Q: What do I have in common with the former Director General of MI5?

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A: We’re both members of book prize judging panels!

The Cybils awards are given each year by bloggers for the year’s best children’s and young adult titles. Now in their 6th year, the Cybils are going from strength to strength with awards this year in the following categories:

  • Easy Readers/Short Chapter Books
  • Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • Fiction Picture Books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Non-Fiction Picture Books
  • Non-Fiction: Middle Grade & Young Adult
  • Poetry
  • Young Adult Fiction

  • To my delight and with a considerable sense of honour and pride I can now share with you that I’ve been invited to join the judging panel for Easy Readers/Short Chapter Books, chaired by Terry Doherty, the Executive Director of The Reading Tub (you can find out more about Terry here).

    So how does a book get longlisted for a Cybils award? Well, YOU can nominate your favourite book in any given category. Nominations open to the public on October 1st. And, Yes, anyone (blogger or otherwise) may nominate one book per genre via an online form during the nomination period, October 1-15. Only books / book apps released between Oct. 16, 2010 and Oct. 15, 2011 are eligible for nomination for a 2011 award.

    To nominate, go to the Cybils homepage from October 1 where the online form will be waiting for you.

    Once nominations close on October 15, two rounds of judging commence. The first round judges sift through all the nominated books in their genre and as a team produce a shortlist of 5-7 titles in late December. Second round judges (and that’s what I am) then work together to decide the winner in their nominated category. Winners are announced on February 14th.

    So for Playing by the book over the next few months what this means is that I’ll be keeping you abreast of developments in the Cybils and you’ll be seeing a few more reviews of Early Readers/Chapter Books on the blog than I’ve included in the past. It’s going to be a very exciting time!

    5 Responses

    1. Zoe

      Hi Library Mice,

      Historically the Cybils have had an American focus because so many book bloggers, especially for children’s books are N America based, but I see myself at the vanguard of new directions and influences!

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