Today is the day! It’s launch day for the 2009 Cybils Awards. This is always an exciting day in the kidlitosphere, as readers far and wide begin to nominate their favourite titles of the last year in all sorts of categories. Then, over the next few months, expert panels of kidlit bloggers and reviewers whittle the nominations down to a group of finalists and judges choose the winning titles in the New Year. Pure bookish fun. It’s all about celebrating titles that have true kid appeal and outstanding literary merit. I’m happy to be the category organizer and one of the judges in Middle Grade Fiction this year. Read my snazzy bio here. I am thrilled to introduce the fantastic crew working with me this year. Tah dah!
Cybils Middle Grade Fiction Panelists 2009
Becky Laney Becky’s Book Reviews
Melissa Fox Book Nut
Sherry Early Semicolon
Sarah Mulhern The Reading Zone
Sandra Stiles Musings of a Book Addict
Kyle Kimmal The Boy Reader
Abby Johnson Abby the Librarian
Cybils Middle Grade Fiction Judges 2009
But… nothing’s going to happen unless everyone out there in the ether nominates some titles. So step up! This is what you do:
1) Go to the Cybils blog.
2) You will find the nifty new Nominations Form that will make nominating titles super simple and avoid the headaches of duplicate nominations. (Go Cybils computer-genius Sheila for inventing said form! We bow to your powers!)
3) Nominate one title per category only. The title must be a book that was published after October 15th 2008 to the end of this year’s nomination period, October 15th 2009. This time frame was new last year, so be sure to cast your minds back to all of those wonderful titles published in late 2008. I’ve already got a few in mind. I haven’t forgotten you!
4) Check the Cybils blog for lots of cool posts from here on in.
*doing a happy Cybils dance*
Let the fun begin!