I'm on the Graphic Novels panel for the Cybils this year, and I couldn't be more pleased! So far I have read some fantastic nominated books, and... a couple duds. Hey man, that's why it's called "judging".
If you have read a fantastic marvelous kids' book this year (and who hasn't, I ask?) get on over to the Cybils blog and nominate that book for an award.
Here are the details:
Nominations for the third annual Children's and Young Adult Bloggers'Literary Awards (the Cybils) are open now 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.
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
- Young Adult Fiction
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). To nominate titles, visit the Cybils blog (http://www.cybils.com/) between now and 15th. A separate post is available for each category - simply nominate by commenting on those individual posts. If you are not sure which category to choose for a particular book, a questions thread will also be 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.
The Cybils lists, from long lists to short lists (http://dadtalk.typepad.com/cybils/finalists/index.html) to the lists of winners (http://dadtalk.typepad.com/cybils/2007/02/the_2006_cybils.html), 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). They do this work because they consider it vital to get great books into the hands of children and young adults.
If you are a Goodreads person and you want to keep up with my progress on the Graphic Novels, here's my (rather loose) list.