CYBILS – Voting Is Now Open

We’re going to try something new this morning: a simulpost on both of our blogs. So here goes … Nominations for the Third Annual Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literacy Awards (Cybils) have now opened. This is an awards program where YOU get the chance to tell us about your favorite book in up to nine categories. Rather than reinvent the wheel, I have pulled all the important information you need to know about the Awards. Anne Boles Levy and Kelly Herold founded the award to highlight books that are high in both literary quality and kid appeal. The Nomination process lasts only two week: October 1 to October 15, 2008. Anyone can nominate books in these categories You can … Read more

CYBILS, BBAW, and other Buzz

Can you feel the buzz? It is quite a busy morning in the blogosphere. But first, the important news … For weeks now, Kelly Herold and Anne Boles Levy have been assembling panels for the 2008 Cybils (the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards). This morning, they opened the third annual Cybils award cycle by announcing the panelists for the award’s newest category: Easy Readers. [Stop by they Cybils blog in the coming days to see the panelists for the other eight categories.] This is my first opportunity to participate with the CYBILS, and I am thrilled to be a panelist for the Easy Reader category. Easy readers are such an important building block in helping children grow as … Read more

Great Books for Back to School

Summer vacation lasts a mere 36 more hours here! The pencils are sharpened, the backpack and lunchbox match, but the changes … even for my “seasoned” first grader … have her a little nervous. And I know she isn’t alone. So I’ve put together a list of books to share. The common thread is that they are about or have the story set in school. For younger kids, you’ll find plenty of books with a first-time-in-school theme. My new favorite for this year is Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton For independent readers and older kids, there are some great stories that are set in school. Some are humorous and others deal with more serious themes (like bullying). This year’s … Read more