Typos and bad links

I just fixed a huge batch of bad links due to coding problems. I don't know html and my live-in computer expert found an actual paying job and stuck me with doing this by myself. Wah. I apologize for the aggravation, especially to bloggers who saw their blog names linked to the wrong URL or none at all. If you …

Building a Better Book Blog

As of this writing, the Cybils judging panels are nearly complete, with just Young Adult Fiction and Science Fiction/Fantasy still up in the air. Many of you have already gotten a "can't wait to work with you email" from an organizer. Many more have or are about to get a "thanks for playing" email instead. Which, by the way, made …

Back to the apps!

Keep those questions coming, folks. Today, a judging applicant emailed about the book apps category. She wanted to know if she'd have to buy the apps under consideration. Well, gosh no, I thought — but then I don't know how these things work, exactly. Our wonderful, completely on-top-of-things book app organizer, Mary Ann Scheuer, put the question to the other …

Updating our FAQs

I'm going to update our FAQs again soon and would appreciate knowing your nagging questions about Cybils.  I'm especially interested in hearing from authors and publishing professionals, as I sense these two groups are having the most trouble understanding what the heck we're up to.  I'm worried our communications haven't always been clear and we've fallen back into thinking everyone …

A fascinating discussion …

… is going on at the blog Black-Eyed Susan's about race,  publishing and Cybils.  I'm at work (night shift again, alas) but will post more on this — plus other reactions to the Cybils short lists from around the Web. Perhaps it will lead to a better understanding of the role race plays in what books we, as readers and …

Cybils Appreciation from a Well-Loved Author

In the course of today's blog reading, I was pleased to come across a post in which repeat Cybils honoree (and Newbury Honor recipient) Shannon Hale expressed her appreciation for the Cybils. She said: "I've mentioned before my affection for the Cybil Awards, given out by the children's and YA book bloggers. As national and newpaper review space is diminishing, I think book …

More Cybils Fanfare

The Cybils team has, of course, been thrilled at the Cybils-themed graphics that we received from Mo Willems and from the Rapunzel's Revenge team of Shannon and Dean Hale and Nathan Hale (see the images in the posts below). But we are equally thrilled by these other author and media responses to the Cybils: The Cybils award was mentioned in …

More Author Love for the Cybils

Earlier this month, we shared some lovely feedback from authors happy to see their books on the Cybils shortlists. Here is some additional author joy: Bonny Becker (A Visitor for Bear) emailed: "HOORAY!! HOORAY!! HOORAY!!  What an honor. All the nominees in fiction picture books are wonderful. Thanks to all the reviewers–not an easy job." Lenore Look (Alvin Ho: Allergic to …

A Cybils panelist recaps her experience

I just wanted to give a quick shout-out to Stephanie Ford, who wrapped up her duties as a panelist in fiction picture books recently.  She blogged about what went on behind the scenes, which I found fascinating and fun.  We're all about transparency here, so thanks, Stephanie, for parting the curtains for us.  –Anne Levy, Editor

Author Joy for the Cybils Shortlists

Since we announced the Cybils Finalists last week, we've noticed online responses from several authors, happy to be shortlisted. (Formatting in the quotes below was edited for consistency, with book titles in italics, and author names in bold.) Sara Zarr says: "Sweethearts is a finalist for the 2008 Cybils, which makes me very, very, very, very happy. If you don’t know, the …