After serving as a judge, and engaging in lively and passionate discussions with my fellow judges in the Fiction Picture Book category of the 2007 Cybils, I'm proud to announce The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice N. Harrington and illustrated by Shelley Jackson has been crowned the winner! With a vivid, expressive voice, brilliant use of energetic images, a lot of spunk, and a heartwarming surprise ending, The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County is sure to capture your heart.
The nominating panel gave us a tough job, with seven amazing titles to choose from, each covering widely varied topics and styles, but all exceptionally well done picture books.
Congratulations to all the 2007 winning authors and illustrators!
Special thanks to all the panelists, judges, and especially the organizers, for making this all happen!