Be sure to check out the fantastic blog posts at the November Carnival of Children’s Literature, hosted by MotherReader. There are tips for reviewers, bloggers, parents, teachers, librarians, writers, readers, and lifelong learners. Surely anyone reading this blog fits into at least one of those categories.
Posts Tagged ‘kidlitosphere’
The Cybils finalists for the fantasy/scifi category (which I am judging) were finally announced, so I can post them here. They are divided into two categories, Teen/Young Adult and Elementary/Middle Grade. I won’t be commenting on the books during the judging process (I’ve started reading them already), but at some point this month I’ll write about the Cybils in general for the Blog Carnival of Children’s Literature.
Book of a Thousand Days
by Shannon Hale
Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
by Catherine Fisher
Hodder Children’s Books (UK)
Northlander (Tales of the Borderlands)
by Meg Burden
Brown Barn Books
by A. M. Jenkins
by Kathleen Duey
Simon & Schuster/Atheneum
The True Meaning of Smekday
by Adam Rex
Tags: A.M. Jenkins, adam rex, Atheneum, Bloomsbury USA Children's Books, Book of a Thousand Days, Brown Barn Books, Catherine Fisher, cybils, Derek Landy, Disney, Eos, HarperCollins, Hodder Children's Books, Hyperion, Incarceron, Into the Wild, Kathleen Duey, kidlitosphere, Laura Ruby, Meg Burden, Nancy Farmer, Northlander, Penguin, Razorbill, Repossessed, Richard Jackson Books, Sarah Beth Durst, Shannon Hale, Simon & Schuster, Skin Hunger, Skullduggery Pleasant, Tales of the Borderlands, The Chaos King, The Land of the Silver Apples, the true meaning of smekday
Yes, I know there are a lot of tags. I want to make it very easy for people whose books were nominated to find out, and tagging is a good way to do it.
There are 94 nominations in the Fantasy and Science Fiction category. I’m a judge for this category, and I’m looking forward to digging in, once this list has been whittled down a bit by the nominating panel.
I copied this list from the Cybils 2007 blog
written by Sally Heinrich
Lothian Publishing (may be an imprint of Hachette Livre Australia)
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Tags: 100 Cupboards, A. M. Jenkins, Abrams/Amulet, adam rex, Alfred Kropp: The Seal of Solomon, Alma Alexander, Ami Blackford, Amy Wachspress, Angie Sage, Ann Keffer, Araminta Spookie 3: Frognapped, Athena Press Ltd, awards, Betrayed: A House of Night Novel, Billy Hooten: Owlboy, Blooming Tree Press, Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Book of a Thousand Days, BookSurge Publishing, Brandon Mull, Brown Barn Books, Brown Books Publishing Group, Brown Young Readers, Bryan Chick, Candlewick, Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban, Cassandra Clare, Catherine Fisher, Charles de Lint, Children of the 23rd Century: The Secret of the Lost Pl, children's books, children's literature, China Mieville, Choices, Christine Norris, City of Bones, Cliff McNish, Cobblestone Publishing/Cricket Magazine Group, Cupid, cybils, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Darkwing, Deborah Lynn Jacobs, Defect, Derek Landy, Disney/Hyperion, Disney/Miramax, Dragon Slippers, Dragon’s Keep, Dragonhaven, Dreamquake, Dundurn/Boardwalk Books, Eclipse, Elizabeth Haydon, Elizabeth Knox, Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat, Erec Rex: The Monsters of Otherness, Esile Arevamirp, Extras, F.E. Higgins, Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star, Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer, fantasy, Farrar, Fathom Five: The Unwritten Books, Feiwel & Friends, Firelight Press, First Light, Flora Segunda, Flux, Frances Hardinge, Frank Beddor, Fred & Anthony’s Escape from the Netherworld, From the Desk of Septina Nash, Garth Nix, Giving Up the Ghost, Gray/Guardians, Greg R. Fishbone, Gregory Maguire, Hachette Livre UK/Hodder Children’s Books, Hallowmere, Harcourt Children’s Books, HarperCollins, HarperCollins/Eos, HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Heather Tomlinson, Henry Holt, Henry Holt and Co., Holly Bennett, Holly Black, Houghton Mifflin, Houghton Mifflin/Clarion Books, Hungry Ghosts, In the Serpent’s Coils, Incarceron, Into the Wild, Ironside: A Modern Faery’s Tale, iUniverse, J. H. Sweet, J. K. Rowling, Jackie Tempo and the Emperor’s Seal, James Bow, James Devita, James McCann, Janet Lee Carey, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Jessica Day George, Jinx, John David Anderson, John Hulme, Julie Hahnke, Juliet Marillier, Julius Lester, K. V. Johansen, Kate Thompson, Katherine Marsh, Kathleen Duey, Kathy Porter, kaza kingsley, Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to