October 9th, 2007

Go nominate your fav for a Cybil!

"The internet's first literary awards are back.

Like all revolutions, this one started small, with a single post on a blog devoted to children's literature. The Newbery Awards seemed too elitist and the Quills, well, not enough so. Was there a middle ground, an annual award that would recognize both a book's merits and popularity?

The Cybils found that middle ground. The public nominates their favorite children's books from 2007 in seven categories: Picture Books; Non-fiction Picture Books; Middle Grade fiction; Poetry; Young Adult fiction; Non-fiction (YA/MG); and Graphic Novels. Nominations open on October 1.

When we say 'the public,' we mean it. Anyone with an e-mail address may nominate one book per category. Then groups of bloggers get to work. First, a nominating committee reads ALL the titles in a given category. After nearly two arduous months, this committee winnows the nominees to five finalists. A second committee of bloggers considers the shortlist and, after much debate, chooses the best of the best for 2007."

WOW...eighty books were nominated for YA fiction last year. Can you imagine reading and judging eighty books? I thought I'd gone to heaven when I judged ten for the RITAs last year.

Someone sweet has nomiated THE BOYS NEXT DOOR (thank you!) and fashionista_35's IT'S NOT ABOUT THE ACCENT. Be sure your fav for the year is nominated! http://dadtalk.typepad.com/cybils/
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