For the seventh year running, the CYBILs — the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards — will recognize the best kids’ and YA books of the past year. Nominations are open to the public through October 15, so you have just a few days left to throw your favorite books and apps into the ring.
And not only books — last year saw the addition of book apps to the CYBILs category list. Book Apps chair Mary Ann Scheuer writes:
Findability is a huge problem when it comes to book apps. What are the most recent apps published? What will appeal to my children?
That’s where you come in. Visit the CYBILs site to view a list of all book apps that have been nominated so far. (Eligibility criteria are spelled out here; an app’s release date must be between Oct. 16, 2011 and Oct. 15, 2012 to qualify). If a book app you love isn’t there, please nominate it! (Need ideas? Mary Ann offers a few suggestions, and Round 1 Panelist Paula Willey notes some nonfiction book apps worth a look. UPDATED TO ADD: Panelist Lalitha Nataraj offers more suggestions in this post.)
Be sure to check out the other CYBILs categories; you may nominate one book in each. Categories include:
- Easy Readers/Short Chapter Books
- Fantasy & Science Fiction
- Fiction Picture Books
- Graphic Novels
- Middle Grade Fiction
- Non-Fiction Picture Books
- Non-Fiction: Middle Grade & Young Adult
- Young Adult Fiction
I’m one of the Round 2 judges in Book Apps this year. The Round 1 panelists will narrow your nominations down to a shortlist, and the Round 2 team will select a winner from those. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!