In case you missed it on New Year's Day (say it ain't so!) the 2020 Cybils Awards announced the finalists titles in all categories. Here's a link to my share of the news as Round One Panelist in the fiction picture book category.
THE PAPER KINGDOM, by Helena Ku Rhee and Pascal Campion:
This conveys "...the not uncommon reality of being night service workers with young children. In this case, they deal with a canceled childcare situation by turning a 'take your child to work night' into a series of fantasy adventures while they provide custodial care in the silence of the night."
"I am rarely speechless, but this book nearly achieves that for me. The incredibly symbolic and fluid and moving illustrations are masterpieces, page by page. The compelling narrative with repetitive patterns of challenge and commitment are timed perfectly for increasing impact. The reader pledge offered on the back page is a call to action, and the after notes about Ojibwe traditional water keepers elevate the entire work from amazing to holy."
"Told in rhymed couplet's, LuAnn Bear's generosity and open-door policy is taxed when batch after batch of a dozen doughnuts is consumed by her hungry (and admiring) friends. When empty cupboards and an overwhelming mess are all she has to show for the day, LuAnn does what bears often do- she ROARS. "
I hope that you'll begin this new year with a quick read of each full review, followed by adding them to your library request list, wish list, or shopping cart. These are valuable additions to home, classroom, and library collections, and each will make a beloved gift to others. Choosing just one as the eventual CYBILS AWARD winner is an unenviable task.
If you read in any of the other categories (and I KNOW you do!) checkout the finalists by linking HERE to the CYBILS AWARDS page and then scrolling down to click on the category of your choice, for all ages and interests. Each offers a treasury of excellence and appeal.
Please stay tuned for links and new reviews for many other outstanding titles that are not on this list, but winners nevertheless. As seriously joyful as we all are that year 2021 has arrived, we can expect many hours of stay-at-home reading in the months ahead.