A: Children’s and Young-Adult books recognized as has having the highest literary merit and “kid appeal” by the book blogging community.
Anyone can nominate a book. There are a number of categories such as Picture Book, Middle-Grade, YA Fiction, Poetry, etc. This year they added a new category Ebook Apps. Nominations are open from Oct 1st – Oct 15th. I will post again with links to this year’s nominations page. To see winners from 2010 click here.
Q:Why I am excited about this?
A: I get to be a Round 1 judge for the Early Reader/Chapter Books category with a great group of fellow bloggers! I must admit I am a little nervous for two reasons. One, it is my first time judging, and second I have to read a large number of books in ~10 weeks. Last year there were almost 60 books nominated in this category.
I will have to put my own picture book writing on the back-burner for the next few months. But that’s okay especially if I get to learn more about the Early Reader/Chapter Book market by going through this process.
Q: Will I stop doing book reviews during this period?
A: Absolutely not! What you may see is a shift from picture book reviews to Early Reader/Chapter Books for the next three months. Though I do love picture books, so I may try to sneak in some reviews.
Do you have a favorite children’s book published in the last year?