Sunday, January 3, 2010

2009 Cybils Poetry Finalists

So sorry I haven’t posted for over a week. I was in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for a few days saying goodbye to 2009 and toasting in the New Year with close friends. I didn’t have Internet access. I did have lots of great food, delicious bubbly, and plenty of good laughs while I was away.

This year I’m serving as a Round II Judge on the Cybils Poetry Panel. You can read more about the finalists here: Cybils Poetry Finalists 2009.

2009 Cybils Poetry Finalists

African Acrostics: A Word in Edgeways
written by Avis Harley
with photographs by Deborah Noyes

The Bill Martin Jr Big Book of Poetry
edited by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson

The Monsterologist: A Memoir in Rhyme
written by Bobbi Katz
illustrated by Adam McCauley

Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors
written by Joyce Sidman
illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

Click here to read my review of Red Sings from Treetops.

The Tree That Time Built:
A Celebration of Nature, Science, and Imagination
selected by Mary Ann Hoberman and Linda Winston,
illustrated by Barbara Fortin

Click here to read my review of The Tree That Time Built.


2009 Cybils Poetry Panelists

Panelists (Round I Judges):
Bruce Black, Wordswimmer
Kristy Dempsey, Reverie--Abstract Musings on a Hopeful Life
Kelly Fineman (see panel organizer)
Tricia Stohr-Hunt, The Miss Rumphius Effect
Sylvia Vardell, Poetry for Children

Judges (Round II):
Sara Lewis Holmes, Read Write Believe
Elaine Magliaro, Wild Rose Reader
Greg Pincus, GottaBook
Jama Rattigan, Alphabet Soup
Stacey Shubitz, Two Writing Teachers


Ebony said...

thanks for the info. i must check these books out.

p.s. i made my own jibjab video. so much fun! :)

Tricia said...

I'm so happy to hand this list off to you. The books are fabulous. My only regret is that I can't be a fly on the wall for your deliberations.

BTW, Happy New Year!

Elaine Magliaro said...


They are all excellent books. I liked your JibJab video.


I thought there were many fine children's poetry books published in 2009. I wonder if the poetry-nominating panel had a difficult time getting the list down to five books???

In addition to serving as a judge on the Cybils Poetry Panel, I'm a member of the NCTE Poetry Committee--which is currently working on a list of 2008 Poetry Notables for "Language Arts."