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The Cybils Shortlists Are Nigh!

Cybils2013SmallTonight at midnight (Arizona time), the Cybils shortlists will be announced in all 11 categories (plus some sub-categories). Stay tuned at Cybils.com for the finalists. 

I truly believe that the Cybils shortlists are one of the finest resources that the Kidlitosphere has to offer. They are the result of > 50 round 1 bloggers (teachers, librarians, parents, authors, and more), who have read their way through more than 1300 nominated titles across the various categories. These tireless readers have winnowed each category down to a list of five to seven titles that believe are the most kid-friendly and well-written of the bunch. 

The Cybils shortlists are available by age range and genre (poetry, graphic novels, non-fiction, fiction, speculative fiction, book apps). Each list offers a wonderful starting place for anyone who is looking for great new books for a particular child. You can browse past shortlist by going to Cybils.com and following the links in the upper right-hand corner. For this year's lists, as I said, stay tuned. They are coming in just a few short hours. And they are fabulous! 

© 2013 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @JensBookPage or at my Growing Bookworms page on Facebook

Time is Running Out: Kidlitosphere Edition

Cybils2013SmallThere are two important deadlines in the Kidlitosphere today. First of all, nominations for the 2013 Cybils close tonight, October 15th, at midnight PST. This is your last chance to give props to the well-written children's and young adult titles that you think will most appeal to kids. Don't know what to nominate? Bloggers from all around the Kidlitosphere have been publishing lists of titles that they would like to see nominated. Start here and here for links. Many thanks to everyone who has nominated, suggested titles, and/or generally spread the word about the Cybils this year!

KidlitCon2013Second of all, today is the deadline to obtain our group discount for the KidLitCon hotel (the Sheraton in downtown Austin). You can still register for the conference until October 24th, but you may find it harder to find a hotel nearby. MotherReader (who negotiated our hotel discount) adds:

"Yes, other hotels around will be cheaper but this one is about .5 miles from the conference site, and is between the conference and dinner location. It looks lovely and has a lounge where we can hang out! I'm sorry, I mean where we WILL hang out." 

I have to tell you that one of my very favorite parts of KidLitCon is sitting around a hotel lobby or lounge late into the evening, with a glass of wine in hand, talking with my peeps about all things books (and life). If you'd like to join us, today is the day to sign up, and lock in the discounted hotel rate. Contact me if you need more details. 

We've also finalized some details about the conference, and the Friday pre-conference event. See the beautiful flyer below for details (with thanks to Tanita Davis and Sarah Stevenson). 


In case you're having trouble viewing images, here is some of the key information in text form:

Join keynote speaker Cynthia Leitich Smith, readers, bloggers and friends at the 2013 Kidlit Con at Austin. Kickoff meetup will be held Nov. 8 at the UT-Austin iSchool Campus, Tocker Lounge 1-4 p.m. The main conference will be held November 9, with coffee starting at 9:15, and the keynote at 10 a.m. Rekindling Your Love of Blogging. Panels and discussion, catered luncheon. Round out the day with a buy-your-own group meal at Scholz Beer Garten in downtown Austin. Conference Fee: $65. Registration deadline: October 24. See Kidlitosphere Central for more information. Register here.

So, get your Cybils nominations in, and book your hotel room for KidLitCon today. And don't delay registering for KidLitCon, because that deadline is approaching soon, too. I hope to see you there. 

Cybils Nominations Open Tomorrow!

Cybils2013SmallNominations for the 2013 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards (the Cybils), open tomorrow, October 1st, and run through October 15th. Now is your chance to show a bit of love for the children's and YA books that you've loved over the past year. The link to the nomination form will be live at Cybils.com  at 12:00 a.m. PST on October 1 (late tonight, for any West Coast night owls). 

