Cybils Announces Finalistsin Kid’s Literature ContestMore Categories to be Announced Next Week
Posted Sep 29 2008 1:03am
Do you sometimes wonder what books you should buy for your children? My wife and I don’t have that problem, because Anne runs The Children’s & YA Bloggers’ Literary Awards.
What are the Cybils? A team of 90 writers and bloggers who slog through a year’s worth of children’s books picking out the best of the best. (Let me tell you, there are a LOT of books published each year.)
This week, Cybils announced the finalists in these categories:
On January 7, finalists for Graphic Novels, Non-Fiction Picture Books, Non-Fiction MG/YA and Young Adult Novels will be announced.
One of the odd conundrums since Anne started blogging about children’s books is her audience: highly educated authors and librarians. The odd part? Not many parents come to Cybils – or Anne’s other site – Bookbuds, in search of books for their kids.
Why would that be? In part, I think parents simply are unaware of these two blogs and others like it. After all, the decline of newspaper book review sections is a relatively recent phenomenon.
I also think it has to do with how the human mind works: book readers like to peruse the shelves of their favorite genres or get recommendations from friends or Oprah.
Of course, the big elephant in the room is parents themselves: many don’t buy books for their kids for reasons ranging from cost to language barriers. And let’s not forget other media such as TV and video games are stealing time away from reading.
Regardless of the reasons, it will take time to win the hearts of Americans. In the meantime, if you are wondering what books to buy for your toddler, preteen or teen, head over to Cybils for an amazing list of books.
And I’ll let you in on a secret: these books are so good, most adults will enjoy them too.