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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!


2017 Anna Dewdney Read Together Award Finalists

29 Mar

llama.jpgThe first annual Anna Dewdney Read Together Award finalists were announced last week and I didn’t get a chance to post this yet, so here goes. Anna Dewdney, children’s book author and illustrator, most well-known for her series Llama Llama passed away last year of brain cancer at the age of 50. Sadly, much too soon for the children’s book world, but Penguin Young Readers, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader created an award in memory of Dewdney that will continue her legacy for years to come.

The Anna Dewdney Read Together Award, “will be given to a picture book published in the U.S. during the previous five years that inspires empathy and connection and makes for an exceptional read-aloud.” Dewdney’s own books were about the every day trials and tribulations of a young child’s llama’s life in which you feel empathetic toward his plight, and they also made amazing read alouds with such a great rhyme and rhythm.

The finalists are:

  • Edward Gets Messy by Rita Meade, illustrated by Olga Stern (Simon & Schuster)
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson (Putnam)
  • Mother Bruce by Ryan Higgins (Disney-Hyperion)
  • Toby by Hazel Mitchell (Candlewick)
  • Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku by Lee Wardlaw, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin (Holt)

The winner will be chosen during Children’s Book Week, a week to celebrate children’s literature and the announcement of the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Award at the end of the week. If you haven’t had a chance to read all five of these titles, stop by your local independent book store or local library to grab copies of them all to share with your family!

Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards

7 Mar

AWARD-SEAL-2017-combinedThe 2017 Children’ & Teen Choice Book Awards are ready to be voted on from March 3 – May 7. This is the only national book award that is voted on only by kids and teens.  A number of schools and states have their own awards, but this is the only national award.  To vote, head over to the Every Child A Reader website, where kids can vote or teachers and librarians and place a group ballot for classes and schools. The website also has printable ballots, I voted stickers and more!

The Awards are broken down into four categories with seven finalists in each category. The finalist are:


  • DON’T WAKE UP THE TIGER, by Britta Teckentrup (Candlewick/Nosy Crow)
  • FRANKENCRAYON, by Michael Hall (HarperCollins/Greenwillow)
  • KING BABY, by Kate Beaton (Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books)
  • MADELINE FINN AND THE LIBRARY DOG, by Lisa Papp (Peachtree Publishers)
  • NANOBOTS, by Chris Gall (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • PEEP AND EGG: I’M NOT HATCHING, by Laura Gehl; illus. by Joyce Wan (Macmillan/Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers)
  • THE THANK YOU BOOK, by Mo Willems (Disney-Hyperion)


  • THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER, by Carl Sommer; illus. by Ignacio Noe (Advance Publishing)
  • DUCK ON A TRACTOR, by David Shannon (Scholastic/Blue Sky)
  • THE HOLE STORY OF THE DOUGHNUT, by Pat Miller; illus. by Vincent Kirsch (HMH Books for Young Readers)
  • NOODLEHEAD NIGHTMARES, by Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton, and Mitch Weiss; illus. by Tedd Arnold (Holiday House)
  • ONCE UPON AN ELEPHANT by Linda Stanek; illus. by Shennen Bersani (Arbordale Publishing)
  • WHOOSH!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream Of Inventions, by Chris Barton; illus. by Don Tate (Charlesbridge)
  • WOLF CAMP, by Andrea Zuill (Random House/ Schwartz & Wade)


  • BOOKED, by Kwame Alexander (HMH Books for Young Readers)
  • FUZZY, by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger (ABRAMS/Amulet)
  • GARVEY’S CHOICE, by Nikki Grimes (Boyds Mills Press/WordSong)
  • HILO BOOK 2: Saving the Whole Wide World, by Judd Winick (Random House/Random House Books for Young Readers)
  • MAKER LAB, by Jack Challoner (DK)
  • THE MISADVENTURES OF MAX CRUMBLY 1: Locker Hero, by Rachel Renée Russell (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin)
  • WET CEMENT, by Bob Raczka (Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press)


  • A COURT OF MIST AND FURY, by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • CROOKED KINGDOM, by Leigh Bardugo (Macmillan/Henry Holt Books)
  • THE CROWN, by Kiera Cass (HarperCollins)
  • HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script, by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany (Scholastic)
  • THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR, by Nicola Yoon (Random House)
  • THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS, by Marieke Nijkamp (Sourcebooks Fire)
  • A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT, by Sabaa Tahir (Penguin Young Readers)
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