You can find all of the details at the Cybils FAQ page. Here are a few highlights:

  • Anyone may nominate one book per genre during the public nomination period. We ask authors, publishers and publicists to wait until after the public nomination period ends to submit their own books. [Authors and publishers may use the public form to nominate books other than their own during the regular nomination period.]
  • For 2013, only books released between Oct. 16, 2012 and Oct. 15, 2013 are eligible. Books that were eligible or nominated in previous years are not eligible for nomination this year unless significantly revised (at least 20% of the book is changed.) The Cybils only accepts titles published specifically for the youth market.
  • Multiple nominations of the same book do not help that book's chances. In fact, the nomination form is designed to only accept the first nomination of a book. 
  • The nominated titles will be displayed as quickly as possible on the Cybils blog, in the following categories:

Book Apps
Easy Readers/Short Chapter Books
Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction
Young Adult Speculative Fiction
Fiction Picture Books
Middle Grade Fiction
Elementary & Middle-Grade Nonfiction
Young Adult Nonfiction
Young Adult Fiction

It's Cybils season, folks. Spend some time tonight thinking about your favorite recent, well-written, kid-friendly titles in the above categories. Then come back tomorrow and start nominating! This is your chance to show your appreciation to the authors and publishers who create wonderful books, and to help kids all over the English-speaking world find great titles. 

Congratulations to Reach Out and Read

Ror.redI was very pleased to learn this afternoon, via the RIF blog, that Reach Out and Read, one of my favorite literacy organizations, was awarded the David M. Rubenstein Prize by the Library of Congress at this weekend's National Book Festival. 

Reach Out and Read is a program that works with doctor's offices to give children new books at each of their well child visits. The idea is that parents look up to doctors, and knowing that their doctor thinks that they should read to their kids provides an extra incentive to do so. Plus, books get put directly into the hands of children. It's brilliant, I think. My own child has received and cherished several Reach Out and Read titles in the course of her 3 1/2 years. I'm glad to see this organization receiving the recognition (and associated funding) of such a prestigious award. 

The full news release is below:

Library of Congress Awards Reach Out and Read Highest Literacy Award

National pediatric literacy nonprofit wins first-time David M. Rubenstein Prize for its groundbreaking work

Boston, MA (September 22, 2013) – In recognition of its groundbreaking advancement of literacy, Reach Out and Read has won the prestigious new David M. Rubenstein Prize, the top honor among the 2013 Library of Congress Literacy Awards.

The award, which comes with a $150,000 prize, was presented today in Washington, D.C. to Reach Out and Read Executive Director Anne-Marie Fitzgerald. Reach Out and Read was chosen for the prize from a pool of more than 185 applicants, both literacy-related organizations and individuals.

“On behalf of our 12,000 pediatricians and the millions of children we serve nationwide, I am incredibly thrilled and honored to accept a 2013 Library of Congress Literacy Award, the prestigious David M. Rubenstein Prize,” said Fitzgerald. “This recognition is a testament to Reach Out and Read’s innovative, efficient model and its enormous impact on improving the lives and futures of children in every state. And now, thanks to the generosity of David Rubenstein, we will be able to spread the opportunity that comes with books in the home and engaged parents to thousands more children.”

The Library of Congress Literacy Awards were first announced in January 2013 as a program to help support organizations working to alleviate the problems of illiteracy and aliteracy (a lack of interest in reading) both in the United States and worldwide. The awards, originated and sponsored by philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, seek to reward organizations that have been doing exemplary, innovative and easily replicable work over a sustained period of time and to encourage new groups, organizations and individuals to become involved.

“Literacy opens doors to life’s great opportunities,” said Rubenstein, a co-founder of The Carlyle Group and a major donor to the Library of Congress National Book Festival. “I am pleased to support the work of these outstanding literacy organizations that are making a profound difference in the lives of so many individuals.”

Founded in 1989, Reach Out and Read’s model includes providing a new, age-appropriate book for each child to take home at every checkup from 6 months through 5 years. Along with the free book for every child, doctors and nurses offer guidance to parents about the importance of reading aloud with their children every day.

Nationwide, Reach Out and Read doctors and nurses serve 4 million children and their families annually at nearly 5,000 pediatric practices, hospitals, clinics, and health centers in all 50 states, with a focus on health centers that serve low-income communities.

Reach Out and Read is a proven intervention, supported by 15 independent, published research studies. During the preschool years, children served by Reach Out and Read score three to six months ahead of their non-Reach Out and Read peers on vocabulary tests, preparing them to start school on target.

