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Cybils Nominations Ending Soon

Snow Wildsmith

Nominations for the third annual Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (the Cybils) will be ending Wednesday, October 15th. The goal of the Cybils team (some 100 bloggers) is to highlight books that are high in both literary quality and kid appeal. The Cybils were founded by Anne Boles Levy and Kelly Herold.

This year, awards will be given in nine categories (Easy Readers, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction Picture Books, Graphic Novels, Middle Grade Novels, Non-Fiction Middle Grade/Young Adult Books, Non-Fiction Picture Books, Poetry, Young Adult Novels). Anyone can nominate books in these categories (one nomination per person per category). Nominated titles must be published between January 1 and October 15, 2008, and the books must be in English (or bilingual, where one of the languages is English). 

To nominate titles, visit the Cybils blog by October 15th. A separate post will be available for each category – simply nominate by commenting on those individual posts. If you are not sure which category to choose for a particular book, a questions thread will also be available.  

Between October 16th and January 1st, Cybils panelists (children’s and young adult bloggers) will winnow the nominations down to a 5-7 book short list for each category. A second set of panelists will then select the winning titles for the different categories. The winners will be announced on February 14th, 2009.

For those of you with a particular interest in graphic novels for kids and teens, here is a list the titles that have been nominated in the Graphic Novel category as of 9:30pm EST October 12, 2008:

The Amulet: the Stonekeeper #1 by Kazu Kibuishi
Apocalipstix vol. 1 by Ray Fawkes and Cameron Stewart
Babymouse #9: Monster Mash by Jennifer and Matthew Holm
Chiggers by Hope Larson
Coraline: the graphic novel by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
The First Escape: the Dopple Ganger Chronicles #1 by G.P. Taylor
Frankenstein: Classical Comics adapted by Declan Shalvey
In the Small by Michael Hague
Into the Volcano by Don Wood
Jane Eyre: Classical Comics adapted by John M. Burns
Jellaby vol. 1 by Kean Soo
Kin: Good Neighbors, book 1 by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh
Life Sucks by Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria, & Warren Pleece
Li’l Kids: "road to god knows" adventures! by Von Allan
Macbeth: Classical Comics adapted by John Haward and Nigel Dobbyn
Merchant of Venice adapted by Gareth Hinds
The Mystery of the Fool and the Vanisher by David & Ruth Ellwand
North World vol. 1: the epic of Conrad by Lars Brown
Out of Picture 2: art from the outside looking in by the Artists of OOP
Prince of Persia by Jordan Mechner, et al
Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon & Dean Hale and Nathan Hale
Real vol. 1 by Takehiko Inoue
Salt Water Taffy vol. 1: the legend of Old Salty by Matthew Loux
Sand Chronicles vol. 1 by Hinako Ashihara
The Savage by David Almond and Dave McKean
Skim by Mariko & Jillian Tamaki
Spy Goddess, vol. 1: Chase for the Chalice by Michael Spradlin & Rainbow Buddy
Stinky by Eleanor Davis
There’s a Wolf at the Door: five classic tales by Zoe & R. W. Alley
Thoreau at Walden by John Porcellino
Three Shadows by Cyril Pedrosa
The Twilight Zone: the after hours by Rod Serling, Mark Kneece, & Rebekah Isaacs
Twisted Journeys: Nightmare on Zombie Island by Paul D. Storrie and David Witt

Don’t see your favorite teen or kid’s graphic novel from this year? Then go nominate it! You have until October 15 ends. ANYONE can nominate (including publishers), but just one nomination per category, please!

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Snow Wildsmith About Snow Wildsmith

Snow Wildsmith is a writer and former teen librarian. She has served on several committees for the American Library Association/Young Adult Library Services Association, including the 2010 Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She reviews graphic novels for Booklist, ICv2's Guide, No Flying No Tights, and Good Comics for Kids and also writes booktalks and creates recommended reading lists for Ebsco's NoveList database. Currently she is working on her first books, a nonfiction series for teens.

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