Cybils: Nomination Ideas for Elementary Nonfiction Readers

One of the great things about the Cybils (aka Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary awards) is that a book can only be nominated once. No chads. No stuffing the ballot box. Just a straight-up nomination process. The downside, though, is that a book that you love might deserve nomination … but you already shot your wad. That’s the dilemma for librarians. They don’t just read books, they devour them. In large numbers. So when a children’s librarian tells me she has a few titles she’d like to see nominated in the Elementary / Middle Grade Nonfiction Category, I’m happy to help her get the word out. So here goes … Cybils Nomination  Ideas Nonfiction Elementary / Middle Grade Anubis … 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 – July 2011

Another slow month … bigger chapter books, more time in the pool, and a week of misfortunate events & summer swim championships! We haven’t put up many reviews, but would love to get our visitors reading YOURS! We are using InLinkz on the Reading Tub website now.  InLinkz (www.inlinkz.com) offers us a more secure system for connecting our reviews – and has thumbnails, too!!  I cannot say enough great things about Team Inlinkz and their level of support and service … or about how they helped us convert 2000(!) book reviews to the new tool. Or just add a link to a favorite recent read below! Received: 20   New Reads: 9 …. New Reviews: 3 Please use these category … Read more