In the past, Reach Out and Read has been honored for its impact on literacy by organizations including the American Hospital Association and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

The Library of Congress Literacy Awards Advisory Board, which comprises a broad range of experts in the field of literacy and reading promotion, provided recommendations to Librarian of Congress James H. Billington, who made the final awards selections. The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress administers the awards, and John Y. Cole, the center’s director, also serves as the chair of the Literacy Awards program.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is producing a publication that highlights the best practices in a number of categories as exemplified by the top applicants.

Other winners of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards include the literacy organizations 826 National (The American Prize) and PlanetRead (The International Prize.)

The 2013 Cybils Panelists Have Been Announced

Cybils2013SmallI'm pleased to announce that the lists of 2013 Cybils panelist were posted this morning. Here are direct links to each of the posts:

If you were selected for a panel this year, congratulations! Being a Cybils panelist is a lot of work (particulary for Round 1), but it's highly rewarding. You get to work with amazing people. You also get to select wonderful books that are well-written and kid-friendly, and spread the word about those books to the reading / blogging world. 

If you were not selected for a panel this year, we are sorry about that. There were so many amazing applicants this time around that it was impossible to put everyone on a panel. The category organizers worked hard to create a balance of new vs. returning participants, as well as to achieve a mix of skills and viewpoints on each panel. This inevitably meant that some people, even some people who have been great panelists in the past, had to sit out this year. We hope that you'll understand and try again.

We also humbly suggest that some categories (such as young adult fiction and fiction picture books) are more popular than others, and that applying in the nonfiction or apps categories next time might help (if you review in those areas). 

I've been tweeting the lists of panelists (the ones who are on Twitter), and will be creating Twitter lists for the panels, too. I hope you'll follow along. Many thanks to everyone who has helped to spread the word, on Twitter, Facebook, your blogs, etc. 

Over the next couple of weeks we will be posting updated category descriptions on the Cybils blog and getting ready behind the scenes. Nominations open October 1st. Start thinking of your favorite high-quality, kid-friendly titles in the above categories. It's Cybils time!

I'm on the Cybils blog today

Cybils2013SmallThere's a post about my position as Literacy Evangelist for the Cybils up on the Cybils blog today. I must admit that I do MUCH less work for the Cybils than the category organizers do. But I am always prepared to jump up and down and spread the word about the wonderfulness that is the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards. 

Cybils+Logo+-+Generic+BW-01Also on the Cybils blog this week, in addition to profiles of the other organizers (this year's blog editor Ms. Yingling is posting those two per day), a timeless black and white version of our logo (created by the talented Sarah Stevenson). This was created in response to a request for a version without a year displayed, so that people wouldn't have to update their blogs so frequently. If you are a fan of the Cybils, feel free to display this (and perhaps link to the Cybils blog), to show your support. Updated Cafe Press Cybils bling will be coming soon. 

The Cybils Are Coming!

Cybils2013SmallIt's that time of year again. The Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards, the Cybils, are starting up. The Cybils are an annual book award, organized and judged by bloggers. Finalists and winners are named in each of some dozen categories, ranging from picture books through young adult titles. This year, the categories have been updated slightly. Here is the complete list:

Book Apps
Easy Readers/Early Chapter Books
Fiction Picture Books
Graphic Novels
Elementary/Middle- Grade Nonfiction
Young Adult Nonfiction
Middle Grade Fiction
Young Adult Fiction
Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction
Young Adult Speculative Fiction 

The main changes are to group middle grade nonfiction with picture books, instead of young adult books, and to rename "Fantasy and Science Fiction" into "Speculative Fiction" (a slightly more broad title). Also, middle grade speculative fiction will be a separate category from young adult, mainly because there are so many books nominated in each category. Charlotte Taylor is our new Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction coordinator. 

We are seeking panelists in all of the above categories. You can find the call for judges here. You do need to have a children's or young adult book blog (or contribute to one regularly). The deadline to apply is August 31st, but please don't wait if you are interested. Many organizers begin filling slots early. 

I can speak from personal experience in saying that being a Cybils panelist is immensely rewarding. You get to work with others who share your love of children's and young adult literature. You get to help identify the cream of the crop in this year's titles. And you get the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping kids to find books that are well-written and kid-friendly. No small thing. It is a lot of work, particularly for Round 1 panelists (who winnow the list of nominated titles down to a 5-7 book shortlist). But if you have the time (and don't have any kind of conflict of interest), it's totally worthwhile. 

