On Saturday the long-awaited CYBILS Finalists were announced. As the organizer of the Nonfiction Picture Books, the last few days leading up to the announcement were intense with discussing our shortlists and coming to consensus about our shortlist.
Round One panelists were awesome:
Their willingness to discuss and re-read, re-consider and question was phenomenal. Ranking, conversations, ranking again, and discussions is what made our list truly outstanding this year. The list seems strong, balanced and books that have great kid appeal.
Here’s our Nonfiction Picture Books shortlist for 2010:
To me, every book or list has a great back story. These seven books are from a list of 112 titles which were nominated. Nominees in this category increased by 39 titles from last year. The books were pretty evenly divided between books about animals, people, historical events, and science.
Each title was ranked with criteria including originality, kid appeal, presentation of the material, quality of illustrations and writing.
Now Round Two begins as the round two judges begin rigorous discussions about our spectacular sevenover the next 6 weeks. The winner will be announced on February 14. More about the CYBILS can be found HERE.
Nonfiction Monday is hosted over at Charlotte’s Library. Enjoy another year of nonfiction books.
Happy Monday. Happy Reading.