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

Cybils –

In my post the other day, I wrote a letter to our judges as a way of introducing the short lists for the Easy Reader and Early Chapter Book Category. In 2010, Stacey Loscalzo and I were panelists for this category of the Cybils. This year, Stacey is a judge. In early December, Stacey sent me a lovely note, and I want to share part of it, because I think it resonates with the spirit of the Cybils and the passion of readers. I just re-read your beautiful post … I feel like I know your dad and I love him already!! I’ll be thinking of you and will look forward to our time together during Cybils season. I wonder … 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