CYBILS, BBAW, and other Buzz

Can you feel the buzz? It is quite a busy morning in the blogosphere. But first, the important news …

For weeks now, Kelly Herold and Anne Boles Levy have been assembling panels for the 2008 Cybils (the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards). This morning, they opened the third annual Cybils award cycle by announcing the panelists for the award’s newest category: Easy Readers. [Stop by they Cybils blog in the coming days to see the panelists for the other eight categories.]

This is my first opportunity to participate with the CYBILS, and I am thrilled to be a panelist for the Easy Reader category. Easy readers are such an important building block in helping children grow as readers. They are the first books kids read on their own, so it is critical that kids have engaging stories that grab their attention and make them forget they are learning to read. Meet the full committee.

Organizer: Anastasia Suen,,,


Nominating Committee:

Andi/Cloudscome, A Wrung Sponge
Sonja Cole, Book Wink
Susan Thomsen, Chicken Spaghetti
Terry Doherty, The Reading Tub
Kara Dean, Not Just for Kids

Judging Committee:

Jen Robinson, Jen Robinson’s Book Page
Terry Pierce, Terry Pierce
Heather Acerro, ACPL Kids
Els Kushner, Librarian Mom/Scholastic
Anastasia Suen (see panel organizer)

The nomination process for all categories opens on October 1, 2008. If you’ve got some favorite books, be sure to nominate them. Or, to quote the official site: “If you don’t have a favorite book or two, go find one. You won’t want to miss this year’s contest. ” I can’t wait!

In othernews … today is Interview Day for Book Blogger Appreciation Week. I had the pleasure of chatting with John Mutford of Bookmineset. Read our interview here. John’s conversation with me is on Bookmineset.

Be sure to stop by My Friend Amy’s blog to check out all of the giveaways. As of this morning, there were 74 bloggers with giveaways. You can get the complete list here.

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