Poetry Pop Quiz: Have You Read These Cybils Award-Nominated Books?

The 2012 Cybils judging committees were announced earlier this week. I am thrilled to join the second (final) round committee entrusted with selecting the award-winning book for the Poetry category. Both the first and second round committees are littered with Poetry Friday veterans, and I can’t wait to work more closely with everyone during the Cybils season.


I will be writing more in the future about the process and framework that I will use for my own Cybils evaluations, and how that will eventually feed into the group decision-making process.

But right now, I have a very simple question, and I want everyone to answer it honestly.

Which of the Cybils poetry award-nominated finalists (2006-2011) have you actually read?

Check all that apply.

Which of these poetry books have you read?

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I will never reveal your individual responses. (So again, please be honest, even if your answer is “None of the above”.) I will, however, share some aggregated results beyond the automated totals that appear after you respond.

Thank you!

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  • http://poetryonparade.com Janet F.

    Congratulations on becoming a judge, Ed. Can’t wait to see and hear what you do with all of your new ideas and experiences.

  • http://joyceray.blogspot.com Joyce Ray

    I’d like to add my congratulations, Ed. Judging many fine poetry collections is an awesome responsibility. Best wishes for your deliberations.

  • http://gottabook.blogspot.com Greg Pincus

    Judging is great. It’s also part of why I just skewed your results: I was a Cybils poetry judge for many of the last years, so I read all the finalists! In fact, your “have you read” poll might be the only one EVER where I’ve read everything.

    I miss judging because the conversations we had about the books were so top notch and interesting and really made me revisit the texts again and again and again. And I like that!

  • http://awrungsponge.blogspot.com Andromeda Jazmon

    Congratulations on being a poetry judge, Ed! I have been on that panel a few times and it is a truly wonderful, challenging, enlightening experience. This year I am working with the Middle Grade panel and really looking forward to it!

    I am with Greg; I read almost all the books on your list first due to my involvement with the Cybils – but also because they are all so good and I spend a lot of time looking for good poetry books for children. It was a pleasure to read your list and enjoy the books all over again!

  • http://www.teacherdance.blogspot.com/ Linda Baie

    I’ve read more than I thought, but maybe not enough. Looking forward to working with you, Ed! Guess we’ll read more by next year!

  • http://www.thinkkidthink.com Ed DeCaria

    Thank you all for the comments, and for voting! I am certainly looking forward to reading all of the Cybils nominees this year — certainly all of the finalists.

    Unfortunately the survey is a bit of a dud. I still need a lot more completes (50-100 at least) to make any sense of it. Hoping to get more responses from teachers/librarians/parents/kids. I’ll leave it up for awhile still. No real rush …

  • http://www.laurasalas.com laurasalas

    I tried to vote, but it kept telling me, Please choose a valid poll answer. Sorry! The answer is I’ve read all but 3…

  • http://readingyear.blogspot.com Mary Lee

    I tried to vote too. I’ve read all but 12.

  • http://www.katyaczaja.com/ Katya

    I tried to vote, too but it gave me the same error that it gave Laura. (I am using Google Chrome as my browser).

  • http://www.thinkkidthink.com Ed DeCaria

    Sorry for the trouble. Thanks for trying. I’ll fix it but will be a few days.

  • http://www.thinkkidthink.com Ed DeCaria

    Strange. I am able to vote. Are you all on Chrome?