The 2008 Cybils (the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards) are getting started. Anne Boles Levy and Kelly Herold have been assembling the panels for the different categories. The panelists will be announced over the course of this week on the Cybils blog, and nominations will begin on October 1st. You can find the first announcement (and the one most relevant to me) here.
I'm pleased this year to be a member of the Easy Reader Judging Committee. This is the first year that the Cybils will have an Easy Reader Category, and I personally believe that easy readers are an important category of children's books. These are the first books that kids read on their own. They have to be engaging and exciting, despite the constraints of short chapters and simple sentence structures. The best books in this category demonstrate humor, and (even when also incorporating fantasy elements) speak to the experiences of early elementary school kids.
Here's the full committee:
Organizer: Anastasia Suen
I can't wait to get started!