Friday, October 2, 2009

Cybils - Time for nominations / Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli

It's that time of year. Did you read a newly published children's book this past year that you absolutely loved? From October 1-15, the public can nominate children's books high in both literary quality and kid appeal for a Cybils. Cybils is an acronym for Children's and YA Bloggers' Literary Awards. Books published published in English between Oct. 16, 2008 and Oct. 15th, 2009 are eligible for nomination. There's nine categories so that means nine chances to nominate the year's best books. Nominations close on October 15th, 2009 and everyone can participate. This is the fourth year for the awards.

Even if you don't want to nominate, you should visit the site for book recommendations! Bloggers and others have already nominated several of my favorites. Here at Brimful Curiosities I have reviewed some of the books nominated. See the list below (I'll be adding more - a few books are in my to-be-reviewed pile):

2009 Nominations: Fiction Picture Books
Before You Were Here, Mi Amor By Samantha Vamos
The Curious Garden By Peter Brown
Otto Grows Down By Michael Sussman
Chicken Dance By Tammi Sauer (to-be-reviewed)

2009 Nominations:
Fantasy/Science Fiction
Fortune's Magic Farm By Suzanne Selfors

2009 Nominations: Middle Grade Fiction
Al Capone Shines My Shoes By Gennifer Choldenko (to-be-reviewed)
Any Which Wall By Laurel Snyder
When the Whistle Blows By Fran Slayton

2009 Nominations: Young Adult Fiction
Nothing but Ghosts By Beth Kephart (to-be-reviewed)
Twenty Boy Summer By Sarah Ockler

For what it's worth, I've always thought the awards should split the picture book category up into books suitable for toddlers/preschoolers and books suitable for preschool/early grade school. The picture book genre offers such a wide range of deserving books for various age groups, I think it is unfair to make them all compete together for the same award. Plus, it would make it a ton easier for parents looking for age appropriate books.

In an attempt to bring attention to books for the very young, this year I nominated Higher! Higher! by author/illustrator Leslie Patricelli. It isn't an easy task finding books that both my toddler and preschooler want to read together. Higher! Higher! works perfectly for both age groups. In the book, a daddy pushes a little girl higher and higher on a swing. Boy does she ever go HIGH, way high in the sky and sees things beyond a child's wildest imagination.

This book has made it into our before bedtime stack more times than I can count! Full of kid appeal, the illustrations are bright, creative and happy and the simple text makes it the perfect choice for younger children with a short attention span (they can chant along, saying "Higher! Higher!"). Another plus--my preschool daughter can easily "read" it to her 1-1/2 year old brother without my help. It's appropriate for both boys and girls. If my children had a choice, Higher! Higher! would win quite a few awards.

Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli. Candlewick Press (March 2009); 32 pages; ISBN 9780763632410;
Book Source: Personal copy (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)

Just out of curiosity, what are your favorite children's books published this past year?


CanCan (Mom Most Traveled) said...

I liked Higher! Higher! too. I also enjoyed Miss Mingo and the First Day of School, totally cleverly done and very educational.