Readers Rejoice: CYBILS Winners Announced

Happy Valentine’s Day … okay. Now that the formality is out of the way, let’s party … CYBILS style!! This morning over on the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards (CYBILs) Website, Anne announced the 2011-2012 winners. Two rounds of passionate readers (aka panelists) winnowed the nominations list from 1,289 books to 12 winners. From Book Apps to poetry and elementary to young adult readers  we’ve got all the winners here. I do want to point out that the CYBILS is a pioneer, as it is the first to include Book Apps as an awards category! It is always a great experience to be part of the process … and this year, to have a chance to be part … Read more

Fanfare for a New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome 2012!! There is no better way to wake up on January 1 than to know that fellow kidlit bookworms are checking out all of the CYBILS short lists. Really. Is there ANYTHING more exciting than the prospect of new books to read? Dear Easy Reader and Early Chapter Book Judges, We have spent the fall talking about books in our category and narrowing the choices to finalists.  I am happy to report that the panelists did NOT make it easy for you. But that’s their job, right? This year we have four Easy Reader finalists and five Early Chapter Books on the short list.  So without further ado, I present you their thoughts on the books … Read more

Books We Read – September 2011

Yeah! The trips to the school library have resumed! Remember last month when I said that the earthquake became a point of reading interest? Well the 1-2-punch of the earthquake and Hurricane Irene pushed research into another weather phenomena: tornadoes! We’re slowly getting back into the swing of reviews, too. This month we have more new reviews than we have books read. I shared a stack of 2010 Cybils-nominated Easy Readers with one of our families after the winners were announced and those reviews are now in, too. As always, we would love to get our visitors reading YOUR REVIEWS!  InLinkz (www.inlinkz.com) offers YOU an easy-to-use process and US a more secure system for connecting our reviews. It has thumbnails, … Read more