October 14th, 2010 by Karen
So, it looks like Nancy and I have decided that it’s not enough that both of us work in children’s publishing and we spend a good chunk of our free time on Kidsmomo — apparently, that’s just not enough kidlit for us, because now we’ve gone and volunteered to be judges in this year’s Cybils Awards.
Never heard of ’em? Don’t worry, we didn’t expect you to. The Cybils are a big deal amongst adults who have blogs about children’s books — people like me and Nancy who are WAY older than you but can’t seem to grow up. (No offense to our fellow Cybils judges. Just sayin’.)
The way it works is that people nominate books that were published within the last year, and then kidlit bloggers from around the web read and score the books, eventually declaring the winners in various categories like Poetry, Graphic Novels, and Fantasy & Science Fiction. All the judges are adults, but the cool part is that ANYONE can nominate!
That’s where you come in. Do you have a favorite new book that was published between October 16, 2009 and October 15, 2010? Then you can nominate it to be judged in this year’s Cybils Awards! But act fast, because the deadline is October 15th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. (Do I sound like a TV commercial or what?)
Just ask your parent to submit the title using this nomination form. (Sorry, you have to get a parent to do it and use their email address. But you can totally use your own name, and I’d encourage you put in your age too, so that everyone can see that the nomination came from a real-honest-to-goodness kid — these books are written for you, after all!)
Before you nominate, be sure to read over these rules:
- You can only nominate one book in each category. Speaking of which, you guys may not be interested in all the categories. I’d suggest nominating in one of these: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Middle Grade Fiction (which is pretty much anything else you’d read that doesn’t fall into one of those other categories!).
- You can only nominate books that were published between October 16, 2009 and Octother 15, 2010. I know I already said that, but it’s a no-nonsense rule that you just can’t get around, so I thought I’d repeat it. (If you have trouble figuring out when a book was published, just go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble’s website; they have the publication dates for most books.)
- You can’t nominate books that were written entirely in a language other than English. (But you can totes nominate a book written in English and another language, like a book written in both English and Spanish.)
- PLEASE nominate each book only once. As long as you nominate it, it will be included in the contest, I promise.
- Your parent must be the one to submit the nomination for you, using their email address. You’re not allowed to submit it yourself. (Yeah, yeah, I know this one is also a repeat. I’m just trying to stay out of trouble here.)
- Nominations are due before October 15th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. So, hurry hurry hurry!
- After you nominate a book, you have to hop around in your living room wearing a pink tutu. JUST KIDDING! I just wanted to see if you were paying attention.
So, I think that just about covers it! Well, how about I throw in the link to the nomination form again, for good measure. Here it is: CYBILS NOMINATION FORM! Don’t forget, nominations are due before 11:59 p.m. ET this Friday (10/15)!
There are lots of nominated books that Karen really wants to read, but she’s waiting to see if they make it past the first round because Karen is a Round 2 judge. Some might call that laziness, but Karen prefers to think of it as efficiency.