Like the Cybils (whether you want to be a panelist or not)? You can also download updated logos for 2013 (designed by Sarah Stevenson) and put them on your blog. Sarah is taking a break as blog editor this year, and is being replaced by our Middle Grade Fiction organizer, Karen Yingling

Stay tuned for more updates on the Cybils blog, including organizer profiles, category descriptions, and, starting October 1st, nominations. It's going to be fun!

News Release: 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Winner Announced

The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is pleased and proud to announce the winner of the 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult Fiction.  Established in 2008 to honor the wishes of young adult author Amelia Elizabeth Walden, the award allows for the sum of $5,000 to be presented annually to the author of a young adult title selected by the ALAN Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Committee as demonstrating a positive approach to life, widespread teen appeal, and literary merit.  

The 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Winner is:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Dutton Books)

The 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award finalists are:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Simon & Schuster)

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King (Little Brown and Company)

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer (Scholastic)

All Walden Award titles will be identified by an award sticker—gold for the winner and silver for the four finalists. The winning title and finalists will be honored on Monday, November 25th at the 2013 ALAN Workshop in Boston, Massachusetts, and will be invited to participate in a panel discussion.

The 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee would like to thank: the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Foundation, the ALAN Executive Council, the ALAN Board of Directors, NCTE, and the thirty publishers who submitted titles for consideration.

The 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee considered nearly 350 young adult titles throughout the process.  The committee was comprised of eleven members representing the university, K-12 school, and library communities.  They are:

  • Lois Buckman, Committee Chair, Librarian, Caney Creek High School, Conroe, TX
  • Ricki Ginsberg, Past Committee Chair, Doctoral Student, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • Carolyn Angus, Director, George G. Stone Center for Children’s Books, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
  • Jonatha Basye, Teacher/Librarian, Bryan Elementary, Hampton, VA
  • Paul Hankins, English Language & Composition, Silver Creek High School, Sellersburg, IN
  • Suzanne Metcalfe, Librarian, Dimond High School, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Mark Letcher, Assistant Professor English Education, Purdue University Calumet Hammond, IN
  • Kellee Moye, Classroom Teacher, Hunter’s Creek Middle School, Orlando, FL
  • Mindi Rench, Classroom Teacher, Northbrook Junior High School, Northbrook, IL
  • Lois Stover, Professor, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St Mary’s City, MD
  • Diane Tuccillo, Teen Services Librarian, Poudre River Public Library District, Fort Collins, CO

For more information on the award, please visit ALAN Online: The Official Site of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents

2013 Children's Choice Book Award Winners

The 2013 Children's Choice Book Award Winners were announced yesterday by the Children's Book Council and Every Child A Reader at the launch of Children's Book Week. The winners are:


Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta, illustrated by Ed Young (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)


Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel (Roaring Brook/Macmillan)


Dork Diaries 4: Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess by Rachel Renée Russell (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster)


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Dutton/Penguin). My review.


Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 7: The Third Wheel (Amulet Books/Abrams). My review.


Robin Preiss Glasser for Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet (HarperCollins Children’s Books)

From the news release:

"The Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader announced the winners of the sixth annual Children’s Choice Book Awards (CCBAs) at a charity gala benefitting Every Child a Reader in New York City last night.  The announcement is an annual highlight of Children’s Book Week (May 13-19, 2013) as the CCBAs is the only national book awards program where the winning titles are selected by kids and teens. Young readers across the country voted in record numbers for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and at bookweekonline.com, casting more than 1,000,000 votes. Full video footage of the awards ceremony is available for book lovers of all ages at bookweekonline.com/gala."

Happy Cybils Day!

Cybils2012Yes, it's Valentine's Day. But Valentine's Day is kind of commercialized, don't you think? A holiday that is not at all commercialized (though you are certainly welcome to use it to buy books) is Cybils Announcement Day, today, February 14th. 

Today, the hard-working Cybils category organizers, together with Anne Levy, Cybils Overlord, and Sarah Stevenson, Cybils Blog Editor (and me, Literacy Evangelist for the Cybils), are pleased to announce the winners in 10 fabulous categories of children's and young adult literature (including some categories with multiple selections by age range).

