Cybils (Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards) always begins each new year with a bang. The first-round judges picked their favorite 2009 children's books after considering 939 titles suggested by the public. On New Year's Day, the Cybils organization announced five finalists in each of the categories. Take some time to browse the finalists. I'm excited to check out some of the books with my kids before the winners are announced in February.
By the way, I've already reviewed two of the finalists in the picture book category here on Brimful Curiosities and highly recommend both titles:
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
The Listeners by Gloria Whelan, illustrated by Mike Benny