Since I helped compile the shortlist with the Graphic Novels Round 1 panel those were the picks I was most excited to see.
For the younger set: Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Nominated by Isaac Z, I see. Could that be our own Isaac Z of Bookie Woogie? Good call Isaac! I loved this one so much I made Jacob read and he loved it too.
For the older set: Anya's Ghost by Vera Brogsol
This is what I had to say about Anya's Ghost back in July:
Inruiging. I liked the style and coloring. Anya has a bad attitude, a self-centered outlook, and a smoking habit -- she's easy to hate. When she falls down a hole and meets the ghost of the girl who fell down it before her, her life begins to change. I thought the plot and art both well executed. It was just creepy enough for me, and has a great ending. Recommended for fans of Neil Gaiman (his blurb on the front reads, "a masterpiece!"), ages 12+.Other winners I've already read:
- Winner of the Easy Reader category, I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems - hilarious. Y'all know how much I love Elephant and Piggie. There's a reason they keep winning all the awards.
- Winner of the Fiction Picture Books award, Me . . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell - sweet. It's the story of Jane Goodall's early childhood.
Again, the full list of winners is announced on the Cybils website, and really all the books on these shortlists are going to be stellar.