1373 eligible books were nominated. All but four of these books (99.7%) were read by at least one panelist. 98.6% of the books were read by at least two panelists. 73 Round 1 judges undertook this massive quantity of reading, and whittled the 1373 books down to 78 short list titles across the 11 categories, announced on New Year's Day. Since then, 55 Round 2 judges (including myself) have spent time assessing and discussing the shortlist titles, to come up with the winners in each category. All 128 of these panelists are bloggers, people who read widely, think critically about books, and have expertise in their particular categories.

The goal of the Cybils organization is that these winners are all well-written and kid-friendly. This doesn't necessarily mean that the winners have to be popular and well-known. Rather, this means that the various committees, by whatever criterion they applied to their particular category, believed that kids would love these books. 

When I think of Cybils winners in general, I think of books that fly off the shelves of libraries, and that librarians are happy to put into their hands (because they know quality when they see it). I think of books that kids ask their parents to read to them again and again, and that the parents are happy to read (because they are so well-written). I think of books that kids want to tell their friends about, and about which teachers and bloggers are also happy to spread the word. These are the cream of the crop - the Cybils winners. What better Valentine's Day gift could a children's literature fan ask for? 

Click through to the Cybils blog for the complete list. I'll be back later with some comments about my specific category. 

This post © 2013 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved.

Cybils Nominations Open Monday, October 1st

Cybils2012Nominations for the 2012 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards (Cybils) open Monday, October 1st, at 12:00 am Pacific Time. You can find the nomination form (designed by our own Sheila Ruthat the Cybils blog

You do not have to be a blogger to nominate titles (though you do have to fill out a very short registration form and verify your email address). Members of the general public can nominate one title each in any or all of the 10 categories (see a roundup of Cybils category descriptions here). Multiple nominations of the same title aren't permitted, and don't help. The handy nomination form will show you if a title has already been nominated, and prompt you to select a different one.

New this year, we are providing publishers, authors, and publicists a separate window to submit their own books after the public nomination period ends. This gives you a chance to see what books have been nominated, and to submit any deserving books that fell through the cracks. See more details in the Cybils FAQs. Publishers and authors can still nominate books that they aren't associated with during the regular nomination period. 

There is a tiny amount of glory associated with being the one to first nominate a title - we do display the nominator's name (a display name that you select) with the title. So, stay up late Sunday night, West Coast friends, or get up early Monday, East Coast friends. (I don't know what to tell the Central and Mountain people.) And have your list of favorite titles ready. 

Nominations will be open through the end of the day on October 15th. But don't wait! Get there early, and show some love for your favorite books. We're looking for titles, in all categories, that are well-written and kid-friendly, released between Oct. 16, 2011 and Oct. 15, 2012 for the children’s or young adult market.

Head on over to the Cybils blog for more information. 

I'm a Cybils Panelist for Fiction Picturebooks

Cybils2012I'm delighted to report that I'm going to be a Cybils judge this year for Round 2 in Fiction Picture Books. I'm thrilled to be joining these talented souls in selecting the best of the best in kid-friendly, well-written fiction picture books for 2012 (technically October 16, 2011 through October 15, 2012).

Round 1

Laura Given

Travis Jonker
100 Scope Notes

Julie Jurgens
Hi Miss Julie! 

Rebecca Reid
Rebecca Reads

Jodell Sadler
Picture Book Lunchables 

Danielle Smith
There's a Book 

Aaron Zenz 
Bookie Woogie 

Round 2

Myra Bacsal
Gathering Books

Darshana Khiani
Flowering Minds 

Joanna Marple
Miss Marple's Musings 

Dawn Mooney
5 Minutes for Books 

Jen Robinson
Jen Robinson's Book Page 

I'm a little sad not to be doing Round 1 again, as I did last year, but I just couldn't manage the time commitment this time around. Perhaps next year I'll try for that again. Anyway, I have complete faith in this year's Round 1 team to come up with a list of lovely choices. The hard part will come in deciding between them, of course. But I look forward to the challenge, and to getting to know my fellow panelists. Great books await!

To see the other Cybils panels, which are all being announced today, visit the Cybils blog. You can also follow the Cybils organizers on Twitter via this list, and the Cybils panelis via this list.