2013 Cybils Finalists Revealed

Did you see that the 2013 Cybils finalists have been announced? I’ll wait while you hop over and check out all the categories. There are a lot of wonderful children’s books listed.


As a Round 2 Judge for Elementary and Middle Grade Nonfiction, I was thrilled to see the finalists in that category were (in no particular order):

Locomotive by Brian Floca.


How Big Were Dinosaurs? by Lita Judge


Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa Moss and illustrated by Yuko Shimizu


Anubis Speaks!: A Guide to the Afterlife by the Egyptian God of the Dead (Secrets of the Ancient Gods) by Vicky Schechter and illustrated by Antoine Revoy


Look Up!: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate


The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdös by Deborah Heiligman and illustrated by LeUyen Pham


Volcano Rising by Elizabeth Rusch


What a wonderful group of books!

In case you are new to Cybils, the Round 2 judges will now discuss these books behind the scenes and a winner will be announced in mid-February. The excitement mounts!



Cybils 2013: The Nonfiction Judges

Excitement is in the air. Why? In case you hadn’t heard, the names of Cybils judges for 2013 were released this week. cybils-2013-logo

If you check the list of Nonfiction Elementary/Middle Grade Judges, yes, there I am in the Round 2 judges list. Yay!

My fellow Round 2 Judges:

Let’s not forget our wonderful Nonfiction Elementary/Middle Grade organizer, Jennifer Wharton of Jean Little Library.

Congratulations to all the judges, and looking forward to reading all the great books nominated this year!

Now it is time to get ready for nominations, which open October 1, 2013.

Cybils Nominations are Open for 2012

In case you are interested in nominating a book for Cybils, the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards, it is time. Go to the Nominate Here page and it will walk you through the steps. Nominations are open through October 15, 2012. You don’t have to be a member, or even have a blog, to participate.

Note:  if you are like me, you may find someone else has already nominated the book you chose. The form will return a message letting you know.

Good luck!

By the way, I am pleased to announce I am a round II judge in the Nonfiction Picture Book category this year. 🙂