The winner of the fiction category was Me….Jane by Patrick McDonnell, a book we liked but didn’t love. I would have picked a different book to win, but I’m not surprised this one won as it also was named a Caldecott Honor Book. I still don’t quite understand why this falls in the category of fiction rather than non-fiction but I’ll defer to the judgment of the Cybils judges.
I’m much more excited about the non-fiction winner, I Feel Better With a Frog in My Throat by Carlyn Beccia. This was definitely my personal favorite in the category and I also think it’s a great book. An unusual topic, presented in a fun and unique way. Packed full of interesting facts in a really accessible format. I’m very excited it won.
I haven’t read any of the other winners, nor have I read enough in any of the other categories to really have strong opinions about what should have won. Overall, I really enjoyed following the Cybils this year. It was a great way to read a lot of new books and the process of thinking about what makes a book “award winning” was interesting for me. I hope Amy does it again next year.