Buzz

The net is buzzing with news of The Cybils.  Here’s what the internet has to say: Susan at Northern Suburban Library Systems immediately makes the blogging connection, writing “Congratulations to the group of bloggers who have diligently read and voted on the 2006 best children’s books. They just announced (on a blog, of course) their top choices in nine categories.”  …

Some Interesting Facts about The 2006 Cybils

Just a few things I’ve noticed, the day after… When we opened nominations for the 2006 Cybils back in October, we made sure to mention that the only rules were that nominated books have a 2006 copyright date and be published in English. So, we’re glad to report that, even though The Cybils are run out of Chicago, Illinois, two …

Hey, we’re famous!

How do you know when you’ve arrived? We seen signs of it in how publishers respond to us. Take, for example, this contest from Chronicle Books. They’re giving away a gift basket of their best books from the past year. Scroll down and you’ll notice they list "Cybils finalist" along with the other honors for Tour America and An Egg …

Spreading the word

As the deliberations come to a close, I’m left wondering about an important part of the awards process. Since there are plenty of smart people in and about the kidlitosphere, perhaps one to one hundred of you can offer your advice. Here’s the question: How to get the word out? It’s as simple as that.  We e-mailed the big bookblogs–the …

Who do you think you are?

One question that has popped up here and there in response to the Cybils and the awards process is "who do you think you are?  Mr. Bigstuff?" More specifically, people want to know what, exactly, makes kidlit bloggers qualified to judge children’s books.  We’re not like those awarding the ALA prizes.  Everyone knows who they are–librarians and other members of …

The countdown begins …

After today, only two weeks remain until the Big Day. Yep, we plan to announce winners right here in this very space on February 14. Think of it as a great, big, Valentine’s smooch for the winning authors and illustrators (and their fans). But for every winner, there will be fivefour, ah, runners-up. Honorees? I don’t know what we’ve decided …