Yesterday the winners of the Cybils (Children's and Young Adults Bloggers Literary Awards) for 2011 were announced.
In the Fiction Picture Book category, there was a strange result. The award was given to "Me...Jane" by Patrick McDonnell. According to the write up cybils.com, "Me...Jane" is a touching glimpse into the life of a young Jane Goodall as a curious girl with a love of nature, and books, and a stuffed chimpanzee named Jubilee. A unique combination of dreamy watercolor vignettes and nature-inspired vintage engravings complement a simple and evocative text. Every element of the book's design, from its album-like cover and heavy yellowed pages to the inclusion of photographs and Goodall's own childhood drawings, helps create a picture book that feels like a relative's cherished scrapbook. Readers of all ages will take inspiration from a young girl who so fully follows her dreams.
But am I mistaken? Isn't this book a Non-Fiction Picture Book? Apparently it was orginally nominated in the NFPB category and then was switched to Fiction.
Don't get me wrong. I love love love this book and have blogged about it in the past. However, I believe it should have won for Non-Fiction. Otherwise it takes the award away from a real Fiction book.
Writers Weigh In! Do you think this book is Fiction or Non-Fiction? How do you feel about this award given to "Me...Jane"? Anyone have any answers as to why?
Looking forward to hearing your opinions and getting a discussion going on.