#Cybils Nominations Start Today

October 1, 2018 is the opening day to nominate children’s books for a 2018 Cybils Award. (See previous post for more information about what books are eligible).

Categories (links go to nomination lists):

Early Chapter Books/Easy Readers
Elementary/Middle-Grade Nonfiction
Elementary/Middle-Grade Graphic Novels
Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction
Fiction Picture/Board Books
Middle Grade Fiction
Poetry
Junior/Senior High Nonfiction
Young Adult Fiction
• Young Adult Graphic Novels
Young Adult Speculative Fiction

If you can’t think of any titles to nominate in a certain category, try Jean Little Library blog for some great suggestions.

If you are looking for top notch children’s books, stop by and check out the nominations after they close. You won’t be disappointed!

#Cybils 2018: Accepting Children’s Book Nominations Soon

It’s an exciting time in the children’s book world because the Cybils Awards (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards) will be accepting nominations soon, from Oct. 1, 2018 and Oct. 15, 2018.

Did you read any great children’s books this year (published between Oct. 16, 2017 and Oct. 15, 2018)? Pick your favorite per category and consider nominating it.

Categories:
• Board Books (included in Fiction Picture Book category but judged separately)
• Early Chapter Books
• Easy Readers
• Elementary/Middle-Grade Nonfiction
• Elementary/Middle-Grade Graphic Novels
• Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction
• Fiction Picture Books
• Middle Grade Fiction
• Poetry
• Junior/Senior High Nonfiction
• Young Adult Fiction
• Young Adult Graphic Novels
• Young Adult Speculative Fiction

See the FAQs for more information.

If you are looking for top notch children’s books, stop by and check out the nominations after they close. You won’t be disappointed!

On a personal note, I am a Round 1 judge this year in the Elementary/Middle Grade Nonfiction category, so I’ll get to read all the wonderful books that have been nominated. What a treat!

Cybils 2018: Call for Volunteer Judges

Do you blog about children’s books on a regular basis? Like to promote books and reading? Then you might want to become a Cybils judge. The call for judges is ongoing until September 9, 2018.

What are Cybils? The acronym stands for children’s and young adult bloggers literary awards. Bloggers who specialize in children’s and young adult books have developed the Cybils awards to highlight some of the best books published in the previous year.

Volunteer judges are needed to read and evaluate the nominated titles in a range of genres. There are two rounds of judging, so be sure to read the judging details to decide which panels you would like to apply for.

Being a Cybils judge is a wonderful opportunity to meet others interested in children’s books and to read some of the top books in the industry.

Hope to see you there!

#kidlit Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus Tackles Prickly Topics

Author Dusti Bowling is currently the Writer in Residence at Tempe Library. So, of course I had to read her most recent middle-grade novel, Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus. I’m so glad I did!


Thirteen-year-old Aven Green was born without arms, but her parents have always encouraged her to be independent and have a can-do attitude. It was no problem in her old school in Kansas where she had many good friends. When her family moves to Arizona, however, she has trouble being accepted. That is until she meets Connor, who has Tourette’s and can relate to being treated as an outsider. Together they investigate the strange events going on at Stagecoach Pass, the has-been theme park where Aven’s parents work.

Sprinkled throughout the text are blog posts Aven writes to keep in touch with her former friends. The posts are funny and poignant, plus reveal the main character’s innermost thoughts and feelings in a way that is organic and not contrived. For example, her list of the twenty worst things about not having arms in Chapter 30 is packed with self-effacing humor and honesty. It encapsulates her frustration at not being able to help her friend in the way she would like.

Aven Green is an amazing character. The way Dusti Bowling describes her life is so sensitive and at the same time so realistic. It’s no wonder that the awards and starred reviews are piling up, including a 2017 middle-grade fiction finalist in my favorite contest, Cybils.

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus successfully tackles some pretty prickly topics. It is a wonderful choice for lovers of middle grade fiction of all ages.

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (September 5, 2017)
ISBN-10: 1454923458
ISBN-13: 978-1454923459

Looking for more children’s books set in Arizona? See our growing list at Reading Through the States.