HEY! DID YOU KNOW IT'S ALMOST TIME FOR THE CYBILS AWARDS?
Just in case you didn't know, the CYBILS are an honor given out by Kidlitosphere bloggers- teachers, librarians, authors, booksellers, etc. Every October, people rush to the CYBILS website and nominate their favorite new books in a whole bunch of different categories, including picture books, nonfiction, poetry, middle grade fiction, fantasy, graphic novels, YA, etc. At the end of October, the nominations close, then a panel of judges review the books in each category (almost one hundred in many of the categories), and whittle the list down to five books, which are then passed to a second panel of judges, who select the winner in each category.
I'm thrilled to announce that I will once again be serving as a judge on the nonfiction picture book panel. I've helped with the nonfiction judging for the last two years (as a YA judge in 2008 and a nonfiction picture book in 2010) and it's so, so, so fun. Starting in late October, I'll be reading and reviewing tons of terrific new nonfiction picture books. And I'll be discussing those books with lots and lots of really knowledgeable, interesting, and fun people. I. can. not. wait!
OTHER FIRST ROUNDERS ON THE NONFICTION PICTURE BOOK PANEL:
- Karen Terlecky, Literate Lives
- Amanda Goldfuss, ACPL Mock Sibert
- Shirley Duke, Simply Science
- Doret Canton, Happy Nappy Bookseller
- Abby Johnson, Abby the Librarian,
- Carol Rasco- RIF
- Franki Sibberson, A Year of Reading
- Roberta Gibson, Wrapped in Foil
- Kara Dean, Not Just for Kids
- Deb Nance, Reader Buzz