Tonight I finished the 5th of the nominated books for the Cybils YA fiction category. I'm elated and sad and antsy -- itching for discussion with my fellow judges and wishing I could gush to you about the quality of the books I've read. (I'm being purposely quiet about the specifics of any one book.)
I will say this -- I studied children's literature for both my undergraduate and graduate degrees, and I've maintained a passion for the field ever since. When I started this blog, it was the most natural thing in the world for me to gravitate into the world of bloggers who are also passionate about kid's books (from picture books to poetry to YA...). I've learned a lot from this blogging community in the past 6 months.
But this experience, these last few weeks of reading, has added a dimension to my thinking about children's books. It's reinvigorated my appreciation for what children's books (and YA books) can be at their very best. I'm looking forward to the chance to tell people about these books, and to continue my own immersion in today's world of children's literature.