Sunday, August 13, 2017

The 2017 Cybils Are Coming! And Other Book-ish News....

It's that wonderful time again! The 2017 Cybils Awards, the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards, are coming soon. Please watch for the call for judges in the next few days. 

I am serving as panel chair for Fiction Picture Books and Board Books again this year, and I'm especially interested in finding 5-7 bloggers to serve as panelists (first round) and judges (second round) who love fiction picture books and board books. 

In October, it will be time to nominate your favorite children's and young adult books for the Cybils. It's not too early to start looking over the books you have read which were published in the last ten months or so and begin to write down the names of the books you'd like to nominate. 

I get geeky about the Cybils nominations and love to set my alarm for the middle of the night when nominations begin so that I can be sure to get my favorites on the list. I've been involved with the Cybils for ten years now, and I'm happy to say that I've nominated eleven books that have been finalists or winners in the Cybils.

Do you have questions about the Cybils? Here are Frequently Asked Questions

From the Cybils blog:

The 2017 Cybils Are Coming……

We’ve been busy behind the scenes dusting off the logos, lining up the panel chairs, and generally getting things in place for the 2017 Cybils season. Watch this space… the call for judges is coming and we would LOVE to have your help choosing the best, most kid-friendly books this year! 


A fabulous mailbox this week.

I received an email from Books on Tape early on that I'd won an audiobook prize package from BookExpo! Woo hoo! I was allowed to choose adult or children's audiobooks and I went for children's, and yesterday, boom! they arrived. Super excited about these five audiobooks: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen; Full of Beans by Jennifer L. Holm; The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas; Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain; and Their Fractured Light: A Starbound Novel by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

I also received the fun new children's book, Roger is Going Fishing from Eerdman's and The Physics of Everyday Things. Wow! Great mailbox!


I finished off a bunch of books last week:

School starts for children on Thursday so there will be no more reading binges for a while. Well, except for readalouds at school...I am a school librarian, after all!

What are you up to this week? Any good books I should be rooting around for? Please share in the comments!

What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week. 
 It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from! I love being a part of this and I hope you do too! It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is now being hosted at The Book Date.


  1. I loved The Darkest Corners. Thomas did such a great job with all the twists in that one. I am hoping to get my hands on Little Monsters, because I have heard it's quite fabulous.

    1. Of all the audiobooks I received, that's the one I know least about. Thanks for the two thumbs up.

  2. Congrats on being a key part of the Cybils again.

    I like the look of your haul...I'm curious about The End of Men and The Valley of the Moon.

    Have a great week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. Great to hear you finished so many books in this past week. I'm very jealous about the audio books you won. That's amaing, Enjoy!! :)

  4. I need to go vote. When A Wolf is Hungry looks like a fun one. Congrats on winning the audiobooks!

  5. Congrats on your audiobook win! What a great prize. All those books look wonderful. Enjoy them and have a great week!

  6. Congrats on the audio book win! I hope you have a fantastic week.

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  7. I do so like your enthusiasm for the awards. Nice to see people not being blaise about achievements but so keen on seeing it all through.

  8. Sounds like an amazing program to be a part of, and I think I remember you doing this in the past.

    Congrats on the audio too! Valley of the Moon and the Norse myths book look good.

  9. Congrats on the audiobook win! How cool. And good luck with the Cybils!

  10. Have a great back to school. Thanks for the reminder about the Cybils.

  11. The books from BoT look fantastic. Enjoy!

  12. What a fabulous win! I think you got some gems in there.

  13. Good luck with the Cybils. The winners always got added to my book orders for my media centers. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  14. Nice variety of books, adult and children!

  15. Yay, Cybils! I strongly encourage others to sign up as a judge. They let me in the first year I started blogging! I've participated as a round 2 judge in YA contemporary and in YA/MG nonfiction, and I'm going to see if I can sample a new category this year.

    And I believe that's the cover/edition of Lassie I had as a kid. Loved that book. So Scottish.

  16. Good luck with the Cybils. It sounds really exciting. I am green with envy about your audiobook prize package!

  17. I'm excited to see the CYBILs gearing up again. I hope to be a panelist again. Come see what I'm reading.

  18. Congrats on your audiobook haul! That is awesome. I am so excited for CYBILs! I am planning on applying to be a judge for the first time.

  19. When a Wolf is Hungry and the Mustache book look fun to me. Have a great time with the Cybils.

  20. I haven't heard about the Cybils awards. How awesome that you're a part of the panel. I can see why you get excited about that :D
    Have a great week and happy reading!

  21. Wow- that is a great mailbox! I enjoy audios for kids as a break from adult reading sometimes. Also I hope to get my grandkids to listen.
    Nice that you do so much to help Cybils. Have a good week and Happy Reading!

  22. How exciting to be involved with Cybils again! My son has moved up to mostly chapter books so we aren't reading nearly as many picture books anymore and I miss them! I'm a huge audio book fan- especially for kids. I think listening to them really helped my son's ability to process a longer story. Have a great week!


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