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Call for Judges: CYBILS

9 Sep

Cybils-Blog-Header-2017If you’re a kid lit book blogger, you should think about applying to become a judge for the CYBILS awards, it’s a rewarding experience that exposes you to titles you never would have read before. If you’re interested check out the CYBILS website and make sure to get your application in by the deadline – September 14.

There are two different rounds of judging and the CYBILS website has all the information you’ll need to decide what type of judge fits your schedule the best. And if you’re not too specific, shoot for being a judge of a less popular genre like nonfiction or poetry, it may be easier to be selected if fewer people apply for these genres.

It’s definitely a lot of hard work and (obviously) a lot of reading, but it’s a really great experience to be a part of and one that I’d love to repeat when I have a little more time!


(Unofficial) Top Ten Tuesday: Middle Grade Audiobooks

18 Jul


My regularly scheduled blog post for Tuesday is on hold until August, so I created my own list – Ten Middle Grade audiobooks – perfect for summer vacation!

  1. Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan, narrated by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews, Rebecca Soler; music, Corky Siegel
  2. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, narrated by  Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, Marc Thompson
  3. See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng, narrated by Kivlighan de Montebello, Brittany Pressley, Graham Halstead, Michael Crouch, Jason Culp
  4. Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo, narrated by Jenna Lamia
  5. When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin, narrated by Kim Mai Guest
  6. Ghost by Jason Reynolds, narrated by Guy Lockard
  7. Booked by Kwame Alexander, narrated by the author
  8. Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan, narrated by Josh Hurley, Vikas Adam
  9. The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by
    Adam Gidwitz, narrated By Adam Gidwitz, Vikas Adam, Mark Bramhall, Jonathan Cowley, Kimberly Farr, Ann Marie Lee, Bruce Mann, John H. Mayer, Benjamin Bagby
  10. Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh, narrated by Kwame Alexander, Soman Chainani, Matt de la Peña, Tim Federle, Grace Lin, Meg Medina, Walter Dean Myers, Tim Tingle, Jacqueline Woodson, Kelly J. Baptist

Power of Audiobooks

23 Jun

June is Audiobook month and Audible has some really powerful commercials promoting the (for a lack of a better phrase) the awesomeness of audiobooks. I love that a company (Amazon) is showing how great reading can be in all its formats. In one commercial they show a young woman listening to an audiobook (referencing The Girl on the Train) on a train, maybe commuting home from work. In another, an older gentleman sits in a diner alone listening to a science fiction audiobook while he eats dinner and as he peers into his coffee cup he can see a galaxy. And finally, a young woman running on the beach gets to a point in her audiobook where a storm comes in, the waves grow rough and the wind whips up.

I love how these commercials take a person and blur the lines between reality and fiction as their audiobooks bring the story to life. I don’t get a chance to listen to many audiobooks as I have a very short commute and often listen to podcasts when I travel further distances, but for people who listen to a lot of audiobooks – Audible is an awesome place to find anything and everything you’d want to listen to.

Don’t forget that if you’re quite ready to commit to paying for Audible, check your local library for audiobooks on CD, Playaways and audiobooks you can download from OverDrive and Hoopla!

CYBILS Nominations Open

1 Oct

cybils-blog-header-2016I was given the distinct pleasure of being a CYBILS judge last fall and although I spent a lot of time reading a lot of nonfiction titles – it was an amazing experience to be a part of!  I would have loved to be a judge again this year, but unfortunately with a new job and balancing the work from my old job that still needs to be done until we hire someone, I have very little time for anything extra right now.  So maybe I’ll be able to be a part of it again in the future, but for now, I’m happy to submit nominations for a variety of categories:

  • Board Books
  • Fiction Picture Books
  • Easy Reader/Early Chapter Books
  • Elementary/Juvenile Non-Fiction
  • Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Middle Grade/Young Adult Non-Fiction
  • YA Fiction
  • Young Adult Speculative Fiction
  • Graphic Novels

  • Poetry

  • Audiobooks

Anyone can nominate a book for any category, so stop by the CYBILS website to nominate your favorites of the year!


Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Audiobooks for Kids

20 Sep


I grew up traveling around the United States and have vivid memories of listening to audiobooks in the car – what else were my parents supposed to do with four kids in the car for 10+ hour road trips?  My parents also really loved The Phantom of the Opera and I remember falling asleep awaking up to the soundtrack more times that I can actually remember. Audiobooks were a way to keep all four of us entertained for at least a little while.

I love when parents ask for audiobooks for their little ones – it’s a great way for the whole family to share in the experience.  It can also help struggling readers follow the text as the book is read aloud to learn the rhythm of reading – where to pause, how the words are pronounced, etc.  The list above are some curated items from a variety of places – some I have listened to, others are now on my list.  I chose a number of books read by the author – sometimes this works amazingly well, other times not so much.  Sometimes celebrities do a really great job – again, other times, not so much.  To find some great audibooks for you family check out the Odyssey Award presented to the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults and definitely take a look at the Notable Children’s Recordings for an even more extensive list of audiobooks for children 14 years of age and younger!  Enjoy!

  1. Henry Huggins written by Beverly Cleary, narrated by Neil Patrick Harris
  2. A Snicker of Magic written by Natalie Lloyd, narrated by Cassandra Morris
  3. H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination written by Christopher Myers, narrated by Dion Graham and Christopher Myers
  4. Five, Six, Seven, Nate! written and narrated by Tim Federle
  5. Charlotte’s Web written and narrated by E.B. White
  6. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone written by J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale
  7. The War that Saved My Life written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, narrated by Jayne Entwistle
  8. Echo written by Pam Munoz Ryan, narrated by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews and Rebecca Soler, with music by Corky Siegel
  9. The  Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by L. Frank Baum, narrated by Anne Hathaway
  10. A Light in the Attic written and narrated by Shel Silverstein

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

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