Cybils Nominations Are Open!

As I noted a couple weeks ago, I'm proud to be serving as a judge for this year's Cybils Awards, helping to choose the year's best in children's and young adult books, in particular, fiction picture books. I do, after all, read, sometimes even with the stereo off.

Starting yesterday, people were able to nominate books in a whole range of children's book categories, and already people have left more than 50 comments on just the Fiction Picture Books category. I expect a lot more to be nominated by October 15 when nominations close. (My work starts on January 1 when the finalists are announced.)

So if you've got a great book for kids -- fiction picture books or otherwise -- go to the website and nominate 'em!
I should also note that I'm tickled pink to be included in this great list of judges...

Category Organizer
Pamela Coughlan, Mother Reader

Panelists (Round I) (ie, the people who'll slog through 100+ nominations to pick the finalists)
Cheryl Rainfield, Cheryl Rainfield
Stephanie Ford, The Children's Literature Book Club
Travis Jonker, 100 Scope Notes
Melissa Wiley, Here In The Bonny Glen

Round II Judges (ie., the people who'll choose among the finalists)
Erica Perl, Pajamazon
Emily Beeson, Whimsy and Deliciously Clean Reads
Maureen Kearney, Confessions of a Bibliovore
Anne-Marie Nichols, My Readable Feast
Stefan Shepherd (well, me, you know about)