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The Cybils: Nominations and Categories

October 1st, 2008 (10:16 pm)
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From Jen Robinson, the Literacy Evangelist for the 2008 Cybils:

Cybils Nominations Are Now Closed!

Nominations for the third annual Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards (the Cybils) were open Wednesday, October 1st through Wednesday, October 15th. The goal of the Cybils team (some 100 bloggers) is to highlight books that are high in both literary quality and kid appeal. The Cybils were founded by Anne Boles Levy and Kelly Herold.

The Cybils lists, from long lists to short lists to the lists of winners, offer a wonderful resource to anyone looking for high-quality, kid-friendly books. The Cybils team has worked hard to balance democracy (anyone can nominate titles) with quality control (two rounds of panel judging by people who focus on children's books every day). We do this work because we consider it vital to get great books into the hands of children and young adults.

How Can You Participate?

We think that the Cybils nominations will be of interest to parents, teachers, librarians, writers, and teens. If you have a blog or an email list or belong to a newsgroup that serves one of these populations, and you feel that your readers would be interested, please consider distributing this announcement (you are welcome to copy it). The Cybils team would very much appreciate your help in spreading the word. And if you, or the children that you know, have any titles to suggest, we would love to see your nominations at the Cybils blog, starting on Wednesday.

This year, awards will be given in nine categories: Easy Readers, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction Picture Books, Graphic Novels, Middle Grade Novels, Non-Fiction Middle Grade/Young Adult Books, Non-Fiction Picture Books, Poetry, Young Adult Novels. Anyone can nominate books in these categories (one nomination per person per category). Nominated titles must be published between January 1st and October 15th of this year, and the books must be in English (or bilingual, where one of the languages is English). Between October 1st and 15th, 2008, readers nominated titles at the Cybils blog, where each category had its own post:

Fiction Picture Books
Non-Fiction Picture Books
Easy Readers
Non-Fiction Middle Grade/Young Adult
Middle Grade Fiction
Young Adult Fiction
Fantasy and Science Fiction
Poetry
Graphic Novels

A questions thread is also available.

Between October 16th and January 1st, Cybils panelists (children's and young adult bloggers) will winnow the nominations down to a 5-7 book short list for each category. A second set of panelists will then select the winning titles for the different categories. The winners will be announced on February 14th, 2009.

Thanks for your help, and stay tuned for further news!

~ Jen Robinson
Literacy Evangelist for the 2008 Cybils

Many thanks to Jen for this press release, and, as always, kudos to Anne and Kelly for creating and continuing the Cybils.

Download the flyer for The 2008 Cybils! Kudos to Sarah for the great design. It's clean and eye-catching, but still packed with information.

I look forward to being a part of the Cybils again this year. I am a proud member of the YA Fiction judging panel.

Comments

Posted by: jensbookpage (jensbookpage)
Posted at: October 2nd, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)

Thanks for posting the announcement, LW!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 2nd, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)

Of course! :)

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