Happy New Year – Ringing in 2014 with the Cybils

Happy  New Year! Midnight shmidnight … The best way to ring in a happy new year is to celebrate all of the children’s and young adult books on the CYBILS shortlist! We are introducing the finalists in the Easy Reader and Early Chapter Book Category here, and we hope you’ll join the celebration. Pop over to the CYBILS blog to see the shortlists for your favorites in the other 10 categories! Share your #Cybils love on Twitter. Without further ado … oh, wait! Before I go on I want to thank my most awesomest panel – Jennifer, who blogs at Jean Little Library Janssen Bradshaw, who blogs at Everyday Reading Danielle Leach, who blogs at Bookshelves in the Cul-de-Sac  Deb Nance, who … Read more

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

Cybils Meet the Easy Reader/Early Chapter Panelists

It’s Cybils Time! I’ve said it before, but it is worth saying again: I love the Childrens’ and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards, aka Cybils. Once again this year, I have the honor of leading the Panels for the Cybils’ Easy Reader / Early Chapter Book Category. We have a wonderful mix of authors, parents, educators, and librarians that should ensure thoughtful, impassioned discussion … exactly what you would expect in a group of people who have to pick the “best” of something! So without further ado, let me introduce the Round 1 and Round 2 panelists for the 2013 Cybils. If you’re not already subscribed to their blog or following them on Twitter, I highly recommend it. CYBILS Round … Read more