Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Cybils 2013: Looking for Volunteer Judges

Do you blog about children’s books on a regular basis? The Cybils are back and the call for judges is going on right now! You have until August 31, 2013 to apply.

The Cybils awards are given each year by bloggers for the year's best children's and young adult titles. These awards “reward the children’s and young adult authors (and illustrators, let’s not forget them) whose books combine the highest literary merit and ‘kid appeal.’”

Volunteer judges are needed for several different genre of children’s books, including iPad book apps. As you may know, I have been especially interested in how iPad book apps combine elements of print books, audiobooks and interactive websites. I helped launch the Cybils Book Apps award and am returning as the chair of the Book Apps committee.

Are you interested in book apps for children? Do you contribute to a blog on a regular basis or write your own blog? If so, you should definitely consider applying to be a Cybils judge. In order to be on the book apps committee, you’ll need access to an iPad with regular wi-fi access to download books.

The nominated book apps are evaluated by a first round of 5-7 panelists from October through December. At the end of December, these panelists decide on the finalist books, the top 5-7 titles of the year. The second round of panelists then have to pick one winner from this short list. 

Being a Cybils judge is a wonderful opportunity to meet others interested in children’s books and to read some of the top books in the industry. Hope to see you there.

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©2013 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books

1 comment:

  1. This would be SO cool!! :)