Some quick links for your viewing pleasure:
“Like all revolutions, this one started small, with a single post on a blog devoted to children’s literature. The Newbery Medals seemed too elitist and the Quills, well, not enough so.
Was there a middle ground, an annual award that would recognize both a book’s merits and popularity?
The answer: invent one! Within hours, this meme had circulated among some of the biggest bloggers in the burgeoning kidlitosphere, the cozy corner of the Web where children’s books are given the same regard as their grown-up counterparts.
Within days, the new awards had a name and a website: The Cybils, a loose acronym for Children’s and YA Bloggers’ Literary Awards. Nominations quickly opened in eight categories, from picture books up to Young Adult fiction and even graphic novels.”
~Head on over to the Cybils and nominate your favorite children’s books. All children’s or YA books published in English in 2006 are eligible. Categories include: Graphic Novels, Non-fiction Picture Books, Non-fiction for Middle Grades and YA, Fantasy and Science Fiction, Picture Books, Young Adult Novels, and Middle Grade Novels. You can nominate one book in each category. If you’re not sure of the category, nominate it in the closest one and the Cybils team will put it where appropriate. Teams will narrow the field to a few contenders (I think five, but don’t quote me on that) and then other teams will pick the winner. I was lucky enough to be asked to join the panel that will choose the winner in the non-fiction picture book category – sometime in January. Nominations close November 20th, so don’t wait too long!
~And what would Friday be without a funny video?
Our weekend involves a Halloween party tonight at Tae Kwon Do, carving pumpkins on Saturday, and praying for Seneca Wallace, the Seahawks backup quarterback, through the game on Sunday. How ’bout you?