our bimonthly theme.
Bargain Books from Bras Basah
Ok.. ok.. I won’t even justify my weekly book buying spree. If you see my loot, you’d find out why I’m so addicted to this lovely place. At 2 books for 5 dollars, can’t beat that price.
A few of my book club participants are deeply into Erin Hunter’s Warriors. So I thought I might as well read the first book in the series: The Sight. I am also glad to find Carole Wilkinson’s Dragon Moon since I already own a copy of the first book Dragonkeeper. I also feel that 2013 is the year when I would know more of Siobhan Dowd’s writing: Bog Child is the winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal and I am very excited to read it.
I confess I have a weakness for award-winning-books, thus the reading challenge that we are hosting this 2013. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett is the Winner of the 2002 Pen/Faulkner Award and shortlisted for The Orange Prize for Fiction 2002.
**** Happy Find ****
I nearly squealed in delight when I saw these two books lying unloved in the book bargain shelves. I have been collecting The Keys of the Kingdom Series since last year and these are the last two books that are missing in my collection by Garth Nix: Superior Saturday and Lord Sunday. Huzzah! Now I have all seven books! Question is when I’d start reading them.