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Nominations for the Cybils Open Tomorrow!

Cybils2009-150pxCybils nominations open first thing tomorrow morning (October 1st), and run through October 15th. This year, we're launching a snazzy new nomination form, courtesy of the hard-working and talented Sheila Ruth. You can find some additional details here, though the form itself won't be unveiled until tomorrow.

But do start thinking about your favorite titles to nominate. We're looking for the books that you think are wonderful. Books that are well-written and kid-friendly. Books that deserve accolades. Books that you've been jumping up and down talking about, and that you want to hand to every kid you know. Each person will be able to nominate one book per category (though you don't have to nominate in all categories, of course). The nine categories are:

  • Easy Readers and Short Chapter Books
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction
  • Fiction Picture Books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Nonfiction Picture Books
  • Nonfiction for Middle Grade and Teens
  • Poetry
  • Young Adult Fiction

For Fantasy/Science Fiction and Graphic Novels you will be able to nominate a middle/elementary book OR a teen book but not both. Each book will only need one nomination to be included. (This is not a popularity contest, as I discussed here). If your title has already been nominated, you'll have a chance to pick another. Books first published between October 16, 2008 and October 15, 2009 are eligible for this year's contest. More details will be on the Cybils blog tomorrow.  

In the meantime, Sarah Stevenson and Anne Levy are continuing to roll out category organizer profiles (Kerry, Pam) and lists of our wonderful panelists (Poetry, Graphic Novels, Science Fiction and Fantasy, MG/YA Nonfiction, Fiction Picture Books). More to come. Stay tuned! These are going to be exciting weeks for Cybils fans.