Monday, February 15, 2010

2009 Cybils Winners Announced!

I served as a Round II Cybils Poetry Judge. Here’s the book that won the 2009 Cybils Poetry Award. It's an exceptional book of poetry and art! It is also a recipient of a 2010 Caldecott Honor Award.

Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors
Written by Joyce Sidman
Illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Observation, discovery, connection . . . Red Sings From the Treetops embodies everything poetry is meant to be. The vivid words of poet Joyce Sidman -- which are fresh even when writing about the oldest of concepts, color -- and the gloriously hue-soaked pictures of illustrator Pamela Zagarenski combine to create a poetry book that is both thoughtful and exuberant. Readers can hunt for small details in the sweep of larger images and thrill to a-ha! moments of discovery. They can read the book as one full, circular story or as a series of individual, eye-opening poems. Either way, the beauty of this book will leave them feeling connected to something larger than themselves.

Click here to find out which books won awards in all categories.
Read all about the Cybils Awards here.


Jules at 7-Imp said...

Love. that. book.

Elaine Magliaro said...


I love both the poetry and the illustrations in RED SINGS FROM TREETOPS. I was hoping Pamela Zagarenski would get a Caldecott Medal or Honor Award for her art in that book