Sunday, September 18, 2016

Happy Day! Happy News!




I'm in a daze. It's a daze of happiness. With a bit of fear.

I got a call yesterday. The amazing Terry Doherty had to step away from her role with the 2016 Cybils unexpectedly and she offered the car keys to me. 

I took the keys.

I am...wait for it...the Category Chair for the Cybils 2016 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards Fiction Picture Books. 

Whew.

You know me. Fiction picture books are my world. I've had many huge happy moments in the children's book world. I posted my Mo Willems and Me pictures from BEA in Chicago last May outside my school library and I had a gazillion people say to me, "You...met...Mo...Willems???" I was chosen as an onsite correspondent for BEA last year. I was asked to be the moderator for the Five Funny Guys panel at TweenReads last year. My school was asked to host Jon Klassen the year he won the Caldecott.  I won a grant to build five Little Free Libraries for children's books. I've been an author escort for the Children's Reading Tent at the Texas Book Festival many, many times. I'm over halfway through reading the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up.  And I've been a judge for the Cybils in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008, serving as a panelist for nonfiction picture books, easy readers, early chapter books, and, yes, fiction picture books. 

But this is the Mt. Everest of huge happy moments in the children's book world. 

Thrilled.

And scared.

I need to get busy. Judges for Cybils panels will be announced tomorrow. Nominations for the Cybils will open on October 1. I hope you will stop by and nominate away for your favorite children and young adult books.




What Arrived in the Mail




What I Read Last Week





What are you reading today? 




What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.


The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.

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34 comments:

  1. What a fabulous opportunity - and completely deserved! CONGRATULATIONS!!

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  2. That's fantastic! Congrats! Just keep us updated about the nominations!

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    1. I started looking over the children and young adult books I've read in 2016 to see which ones I'd like to nominate. I've made a list so I can nominate my favorites on October 1st. Any blogger can nominate.

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  3. Congratulations!!! How exciting! I'm sure it's a little scary, but it sounds like you are completely able and qualified. Just remember to breathe. :)

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  4. Congratulations! It's such a well deserved honour, I know you'll do an amazing job.

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  5. Congratulations, Deb! You deserve it!!! Enjoy!

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  6. Wow... such exciting news!!! Congratulations!

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  7. Congrats! What fun for you, and I know we will benefit, as we'll get to read stories on the blog.

    I took a course in Children's Literature as an undergraduate...only a taste of the fun, but I loved it a lot, and it helped me pick better books for my children and grandchildren.

    Enjoy!

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog. And I am tempted to pick up on the Stephanie Plum series again!

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    1. You must pick it up. It might be coming to a resolution.

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  8. Congratulations! It's going to be so exciting to follow along on your journey.

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    1. Thank you, Joy. I will use lots of your ideas about compassion, I imagine, in coming days.

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  9. Such wonderful, exciting news. Congratulations! We're all looking forward to reading all about on your blog. :-)

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  10. That's awesome! Congratulations to you, and I hope you enjoy every moment of it. :)

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  11. congrats, this is perfect for you, they could not have given the car keys to a better person for the job. enjoy the ride!
    Today, I've read from the life of Saint Innocent of Moscow. he's the patron saint of my parish, and I just discovered how amazing this guy was (1797-1879)

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    1. I must find out more about him. Thank you, Emma.

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  12. I almost didn't find you this week with a different avatar pic thingy in Kimberly's linkup.

    Congrats on the huge honour for the Awards. You should be very proud and it's well-deserved!

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  13. Congrats!!! I love reading picture books also!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

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  14. Congratulations! I know you will do a great job. Come see my past week here. Happy reading!

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  15. Congratulations! We are excited to follow along and learn about some amazing books from you.

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  16. Hi Debs! Whoo hoo hoo whoo hoo hooo whooo hoo hoo (that's me blowing up some balloons to go with the celebration!!) CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I am so happy for you. Also very interested in the 1001 children's books you have to read before you grow up. I've listed it and will keep it safe.

    Hope you will have great week there on Cloud 9. Here's my Sunday Headlines:http://marelithalkink.blogspot.co.za/2016/09/the-sunday-headlines-2-missing-mind.html

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  17. Congratulations! I've loved working with the Cybils' groups these past years. You'll have a lot to do, but it will be wonderful fun!

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  18. Congrats to you!! She knew they'd be in capable hands.

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  19. Congrats! What a wonderful opportunity! I absolutely love picture books... one of my favorite things about my past library job was processing (aka reading!) all the new picture books. :)

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  20. Oh my goodness, congratulations!! Picture books are my world too, and I'm so excited to follow along with you as you go along the Cybils journey!

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  21. Congratulations! This sounds like a lot of work, but also very exciting!

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  22. Woo-hoo! Congratulations! I suspect that my foray into Cybils judging last year came about because of something I read on your blog. That is quite a list of opportunities and distinctions in the children's book world you have already accomplished. I'm impressed.

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  23. Congratulations on your good news that is a fantastic achievement, you must be pleased :-)
    Have an awesome reading week :-)
    Amanda @ Mrs B's Book Reviews

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  24. Congratulations on Cybils!!! Very excited for you. :)

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