Unger, Kenneth Oppel, kidlitosphere, Lady Friday, Laini Taylor, Laura Ruby, LBF Books/Lachesis Publishing, Lee E. Fodi, Lerner Publishing/Carolrhoda Books, Leven Thumps and the Eyes of the Want, Linda DeMeulemeester, Little, Little (Grrl) Lost, Lloyd Alexander, Lobster Press, Lothian Publishing, Lynne Jonell, Macmillan Children’s Books, Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, Magic and Other Misdemeanors, Margo Lanagan, Marigold and the Feather of Hope, Meg Burden, Meg Cabot, Mel Hogan, Melissa Marr, Michael Buckley, Michael Scott, Mirrorstone, N.D. Wilson, Nancy Farmer, Nightwalker: The Warlocks of Talverdin, Nina Wright, Northlander, Obert Skye, Once Upon a Crime, Orca Book Publishers, P. B. Kerr, PC Cast, Peachtree Publishers, Penguin/Dial, Penguin/Putnam Juvenile, Penguin/Razorbill, Penguin/Viking, Platinum, Powers, Prom Dates from Hell, Pyre, Quest for the Elfin Elixir, R. L. LaFevers, Random House, Random House/Del Rey, Random House/Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Random House/Knopf Books for Young Readers, Random House/Wendy Lamb Books, Random House/Yearling, Rebecca Stead, Red Cygnet Press, Red Spikes, Repossessed, Return to Zandria, Rick Riordan, Rick Yancey, Robin McKinley, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Sally Heinrich, Sarah Beth Durst, Sari Bodi, Scholastic Press, Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine Books, Scholastic/Orchard Books, science fiction, Scott Westerfeld, Second Wish Press, Seeing Redd, Senrid, Sensitive, Shadow Mountain, Shannon Hale, Sheri Sinykin, Sherwood Smith, Silver World, Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, Simon & Schuster/Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, Simply Read Books, Skin Hunger, Skulduggery Pleasant, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, St. Martin’s Griffin, Standard Hero Behavior, Stephen MacNeil, Stephenie Meyer, Straus and Giroux, Suzanne M Litrel, Suzanne Selfors, Tales of the Borderlands, Tanglewood Press, Tantalize, Tattoo, The Alchemyst, The Black Book of Secrets, The Call to Shakabaz, The Chaos King, The Cobra King Of Kathmandu, The Ghost in Allie’s Pool, The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio, The Keys to the Kingdom, The Land of the Silver Apples, The Looking Glass Wars, The New Policeman, The Night Tourist, The Penguins of Doom, The Secret of Grim Hill, The Secret Zoo, The Seems: The Glitch in Sleep, The Seventh Chair, The Silenced, The Sisters Grimm, The Swan Maiden, The Thief Queen’s Daughter, The Titan’s Curse, the true meaning of smekday, The Warrior’s Daughter, Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos, Through the Eyes of a Raptor, Tiffany Trent, To Catch a Mermaid, Tom Sniegoski, Tor/Starscape, Two Moon Princess, Un Lun Dun, Ursula K. Le Guin, Verdigris Deep, Well Witched, What-the-Dickens: The Story of a Rogue Tooth Fairy, Wicked Lovely, Wildwood Dancing, Will Weaver, Woolies and Worms, Worldweavers: Gift of the Unmage, Woza Books, YA Angst, young adult literature, Ysabeau S. Wilce
When the twins came (a little over three months ago), I pretty much stopped reading for a while. I just couldn’t spare the hands. And when I go for while without reading, I start to become a different person. Even my dreams are different.
So finally I started again. I’ve mastered two enabling strategies:
- Audio books. The Chicago Public Library lets you check out audiobooks from their website. It’s the coolest thing since the invention of cool things. You just download it and the download expires after two or three weeks. So now I have all kind of books on audiobook, all free and all legal. I don’t even need any hands for that.
- One-hand baby hold. I’ve finally mastered the safe one-hand baby hold. I can hold a baby comfortably (to me and her) in one arm and turn pages with the other arm. Of course, there are times when I need yet a third arm for the unexpected, but it’s better than nothing.
So, here is what I am reading:
Erec Rex: The Dragon’s Eye, by Kaza Kingsley. I’m loving it so far, even more than I expected, but I won’t get into specifics until I’m finished. I got a signed copy at BEA, of this and the next book, Erec Rex: The Monsters of Otherness.
The True Meaning of Smekday, by Adam Rex. I got a signed copy of this at BEA as well (along with a drawing of a boov). I absolutely love the humor on the website, so I decided I’d read it. My only worry is that I may be missing out on the full effect, having an advanced reading copy. I’m thinking that if it’s nominated for a Cybil, then I’ll get a real copy (I’m one of the judges for scifi/fantasy), so I’ll just read it again.
