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Growing Bookworms Newsletter: August 30

Cybils, Kidlitcon, and Carnivals, Oh My!

Cybils2011 There's a lot going on out there in the Kidlitosphere right now. Today's big news is that the call for judges for the 2011 Cybils is up. Children's and young adult book bloggers are invited to apply as panelists for round 1 or round 2 of judging for the 2011 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards (Cybils). You can find more details about being a panelist here. Or, if you're already familiar with the Cybils, you can click straight through to the Cybils judge application form here.

The deadline to apply as a panelist is Sept. 15th. However, Cybils founder Anne Levy urges you not to wait -- many organizers begin filling slots immediately. One important change this year: if you wish to judge in the new Book App category, you must have access to an iPad (more details about the new category here).

Speaking as the Literacy Evangelist for the Cybils (i.e., cheerleader and long-time organizer), I can tell you that being a panelist is a lot of fun, and is a chance to make a real contribution to the world of children's literature. It is a lot of work, especially for round 1 panelists, but well worth the time. Nominations open October 1st.

Kidlitcon_logo2 In other news, registrations for KidLitCon continue apace. The updated (though still tentative) schedule is here. The current list of registered attendees is here (with some time lag, since registration fees are sent by mail). And no, it's not too late to register. It's going to be a great time!

Also, the August Carnival of Children's Literature is now available at Great Kid Books. Host Mary Ann Scheuer (who is also the organizer for the new app category for the Cybils) has put together a fun and festive assortment of children's book-related posts. Or, as Mary Ann calls it, "a tasty schmorgesborg of delicious reading".

I-can-read-meme2 And, finally, the August I Can Read Carnival is now available at Jean Little Library. Host Jennifer has links to an assortment of posts about easy readers, beginning chapter books, and picture books aimed at new readers.

There are doubtless lots of other great things going on around the Kidlitosphere today. But there events should give you a great start. Happy reading!