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Cybils 2013: Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards

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Myra here.

Hooray! It’s CYBILS time once more.

I am extremely excited to be part of the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards once again as a Second Round Judge for the Fiction Picture Book Category. I learned a great deal from my experience last year as a Second Round Judge in the same category, and I am back  with renewed vigour, much awakened interest, and with hopefully a much sharper eye of what it takes to be a Cybils Winner.

Here are the fabulous people that I would be working with for the Round 2 Category. Do take a moment to visit their blogs too.

Jane Breen, Piper Loves the Library

Maria Burel, Once Upon a Story

Tess Goldwasser, Kid’s Book Blog

Kerry Millar, Shelf Elf

Round 1 Judges, who would be reading tons and tons of picture books in the coming months and who would narrow the selections down to just a select few, are the following:

Laura Given, LibLaura

Dawn Mooney, Five Minutes for Books

Carol Munro, Just Write Words

Jodell Sadler, Picture Book Lunch

Caryn Schafer, Three Books a Night

Melissa Wiley, Here in the Bonny Glen

Paula Wiley, Pink Me

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Time to Nominate your Favorite Fiction Picture Books for 2013!

Pam Coughlan has a Description for the Fiction Picture Book Category as could be seen in this link. In a nutshell, and to quote from Pam, this is what we are looking for:

The category of Fiction Picture Books would appear clearcut: books that are fictional with pictures. Oh, but that simplicity is deceptive. The category contains titles for toddlers and third graders, funny stories and moving tales, history and fantasy, traditions and diversity, elegance and silliness, education and entertainment. An amazing conceptual range for books with typically 32 to 48 pages.

Which books are eligible?

I looked at the Cybils FAQ and here are very clear guidelines of which books are eligible for nomination:

Any English or bilingual books published in the U.S. or Canada between the end of one contest and start of another. For 2013, that means books released between Oct. 16, 2012 and Oct. 15, 2013. 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. We determine audience based on publisher data, Library of Congress, traditional review sources such as Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, School Library Journal, and other traditional industry sources. Information found on other sites, including reviews, will be considered at the discretion of Cybils administration.

Eligible titles must be widely available in the US and/or Canada through public libraries, or online booksellers. Titles that are only available through book clubs and/or author or publisher websites by October 15 of the award year are not eligible. There may be situations not mentioned that preclude eligibility due to availability.

The Cybils retains the right to declare ineligible any title we deem to not meet Cybils availability criteria.

PLEASE NOTE: Ebooks not also available in print are ONLY accepted in Poetry, YA SF, YA Fiction, and YA Nonfiction.

Join us, dear friends! With so many great titles published this year, I’m sure we’d have a difficult (and delicious) time ahead of us.

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

1 comment on “Cybils 2013: Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards

  1. Myra, you’re a walking library of knowledge. Look forward to hearing about the winning field and checking out the judges’ blogs!


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