At the beginning of the new year, a group of blogging readers and writers announce the Cybil Awards finalists. The awards - The Children's and Young Adults' Bloggers' Literary Awards-were started in 2006 to recognize books of high quality that also have a lot of kid appeal. What that means is that reading books on the list usually guarantees you of a terrific experience of new, popular, yet highly regarded books. I was delighted that a middle grade book I nominated made the cut. And a very tough cut that was!
Find the entire list of all genres of nominated books here on the official site.
Here's what the brochure from last year's winners said (you can download it from the Cybils site):
...we’re comprised of 90+ bloggers who write about children’s and teen’s books every day. We open our nominations to the public. Maybe there’s a book your child resisted bedtime for. Another may’ve circulated from locker to locker. And still another never seemed to make it back to the library by its due date.
Now it's up to a second round of judges to pick the winners. Stay tuned in February for the announcement. I'm taking the list, reading a few more, picking my favorites. Check out the widget below my info on the right of this blog to participate in Cybils talk.
Don't you just love Awards Season? First the Newbery and Caldecott on Monday, January 18, then the Cybils, soon the Oscars.