Posts tagged ‘Cybils Awards’

September 17, 2012

Cybils 2012

Q: What are the Cybils Awards?

The Cybils Awards are for 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, Ebook Apps, etc. Nominations are open from Oct 1st – Oct 15th. I will post again with links to this year’s nominations page.

The Round 1 judges come up with a shortlist of finalists by January 1, 2013, and the Round 2 judges review the picture books and chose the winner which will be announced on February 14, 2013.

To see winners from 2011 click here.

Q:Why I am excited about this?

Last year’s experience as a Round 1 judge for Early Reader/Chapter Books was an amazing experience on many different levels, learning more about the category, discussing books with other literacy professionals. I applied again this year and feel very honored to be picked as a Round 2 Judge for the Fiction Picture Books category !!! I am soooo excited, this is like a dream for me. As a Round 2 judge my job doesn’t technically start until January, but you can count on me to review my favorite picture books until I have to go into quiet mode. Please visit the awesome blogs of my fellow judges for Fiction Picture Books.

Round 1 Judges

Laura Given          Blog: LibLaura5 
Travis Jonker       Blog: 100 Scope Notes
Julie Jurgens        Blog: Hi Miss Julie!
Rebecca Reid        Blog: Rebecca Reads
Cheryl Sadler        Blog: Picture Book Lunchables
Danielle Smith      Blog: There’s a Book
Aaron Zenz            Blog: Bookie Woogie

Round 2 Judges (that’s me!)

Myra Bacsal          Blog: Gathering Books
Darshana Khiani  Blog: Flowering Minds
Joanna Marple     Blog: Miss Marple’s Musings 
Dawn Mooney      Blog: 5 Minutes for Books
Jen Robinson       Blog: Jen Robinson’s Book Page 

Fiction Picture Books Chair – Pam Coughlan    Blog: MotherReader

We are looking forward to seeing what books you nominate, so start making your lists as nominations open October 1st!

February 14, 2012

Drumroll Please … Cybils 2011 Winners

Attention! Attention!

The winners of the 2011 Cybils are out. You don’t want to miss these fantastic books.

As a Round 1 judge in the Easy Readers/Short Chapter Books category, I am so psyched to see Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke as the winner for the top chapter book. I hope more libraries will carry this great multi-cultural author.

2012 Winners

Click here to see a review of each of the titles on the Cybils site.

Early Reader: I Broke My Trunk! by Mo Willems

Early Chapter: Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus! by Atinuke

Book Apps: The Monster at the End of This Book by Callaway Digital Arts

Fiction Picture Book: Me .. Jane by Patrick McDonnell

Non-Fiction Picture Book: I Feel Better with a Frog in My Throat: History’s Strangest Cures by Carlyn Beccia

Poetry: Requiem: Poems of the Terezin Ghetto by Paul B. Janeczko

Graphic Novels: Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Fantasy & Science Fiction: The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale by Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright

Middle Grade Fiction: Nerd Camp by Elissa Brent Weissman

Non-Fiction Picture Book (older reader): Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart by Candace Fleming

Graphic Novel (older reader): Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Fantasy & Science Fiction (older reader): Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Young Adult Fiction: Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach

January 4, 2012

What makes a Great Chapter Book ?

My fellow Cybils’ judge, Katie Ahearn, posts today about the qualities of a great chapter book. Enjoy!

Five Characteristics of Great Chapter Books

Yesterday, on the heels of the announcement of the Cybils finalists for 2011, I shared my five characteristics of a great easy reader. Today, I’m continuing that thought process with five characteristics of great chapter books.

Read more at Secrets & Sharing Soda: Five Characteristics of Great Chapter Books.

January 3, 2012

What makes a Great Easy Reader?

One of my fellow Cybils’ judges, Katie Ahearn, is a children’s librarian; an avid reader and book blogger. I love reading her posts for her critical insights on children’s books. Hope you find her analysis as useful as I have!

Five Characteristics of Great Easy Readers

The finalists for the 2011 Cybils were announced on Sunday, and among them were the five chapter books and four easy readers chosen by the first-round panelists in the Easy Reader/Early Chapter Book Category, of which I was one. Since I have now officially come to the end of my Cybils duties for this year, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on what I’ve taken away from the experience, and what I have learned about easy readers and chapter books. Today, I’ll discuss what makes a great easy reader, and tomorrow, I’ll do the same for chapter books.

Read more at Secrets & Sharing Soda: Five Characteristics of Great Easy Readers.

January 1, 2012

Cybils 2011 Finalists

The new year has started and for all you kidlit lovers here is the moment you have been waiting for, the 2011 Cybils finalists. Check out the lists to see what books were picked as having great writing and kid-appeal.

This was my first year judging and they weren’t kidding. It’s a lot of work but a great experience as well. I would like to thank all my fellow Round 1 judges in the Early Reader/Early Chapter Category. You are all great reviewers and bloggers; I learned how to be a more critical reviewer and will hopefully be a better writer as a result. Thanks for your input, lengthy emails, and debates. I wish you all the best in your bookish endeavours.

Without further ado below are the finalists for the Early Reader/Early Chapter books. Click here to read why we thought these books were the best. You can also read my reviews for Aggie Gets Lost and Have Fun, Anna Hibiscus.

Early Reader Finalists

Early Chapter Finalists

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