The Softwire: Virus on Orbis, by PJ Haarsma. I listened to the first two chapters on audiobook (read by Nathan Fillion). I’m hooked already, but the problem is that only three chapters were recorded, so now I’ll have to go buy the book. I guess that was the whole idea. I met PJ at the kidlitosphere conference in Chicago and found out we’re both Candlewick authors, and he told me about the game he’d developed for the series.
Tags: adam rex, audiobooks, chicago publich libraries, cybils, erec rex, kaza kingsley, kidlitosphere, nathan fillion, pj haarsma, rings of orbis, softwire, the dragon's eye, the true meaning of smekday, virus on orbis
With 90 volunteers poised to sift through hundreds of new books, the second annual Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards launched on Oct. 1 at www.cybils.com. Known as the Cybils, it’s the only literary contest that combines both the spontaneity of the Web with the thoughtful debate of a book club.
The public’s invited to nominate books in eight categories, from picture books up to young adult fiction, so long as the book was first published in 2007 in English (bilingual books are okay too). Once nominations close on Nov. 21, the books go through two rounds of judging, first to select the finalists and then the winners, to be announced on Valentine’s Day 2008.
Judges come from the burgeoning ranks of book bloggers in the cozy corner of the Internet called the kidlitosphere. They represent parents, homeschoolers, authors, illustrators, librarians and even teens.
The contest began last year after blogger Kelly Herold (http://kidslitinformation.blogspot.com) expressed dismay that while some literary awards were too snooty – rewarding books kids would seldom read – others were too populist and didn’t acknowledge the breadth and depth of what’s being published today.
“It didn’t have to be brussel sprouts versus gummy bears,” said Anne Boles Levy, who started Cybils with Herold. “There are books that fill both needs, to be fun and profound.”
Last year’s awards prompted more than 480 nominations, and this year’s contest will likely dwarf that. As with last year’s awards, visitors to the Cybils blog (http://dadtalk.typepad.com/cybils) can leave their nominations as comments. There is no nomination form, only the blog, to keep in the spirit of the blogosphere that started it all.
For further info:
Anne Boles Levy
anne (at) bookbuds (dot) net
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5: Very informal pizza or other dinner for whomever is in town hanging around. Meet around 6:30-ish.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6: Conference.
7:45-8:00: Check in. Pay your registration fees if you haven’t already, get your name tags and your Who’s Who cheat sheet. (We’ll have coffee and continental breakfast.)
8:00-8:10: Intro to the conference.
8:10-9:00: Kidlit Blogging, Part 1 (led by Tasha Saeker and others): How to get started, how to get ARCs, how to do reviews, how to do author interviews, what blog formats seem to work best, etc. There’s a lot of experience in this group, and I’m hoping many of you will have tips to offer.
9:10-9:45: Podcasting 101 (led by Mark Blevis and Andrea Ross): The how-to’s (and why-to’s) of creating and posting podcasts on your site. I just did a podcast interview on Friday–it’s the wave of the future, baby!
10:00-11:00 (room #1): Cybils Forum.
10:00-11:00 (room #2) Blogging for Authors (led by Robin Brande, Gregory K, Barry Lyga): websites, blogs, MySpace, why to, how to, the different philosophies thereof (sales & promotion, connection with readers, daily writing exercise, can’t stop talking, etc.).
11:10-12:00: Promotion Ideas for the Kidlitosphere (led by Jen Robinson): Brainstorming ideas for increased promotion of the
kidlitosphere as a whole, as a resource for readers/parents/ authors.
12:00-1:00: Lunch on your own (not alone on your own–you can find friends).
1:10-2:00: Kidlit Blogging, Part 2–the business side (led by Pam Coughlan): Brainstorming tips to improve your blog, attract more
traffic and links, keep your blog (and yourself) fresh, and generally kick it up a notch.
2:10-3:00: Kidlit Blogging, Part 3–the creative side (led by Anne Levy): How to establish your “voice,” how to maintain your writing quality, what makes for a good review, how to hone your reviewing skills.
3:10-4:00: The Ethics of Reviewing (led by Liz Burns): What do we do about personal relationships/potential conflicts of interest, “bad” reviews, copyright, and other ethical issues?
4:00-5:00: Meet the Authors (hosted by Esme Raji Codell of PlanetEsme). A chance to have a little one-on-one with some of the authors–a time to chat, interview, question, inspect.
5:00-6:00: Go away. Relax in your room. Brush your teeth, spiffy up.
7:00-9:00: Dinner! Prize giveaways! Fun!
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9: Brunch off-site (directions to be provided Saturday night), hosted by Esme, for anyone not leaving at the butt-crack of dawn. 8:30-11:30 AM–come for all or part.
For more info and RSVPs…
Check out where I’m going next weekend (wanna go, Izzy?):
For writers, readers, and independent thinkers–book and story reviews by writers and readers, writers’ motivational articles, war stories from the publishing trenches, literary trends, religious controversies, free chocolate, and more.