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The Cybils: Press Release

October 1st, 2007 (12:46 pm)
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CHICAGO -- Will Harry Potter triumph among critical bloggers? Will novels banned in some school districts find favor online?

With 90 volunteers poised to sift through hundreds of new books, the second annual Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards launches on Oct. 1 at www.cybils.com Known as the Cybils, it's the only literary contest that combines both the spontaneity of the Web with the thoughtful debate of a book club.

The public is invited to nominate books in eight categories, from picture books up to young adult fiction, so long as the book was first published in 2007 in English (bilingual books are okay too). Once nominations close on November 21st, the books go through two rounds of judging, first to select the finalists and then the winners, to be announced on Valentine's Day 2008.

Judges come from the burgeoning ranks of book bloggers in the cozy corner of the Internet called the kidlitosphere. They represent parents, homeschoolers, authors, illustrators, librarians and teens.

The contest began last year after blogger Kelly Herold (http://kidslitinformation.blogspot.com) expressed dismay that while some literary awards were too snooty -- rewarding books kids would seldom read -- others were too populist and didn't acknowledge the breadth and depth of what's being published today.

"It didn't have to be brussel sprouts versus gummy bears," said Anne Boles Levy, who started Cybils with Herold. "There are books that fill both needs, to be fun and profound."

Last year's awards prompted more than 480 nominations, and this year's contest will likely dwarf that. As with last year's awards, visitors to the Cybils blog (http://dadtalk.typepad.com/cybils) can leave their nominations as comments. There is no nomination form, only the blog, to keep in the spirit of the blogosphere that started it all.

For further info:
Anne Boles Levy
anne (at) bookbuds (dot) net


A Note from Little Willow: I support the Cybils whole-heartedly. Last year, I was part of the YA nominating panel. This year, Kelly and Anne have dubbed me YA henchwoman and included me on the MG nominating panel.


Posted by: imcoolerthanu2 (imcoolerthanu2)
Posted at: October 4th, 2007 01:05 pm (UTC)

"YA Henchwoman" -- I'm going to have to remember that and declare myself henchwoman of something one of these days. :)

All this talk of the Cybils and Mother Reader's Best of 2007 So Far lists makes me want to cram in reading a bunch of 2007 titles. I'm well read in picture books, but not so much in chapter books and YA titles. I still have books from *last* year that I want to read!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 4th, 2007 01:06 pm (UTC)

Do I need to make a list entitled Books Adrienne Needs to Read Right Now? :)

Posted by: imcoolerthanu2 (imcoolerthanu2)
Posted at: October 4th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)

It couldn't hurt. :)

I already have a list from scanning what folks put up on Good Reads. I'm really enjoying that site. It's nice to see what everyone's reading that they aren't necessarily blogging about (because if we blogged about EVERYTHING we read, we'd never sleep, especially you, I think).

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 4th, 2007 02:05 pm (UTC)

Mmm, sleep. I've heard that's a good thing.

Give me a genre/interest and I'll rec something YA yummy.

Posted by: imcoolerthanu2 (imcoolerthanu2)
Posted at: October 5th, 2007 09:55 pm (UTC)

I'm always looking for something that makes me laugh a lot.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 5th, 2007 10:06 pm (UTC)

Adult fiction: Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
Teen fiction: Frozen Rodeo by Catherine Clark
Juvenile fiction: Sixth Grade Secrets by Louis Sachar
Picture book: My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rothmann

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 5th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)

P.S. Are you blogging from the conference? :)

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