Cybils 2012: Ready, Set, Nominate

Posted by Big Universe on Sep 27, 2012 4:30:28 AM

Children's Book AwardsA few weeks ago I wrote a post about the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards. In approximately 72 hours, you will be able to nominate your favorite book of the last year for this book award that honors literary excellence and kid appeal.

Whether you have a recommendation in one, three, eight, or ten categories, this is your chance to encourage others to love that book as much as you do. If you think of the genres across these literacy categories, they roughly break out like this:

Emerging Readers:

  • Fiction Picture Books

Developing Readers:

  • Easy Reader and Short Chapter Chapter (fiction and nonfiction)

Independent Readers:

  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Young Adult Fiction

Mixed audiences:

  • Book Apps
  • Nonfiction Picture Books
  • Graphic Novel
  • Nonfiction Middle Grade and Young Adult
  • Poetry
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy (Middle Grade and Young Adult)

The hard part is picking a favorite in each genre ... especially since a book can be nominated just one time. I often recommend that nominators have a "backup title," so that if one title is nominated, then you've got a nomination without having to rack your brain. Here are some other prep steps.

1. Check is the publication date. To be eligible for this year's Cybils, a book must be published between 16 October 2011 and 15 October 2012. Bookseller websites sometimes include that level of detail. For example, when you search for a book at, you'll get the exact publication date (month/day/year) in the return.

2. Place the book in one of the genre categories. If you're not sure which category a book should go in, make your best placement. If the organizers think it needs to be moved, they'll take care of that for you.

3. For each book, make sure you have the ISBN, not just the title and author.

4. Bookmark the Cybils website or just the page with the nominations in your favorite genre. That way you can get a ready-made list of recommended books for your library or classroom.

If you have additional questions, I'd recommend visiting the Frequently Asked Questions page on the Cybils Website. On Friday, when nominations open, there will be one master post with links to each of the category nominations posts.

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